COVID-19 Information

University Honors Program

Honors Advising. FSU Honors Program faculty and staff are working full-time but remotely to help you succeed in honors and in your academic career.

Advising is available through Zoom and phone appointments. Using and troubleshooting Zoom:

Details about how to contact advisors and/or set up advising appointments are here:

Honors advisors can help you interpret FSU’s new temporary grading policy options whether for honors courses or any others with which you need advice. Meanwhile, please refer to the policy here -- your deadline to choose the policy for each of your courses is April 20.

If fulfilling your honors contract is no longer feasible in the remote learning environment, please reach out to an honors advisor and they will work with you to identify alternatives.

Service Requirements. Please see updated temporary policies on service hours here.

Honors Courses. As with all FSU courses, honors courses are being offered remotely, including Honors Experience Program (HEP) courses. Please be sure to keep up with all deadlines and augment contracts by logging in to the course sites (ideally twice per day), engaging in all course-related work and activities, reading all course-related email, and contacting instructors as soon as possible if you have any problems accessing or completing remote work or have questions about grading or other course-related issues.

Registration for fall 2020 courses remains open. You can register through Student Central as always.

Support for Your Well-Being. Many students are experiencing stress and uncertainty from needing to adjust so many plans and routines. If you need support to manage stress or personal issues please find information here: and you can find more information to support your various needs and pursuits at FSU, including career counseling, here:

Students who need help with financial issues, have questions about housing refunds, need support for technological issues (getting access, solving tech problems), or other larger-scale university issues can go here: Again honors advisors can help you interpret these policies and use the resources as they pertain to your academic goals and personal needs.

Honors in the Major Program

Completing your Thesis. If you are pursuing your Honors in the Major (HITM) thesis and plan to graduate this semester (spring 2020) or if you plan to defend this summer we offer two new options for completing your thesis:

  1. Remote Defense. If you need to defend your HITM thesis this semester or during summer 2020, you may defend your thesis using Zoom, a remote meeting tool that is supported by FSU’s IT and office of ODL. Students and thesis committees should ideally access Zoom by logging in to FSU (behind FSU’ security firewall). Please work with your thesis director to schedule the defense via Zoom In consultation with your thesis director please feel free to use other virtual means for your defense but Zoom seems to be most stable and is supported by FSU.

If you wish to finish on the original time schedule but will have difficulty completing data collection and analysis, please contact your thesis director immediately to discuss alternative plans for completing your thesis, whether through remote methods or by modifying your thesis goals and scope.

If your defense schedule has changed, please contact Dr. Franklin in the HITM office (see below).

  1. Complete and defend the thesis after graduation. This new policy is offered so that students can focus on meeting graduation requirements and allows additional time past graduation to work on the thesis and receive transcript notation for this distinction. See details about this option here.

We will continue to communicate with departments about these options, but feel free to share this information with your thesis directors and committee members directly.

HITM support and advising. If you have questions about anything related to HITM theses or to make an advising appointment by telephone, email Dr. Michael Franklin at He will respond to your email in one to two business days. Note that Honors in the Major advising hours for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester will be by Zoom and by telephone.

For Zoom drop-in advising for Honors in the Major with Dr. Franklin, use the following meeting links during the respective days and times posted below:

If you have questions related to University policies and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, please review the FSU Coronavirus updates page here:

other announcements


Summer 2020 Opportunity to Participate in Paid Social Science Experiments.Throughout the summer, paid Social Science experiments will be conducted online. FSU students can participate from home or any place with a stable internet connectionInterested?  For more information, visit

Summer 2020 University Housing Move-Out Plan. Please read this update from University Housing carefully. It contains important instructions for retrieving your belongings from your spring semester residence hall.

"In an effort to accommodate our residents and allow some flexibility in scheduling, we are allowing residents to select a move-out appointment, rather than assigning appointments. Today you will receive an email link to schedule a move-out appointment. If you have already checked out of your residence hall or if you have contracted with the UPS Store to pack your room, you will not receive the link." For full details, visit


Free COVID-19 Testing. If you live in Tallahassee or nearby: Bragg Stadium at FAMU is offering free testing for COVID-19, open to anyone, whether one has symptoms or not. They have recently expanded the dates through which testing will be available. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 850-404-6399.

Spring 2020 Honors Graduates. Read about our newly-minted honors graduates here! Congratulations, graduates! We look forward to hearing from you. The honors website will have more information on the Honors Graduates page soon! 

Especially for Students. The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) posted information about jobs that are generally "recession-free". Learn more here: Of course, FSU's Career Center is a great resource for anyone looking for jobs and internships or other forms of experiential learning. The messages that HSA sent out last month also included information about service work in which you can engage remotely.



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