College of Law FAQ

What to do if...

I am fully vaccinated, but I live or work closely with someone who has recently tested positive for or was exposed to Covid-19.  I do not have any symptoms.  Do I need to isolate?

Fully vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic do not have to isolate if exposed to someone positive, but they must fill out a reportit form to be entered into our tracking system. A member of the contact tracing team will call to advise testing 3-5 days after exposure and to wear masks in all public places for 14 days or until a negative test result, but will clear after the call.

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, you should isolate for a period of 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

I am not vaccinated, and I live or work closely with someone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19. I do not have any symptoms. Do I need to isolate?

Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to Covid-19 need to isolate for a period of 10 days from the last date of exposure, but can end isolation after 7 days with a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken on day 6 or after.  This isolation is required even if asymptomatic.

I am not vaccinated, and I live or work closely with someone who has symptoms of Covid-19, but who has not taken a Covid test. I do not have any symptoms.  Do I need to isolate?

Direct exposures are isolated only if exposed to someone who has tested positive, but these type of scenarios are reviewed on a case by case basis by the contact tracing team. Direct exposures to a symptomatic- test pending are usually not isolated until the test is confirmed positive.

I work in the same office as someone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19. I do not have any symptoms, and our desks are more than 6 feet apart.  Do I need to isolate?

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to isolate, but should monitor closely for development of symptoms. Unvaccinated individuals will need to isolate if they are determined to be a close contact, which means cumulative contact time of at least 15 minutes within 6’ of each other.  Even if the desks are 6’ apart, parties may have other interactions at a closer distance that will qualify as close contact.  If unvaccinated individuals do not qualify as a close contact that needs to isolate, they should still monitor closely for development of symptoms.

I am fully vaccinated, but I am exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19. Do I need to test and/or to isolate?

Yes. An individual can be infectious even if they are vaccinated. Anyone exhibiting symptoms should isolate and work with the contact tracer to determine when it is safe to return to campus or to end isolation. A negative viral test can be used to rule out that the symptoms are caused by COVID-19 infection and the need for isolation.

I am fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, but I recently tested positive for Covid-19. Do I need to isolate?

Yes. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 could be infectious, even if vaccinated. A covid-positive individual should isolate and work with the contact tracer to determine when it is safe to return to campus or to end isolation.

I would like to take an in-home COVID-19 test kit.  Will it be valid?

The Florida Department of Health indicates that results from at home COVID-19 test kits are unable to be recorded and reported as valid because of the Department of Health’s inability to confirm these results. All at home tests must be confirmed by a COVID-19 laboratory test. Therefore, Stetson will isolate based on an at home test result, but we will not count it as a positive until it is confirmed by a lab test.

Vaccine

Do vaccinated people still need to wear a mask and physically distance?

Yes, all members of the community are required to comply with the face covering policy and to physically distance. The CDC guidance still recommends continuing these measures because the vaccines are not 100% effective, and it may be possible for a vaccinated person to spread the vaccine.

What is Stetson's vaccination policy?

Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccines to protect yourself, your family and the community. Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are highly recommended for all Stetson community members.

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for our population. Vaccine availability is still a nationwide concern and the vaccines are authorized through FDA emergency use only. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page.

Why does Stetson want to know my vaccination status? Is this information protected?

Community vaccination data is a vital component of Stetson’s decision-making process and helps to safeguard our community. No additional medical information is requested. Submit your vaccination record using this form.

Please note that this information will be kept private and confidential; only Student Health Services and institutional administrators involved in the COVID-19 vaccination record keeping have access to the online system. All data is stored behind our protective firewall and is secured. Employees who are not comfortable uploading the vaccination card should contact Human Resources ([email protected] in DeLand and [email protected] for College of Law). Students should contact Student Health Services ([email protected]) in DeLand.

Check out Stetson’s real-time statistical data indicating number of our population who are vaccinated at our COVID-19 Tracking webpage.

Will fully vaccinated individuals be required to wear face coverings or participate in Gateway testing in Fall 2021?

Individuals who have reported their vaccine to Stetson will not have to participate in the COVID-19 testing but will need to receive a wristband to show they’ve participated in the Gateway process. For updates on face covering, please see our policy.

What is the benefit of the vaccine if it isn’t 100% effective?

While a vaccinated person might still contract Covid, the vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death. In addition, because the vaccines prevent many of the illnesses, they also help prevent development of variants by lessening the overall rate of Covid infection.

Does a vaccinated person need to isolate if exposed to Covid?

The CDC guidance provides that a vaccinated person does not need to isolate if exposed to Covid as long as the vaccinated person remains asymptomatic.

Has Stetson made a decision yet about whether or not the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for students to re-enter campus once the vaccine becomes widely available?

 At this time, COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandatory for our population. We will continue to review guidance from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association and the Florida Department of Health on this important matter to help in our future decisions on mandating vaccinations for different groups, such as our residential population. Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are highly recommended for all Stetson University community members.

Campus Testing

Will students returning back to campus have to do testing for Fall 2021?

Gateway testing will occur in the Fall and information will be shared as it becomes available. Students that provide vaccination records will not need to participate in gateway testing.

Will you hold testing on campus?

Yes, we will have testing on campus for student, faculty and staff periodically.

How do I find testing locations in my area?

Your local health department website should have a listing of testing locations near you. You also can call your local PCP for suggestions. You need to find a location that will test without a referral. Testing is provided in the following locations:

What is PCR testing for COVID-19?

PCR testing looks for the virus itself in the nose, throat or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2. In most cases, a nose or throat swab is taken by a health care provider, and that swab is sent to the lab for testing. A positive PCR test means the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection. It can help identify people who are contagious to others.

How much does testing cost?

This type of testing should be covered by your insurance or by state testing programs — you can call the local agencies to get more information about this. If you cannot find a local option that works with your insurance or if your state does not have a plan to cover tests for those without insurance, you can test once you are on campus with us.

Academic

When do classes start/end?

Stetson Law revised the Fall 2021 Academic Calendar. Classes begin on Aug. 16 and final exams end Nov. 24.

How sure are you that students are coming back this Fall and not online at home?

The State of Florida has reopened. Our Safer Campus Task Force meets weekly to evaluate the governor's decisions/updates and is working to make recommendations as quickly as possible based on it. Our expectation is that classes scheduled to be in-person or hybrid will continue to operate in that manner.

Will the face covering policy continue in the Fall semester?

The Safer Campus Task Force is aware that the State of Florida has ended the ability for municipalities within the state to enforce many covid mandates. At this time, we are still enforcing our face covering policy to keep our community safe.

Will we continue to have reduced capacity in the classrooms in Fall 2021?

We anticipate having 3’ spacing in most classrooms based on CDC guidance.

What happens academically if you have to self-isolate?

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, have been knowingly exposed, have tested positive, are required to isolate, or need to care for someone who is required to isolate, please do not come to in-person classes until you are cleared to return.
  • In any of the foregoing situations, please fill out a Health Concern Report as soon as possible. University Health Services will contact you and conduct appropriate contact tracing.
  • The standard Class Attendance Policy is in effect. You will be counted absent for any in-person classes that you are unable to attend in-person. However, the policy provides the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with discretion to permit absences in excess of the maximum for contagious illness, caring for someone with contagious illness, or other extraordinary circumstances. Covid-related absences for the reasons listed above will justify exercise of that discretion. 
  • Contact your professors to discuss how you will stay current in your classes, which may include joining class via Zoom or watching class recordings.

Can faculty require all students to wear a face covering at all times in their individual classroom?

Please see our Face Covering Policy. At this time, all members of the community and all visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings in most indoor settings, including classrooms. Even if Stetson’s policy relaxes the face covering requirement, faculty may still require face coverings in class settings.

What should a faculty member do if a student comes to class without a face covering and refuses to comply with Stetson’s Face Covering Policy?

The faculty member should ask the student to please wear a face covering and, if the student refuses to comply, the faculty member should ask the student to leave the class. The faculty member should also report the incident to Public Safety or Student Affairs.

Would electing the online option affect financial aid as to housing or any other aspects of financial aid?

Electing the online option will not affect an eligible student’s ability to obtain student loans; however, it will reduce the student’s transportation costs in the overall cost of attendance.

Will my transcripts look any different if I choose the online option?

Your transcript will not reflect that your courses were taught online; they will reflect the courses taken in the same way as if you had taken the courses in person.

Are club meetings allowed during the fall semester?

Student organizations will be active during the fall semester but will need to follow Stetson guidelines for meetings. We will encourage student organizations to think creatively regarding how to use technology and outside spaces to meet and provide programming for the fall semester. Updates to guidelines for groups and gatherings will be made closer to the fall semester.

Will the grading be pass or fail for the online section?

All courses at the College of Law will be graded in their traditional method. For 1L classes, all courses are traditionally graded on the 4.0 scale.

Are study groups on campus allowed?

Groups and gatherings will be limited to no more than 50 persons until further notice. While that does allow for study groups, they will need to account for physical distancing, which may limit the spaces in which they can physically meet (depending on the size of the group). Many of our students during prior semesters continued to work with study groups, even if they did so remotely. 

Are study groups allowed in the library?

Study groups are not allowed in the library. All study rooms are limited to one student at a time. The capacity has been limited to allow for physical distancing.

Are there any library resources that will not be available for the online sections?

Most of the library resources are available online but students in the online sections will be able to come to campus to use the library in person if needed, or may contact the reference librarians for assistance in obtaining materials if needed.

Will there be any in-person office hours in general?

Offices on campus will generally be open during normal business hours, and will be able to work with students remotely as well as in person. We are encouraging remote meetings when feasible.

Will the class be isolated in the event a student is positive?

We will follow the recommendations of health professionals regarding quarantining and isolation for anyone who is exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Those recommendations consider, among other things, the length of exposure and proximity of exposure.

What is the plan for a student who tests positive as far as class attendance, studying, participation, and exams?

Please view the Emergency Attendance policy.  If a student tests positive but is still able to participate in class and take examinations, each professor will have a plan for how to allow the student to complete the course. If a student becomes severely ill and cannot participate in classes for an extended time or cannot take the final examination, that student will (when ready) discuss a plan with the Associate Dean.

Will students be informed if another student in their class tests positive?

While privacy considerations do not allow us to divulge specific information regarding who tests positive, we will provide information to the extent possible to those who may have been exposed to the virus. We will be utilizing an app as well to help with contact tracing.

What happens if there is a COVID-19 positive individual in a classroom?

In line with Department of Health and CDC recommendations (including for K-12 environments), an entire classroom does not necessarily need to quarantine because someone tested positive for COVID-19. Extensive tracing would be done for a classroom environment if a participant was COVID-19 positive.

Who would need to isolate if someone in a classroom tested positive for COVID-19?

Through tracing, Stetson Health Service will contact individuals who were closer than 6 feet to the person testing positive. Extensive tracing would be done starting with the individual who is COVID-19 positive.

Cleaning

What is being done to ensure that buildings across campus are being cleaned/disinfected sufficiently and often enough?

The university has developed cleaning protocols for all campuses and has secured additional CDC-approved cleaning supplies and equipment. In addition to cleaning by Facilities Management, cleaning supplies will be made available for departments on campus to provide additional cleaning beyond or in addition to the protocols. Classrooms are being cleaned in between classes.

Financial Aid

Who should I contact if I have a financial need?

Please reach out via email to [email protected].

Grades/Bar/Exams

How will bar prep programs be accommodating a potentially delayed exam?

Academic Success and Bar Preparation Services is open and ready to help with your academic success and exam planning needs. They will accommodate your meeting preference, whether in-person, phone meetings, email meetings, or video meetings. To schedule an appointment for academic success planning or advising, email [email protected]. They can also provide the latest information about state bar exams and other bar preparation needs. To schedule a bar preparation appointment, email [email protected]. You can also check out on-demand law student and graduate resources on the ASP and Bar Prep portals. 

What happens if I have technical issues during my exam?

Our IT and Registrar teams are well-prepared to handle any problems you may have. ExamSoft also provides 24/7 support. If you have any questions or want to troubleshoot, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with IT. Please also continue to update the Registrar’s office of any issue you may be experiencing.

Housing/Fees

Is housing open, and whom do I contact?

Yes, housing is still open. Our Assistant Director, Tracy Rich, is still working. Please continue to work with Tracy Rich with any of your housing questions. You can reach her at [email protected], [email protected], 727-562-7886 or 727-580-8983. 

What is the guest and visitor policy?

Rosa Apartments and houses allow one Stetson guest permitted per room; masks are required. Curretnly, no overnight or non-Stetson guests are permitted.

Who cleans the private or suite-style bathroom?

Students will still be responsible for maintaining a clean-living environment within their room, suite, or apartment, including the cleaning and sanitization of the bathroom. Students are responsible to provide their own cleaning supplies and toilet paper in these locations.

Are you going to offer housing specifically for students who need to isolate?

Consistent with CDC guidance, individuals coming to Stetson from outside the United States or from cruise travel will require a 14 day isolation period and should plan to fulfill that isolation period prior to the start of classes and may do so on-campus or elsewhere in the United States. Domestic students from NY, NJ, CT,LA, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories are not required to quarantine upon arrival into the state of Florida.

If I am going to be away for more than 24 hours and live on campus, do I need to fill out a form?

Yes, the Notice of Absence resident form will need to be completed. 

Who do I contact for work orders after hours?

Please contact Public Safety at 727-343-1262. 

Dining Services

Do I need to use a face covering in public spaces designated for eating and drinking?

Yes, face coverings are required in all public spaces unless you are eating and drinking.

When is the café open?

Beginning April 30, Summer Hours for The Bistro will be weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be offering items from the grill, “Grab ‘n Go” items, coffee and bottled drinks. JD's café will be open Monday - Friday for lunch only from 11 a.m.- 2p.m.

 

Additional Questions

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing is provided in the following locations.

What if I am concerned about the air quality?

For some years, Stetson has been installing UVGI light in the HVAC systems in the buildings with air handlers. Working with engineers, Facilities Management University-wide is taking additional steps to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens through supplemental device. This proactive action by the university has increased the wellness of buildings and set a foundation to limit airborne transmission of pathogens.

The air quality of all buildings will be increased through the use of high-efficiency HVAC filters and changing filters on a more frequent basis. In addition, the flow of outside air will be increased to exchange the air as much as reasonably possible.

When should someone isolate?

Based on the current guidelines from the Department of Health, members of the Stetson community should isolate:

  • If they had "close contact" with someone who is COVID-19 positive, 10-day isolation without testing or 7 day if negative PCR test result (testing must be done on day 6 or later) if close contact occurred. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more (cumulative).
  • For 10 days from the onset of sick symptoms matching our criteria. (See Health Response Protocol)
  • For 10 days from the date of a COVID-19 test if they receive a positive test result.
  • After return from travel to an area that requires isolation by Florida Department of Health guidance.

Changes to CDC and DOH quarantine protocol:

The CDC and Florida DOH have modified quarantine for the following group: asymptomatic close contact exposure. Quarantine for this group is now:

  • 10 days from exposure; or
  • 7 days from exposure with a negative PCR test result (testing on day 6 or later).

Isolation for COVID positive individuals remains at 10 days from positive test or onset of symptoms. You must be 24 hour fever and major respiratory symptom free to end isolation.

Stetson uses several ways to determine whether or not someone should isolate after a positive COVID-19 case is detected. 

How can I prevent infection with coronavirus?

The CDC considers the virus, as with all new versions of a virus, a serious public health threat. Nonetheless, the agency considers the immediate risk to the American public to be low at this time. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms can include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 2-14 days

Where can I find additional information about the coronavirus?

Additional information about Stetson University’s Covid-19 response is available on our Safer Stetson website.

Is the library open?

Yes, beginning August 16, 2021, Gulfport hours: Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tampa Law Library Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m..

Will the gym be reopening soon?

The Student Center Gym reopened on May 24 for faculty, staff, and students with a Stetson ID Card. Reservations are required due to current safety protocols and can be made on the College of Law Recreational Facilities page in Engage. The hours are Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where is the Business Office located?

The Business Office is located on the first floor of the Tower near Banyan Court.

The Business Office manages the accounting and reporting responsibilities for the College of Law. Visit our convenient window where faculty, staff and students can pick up refund/reimbursement checks, make payments, and drop off invoices to be paid. See our webpage for forms, important information and to make a payment using Stetson’s student payment portal.

What time is the Business Office open for students?

The Business Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

What information can you provide on Fall 2021?

We are planning to fully continue operating in fall 2021. We are prepared to start classes in the fall with primarily on campus classes based on the guidelines provided by the CDC, federal and state authorities.

You can also view our COL COVID-19-related FAQ Archive.