FEPAC Position Statement on COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020
 
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is closely monitoring emerging information regarding the significance of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on FEPAC-accredited programs.
 
The health and safety of students, program, faculty and staff, and on-site evaluators are of great importance to us. FEPAC understands that institutions are enacting action plans to keep their parties safe, and programs are creating plans for alternate methods for program delivery.
 
FEPAC understands the COVID-19 pandemic may cause an accredited university to temporarily fall out of compliance with one or more FEPAC standard. One likely possibility relates to a departure in the delivery method of course content. This change would typically require a Substantive Change Form submission within 30 days.
 
FEPAC has decided to suspend the need to submit a Substantive Change Form for any changes required by the program due to COVID-19 at this time. Instead, programs will wait to describe any changes still in effect in their annual report for 2020. Programs submitting a Self-Study Report for accreditation or reaccreditation should describe any standard affected by COVID-19 in the Self-Study.
 
FEPAC will not issue any guidance on how a standard should be addressed under this unprecedented pandemic, as each program will be under varying constraints and requirements from their administration, health officials, and state or federal officials. During this time, alternate teaching methods are made at the discretion of the program, as long as the program ultimately complies with FEPAC standards
 
Please monitor federal, state, and local government websites for up-to-date information, guidance, and instructions, including any protocols concerning students on campus.
 
Useful resources available include:

 
FEPAC will continue to update all interested parties as circumstances warrant.  Please contact FEPAC should you have any questions or concerns

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