Students and Colleagues,
Faith International University is sensitive to the issues surrounding the COVID-19 Virus and is working with city, county, and state officials regarding public health decision-making. As was stated in our previous update, Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, and the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) issued a directive in response to COVID-19 prohibiting on-campus instruction at all postsecondary colleges and universities in Washington State from Tuesday, March 17, at 12:01 a.m., until Friday, April 24, at 12:00 p.m. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
This means we have transitioned all of our resident classes scheduled to begin Spring Quarter, April 6th, to online classes.
Our administrative and faculty offices are closed to the public; however, all key personnel, staff and faculty are working remotely and they may be reached by telephone or email. Please call or email the specific administrator or faculty member with whom you wish to speak during this transitional time period (see the button at the bottom of this message for contact information).
To our VA students and families:
On March 21, 2020, President Trump signed Senate Bill S. 3503 to protect Veterans Affairs (VA) students who enrolled into residential courses which were replaced with online equivalents due to COVID-19. Distance learning students who enrolled into courses which do not have approved residential equivalents will not receive increased funding. VA certifications will begin once guidance for School Certifying Officials (VA SCO) is provided. This will be coming soon.
To our Financial Aid students:
FIU is operating remotely and our financial aid processor has assured us that they remain fully operational through the miracles of technology. This means, there should be NO DELAYS in federal financial aid for those of you who have applied for it and are eligible. For those of you who are new to financial aid Spring quarter, be on the lookout for email communications from our processor regarding the completion of the application process.
If you would like federal financial aid for Spring quarter but have not yet applied through the FAFSA, please apply as soon as possible at https://fafsa.ed.gov . For Spring 2020, you will need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and will need information from your 2017 IRS tax return. For Summer quarter 2020 through Spring 2021, please complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by June, using information from your 2018 IRS tax return.
To our International students and families:
International students with residency requirements will not be affected by the transition to online classes. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) guidelines allow students to continue their degree online without any interruption to their program.
As always, we are trusting God to keep us safe from any disease. But, we should always take practical, common-sense precautions, not in a spirit of fear, but as stewards of our body. We continue to pray that God will conquer this outbreak and that we will be protected by His hand (Ps. 33:18-22).
A list of precautions has been provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and are listed below:
“Public health is identifying more positive cases of the disease in the state. These new cases suggest the disease is spreading in Washington. School district officials, staff and families can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
- Get your flu shot if you haven’t yet. Flu activity is still elevated.