College of Law FAQ

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 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?

We do not foresee requiring the vaccine next year. The FDA has only approved the COVID- vaccines for emergency use. We will update the community if that changes.

Campus Testing

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

Yes. On-campus testing dates and times are listed below.

  • Jan. 15: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Jan.19: 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 20: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Jan. 21: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Students have received emails with details on how to register. Please contact lawcovidtesting@law.stetson.edu or the office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@law.stetson.edu if you have additional questions.

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.

Everbridge App

What happens if I select “yes” accidentally on the Everbridge App?

If you accidentally select “Yes” to the wellness question, you will need to go to a Wellness Station to be cleared for the day. On the COL campus, you would go to the Horseshoe at Gulfport, and at the Public Safety desk on the Tampa campus.

Academic

When do classes start/end?

Stetson Law revised the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar. Classes begin on Jan. 19 and final exams end April 29.

How sure are you that students are coming back this spring 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.

What happens academically if you have to self-isolate?

The faculty adopted the Public Health Crisis and Natural Disaster Relief Class Attendance Policy. A copy of that policy is posted on the College of Law website. If you have to isolate, you should contact Dean Bent’s office to discuss alternative attendance options, and complete a report to be connected with Stetson health services and contact tracing.

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.

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 1L student online sections?

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.

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 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 finaid@law.stetson.edu.

Grades/Bar/Exams

Are students taking the February Bar Exam allowed to use campus resources?

Yes, February bar-takers can use campus resources, but must participate in the Gateway testing program before they will be allowed entry to the library or other campus spaces. On-campus testing dates and times are listed below.

  • Jan. 8: 8 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Jan.19: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 20: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 21: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If a student cannot make an on-campus testing time, they are free to test with their personal medical provider, clinic, or at the Centra Care medical facility in Tampa. Test results can be uploaded to Engage.

Once a student receives their confirmation email after uploading their results in Engage, they will need visit the office of Student Affairs to receive their green band showing approval to be on campus. Green bands should be attached to the student’s ID lanyard. The expectation is for anyone on campus to ask for the green band before allowing entry to facilities until the end of January.

Please contact Centra Care in South Tampa ahead of time to make an appointment. Be sure to have your Stetson ID on hand. The test will be covered by Stetson.

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

Academic Support and Bar Prep Services 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 asp@law.stetson.edu or BarPrep@law.stetson.edu with your available days and times. They can also provide the latest information about state bar exams and other bar prep needs. You can also check out on-demand law student and graduate resources on the ASP and Bar Prep portals. The Academic Support and Bar Prep team is fully prepared and equipped to support academic success and 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.

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 housing@law.stetson.edu, rich@law.stetson.edu, 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 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?

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 Bistro is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering items from the grill, “Grab ‘n Go” items, coffee and bottled drinks. JD's café is open Monday - Friday for breakfast from 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On weekends, please visit the self-service station at the library.

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.

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?

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.

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. Please know that a negative COVID-19 test does NOT remove the need for a 14-day isolation if close contact occurred. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more.
  • 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).

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. The Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library has new hours effective Thurs., Feb. 11. The hours are Mon – Fri, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tampa Law Library hours remain as follows: Mon – Fri and Sat and Sun 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Law libraries are closed to the public.

Will the gym be reopening soon?

Yes, the gym opened on Monday, Feb. 8. The gym hours will be Monday – Friday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. by sign-up appointment only via the College of Law Recreational Facilities page in Engage.

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 on Wednesdays until 6 p.m.

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, csarias@stetson.edu

Non-Credit Internships for SoBA ELR
John Tichenor, jticheno@stetson.edu

Undergrad Education Field Experiences & Internships
Mercedes Tichenor, mticheno@stetson.edu
Chris Colwell, ccolwell@stetson.edu

Graduate Education Internships
Lou Sabina, lsabina@stetson.edu
Chris Colwell, ccolwell@stetson.edu

Center for Community Engagement
Kevin Winchell, kwinchel@stetson.edu

Graduate Counselor Ed. Practicums & Internships
Jacqui Williams, jwillia1@stetson.edu

College of Law Externships & Clinicals
Christine Cerniglia, ccernigl@stetson.edu

Music Education Field Experiences & Internships
John Lychner, jlychner@stetson.edu

What information can you provide on spring 2021?

We are planning to fully continue operating in spring 2021. Classes begin on Jan. 19. We are prepared to start classes in the spring 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.