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FSU - Important Update and Action


Dear FSU Members, 

Yesterday the FSU held a Forum on safety and the campus Fall opening that was attended by about 90 members.  The meeting was clarifying on a number of levels, but perhaps most simply in the consensus that the university is not doing enough to protect the campus (and wider) community as we return in the midst of the ongoing challenge posed by Delta.  

Tomorrow’s FSU Forum – Guest…Format Change


Dear FSU Members,

A slight/recent change in format.   Rob Pomales, the Executive Director of University Health Services, will be joining the first half of our meeting tomorrow, from 9:00 to 9:45.  He will address concerns around campus density, tracing, and vaccines.  The second half from 9:45 to 10:30 will be an open meeting for FSU members to discuss safety issues and paths forward for faculty and librarians.

 (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

FSU Forum on Fall Opening – Wednesday 9am


Dear FSU Members,

You have probably seen the Chancellor’s memo containing the university’s “Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policies & Guidelines.”  We have already received emails from members noting that although the policies/guidelines address some issues, the memo falls short in a number of areas – including some of the concerns outlined in this FSU statement that over 90% of faculty supported (out of over 400 polled).

FSU Statement on Minimum Health and Safety Procedures for Return to Campus


FSU Statement on Minimum Health and Safety Procedures for Return to Campus

FSU Survey/Vote Results and Vaccine Mandate


Dear FSU Members,

A quick update on possible vaccine mandate and two recent FSU surveys.

Vaccine mandate:  The FSU has been in discussions with the Administration about a vaccine requirement for all faculty and librarians.  We expect the policy will be announced this week. 


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