Classes Cancelled, Residence Halls Closing

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Stetson University will cancel classes today, Oct. 5, at noon and encourages students to head home and seek safe shelter from Hurricane Matthew.

Residence halls will close Thursday, Oct. 6, at noon. If students have no place to shelter, Stetson University will work with them to provide safe and appropriate accommodations.

Students are asked to fill out an evacuation information form, available to all residential students through Housing Central, accessible through Students should check in with families and let them know their plans. 

Essential personnel will remain on Stetson’s DeLand campus. All events and classes are canceled from noon today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Sunday. Today’s 1:30 p.m. faculty forum with a candidate for Stetson’s Executive Vice President and Provost position will take place as planned in the Lynn Business Center’s Rinker Auditorium and so will an open forum with staff, faculty and students there at 3.45 p.m. today.

  • Students with pets can seek shelter with the pet at the Volusia County Fairgrounds off State Road 44, west of DeLand, starting Thursday, Oct. 6. Do not leave pets in residence halls.
  • University staff will work through the end of today, Oct. 5. Thursday and Friday are paid days off. Staff should check with supervisors to see if they are essential personnel.

Stetson officials are closely monitoring information from the National Hurricane Center regarding Hurricane Matthew. Stetson will send messages to students, faculty and staff by email, and update Stetson Today and social media pages regarding any additional impact on school operations.

Volusia County and the east coast of Florida from Sebastian Inlet to the Volusia/Flagler county line are currently under a hurricane warning, for Matthew, now a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 a.m. advisory Wednesday.

Please see the tips and resources in our Severe Weather Awareness Guide, and contact the Department of Public Safety if you have any additional questions.

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