FSU's Division of Student Affairs Introduces Virtual FSU

As academics and classes at Florida State make the transition to virtual and online learning, it does not go unnoticed that many students benefit greatly from other opportunities of engagement on campus. In order to keep this same level of involvement for FSU’s students in this newly-developed digital learning era, FSU’s Division of Student Affairs (DSA) has created Virtual FSU, a new platform for providing students with remote services and resources pertaining to their involvement with FSU.

Through Virtual FSU, campus groups such as Campus Recreation, The Career Center, University Health Services, The Center for Leadership & Social Change, and more are bringing these services to students while they participate in remote learning.

Active Anywhere. With Campus Recreation facilities closed until further notice, Campus Rec is working hard to bring their fitness programs and activities to your student’s home. Active Anywhere is their new virtual initiative where students can participate in synchronous and asynchronous programs. Students can enjoy ESports, Weekly Outdoor Challenges, Daily Workouts, Mobility Monday’s, and Group Fitness Classes. Campus Rec has additional resources for fitness, wellness, outdoor participation, creative outlets, and building community on their page as well. 

Design Your Career. Offered by The Career Center, Design Your Career allows students to have continued access to detailed information critical for students that are job hunting, searching for internships, graduating, and more. The Career Center has extensive information regarding virtual drop-in career advising, virtual career liaison advising, virtual individual career counseling, graduating students, career fairs, and more. Additionally, there is information regarding those involved with the Experience Recognition Program (ERP), InternFSU, and Garnet & Gold Scholar Society.

Student Engagement. In order to maintain engagement among FSU students, Virtual FSU is providing remote opportunities for RSOs that are unable to meet through their Student Engagement page. In lieu of the weekly Market Wednesday on Legacy Walk, Virtual FSU has created RSO Rendezvous, where students can promote their RSO online every Wednesday between 10am-1pm. The RSO Spring Showcase is working to showcase RSOs, despite postponed or cancelled events, and RSOs are encouraged to submit a request to be featured during the showcase on April 13. Virtual FSU is also looking to showcase an organization through all Student Organizations & Involvement's social media pages every Monday for their weekly RSO Spotlight. In addition to these FSU Student Engagement resources, Virtual FSU has included other virtual and online opportunities offered by global museums, zoos, performers, and more for students to enjoy as well.

Health and Wellness. Virtual FSU has merged all services and facilities available for students to use when it comes to their physical, emotional, and mental health. 

  • University Health Services has launched Telehealth Services, where students can speak to nurses, refill medications, make psychiatry appointments, and receive acute care. 
  • University Counseling Center (UCC) has launched Telemental Health Services to current ongoing clients and Telephonic Crisis Support to all students at 850-644-TALK (8255). UCC is also offering daily psychoeducational workshops via Zoom and WellTrack for self-help interactive therapy.
  • The Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness has gone virtual with Connect with CHAW and features dynamic online resources organized by topic or need. They also encourage students to participate in online meetings or download their recommended and reliable wellness apps. 

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE). CARE is bringing resources for their students through CAREOnline. Through this digital platform, students involved with CARE can have detailed guidance and access to Academic Advising and Student Support Scheduling, lab tutoring information, and additional academic support resources. 

Victim Advocate Program. FSU’s Victim Advocate Program has a confidential advocate on call 24 hours a day to respond to FSU students, faculty, and staff “who are victimized anywhere or at any time, as well as any other person who is victimized on our campus, at an FSU sponsored event, or by FSU community members.” 

Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). As FSU’s academics transition to remote and online learning, FSU’s Office of Accessibility Services wants to offer support to students with disabilities and ensure they have the opportunity to succeed in their online classes. OAS will host their Spring Into Success Series, a virtual program that takes place weekly and touches on ways students with disabilities can continue to receive support with remote learning. There will also be a regular lunch hour program that will take place on Fridays until the end of the semester. This program will consist of engaging topics such as managing physical, emotional, and mental health, daily calendar options for online learning environments, online resources, and more. OAS will also host virtual sessions that will function as open office hours. 

Case Management Services. FSU’s Case Management Services “will continue to seamlessly support, advocate, identify immediate needs, and make appropriate referrals to campus and community resources for students.” Case Management can be contacted through phone at (850) 644-9555 or email at casemanagement@fsu.edu

Title IX. FSU’s Title IX Office “continues to assist students and campus partners with all resources routinely provided by our staff.” The Title IX Office can be contacted through email at tbuchholz@fsu.edu or by phone at 850-645-2741. 

Food For Thought Pantry. The Food For Thought Pantry will continue to serve FSU students by supplementing students' nutritional needs and providing food access as FSU undertakes remote learning. Until in-person classes resume, the Food For Thought Pantry will be open 10 am to 1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays by appointment only. The Pantry will be providing bags of food outside College of Motion Picture Arts and asks that students who have traveled outside of Tallahassee to not utilize the Pantry until further notice.

ProfessioNole Clothing Closet. The Career Center’s ProfessioNole Clothing Closet will continue to offer students access to free professional or business clothing. The Closet has moved to appointment-only scheduling at this time. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life. For students involved in Fraternity or Sorority Life, the department has created a platform full of online resources and services necessary to continue out their experience for Spring 2020. These online resources help foster meetings and member engagement, communication, chapter operations, planning, and management, wellness, advising from council advisors and chapter coaches, and housing/community living.

Center for Global Engagement (CGE). As FSU moves to remote learning, the Center for Global Engagement will continue to offer its programs and services virtually. CGE notes that “all immigration services for all international students, scholars and FSU departments remotely,” and CGE advisors are available during normal business hours. CGE will continue to host its English Conversation Club and International Coffee Hour remotely, in addition to other intercultural events. English Conversation Club will take place Monday-Friday from 4–5 pm, while International Coffee Hour will take place each Friday from 5–6:30 pm. 

Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS). FSU’s Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards will “continue to assist students and campus partners with Information Sessions for Conduct Hearings, Dean Certification requests, advising assistance for Academic Honor Policy preparation and all resources routinely provided by our staff.” The SCCS can be contacted through email at sccs@fsu.edu or phone at 850-644-5136.

Center for Leadership & Social Change (The Center). The Center for Leadership & Social Change has launched its new online platform, Virtual Connection, in order for students to remain connected while remote learning is implemented. The Center is dedicated to bringing content and programming from their staff to students in order to maintain the community created through The Center and our University. So far, students are able to find intricate coloring pages on the Virtual Connection website, and should look for updates via The Center’s social media.