College of Law FAQ
Return to Campus Testing
What is Stetson’s basic expectations for students and COVID-19 Testing for fall return?
All students (residential and commuter) should get a PCR diagnostic test for COVID-19 before arriving to campus. This test should ideally be 7-9 days but no more than 14 days before YOUR arrival date to campus. We are highly encouraging that all students get tested. If you can't get tested before coming to campus, we will have testing on campus.
Why is Stetson encouraging testing in this way?
The main campus has already implemented testing for students who have returned to campus and has prevented at least 10 students from coming back to campus who were COVID-19 positive because of this program (as of 7/21/20).
Who should I contact if I am not being tested before my return to campus?
We recognize that some students may not be tested before returning to campus due to difficulty obtaining testing, religious objections to testing, or other issues. Students may contact the Office of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options if testing is not possible or feasible.
What kinds of tests do you suggest?
PCR Diagnostic testing is recommended and the preferred most accurate testing method. Rapid Antigen testing is also diagnostic and will be accepted for these purposes.
What kinds of tests don’t count?
Antibody tests will not count for these purposes.
How will results be collected?
Students are asked to upload a copy of confirmation of negative test via the link sent by Student Affairs. Once the copy is reviewed, the College of Law will not keep a copy of the test but will only record that the student complied with the request.
What happens if I don’t bring results?
Students who return to campus without test results meeting our criteria, will get a handout with next steps. We will be following up with individuals who have not provided test results. We will have testing opportunities early in the fall semester on campus.
Will you hold testing on campus?
On July 16, roughly 100 members of our community were tested on campus. We will have continued testing options on campus for fall start. Dates of the next testing events will be out soon.
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.
What is the timeframe for testing?
The preferred timeline is to get tested seven to nine days before YOUR arrival date to campus, but not more than 14 days from that arrival date, so there is time for your results to come in. Your results should be shown at check-in/move-in. If you have access to a rapid antigen (not antibody) test, you can schedule your testing closer to your move-in date because you will get your results faster.
What is the dress code for orientation?
When will I get the orientation schedule?
Orientation dates and times will be sent the week of Aug. 3.
Will lunch be provided?
Yes, boxed lunch will be provided on two days with coffee in the morning.
What will orientation look like for students going remote?
We had enough students in the 1L class that wished to go remote to create an online orientation section.
What about part-time students wanting to go remote, what does orientation look like for them?
We plan to record all sessions and to provide a synchronous experience that will be co-moderated by students. Students in this situation would have to follow along with their part-time peers.
Where should I park?
Students coming for orientation can park in any student or visitor lot. Spaces that are numbered are reserved and should not be used.
Is there a mask requirement for orientation?
Yes, all students are expected to wear face coverings while on the Stetson College of Law campus. Students are also asked to follow physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet.
When do classes start/end?
Stetson Law revised the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 17 and final exams end Nov. 25.
How sure are you that students are coming back this fall and not online at home?
The State of Florida is still in phases of reopening. 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.
What happens academically if you have to self-isolate?
The faculty recently adopted the Public Health Crisis and Natural Disaster Relief Class Attendance Policy, which will apply to the Fall 2020 semester. A copy of that policy is posted on the College of Law website.
This policy describes the attendance expectations for in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous course sessions. It also provides that where a student expects to exceed the maximum allowable absences for a course for certain defined reasons, then the student will be permitted to satisfy the attendance requirements in alternate ways, to be specified by the course instructor.
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.
Can you share the amount of people whom have opted for the online section thus far?
Approximately 12% of incoming 1Ls have requested to take classes online.
Can I switch to an in-person section during the spring semester?
At this time, we anticipate that all classes will be in person during the Spring 2021 semester. Should that change, students who elect for the all-remote section in the Fall of 2020 will be permitted to convert to in-person teaching for the Spring semester.
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.
What will the participation look like on synchronous classes? Specifically, it was mentioned that some synchronous classes will be a live cam of an in-person class; how will online attendees participate in said class as far as discussions/being called on?
Each faculty member has discretion as to how to manage the synchronous component of online education. Some professors may utilize a teaching assistant, for example, to monitor the online attendees for contributions to the class discussion. Others may manage the course themselves, using a chat feature, calling system, or other method of ensuring participation.
Will there be weekend classes for the online section?
No; the online section's live class sessions are all scheduled for weekdays. However, faculty members may use the weekend if needed for make-up class sessions.
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. At this time, meetings are limited to no more than 10 people and must be physically distanced. We will encourage student organizations to think creatively regarding how to use technology to meet and provide programming for 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.
It was mentioned that the library will be appointment only. What will that look like? Is there an advance appointment system, and will there be a cap on the amount of people in the library? Are students allowed to conduct study groups at the library?
At this time, the library is limited to bar takers and study rooms are by appointment only. Beginning August 8, the library will be open to faculty, staff, and students. There will be no access to the public until further notice. Study rooms will continue to require reservations. Bar takers will continue to have priority access for the use of all study rooms and carrels on the third floor until August 18.
Are study groups on campus allowed?
Groups and gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 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 the spring of 2020 continued to work with study groups, even if they did so remotely. Study groups are not allowed in the library. Some rooms allow only up to two students 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 quarantined 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 quarantine 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.
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.
Who should I contact if I have a financial need?
Please reach out via email to email@example.com.
Are there funds available to students who qualify under the CARES Act?
Yes, currently enrolled students who are already receiving federal student aid through the FAFSA or students who meet the eligibility requirements to receive federal student aid, can submit the CARES Act Application.
Are there funds available to students who do not qualify for the CARES Act funds?
Has commencement been postponed?
We have determined that the traditional face-to-face graduation ceremony will take place in December, provided health guidelines at that time permit.
Commencement has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 19, 2020. Graduation Brunch will be held on Thursday, December 17, and the Honors and Awards Celebration will be on Friday, December 18. The graduating classes included in the events will be December 2019, May/August 2020, and December 2020.
The December 2020 Honors and Awards and Graduation ceremonies will replicate exactly the same tradition we typically deliver each spring, including recognitions, speeches, photography, etc. As a special note, both President Wendy Libby and President Chris Roellke will attend the graduation ceremony on December 19, 2020.
When will I receive my regalia?
Regalia and cords are not available for delivery this summer. However, we will maintain records to determine those who have not ordered and establish a process for them to do so. Cords will be delivered as part of the regalia. We will have more information as we get closer to the December 19, 2020, graduation date.
What is going to happen to the honors award ceremony at graduation?
We have determined that the traditional face-to-face graduation ceremony will take place in December, provided health guidelines at that time permit.
The Honors and Awards Celebration will be on Friday, December 18, 2020, and will replicate exactly the same tradition we typically deliver each spring, including recognitions, speeches, photography, etc. Students will receive Honors and Awards plaques in the mail in June 2020.
Will the July Bar Exam be administered as planned? Has the deadline to apply changed?
The Florida Board of Bar Examiner extended the deadline for filing to take the July Bar Exam from May 1 to May 15.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces that the in-person administration of the General Bar Examination scheduled for July 28 and 29, 2020, in Tampa and Orlando, is canceled. In its place, the Board will administer an online bar examination on August 18, 2020.
Please review the press release for more details.
How will bar prep programs be accommodating a potentially delayed exam?
Academic Support and & Bar Prep is still open and ready to help with all your advising needs. They will accommodate your meeting preference — whether they are phone meetings, email meetings, or video meetings. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or BarPrep@law.stetson.edu with your available days and times. They can also provide the latest information about other bar prep programs. The Academic Support & Bar Prep team is fully prepared and equipped to support bar prep services if COVID-19 were to continue.
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.
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@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-562-7886 or 727-580-8983.
What is the guest and visitor policy?
Rosa Apartments and Houses are asked to restrict visitors as much as possible. Dormitory residents are expected to not have guests in any public areas of campus (student lounge, hallways, library) unless going to or from your room. Students living on campus who invite visitors are responsible for making sure their guest understands all Stetson College of Law policies and procedures, including any additional measures in response to COVID-19.
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 quarantine?
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.
What will happen to 3Ls who live in student housing if the bar exam is delayed?
We are providing Bar Stay in student housing. For graduating 3Ls who want to take advantage of Bar Stay, we will extend the move-out deadline to August 2 regardless of whether the July Bar takes place or is delayed.
Do I need to use a face covering in public spaces designated for eating and drinking?
No, face coverings are not required in public spaces designated for eating and drinking (such as JD’s café). In those spaces, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet and the use of face covering is required when you are not eating or drinking.
When is the café open?
The café is closed until further notice.
How is Stetson planning to handle crowding in the café?
We have a detailed plan for the café and will be shared with the community soon.
How do I order food?
Students can take advantage of food bank supplies, or Student Affairs staff can go grocery shopping for them. Funds can be made available for groceries to be delivered through a service such as Instacart, and gift card can be provided for meal delivery through Uber Eats. Also, students in on-campus housing can have meals delivered from the cafeteria when it is open.
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.
How does Stetson define indirect and direct contact?
Stetson has defined direct and indirect contact in regards to COVID-19 based on Department of Health and CDC guidance.
- Direct: Closer than six feet to a positive person for over 15 minutes, with or without facial covering
- Examples: Talking to someone right next to each other without a mask; sharing a cup of coffee
- You will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from encounter with a positive person.
- Indirect: More than six feet apart from a positive person for less than 15 minutes with or without facial covering.
- Examples: Same classroom, opposite ends of room, everyone wore a facial covering
- You will be asked to observe physical distancing and self-monitor for the development of symptoms for 14 days.
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.
Will the library be reopening?
No, the library is not reopening at this time. We are following health guidelines and working on plans to return to physical operations safely.
Will the gym be reopening soon?
No, the gym is not reopening at this time. We are following health guidelines and working on plans to return to physical operations safely. Once we do open, there will be new policies regarding gym capacity and cleaning schedules. Student health and safety is our top priority.
What time is the Business Office open for students?
The business office is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Most questions can be answered anytime via email or by phone at email@example.com or 727-562-7805.
I am participating in an off-campus internship or externship in the fall semester. Have there been any changes to those programs?
For Fall 2020, in all cases where it is possible, these experiences should either be completed virtually or take place on campus. Special consideration will be given to students enrolled in off-campus educational programs needed to fulfill major, minor, graduation, and/or licensure requirements. For these situations, students will be allowed to participate in an off-campus program if the learning objectives of the program cannot be met through alternative means and the program cannot be postponed to a future semester. If a student does participate in an off-campus program this fall, the following requirements must be adhered to:
- Be aware of safety and health guidelines regarding COVID-19 provided by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health.
- Follow all Stetson requirements as outlined in the student COVID-19 training video, such as wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and proper hygiene practices. Students should also follow any additional safety protocols deemed necessary by their host sites. See Stetson Safer Campus webpage for continuing guidance and updates regarding safety protocols at off-campus sites
- Review and sign a COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk Form before participating in an off-campus educational program. Forms should be returned to your program point person.
- Report any safety concerns about your host site immediately by e-mailing the “point person” for your respective program and/or through the COVID-19 “Report a Concern” form.
- Follow Stetson’s Health Response Protocol if you come into direct or indirect contact with an individual(s) at your host site that tests positive for COVID-19.
- Voluntarily participate in regular COVID-19 diagnostic testing when offered at either the DeLand or Gulfport campuses.
- Students who are enrolled solely in online courses and not residing in campus communities should contact their program point person for further consideration and planning relating to their off-campus experience.
- Contact the point person for your respective program if you are not comfortable participating in an off-campus educational program this semester, especially if, needed for major, minor, graduation, or licensure requirements. You should ask your department if there are other alternative virtual or on-campus experiences to satisfy the requirement. If no alternative arrangement can be made, students should consider how this decision will impact their timeline to graduation and/or licensure. Students should meet with their faculty advisor to review and update their timeline to graduation plan.
Point Person(s) Per Off-Campus Educational Program
Undergraduate For-Credit Internships
* Required for Communication & Media Studies, Journalism, Aquatic & Marine Biology, Public Management, and Human Resources
Christine Arias, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Credit Internships for SoBA ELR
John Tichenor, email@example.com
Undergrad Education Field Experiences & Internships
Mercedes Tichenor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Colwell, email@example.com
Graduate Education Internships
Lou Sabina, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Colwell, email@example.com
Center for Community Engagement
Kevin Winchell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Counselor Ed. Practicums & Internships
Jacqui Williams, email@example.com
College of Law Externships & Clinicals
Christine Cerniglia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Education Field Experiences & Internships
John Lychner, email@example.com
What information can you provide on fall 2020 and spring 2021?
We are planning to fully continue operating in the fall 2020. At this time, Orientation begins August 8 and Fall 2020 classes begin on August 17. We are prepared to start classes in the fall with a combination of on campus and online based on the guidelines provided by the CDC, federal and state authorities.
You can also view our COL COVID-19-related FAQ Archive.