Students Updates

Important Notice for Second Shift to Online Teaching

Dear Students,

In compliance with the recent Government announcement regarding the closure of all educational institutions, we are shifting to online teaching. The first day fully online is tomorrow i.e. 26 November. Please note the following important information.

  1. Academic Calendar 

Christmas holidays will be December 23-January 1. We will still have online classes January 4-8 (this is not a holiday). Pending further instructions from the government, we will resume the blended calendar on 11 January with even roll numbers back on campus and odd numbers remote. We will notify you in January of the plans for final exams.

  1. Teaching & Research

No on campus teaching activities will continue. All undergraduate and postgraduate classes will be fully online. However, research labs are allowed to do their research with 50% strength. Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate research students are allowed to do their work on campus as long as labs only have 50% of their normal number of staff, faculty, and students. For example, if the lab usually has 2 faculty, 2 lab attendants, and 4 research students, then only 1 faculty, 1 lab attendant, and 2 research students would be allowed at any one time.

  1. Student Services

All student services will be provided online. Please note the following important emails to request a student online service.

Vice Rector Office vicerectoroffice@fccollege.edu.pk

Academic Services Office academicoffice@fccollege.edu.pk

Academic Advising Center advisingcenter@fccollege.edu.pk

I.T.S Moodle Help its.moodle.help@fccollege.edu.pk

Empower Student Information System: empowersis@fccollege.edu.pk

MS Teams / O365: its.apps.help@fccollege.edu.pk

Student Email related issues  ithelp@fccollege.edu.pk

Student Affairs Office studentaffairs@fccollege.edu.pk

International Education internationaleducation@fccollege.edu.pk

Financial Aid financialaid@fccollege.edu.pk

Accounts Office fccaccounts@fccollege.edu.pk

FCC Hostels hostels@fccollege.edu.pk

Campus Counseling Center ccc@fccollege.edu.pk

  1. Registrations/Withdrawals

Students are not allowed to de-register or drop courses. You are allowed to follow the normal procedure for withdrawal with no refund.

  1. Academic Advising

Academic Advising will not be able to facilitate the sending of course packs to students with connectivity issues. If you need academic advising please contact advisingcenter@fccollege.edu.pk

  1. Residential Life

Hostels will remain open with reduced strength to accommodate research students, students from far-flung areas, and those with connectivity issues. For further information please contact FCC Hostels hostels@fccollege.edu.pk

Please do not expect that faculty are available 24/7. You are encouraged to follow the scheduled virtual office hours (such as using Zoom). This is important that you respect the time of faculty and also maintain healthy boundaries and take appropriate times of rest.

These are challenging times for FCCU, for Lahore, for Pakistan, and indeed for the whole world. We have pivoted to fully online before and we can do it again. We are confident that you will be able to respond successfully to this once again.

Again, we are committed to ensure that our students are successful in Fall 2020. In case of need do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Affidavit and Health Declaration Forms for Fall 2020

Notice About Fall Semester Reopening

Dear Students,

Greetings from Forman Christian College University. We have missed having you on campus since we had to go online in March due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to share that, after careful planning and consideration, we are gradually reopening the campus. In this letter, we aim to make the reopening plan clear and understandable.

We hope that you are safe and doing well. We know that Spring 2020 semester learning was a very challenging time for many of you. Although there were various uncertainties, we wrapped up the semester incredibly strong with approximately 4700 student registrations. Thank you for your dedication and hard work during an extraordinary Spring semester that posed obstacles for students, faculty, administration, and staff alike at FCCU and across the globe. Together we were able to finish the semester well; now it is time to start anew.

Firstly, we are able to open limited space in hostels for our students to complete Spring 2020 Incomplete grades. At this stage, around 200 students are invited to come back to the hotels from 7th Sept to 30th Sept 2020. Our administrative and academic operations are already open. Our faculty and post-graduate research students are already back on campus to work on their teaching and research projects.

Our goal is to gradually open the campus for all students, staff, and faculty. We are constantly monitoring the fluid health situation regarding the COVID outbreak. We will ensure that important information, decisions, and plans are communicated to you clearly and in a timely manner. We are committed to pursue academic excellence through the best possible teaching and learning experiences we can safely provide for our students in Fall 2020.

Sincerely,

Dr. James A Tebbe, Rector

Dr. Douglas E Trimble, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs

Dr. Gloria Calib, Associate Vice Rector for Academic Affairs

Fall Semester: Frequently Asked Questions

  1.     When is the first day of classes?

The Fall 2020 semester will begin on October 26.

  1.     When does the Freshmen Experience start?

The orientation and classes for freshmen will begin on 19th October and will be wrapped up by Saturday 24th October. The incoming freshmen class will be communicated the detailed schedule of orientation, classes, and university ID card registration process through email by the first week of October.

  1.     What will be the Class Schedule for Fall?

We will follow the university schedule for M/W/F & Tu/Thu.

  1.     How will classes be taught?

We are determined to resume courses in the Fall using a blend of in-person and online instruction. We have formed our blended approach taking into account responses to the student survey and careful thinking and planning per HEC and government guidance. All baccalaureate classes will be taught in Blended mode in the Fall semester. In blended mode, half the student body will study in-person for two weeks and the other half will receive the same instruction remotely. After two weeks, everyone will swap.

  1.     What will the Blended Calendar look like?

The HEC has encouraged universities to reduce the strength of the student body, so that on any given day, we have fewer students on campus. This will, hopefully, help limit the spread of infection. Thus, undergraduates with odd roll numbers (last digit) will be allowed on campus for the first two weeks of class and those with even roll numbers (last digit) will learn remotely. After two weeks, those with even id numbers will come to campus for in-person classes and those with odd id numbers will learn from home. This does not apply to Hostel Residents and post-graduate students.

 

Fortnight

Odd

(1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

Even

(0, 2, 4, 6, 8)

Hostel ResidentsPost Grad
Oct. 26-Nov. 6On campusRemoteOn campusOn campus
Nov. 9-Nov. 20RemoteOn campusOn campusOn campus
Nov. 23-Dec. 4On campusRemoteOn campusOn campus
Dec. 7-Dec. 18RemoteOn campusOn campusOn campus
Dec. 21-23, Jan. 4-8On campusRemoteOn campusOn campus
Jan. 11-Jan. 22RemoteOn campusOn campusOn campus
Jan. 25-Feb. 4On campusRemoteOn campusOn campus
Feb. 8-Feb. 12RemoteOn campusOn campusOn campus

Feb. 15-Feb. 24

Final Exams

On campusOn campusOn campusOn campus

 

  1.     What will be the teaching approach for Fall 2020?

Classes will meet in-person, and students/faculty/staff on campus will be required to wear a mask at all times and socially distance. These same lectures will also be delivered to the off-campus students online through Moodle, the University Learning Management System. This can be a combination of synchronous engagement (i.e. designated class time slot through conference or chat rooms) and asynchronous engagement (i.e. student learning occurring on the student’s timeline through recorded lectures, discussion forums, chats, blogs). In all cases, the curriculum will be available asynchronously for those with connectivity problems.

There will be some courses with no face-to-face instruction depending on the faculty’s exceptional situation. In this case Big Blue Button, Google Meet, Skype, and/or Zoom meetings will be scheduled to engage students and deliver the curriculum.

  1.     How will student entrance on campus be facilitated?

Biometrics and cards will be activated on respective days only for even or odd numbers in accordance with the blended calendar.

  1.     If I don’t want to come back on campus for in-person teaching, what should I do?

Submit a petition to the Associate Vice Rector.

  1.     Will the students on academic probation be allowed to register for Fall 2020?

The students suspended in Spring 2020 can register for Fall 2020. In order to register, the student must submit a petition to the Associate Vice Rector.

  1. Will Student Academic Support Services be available?

Being consistent with our student-centered approach, we aim to foster student success.  All academic support services will be provided online. Entrance in the Administration Block will be only facilitated with an invitation from the concerned office.

  1. What is the situation with the hostels?

Up to approximately 200 students are invited to stay on campus during the first round of reopening 7-30 September. Limited accommodation will be available for Fall semester. Continuing students would be provided residence based on prior signed contracts. We have limited space for Freshmen on the campus. The students would be informed about the space issues in a timely manner. In case of queries, please contact the hostel office.

  1. What are the SOPs for keeping the campus safe?

We are committed to ensure health and safety on the campus. We will implement a number of SOPs to mitigate the risks and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All students, faculty and staff are expected to adhere to the health and safety protocols. We will follow the mandatory cleaning/sanitizing protocols, managing classroom capacities, maintaining safe social/physical distancing, wearing masks, modifying food service, regulating personal health checks, and quarantining when necessary. Hostel residents will also follow strict SOPs to ensure health and safety of the residents. In addition, the students returning on campus will be required to submit health and safety documents. Nearer the start of Fall semester, we will share the required documentation information.

  1. Will financial aid continue as before?

Financial aid is available. For more details visit the financial aid web page.

  1. Will student activities be available

All social activities in person will be on hold for Fall 2020. Societies will organize online activities, which can include online introductions of different societies and clubs, awareness sessions, webinars, social interaction, etc.

  1. For other related issues/concerns, whom should I contact?

Associate Vice Rector a.vicerector@fccollege.edu.pk

Academic Services Office academicoffice@fccollege.edu.pk

Academic Advising Center advisingcenter@fccollege.edu.pk

Student Affairs Office studentaffairs@fccollege.edu.pk

International Education internationaleducation@fccollege.edu.pk

Campus Counseling Center ccc@fccollege.edu.pk

Registrar’s Office registrar@fccollege.edu.pk

Admissions admissions@fccollege.edu.pk

Financial Aid financialaid@fccollege.edu.pk

Accounts Office fccaccounts@fccollege.edu.pk

Residential Life hostels@fccollege.edu.pk

Ewing Library library@fccollege.edu.pk

 

  1. Where can I get the updates? 

Please check your FC email regularly for correspondence and queries. For regular updates, you are encouraged to visit FC website and follow FC’s official social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and  YouTube.

 

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FCCU Academic Calendar Updates

Summer 2020:

Add/Drop Summer 2020:

Monday, 3rd August 2020

Thursday, 6th August 2020

Classes Summer 2020:

Classes Begin: Monday, 3rd August 2020

Classes End: Friday, 11th September 2020

Deadline for Course Withdrawal:

Monday, 24th August, 2020.

Course Evaluation Summer 2020:

Monday, 7th September 2020

Friday, 11th September 2020

Final Exams Summer 2020:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 15th and 16th September 20

Fall 2020:

Advance Registration Fall 2020:

Starts: Monday, 1st June 2020.

Ends: Thursday, 11th June 2020.

Degree Audit Notice by Academic Advising Center

Dear Students,

We know you cannot come to the Academic Advising Center but we want to help you in any way we can. If you need any assistance with your degree audit, please fill the following form and one of our staff will get back to you within 24 hours.  Please fill out the online course checklist before we call you and have your transcript available as well.

Click here to access the form

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Library Services during COVID-19 Emergency

Dear Library Students,

Starting March 24th, the  offline and print-based library services will remain suspended till the COVID-19 emergency situation end. During this period, the delivery of printed materials has been suspended. Please note that:

1) Lending periods for books in circulation will be automatically extended for all user.

2) We will remain fine-free during the emergency period.

3) All library sections will be closed for users, until regular opening of University, except for the main Library, which will be opening from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm, Mon-Friday, with a skeleton staff, that needs to be on premises for specific reasons.

We foresee a growing need for ‘Online Information Services’ for the FCC faculty as they prepare to start ‘Online Teaching’ and online ‘Course Delivery’, from March 30th, 2020. We already have our Virtual Reference Services. We will continue to answer Reference enquirers  electronically or by phone, through our Library Helpdesk which will operate as follows:

 

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FAID Important Information

Financial Aid Application submission deadline has been extended till Friday April 10th, 2020. 

Kindly note that this date is extendable based on lockdown situation in the country and directives of the government due to Covid-19 epidemic until things get normalized. 

All students who intend to apply for the academic year 2020-2021 financial aid application may download and submit a hard copy of financial aid form along with all required documents. Financial Aid processing fee of Rs. 500 will be charged under the student billing account after receiving financial aid form.

Students are required to make sure to fill out financial aid application form properly and attach all relevant required documents. A Complete application sealed packet can be sent through courier and should reach before Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the following mailing address:

Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)

Financial Aid Department

Room # 15

Ferozepur Road, Lahore

Phone: 04299231581-88 Ext 331

Click here to download List of Required Documents

Click here to download Financial Aid Application Form

For queries, please write us at financialaid@fccollege.edu.pk

Notice for Online Learning for Students

Dear Students,

At FCCU, the University leadership is closely tracking the impact of COVID-19 on a regular basis. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priorities.  In order to help mitigate risk to our entire community, at FCCU we are working on setting up online classes. This is an unprecedented situation and we are trying our best to prepare well to deal with the current situation.

At FCCU, we will be using Moodle for Online Teaching, it is the best Learning Management System for us as it is already linked with Empower. Some of the students are already using it, if you haven’t used it before please login to your Moodle account today. Make sure that it is working well. If you have any tech related issues please email to its.moodle.help@fccollege.edu.pkFor student guide on Moodle please visit http://tmoodle.fccollege.edu.pk/moodle/faq/index.html

We are aware that online may be a challenge for some students. Please email cherylburke@fccollege.edu.pk if you are not able to access internet on a consistent basis. If you have a friend or classmate that you know is unlikely to get this information, please let Ma’am Cheryl know about that situation as well. We are trying to come up with solutions to this issue before we go online on March 30th.

As a reminder, please make sure that you avoid shaking hands, wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer.

We will be sharing more information about your online classes with you as its available.

Vice Rector’s Office

Important Notice for FCCU Community Regarding Coronavirus

Dear FCCU Community,

As many of you are aware, the Government has directed all educational institutes to close till 5 April 2020 in light of the Corona Virus pandemic. FCCU will be following these directions and closing the campus till 5 April 2020.

Beginning on Saturday 14 March till Monday 30 March, FCCU will be suspending all academic and non academic activities for students. This means that classes will not be held during this time. After this initial 2-week period, FCCU is planning to make lectures and classes available online for our students.

For the 3-week duration (from Saturday 14 March till Sunday 5 April) FCCU will put on hold all seminars, conferences, talks, symposiums, educational trips and other events which constitute non academic activities. We are also asking hostel residents to return to their homes at this time.

Please refer all queries regarding this situation to the official FCCU Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fccollege/) or check the official FCCU website.

As of now, we advise you to avoid shaking hands when greeting each other, wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when soap & water are unavailable and avoid touching your face. Taking these measures can help keep you and your family safe.

We will be sending out further communications with information about online classes and will keep you informed if the situation changes.

Campus Advisory on Coronavirus

National and local health officials are closely monitoring the spread of the novel Corona Virus strain (COVID-19) as thousands around the world have been affected by it. There have been no cases in Punjab at this time. However, since Balochistan and Sindh are affected by the virus, it is important that we here in Punjab take the necessary precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our families.

How can we protect ourselves from Corona Virus?

  • Keep your immune system healthy through proper nutrition
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and definitely after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, if you are ill
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick
  • Avoid travel to affected areas for the time being. This is especially advised for people who may wish to travel home (in affected areas) during the PSL break
  • Avoid going to crowded places like markets unless absolutely necessary

Please ensure that you seek medical assistance if you manifest symptoms like fever and cough/difficulty breathing.

Manifesting these symptoms does NOT necessarily mean you have the Corona Virus, but it means you should put on a mask and get assessed ASAP.

The purpose of this advisory is not to alarm but to inform you so that you may take the required measure to keep yourself safe. We understand that these are uncertain and stressful times, but we encourage you to look out for your colleagues and students and support each other. Please follow this link for more information from WHO:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Rector’s Office

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WHO Head’s Message Regarding COVID19

FCCU Academic Calendar Updates

Summer 2020:

Add/Drop Summer 2020:

Monday, 3rd August 2020

Thursday, 6th August 2020

Classes Summer 2020:

Classes Begin: Monday, 3rd August 2020

Classes End: Friday, 11th September 2020

Deadline for Course Withdrawal:

Monday, 24th August, 2020.

Course Evaluation Summer 2020:

Monday, 7th September 2020

Friday, 11th September 2020

Final Exams Summer 2020:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 15th and 16th September 20

Fall 2020:

Advance Registration Fall 2020:

Starts: Monday, 1st June 2020.

Ends: Thursday, 11th June 2020.

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Library Services during COVID-19 Emergency

Dear Faculty Members,

Starting March 24th, the offline and print-based library services will remain suspended till the COVID-19 emergency situation end. During this period, the delivery of printed materials has been suspended. Please note that:

1) Lending periods for books in circulation will be automatically extended for all users.

2) We will remain fine-free during the emergency period.

3) All library sections will be closed for users, until regular opening of University, except for the main Library, which will be open from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm, Mon-Friday, with a skeleton staff, that needs to be on premises for specific reasons.

However, as the FCCU Campus switches to ‘Online Teaching’ from March 30th, we foresee a growing need for ‘Online and electronic Information Services’ for the FCC faculty as they prepare to start ‘Online Teaching’ and online ‘Course Delivery’, from March 30th, 2020.

In this regard, the Library will be offering the following ‘Electronic and Digital Services’ to FCCU students as well as the faculty.

(Please note that these services are currently limited to weekdays only, from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm. However, as soon as, FCC-IT can provide us with the VPN Passwords, the Library will be able to respond to your inquiries any time by involving all library staff working from home or on duty) :

1. Virtual Reference Services: We already have our Virtual Reference Services. We will continue to answer Reference enquirers  electronically or by phone, through our Library Helpdesk which will operate as follows:

2. Electronic Document Delivery Services: Upon your request, library staff will make online searches in electronic databases to download the information items (eBooks, eArticles) from our licensed resources and deliver them to you as an email attachment.

3. Digitization / Scanning Services: Faculty may ask for preparing the digital copies of parts of course books or articles from newly received Journals, to be scanned by library staff and sent to the requesting faculty for sharing with their students through Moodle or by email attachment.
4. E-Course Packs: Library already prepare eCourse Packs form various Textbooks, eBooks or scanned parts of printed books, as advised by the faculty. Faculty may also ask for an existing e-Course Pack or demand for a new one, for uploading in Moodle or for sharing with their students by email.
5. Request for e-Books / e-Articles Download and Delivery: Upon request, the Library can download eBooks from the extensive eBooks Databases of Library and send them electronically (By email) to the requesting faculty Member.

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Training for Faculty use of Moodle for Online Teaching

In the current situation, with the outbreak of COVID-19, the Universities worldwide are quickly moving to online teaching. At FCCU, we will be using Moodle for Online Teaching, it is the best Learning Management System for us as it is already linked with Empower. Please start preparing your Online Teaching through Moodle. In recent past there has been training sessions on Moodle and many of you are already using it, if you haven’t done so please login to your Moodle account today.
A faculty guide for Moodle is available at http://tmoodle.fccollege.edu.pk/moodle/faq/index.html. Please check it out, it is a helpful resource to set up your Moodle account for Online Teaching. If you have any tech related issue please email to its.moodle.help@fccollege.edu.pk.

Important Notice for FCCU Community Regarding Coronavirus

Dear FCCU Community,

As many of you are aware, the Government has directed all educational institutes to close till 5 April 2020 in light of the Corona Virus pandemic. FCCU will be following these directions and closing the campus till 5 April 2020.

Beginning on Saturday 14 March till Monday 30 March, FCCU will be suspending all academic and non academic activities for students. This means that classes will not be held during this time. After this initial 2-week period, FCCU is planning to make lectures and classes available online for our students.

For the 3-week duration (from Saturday 14 March till Sunday 5 April) FCCU will put on hold all seminars, conferences, talks, symposiums, educational trips and other events which constitute non academic activities. We are also asking hostel residents to return to their homes at this time.

Please refer all queries regarding this situation to the official FCCU Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fccollege/) or check the official FCCU website.

As of now, we advise you to avoid shaking hands when greeting each other, wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when soap & water are unavailable and avoid touching your face. Taking these measures can help keep you and your family safe.

We will be sending out further communications with information about online classes and will keep you informed if the situation changes.

Campus Advisory on Coronavirus

National and local health officials are closely monitoring the spread of the novel Corona Virus strain (COVID-19) as thousands around the world have been affected by it. There have been no cases in Punjab at this time. However, since Balochistan and Sindh are affected by the virus, it is important that we here in Punjab take the necessary precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our families.

How can we protect ourselves from Corona Virus?

  • Keep your immune system healthy through proper nutrition
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and definitely after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, if you are ill
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick
  • Avoid travel to affected areas for the time being. This is especially advised for people who may wish to travel home (in affected areas) during the PSL break
  • Avoid going to crowded places like markets unless absolutely necessary

Please ensure that you seek medical assistance if you manifest symptoms like fever and cough/difficulty breathing.

Manifesting these symptoms does NOT necessarily mean you have the Corona Virus, but it means you should put on a mask and get assessed ASAP.

The purpose of this advisory is not to alarm but to inform you so that you may take the required measure to keep yourself safe. We understand that these are uncertain and stressful times, but we encourage you to look out for your colleagues and students and support each other. Please follow this link for more information from WHO:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Rector’s Office

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