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What is Morgan’s plan for Fall 2020?

In the wake of new scientific data on the requirements of testing frequency, increased positive COVID-19 cases locally, and on the advisement of internal and external healthcare professionals, Morgan State University (MSU) has altered its reopening plans, moving to remote-only instruction for the 2020 fall semester. The change in Morgan’s plans for the fall follows the release of a new, evidence-based study from Yale University indicating that college students would need to be tested every two to three days for their institutions to safely reopen, in addition to a concerning uptick in positive cases in Baltimore City over the past month.

All undergraduate courses will be online/remote for the fall semester, with the exception of a small number of Nursing and ROTC courses. We will provide housing on campus and in campus-leased housing only for a very limited number of students who have extenuating personal or academic circumstances. Residential students will attend courses online and will be expected to comply with public health and safety measures including social distancing, mask wearing and regular testing for COVID-19.

What is Morgan’s plan for Spring 2021?

The University will continue to closely monitor the latest data on COVID-19 cases locally, statewide, and nationally, seek the advice of internal and external healthcare professionals, and consider the ongoing feedback from the Morgan community in making a determination on plans for the spring semester.

What is the status of activity on our campus?

Morgan State University has been conducting an extensive planning process to guide a careful, phased approach to resuming activities on its campuses. Each step in reopening is in accordance with state and local regulations and our own assessment of the public health status and operational readiness of our community.

Despite extensive planning for an in-person experience this fall, the University has concluded that the current public health situation will not allow us to resume additional in-person activities as we had hoped. All undergraduate classes will be conducted online starting September 9, 2020 and students are encouraged to stay home and not come to campus.

Do decisions about activities and the health and safety protocols apply to buildings not located on the university’s main campus?

All of the reopening plans and the health and safety guidelines established by the University will apply to people taking part in activities in all of its owned or leased locations.

If I am living off-campus in Baltimore, will I be permitted to come to campus?

In most instances, no. Students living off-campus will attend courses online and access most services virtually. Access to campus will be limited during the fall semester for only those students approved with extenuating circumstances. Please understand strict public health measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of all. Additional information will be shared as soon as possible.


ACADEMICS/STUDENT SUCCESS

How will Morgan support a high-quality academic experience?

To ensure the health and safety of Morgan faculty, staff, and students, all courses will be delivered in an online/remote instruction format. All faculty and students will utilize Canvas and other approved academic technology tools for course delivery. This instructional approach will allow students to fully participate in each course from any location and the recording of course lectures will allow students to access materials outside of the scheduled time of the course. Special approval to offer courses in a hybrid format will be given to classes requiring unique instrumentation for instruction or other extenuating academic requirements. Remote Instruction Course Assistants will be provided in various courses to assist faculty with student engagement, supplemental instruction, problem recitation, active learning and other instructional strategies designed to increase student comprehension and successful course completion.

Given the uncertainty of the dynamic nature of this pandemic, the University has been preparing to deliver excellent online/remote instruction for our students. The University has invested considerable resources into new virtual instructional technology, and our staff and faculty have been actively collaborating to develop innovative ways to continue to provide a rigorous and high-quality academic experience for all students.

More than 300 faculty have attended training, workshops and webinars to enhance the preparation of their courses for the fall semester. The Division of Information Technology (DIT) and Morgan Online will continue to provide support for faculty who are adapting coursework for online instruction in preparation for the fall semester. Also, training and resources have been developed to assist students in successfully using Canvas and Zoom software systems.

How are faculty members preparing to teach effectively in remote/online modalities?

Faculty, staff, and instructors have engaged in various training and development initiatives designed to support mastery of pedagogical and instructional strategies pertinent to ensuring the success of teaching remote/online courses in the fall. More than 300 faculty participated in training opportunities during the spring and summer.

In addition, the University has invested in purchasing new technological resources, modeling kits, software, and simulation tools to enhance the digital experience based on national best practices research, recommendations and guidelines. Additionally, the University is upgrading the technology in many classrooms to provide enhanced remote teaching features that will allow faculty to provide a truly engaging educational experience.

When do classes begin?

Fall 2020 classes will begin on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and the last day of classes is Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

How will I know how my classes are being offered?

Classes will begin September 9 and end on December 15. Almost all courses will be offered in a remote or online format. The schedule of classes is currently being updated to reflect the changes in course delivery, and should be completely updated by August 14.

The definitions of each type of course on the schedule is as follows:

  1. Web-only/fully online: Offered asynchronously, meaning the class does not meet at a set time. Materials are posted online and students access and complete the materials in a more flexible time frame. These courses are reflected in the schedule as Online - Web-Based. The course section will start with a W to indicate web-only. Ex: MATH 241.W01.
  2. Remote instruction: Classes will take place at the set time reflected in the schedule and students will participate remotely (through live-streaming). These courses are reflected in the schedule as Remote Instruction and will provide the meeting schedule of the courses. Students are expected to participate in the course at the times listed in the schedule.

Special course arrangements are being granted for upper level Nursing majors, ROTC students and those engaged in internships, field work, or practicums. Please speak with your faculty advisor or department if you have any questions or need additional information regarding these unique courses. In general, if you are unclear about your schedule and think you may need to make changes, you should contact your academic advisor for assistance prior to making any changes.

How will I get my textbooks and course materials?

Course material information for all students is available at morgan.bncollege.com/shop/morgan/home and via the University Bookstore. Students may currently purchase from the website while the availability of on campus purchases has yet to be determined. A large number of course materials listed as books are also available digitally. The campus bookstore is offering free ground shipping on orders over $49. In the event that the University restricts access to the University Student Center, “Curbside Pickup” may be made available as an option for students when completing online orders. For order specific, or other questions, please submit questions online, via the online contact form for the Morgan State University Bookstore at morgan.bncollege.com/shop/morgan/page/customer-service, via email at sm8255@bncollege.com or call (443) 885-3075.

Will there be academic opportunities beyond our classes?

Administrators, faculty, staff, and student committees are collaborating on ideas and initiatives to ensure that a strong intellectual community of scholars is maintained. This includes exploring online options for distinguished lectures, design competitions, seminars, workshops, discussion boards, special events, short-term projects, student research, and professional development.

Also, we will continue to offer all academic services and support normally provided to students to ensure they can succeed, including academic advising, tutoring, writing assistance, career planning, health and wellness counseling, and library resources.

Can I still receive tutoring services or other academic support, including advising?

Yes, a full range of academic support will continue to be offered virtually in fall 2020.

Students can also access the following resources:

Advising, coaching, and support offered to students through the Office of Student Success and Retention will also be available in a virtual format.

What if I don't have access to a computer or reliable internet access at home?

Students should make every effort to identify safe places to access computers and reliable Wi-Fi. The University has a limited number of laptops and hotspots available on a loaner basis. Please apply to through the Growing the Future Opportunity Fund.

Who should students contact regarding IT questions or problems?

For technical assistance students should visit the Division of Information and Technology (DIT) Service Desk webpage for a list of resources. Students can also open a service ticket by emailing servicedesk@morgan.edu or by calling 443.885.4357.

What impact will the decision have on students planning to study abroad in the Fall?

Since the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, Morgan has decided against sending students abroad in the Fall of 2020 due to concerns on the spread of COVID-19. Our decision was based on the Department of State Travel Restrictions at “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” for all destination countries.

Will students have a Pass/Fail option?

Yes, the Pass/Fail option will be offered for the Fall 2020 Semester. For more information about the Pass/Fail option for Fall 2020, please visit morgan.edu/emassfaqs

How will time zone differences be handled?

All course lectures will be recorded to allow students to access them once the lecture has been completed. Faculty and staff have been very receptive to working with students in different time zones to assist them as needed in successfully completing their courses. If you know you will be in a time zone that will make it difficult to attend the scheduled lectures, please notify your faculty member as soon as possible. Also, if class meetings or assignments are scheduled at a time that you cannot attend, write directly to the faculty and teaching staff to ask about expectations for attendance and alternative options. This notification will assist faculty in implementing strategies that will best accommodate the geographic spread of the students.

If I am living off-campus in Baltimore, will I be permitted to come to campus?

In most instances, no. Students living off-campus will attend courses online and access most services virtually. Access to campus will be limited during the fall semester for only those students approved with extenuating circumstances. Please understand strict public health measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of all. Additional information will be shared as soon as possible.

Will undergraduates be able to do research in labs?

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory-based research studies or remote research project assignments during the Fall 2020 semester as directed by their faculty advisor.

I’m an international student, where can I get more information?

I have a disability, where can I get information about reasonable accommodations?

Students with documented disabilities should contact Student Disability Support Services at: https://www.morgan.edu/sdss/ or SDSS@morgan.edu.

If I would like to request a deferral of admission or leave of absence, what are my options?

All students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor, retention coordinator and/or program coordinator/director, prior to deferring admission, taking a semester off, or taking a leave of absence, as the University offers a wide array of support services which may be helpful to students.

If you have been offered admission as an undergraduate first-year or transfer student, you may request to defer your enrollment for up to one year. Undergraduate students opting to defer their initial admission should complete the Admissions Confirmation form found here. Inquiries may be emailed to apply@morgan.edu.

If you have been offered admission as a first-year graduate student (master’s, doctoral, or post baccalaureate certificate), you may request to defer your enrollment for up to one year. Graduate students opting to defer their initial admission can visit the SGS Online Student forms page and submit the Deferral of Initial Admission form. Inquiries may also be emailed to gradFORMS@morgan.edu.

A returning graduate student who finds it necessary to interrupt active pursuit of their degree may petition the School of Graduate Studies for a leave of absence for a specific period. The forms to request this can be found here or inquiries may also be emailed to gradFORMS@morgan.edu.


HOUSING AND MEAL PLANS

I currently have a housing assignment for fall and now will not be on-campus. Do I need to take any action to cancel my fall housing assignment?

No, the University has decided to terminate all incoming Room and Board fees for University Managed Housing. We will refund all billed and paid Room and Board fees by a credit adjustment to the student account. Additionally, students will be eligible for a refund of the (paid) $200.00 application fee. No action is required unless you would like to apply to be considered for housing due to extenuating personal or academic circumstances.

I was charged for fall housing already. Will I get a refund if I am not living on campus?

Housing and meal plan charges were applied to student bills in July, based on those who were assigned fall 2020 housing. The charges will be reversed, and you will not be required to pay for housing or your meal plan. The reversal of charges may take some time. Continue to check your bill for updates and if your charges have not been removed by September 15, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at reslife@morgan.edu for assistance.

What if I am planning to live in Morgan View?

Students residing at Morgan View who desire to cancel their leases must follow up with the Morgan View Leasing Office, Morganview@americancampus.com. All requests to cancel must be submitted by September 15, 2020. Students continuing their leases at Morgan View who have meal plans through Morgan will have the meal plan’s cost credited to their account. Commuter meal plans will not be available for the Fall 2020 semester.

I need to live on-campus. What extenuating circumstances will you consider and how do I apply?

Students requesting housing under our “Extenuating Circumstances” provision, will need to complete this form. Senior administrators will evaluate requests in an effort to support students with specific personal needs or academic requirements. Academic requirements can be related to international status or specific in-person academic or research requirements that must be completed on-campus. Students with differing abilities should contact Student Disability Support Services at: https://www.morgan.edu/sdss/ so they can make the best decision regarding feasible accommodations.

What will be the public health expectations for on-campus housing this fall?

Students living on-campus will be expected to commit and adhere to required health and safety guidelines established by the University, State of Maryland and other local jurisdictions. Students with extenuating circumstances who are approved to return to the campus must provide a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving on campus. Test results must be submitted to the Harriet A. Woolford University Health Center, healthcenter@morgan.edu before the student will be approved to return to campus.

Public health measures will include regular testing for COVID-19 twice a week, protocols for quarantine and isolation, requiring cloth face coverings outside of living spaces, enhanced cleaning protocols, and social distancing, including providing each student living on-campus with their own bedroom. Visitors will not be permitted. Additional information will be provided by Residence Life and Housing to those approved for fall on-campus housing.

Maryland requests that people coming from my state quarantine for 14 days. Will Morgan provide housing for this period?

Maryland requests that person’s traveling from states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 10% or higher get tested and self-quarantine until receiving a negative test result. Students approved for on-campus housing this fall will be assigned to single occupancy spaces. As such, on campus students will be able to quarantine in their single space. Students who live on campus and those that will receive special permission to access campus must submit a negative test result that is no older than 14 days before arrival on campus. Upon arrival and check in, students will be tested again.

What facilities will be available to students on campus?

Limited on-campus facilities will be available for students approved to live on-campus. Harriet A. Woolford University Health Center, Earl S. Richardson Library, Rawlings Dining Hall, and the University Student Center will be available for students.

What if I don't have access to a computer or reliable internet access at home?

Students should make every effort to identify safe places to access computers and reliable Wi-Fi. The University has a limited number of laptops and hotspots available on a loaner basis. Please apply to through the Growing the Future Opportunity Fund.

I already have a lease for off-campus housing for the year, what should I do?

The University cannot assist you with breaking off campus leases. You have to make those arrangements with the leasing manager of the complex. Only students planning to live at Morgan View Apartments will be allowed to cancel their leases for the upcoming year. Please know that Morgan View does provide leases for spring terms only on a space available basis.

Students who demonstrate hardship related to maintaining a lease or other consequences of their decision to stay home for the semester can apply for assistance by completing the Growing the Future Opportunity Fund application.

Will refunds be issued for students who have signed leases for non-affiliated off-campus housing?

No. Students who have signed leases for non-affiliated off-campus housing will not be refunded. Only students in University managed off-campus apartments, Marble Hall, HH Midtown and Kensington Gates will be credited for any fees they have paid for Room and Board plans.

Amounts paid in excess of adjusted billing statements will be reflected in the student account and applied to any existing balance first, after which any credit may be refunded through our third party refund processor. Please be advised that if institutional funds have paid for any portion of your bill, those funds may be adjusted.

I had been assigned a room already. Will that space still be reserved for me for the next semester? Or will I have to apply again?

Unfortunately, as a result of the University moving to remote instruction, all room assignments and meal plans will be removed for the Fall 2020 semester. Students will have to reapply for housing should the University resume in-person instruction for the Spring. Housing applications will be made available in November 2020 for the Spring 2021 semester. Please check our website in early November: https://www.morgan.edu/residencelife.

Will I still have to pay Room and Board for this semester?

No, as a result of the change in our reopening plans due to COVID-19, the University has decided to terminate all incoming Room and Board fees for University Managed Housing. We will refund all billed and paid Room and Board fees by a credit adjustment to the student’s account. Additionally, students will be eligible for a refund of the (paid) $200.00 application fee. No action is required unless you would like to apply to be considered for housing due to extenuating personal or academic circumstances.
**Please note, Students who have a lease with Morgan View must cancel their leases directly with Morgan View.

What will happen to belongings still in storage?

The Office of Residence Life and Housing has notified students who left belongings in early spring. Residence Life will work with students whose belongings remain in storage. Students can schedule an appointment to retrieve their belongings by sending correspondence to ResLife@morgan.edu.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES

How will Morgan provide a robust student experience?

Our Office of Student Life and Development is developing more innovative ways to help students continue to engage virtually with one another and the broader university community. In doing so, we acknowledge the safety of our MSU community is our top priority so we want to ensure that students are engaged and have an opportunity to socialize with each other in a safe environment. The Fall 2020 schedule will consist of many virtual opportunities for students to be engaged.

What will happen to student organizations and events?

All students will have access to a schedule of virtual opportunities to connect and create communities. The annual Student Organizations Summit and Student Organizational Fair will function virtually this fall. Our Campus Activities Board and Office of Student Life and Development is planning to produce a Virtual calendar of events for the fall semester. More information will be shared leading up to and throughout the fall semester.

Will University Chapel Services be held?

Plans are underway to broadcast worship services on WEAA during the fall semester. More details are forthcoming.

What Counseling services are available?

The University Counseling Center will continue to provide services through tele-mental health platforms. Please see the Counseling Center’s website for additional information. www.morgan.edu/counselingcenter

I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?

The University Counseling Center is here to support you during these troubled times. It is normal to feel stressed and anxious given the impact of COVID-19. If you are having difficulty, feeling alone in all of this, or just want to talk about how you are feeling, we invite you to speak with one of our counselors. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 443-885-3130, and leave a message with your name and contact information. A representative from the counseling center will return your call. We also support and encourage self-care during these stressful times. Remember that sleep and exercise promote immune system capacity.

What Career Services will be available for students?

Career Specialists from MSU’s Center for Career Development are available to meet virtually with students. You may schedule an appointment via Starfish or contact your assigned Specialist directly. Remote job and internship opportunities are updated daily and posted in eBear powered by Symplicity. For a complete listing of available online resources, please visit the CCD website.

Will the Food Resource Center be available?

The Food Resource Center is reevaluating its plans for the Fall semester. More information will be provided on the FRC website https://www.morgan.edu/foodresourcecenter.

What type of Fitness and Recreational/Wellness Activities will be available?

Plans are underway to provide eSports and virtual wellness activities for students who are approved to remain on the campus. Outdoor wellness activities that comply with social distance guidelines are also being considered.


UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, and more severe illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes infect humans. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not previously been found in humans. The coronavirus under investigation, COVID-19, is believed to have originated from animals. While the mode of transmission remains unclear, person-to person transmission is occurring.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus never seen in human populations before, so everyone is susceptible, and nobody is immune. Early in the epidemic, most U.S. cases were associated with exposure that occurred during international travel. As COVID-19 became a pandemic, cases at the local level (community spread) became common. Community spread is defined as the spread when the source is unknown. As the outbreak expands, the risk will increase. Current groups considered to be at an elevated risk of exposure include:

  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
  • Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19.
  • Travelers returning from affected locations where community spread is occurring, with the level of risk dependent on where they traveled.

Risk factors for developing severe illness may include, but are not limited to, older age, people who live in a nursing home or long term care facility, individuals of any age with underlying chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, cancer, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, liver disease, diabetes, immunocompromising conditions, and pregnancy. Individuals with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 also seem to be at increased risk of developing severe illness. While older age is a risk factor, COVID-19 does not discriminate solely on the basis of age.

Symptoms

Symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, that may appear 2-14 days after exposure include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you become sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department. Follow these steps:

  • Call your health care provider, local health department or emergency room before you go
  • Tell them about your symptoms, any recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household)
  • Wear a mask

I’m sick – how do I know if it’s coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms are similar. If you have not been to an area of widespread community transmission, chances are you might have the flu. If you have symptoms of fever, cough and body aches and are feeling concerned, students should call the UHC at (443) 885-3236 and follow the instructions provided. Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider.

What should I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

Please inform the UHC as soon as possible at (443) 885-3236. If you are a student, the UHC can provide medical help and guidance. If you are faculty/staff, please notify the UHC of your diagnosis and contact your healthcare provider for medical assistance.

What should I do if I get sick?

While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after you’ve touched someone who is sick, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold and cough symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or using disposable tissues and dispose of them in the trash.

Should I wear a mask so I don’t catch the virus?

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

On July 29, Governor of Maryland announced the expansion of the statewide masking order that has been in effect since April 18. Face coverings are now required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease, and potentially infectious, from those who are not infected, in order to prevent spread of the communicable disease.

HEALTH SERVICES

Do I still have access to health services through Morgan?

On-campus health services will continue to provide support and services for all Morgan students through consultation via phone, as well as through tele-health platforms.

Do I still have to pay the Student Health Fee?

Yes. The Harriet A. Woolford University Health Center (UHC) will remain open to assist and support students during the fall online/remote learning period. Services that can be provided by a telephone call will shift to telehealth delivery for the continuation of many medical services that students can utilize while away from campus. In-person Urgent Care hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the UHC website https://www.morgan.edu/healthservices for further details on telehealth services.

Is the Student Health Insurance Plan available to students during the online/remote experience?

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is available to students at their online/remote locations within the United States. Please see the brochure for additional information regarding the SHIP.

Should I waive the Student Health Insurance?

All full-time undergraduate students taking 12 or more credit hours and J-1 Visa Exchange Students and scholars are automatically enrolled and billed each semester for the student health insurance when registered for classes. Students who decide to retain the student health insurance must ensure that they have made satisfactory financial arrangements with the University.

Students who have other comparable health insurance may elect to waive out the Student Health Insurance Plan. To waive the student health insurance, click www.morgan.edu/studenthealthinsurance, and select Student Waiver on the left side of the Gallagher Student Health and Risk web page.

The fall waiver period is July 2020 through September 5, 2020. However, students are encouraged to waive the student insurance prior to the deadline to remove the fee from their accounts.

Note: Students approved to reside on campus, who waive the student health insurance will be billed based upon a fee for service if they seek appointments at the University Health Center. Students must coordinate with their insurance provider for reimbursement.

How does a graduate or part-time student enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan?

All full-time undergraduate students taking 12 or more credit hours and J-1 Visa Exchange Students and scholars are automatically enrolled and billed each semester for the student health insurance when registered for classes (see FAQ about the waiver process if you already have health insurance). Part-time, graduate students, and students participating in the Nexus program with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) are eligible to enroll in this health benefits plan. Graduate students completing their thesis are also eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis. To enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan, visit www.morgan.edu/studenthealthinsurance during the open enrollment period, August 10, 2020 – September 5, 2020. Select Student Direct Pay Enroll and complete the application process.


FINANCIAL AND BILLING MATTERS

How will the new fall plan impact my financial aid award?

Some State and institutional aid will be adjusted for students who will no longer live on campus or have campus meal plans. Those funds may also be adjusted for students due to the reduction in University fees.

Will undergraduates be able to have work-study jobs, paid internships, and other work opportunities?

Remote job and internship opportunities are updated daily and posted in eBear powered by Symplicity. Work Study for the fall semester is currently on hold until further notice.

I need additional financial aid due to the pandemic. Can the University help?

We understand that the pandemic is creating unexpected financial burdens for many families. As long as you do your part and accept all federal aid, including loans, the university is prepared to help you meet these burdens. We encourage any students whose circumstances have changed to contact the financial aid office by setting up a one on one meeting with a financial aid counselor. Students may request help with satisfying their bill by applying for additional funding through the Institutional Aid application. Students may apply for emergency assistance with other needs, including assistance with technology needed to complete courses remotely, through the Growing the Future Opportunity Fund.

How have tuition and fees been adjusted for virtual study?

The University is prepared to offer the same excellence in the quality of instruction and instructional support virtually, as is offered in our face-to-face academic experience. Recognizing that the pandemic is causing intense financial challenges to many of our students and families, not only will the University not increase tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year, essentially representing a two (2) percent savings in tuition expenses, we are committed to doing more.

Morgan State University has implemented a fifteen (15) percent reduction in University fees this fall 2020 semester. The fifteen (15) percent reduction will be universally applied to what has been designated as a “Campus Life Fee.” The Campus Life Fee comprises a host of routine fees, including but not limited to, student activity fees, athletics, and parking; as well as vital university operations that we will continue to rely heavily upon, like library resources and student services. This reduction has already been applied to student bills. The current tuition and fee schedule is available here.

Additionally, the University has invested another $2 million in institutional aid for students. Students with documented financial need may apply for institutional scholarships and grants through the MSU AcademicWorks online application. Students experiencing an exceptional financial crisis that impedes their academic progress and success may apply for assistance through the Growing the Future Opportunity Fund. Support may include, but is not necessarily limited to, direct financial assistance and loans of computer equipment.

Will refunds be issued for any portion of fees already paid?

The University has adjusted its fall 2020 billing rates for tuition and fees. As a result, billing statements will reflect the current tuition and discount to mandatory fees avoiding the potential for overpayments or the need for refunds. Amounts paid in excess of adjusted billing statements will be reflected in the student account and applied to any existing balance first, after which any credit may be refunded through our third party refund processor. Please be advised that if institutional funds have paid for any portion of your bill, those funds may be adjusted.

How will financial aid be impacted by the move to remote/online this semester, by the fee reduction, and by the cancellation of room and board charges?

The Office of Financial Aid will adjust students’ individual aid budgets as necessary. If your account is adjusted, you will be notified via your Morgan email address. Federal funding will not be impacted as long as students continue to meet the eligibility requirements for the award. Some State and institutional aid may need to be adjusted for students who will no longer be living on campus or have meal plans. Those funds may also be adjusted for students due to the reduction in University fees.


OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

IP PROTECTION

Are there any changes to the process of filing new Intellectual Property (IP) Disclosures with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)?

Many times the submission of an IP Disclosure (IPD) to OTT is time sensitive, due to prior publication dates. It is imperative that OTT protect the IP/patent rights while still making sure the department and college/schools are informed. All IP Disclosures are to be submitted electronically to OTT, with a copy being sent to either the Department Chair or School/College Dean, for review and signature, and then forwarding to OTT. If a signature is not possible, an email acknowledgement from the school/dept. is acceptable.

Will OTT continue to file provisional and non-provisional U.S. Patent Applications, and manage pending U.S. Patents applications to protect the University’s IP/patent rights?

Yes. Under Morgan’s IP Policy, the OTT has day-to-day responsibility, on behalf of the University, to make determinations of ownership of Intellectual Property and to manage, protect and commercialize University-owned Intellectual Property.

I-WORKS and I-GAP GRANTS

Will my existing I-GAP Grant end date be extended?

Due to the disruption in Morgan operations, existing I-GAP Awards will be extended.

Can I apply for new I-GAP funding for my innovation for FY 2020 funding? For FY 2021 funding?

OTT will still accept new I-GAP applications for FY 2020 and FY 2021. However, the issuance of awards will be based on the availability of funding, and any university restrictions for the remainder of FY 2020 and for FY 2021.

OTT CONTACT

What is the best way to contact OTT if I have questions?

Although OTT team members will be checking for voice messages, please use email to contact OTT Team Members: wayne.swann@morgan.edu; raymar.dizon@morgan.edu; alexa.morris@morgan.edu; Kanika.ellis@morgan.edu; For general inquiries: technology.transfer@morgan.edu

Where can I find other information related to innovation, IP protection and technology transfer?

For information and resources, please visit the OTT Website at https://www.morgan.edu/technologytransfer


HUMAN RESOURCES (TELEWORK, PAYROLL)

Am I required to report to work on the campus?

Unless you are designated as an essential employee, you should not come to the campus. All non-essential employees, including contractual employees, are required to work remotely if possible. Please contact your supervisor if you are not sure you are designated an essential employee.

What if I am a non-essential employee who is able to work remotely, but do not have the necessary equipment to do so, i.e., computer?

Contact your supervisor for any equipment you need to assist you in performing your job remotely.

What if I am a non-essential employee and cannot work remotely due to the responsibilities of my position?

If you are a non-essential employee and unable to work remotely due to your position, you will be eligible for Administrative Leave, if you are not already on leave.

Will I be permitted to work remotely if I am also providing care to my children or a relative?

Yes. The restriction on teleworking from home when caring for children or other dependents has been waived. As long as you believe you can carry out the duties and responsibilities while caring for children or dependents, it is permitted.

What if I am designated as essential to work on campus during this time of the COVID-19?

Although the campus is closed to the public, the University is still open and must carry out services that are critical. However, not all essential employees are required to come to the campus. Essential employees should keep in contact with the supervisor to determine if their services are required.

Are student workers permitted to work remotely?

Yes, non-work-study student workers are eligible to work remotely. They should contact their supervisors for directives. However, work-study students are not eligible to work remotely.

If I am working remotely, how do I indicate this on my time sheet?

Time sheets should be completed and submitted the same as if you were working on campus.

What type of leave should I use if I am sick?

If the illness is not related to COVID-19, you should use your accumulated leave.

What type of leave should I use if I am sick relative to COVID-19?

You must first use your accumulated leave. Once that is exhausted, you should use Administrative Leave through March 31, 2020. You may be eligible for financial benefit from The New Families First Coronavirus Act which becomes effective April 1, 2020. Employees or family members of employees should contact the Human Resources Office for information and assistance.

What is the New Families First Coronavirus Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA or Act) (H.R.6201), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. The Act is effective April 1, 2020 through December 31,2020.

If I am sick, do I need to call my supervisor each day?

No. Employees should maintain communication with their supervisor. However, employees who are absent from work related to COVID-19 may not need to call in each day.

Am I required to provide medical documentation for being out to due to illness?

Normal absence procedures apply for illness not related to COVID-19. The requirement for medical documentation for illnesses related to COVID-19 have been relaxed. Contact the Human Resources Office for additional information.

Am I able to take vacation or other leave scheduled during the COVID-19 period?

Yes. Employees will be able to take accumulated leave during this time. Leave requests continue to require the approval of the supervisor.

I am an employee over the age of 60 or with an underlying health condition (by CDC requirements). Am I required to report to campus for work?

No. Employees who are immuno-compromised or otherwise considered by CDC guidance to be at high risk regarding COVID-19 will not be required to work on campus. Telework, use of sick or other leave or administrative leave maybe permitted. Employees with this concern should contact the Office of Human Resources.

Am I able to fill a vacant position during this time?

No. President Wilson has implemented a Hiring and Spending Freeze until June 30, 2020. This also includes reclassifications of employees as well. Those reclassifications already received in Human Resources will be held until July 1, 2020. However, this freeze does not apply to positions that are supported solely by grants or contracts or that have been approved for hiring prior to the freeze.

I have a new employee scheduled to start employment during the COVID-19 emergency. How will this person receive the required documents for onboarding?

Human Resources is familiar with those employees approved to begin employment within the next few weeks and have communicated with these employees to provide the necessary forms. Questions regarding onboarding should be sent to ohr@morgan.edu

Will annual performance of employees still be required?

The Performance Management Process and Annual Professional Employee evaluation period ends on March 31, 2020 as scheduled. Human Resources is working on forms that may be signed electronically. However, the deadline for submission of these documents will be extended and provided later.

While schools and many daycare facilities are closed, what can I do about the funds I am contributing to my Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account for this year?

COVID-19 has resulted in a number of lifestyle changes, including closed daycare facilities, unnecessary before and after-school care or even a new need for daycare.

Regular employees who have experienced a reduction in dependent care costs or have a new need for dependent care, can request a change to your Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account in SPS Workday or enroll in one for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.

To make a change to your DCFSA or enroll in a DCFSA, please login to your SPS Workday account and select the Benefit Event Type, “Employee: Change in Dependent Daycare.” Please note: EBD has temporarily removed the supporting documentation requirement for this benefit change. Please consider the overall impact to your annual 2020 daycare costs, as the DCFSA runs through December 31, 2020 and is subject to the IRS maximum of $5,000 per household per year.

What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act?

The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

If I am home with my child because his or her school or place of care is closed, or child care provided is unavailable, do I get paid sick leave, expanded and Medical leave or both?

You may be eligible for both types of leave, but only for a total of 12 weeks of paid leave. You may take both paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to COVID-19 related reasons. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provides for an initial two weeks of paid leave. This period thus covers the first ten workdays of expanded family and medical leave, which are otherwise unpaid under the Emergency and Family Medical Leave Expansion Act unless you elect to use existing vacation, personal, or sick leave. After the first ten workdays have elapsed, you will receive 2/3 of your regular rate of pay for the hours you would have been scheduled to work in the subsequent ten weeks under the Emergency and Family Medical Leave Expansion Act.

Please note that you can only receive the additional ten weeks of expanded family and medical leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act for leave to care for your child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons.

Can I be denied paid sick leave if I was given paid leave for a reason identified in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act prior to the Act going into effect?

No. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act imposes a new leave requirement that is effective beginning on April 1, 2020.

Is all leave under the FMLA now paid leave?

No. The only type of family and medical leave that is paid leave is expanded family and medical leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act when such leaves exceed ten days. This includes leave taken only because the employee must care for a child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons.

Are the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements retroactive?

No. The Act is effective April 1, 2020.

What does it mean to be unable to work, including telework for COVID-19 related reasons?

You are unable to work if your supervisor has work for you and one of the COVID-19 qualifying reasons set forth in FFCRA prevents you from being able to perform that work by means of telework.

If I am unable to telework, am I entitled to paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave?

Even though the University permits teleworking, if you are unable to perform those tasks or work the required hours because of one of the qualifying reasons for paid sick leave, then you are entitled to take paid sick leave.

If you are unable to perform those teleworking tasks or work the required teleworking hours because you need to care for your child whose school or place of care is unavailable, because COVID-19 related reasons, then you are entitled to take expanded family and medical leave. Of course, to the extent you are able to telework while caring for your child, paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave is NOT available.

May I collect unemployment insurance benefits for time in which I receive pay for paid sick leave/or expanded family and medical leave?

No. If you are paid as a result of paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, you are not eligible for unemployment insurance. For confirmation, you should contact the Maryland State Unemployment Office.

Do I qualify for leave for a COVID-19 related reason even if I have already used some or all of my leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

If you are an eligible employee, you are entitled to paid sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act regardless of how much leave you have taken under the FMLA.

However, your eligibility for expanded family and medical leave depends on how much leave you have already taken during the 12-month period. You may take a total of 12 work weeks for FMLA or expanded family and medical leave reasons during a 12 month-period.

Do I need a letter from Morgan indicating that I am an mission critical essential employee and required to perform work on the campus?

If you have been deemed as mission critical or essential, please contact your supervisor for further instructions.