DeLand Campus FAQ

What tier is Stetson in? What do they mean?

Information on tiers can be found at Safer Stetson's Tiers webpage. Download the Tier 4 vs. 70% Vaccination Rate infographic for specific details..

Will wearing masks all the time be the expected norm during the Fall 2021 semester? Will masks be worn in classrooms?

Mask requirements are tied to our mitigation protocols and change as needed based on COVID-19 trends. Please see our Facial Coverings Policy. Stetson is currently in Tier 4, which continues to mandate the wear of facial coverings indoors, including in all classrooms.

Interested in the new Safer Stetson Awards for COVID-19 vaccination? Learn more about the new awards.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate new and returning students attending full-time, in-person who register their COVID-19 vaccination through the university online form by Sunday, July 25. Students who register also are entered into a weekly $1,000 award drawing.

Graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law attending full-time, in-person who register their COVID-19 vaccination through the university online form by Sunday, July 25, are automatically entered into a weekly $1,000 award drawing.

What is the deadline?

Sunday, July 25, to submit your vaccination registration. If you’re getting a 2 dose vaccine you will need to get your first shot soon in order to file a completed vaccination by July 25.

If I have already submitted my vaccination, do I need to resubmit?

No further action is required on your part. All students who submitted their vaccination registration are automatically entered into the weekly drawing. Undergraduate students who already submitted their vaccination registration are automatically included. Students vaccinated during the on campus events were automatically entered into the system when they completed their second dose.

Why is Stetson encouraging all students to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Stetson University is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to ensure a safe and healthy campus environmet and to help move campus life back to more normal interactions. The CDC has indicated how effective the vaccines are in cutting transmission rates, new cases and hospitalizations. The higher the vaccination rate, the more protected the entire Stetson community will be and the better able the university will be to return to a more normal existence, attending games with friends and family, traveling, participating in face-to-face competitions and conferences, showing up for Uncouth Hour, concerts, late-night breakfast, participating in Greek organization activities. All these become possible with a 70-80% vaccination rate. The CDC, ACHA and White House are all encouraging colleges and universities to increase and support vaccinations efforts on their campuses.

For more information about award opportunties, see the Safer Stetson Awards section below.

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Academics/Teaching

Technology

Is Stetson able to assist students who don't have adequate technology, such as laptops and Wi-Fi, at home?

Stetson has several "loaner" computers available to students during the Fall 2021 term. These can be checked out at the DeLand library.

Academic Calendar

Updated information for the Fall 2021 term will be added soon.

Stetson University announced the Fall 2021 calendar which was approved and posted on the registrar’s website.

Other Questions

With low-risk, 6-foot spacing, how many students will a classroom with a 40-person capacity hold?

Recently, the CDC altered guidance to include 3-foot spacing in traditional classrooms which increases the number of students that may safely attend classes in the same classroom. Members of the face-to-face working group and the Safer Campus Task Force, as well as some administrators and faculty, have ensured all rooms were measured to determine a safe capacity.

Will physical distancing be maintained in classrooms during the Fall 2021 term?

Yes.

Will there be indicators in classrooms of the physical distancing required between seats to ensure the furniture has remained at the proper distance?

Yes. Signage has been created to indicate the proper placement of chairs in classrooms, and facilities will be working with the signage group to put those markers in place. Community members are asked not to move classroom desks and other furniture.

Is there a plan for seminars to be held in bigger rooms to achieve adequate social distancing?

Fall 2021 plans for seminars are currently being implemented and will be announced soon. The university maximized the use of larger capacity rooms in Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.

Why do some situations call for physical distancing of 3 feet and others for 6 feet?

The required maximal distancing of 6 feet in traditional-style classroom environments has been reduced to 3 feet based on recent CDC guidance “where mask use is universal.”  This recommendation recognizes research data demonstrating the spread of viruses is more limited in situations where students sit facing one direction (i.e. toward the front of the classroom in rows of desks), rather than facing each other. Other environments still call for 6 feet of distancing.

How does Stetson verify the identity of users taking exams virtually?

Stetson currently has several tools available including dual authentication to access our blackboard environment, which meets SACS accreditation requirements for identification. Additionally, our Blackboard environment has integrated plagiarism, as well as Respondus Lock Browser and Monitoring, which are the leading online exam monitoring tools. Please reach out to OOLET at 386-822-7182 for additional information.

Will students be ensured of having textbooks if the semester starts out online?

Our current plans are anticipating a residential experience with face-to-face education. For students who may be unable to begin on-campus or face-to-face, there are many options for ordering and receiving textbooks in advance of the semester start. We don't anticipate that the semester will start online.

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. While we did have positive COVID-19 cases in the 2020-21 academic year, none of those cases were determined to be transmitted due to interaction in a classroom.

Faculty are notified if a student tests positive from a class that met in person. They are also asked to provide the class seating chart to help with tracing. All participants in the class (students, teachers, TA's) are sent Stetson's message about community exposure with a reminder to self-monitor and physical distance. If any classroom member meets the Department of Health criteria for "contact," Stetson Health Service will call them directly and help them to start isolation.

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. As vaccination rates increase, Stetson will adjust necessary protocols as needed.

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

Faculty will be notified if a student tests positive from a class that met in person. They will also be asked to provide the class seating chart to help with tracing. All participants in the class (students, teachers, TA's) would be sent Stetson's message about community exposure with a reminder to self-monitor and physical distance. If any classroom member meets the Department of Health criteria for "contact," Stetson Health Service will call them directly and help them to start isolation. As vaccination rates increase, Stetson will adjust necessary protocols as needed.

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

In line with Department of Health and CDC recommendations (including for K-12 environments), an entire classroom does not necessarily need to isolate because someone tested positive for COVID-19. Extensive tracing would be done for a classroom environment if a participant was COVID-19 positive. The Everbridge app is also useful in determining if someone does or does not meet the parameters for isolation. Stetson Health Service will contact individuals who were closer than 6 feet to the person testing positive. As vaccination rates increase, Stetson will adjust necessary protocols as needed.

Which vaccinations for COVID-19 meet the requirements?

All vaccines authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. More information on vaccines is available below in the COVID-19 Vaccination section of the DeLand FAQ or on the Safer Stetson COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.

How do I voluntarily submit my COVID-19 vaccination record to Stetson University?

If you already have been vaccinated, letting us know that will help us to make better decisions for everyone in the fall. Voluntarily report your COVID-19 vaccination status to Stetson as soon as possible by using this brief online form.

Academics/Classes

In-Person or Online

When do classes start/end?

Fall 2021 schedule is available on the registrar’s website.

Stetson's College of Law in Gulfport has a separate Academic Calendar.

Where can I find School of Music specific COVID-19 policies?

Tier Policies and Protocols are now available at the School of Music website.

Other Questions

What happens academically if you have to self-isolate?

We will have options for you to continue your educational journey in your classes if you have to self-isolate.

Athletics

Do student-athletes follow tiers or phases protocols?

Both, based on the situation. Due to NCAA requirements, Stetson Athletics adheres to its own phase system for athletic activity and outlined in their Plan for Resocialization of Sports. Although Athletics-specific phase designations allow for some larger group meetings and practices, student athletes and staff are bound by the same university tier requirements outside of Athletics program activities. More details can be found at gohatters.com.

A full list of Athletics FAQs for returning student-athletes and parents is now on GoHatters.com.

Attendance/FOCUS Orientation

When will Stetson know with certainty when the check-in date for students will be as well as the start date for classes?

Stetson's calendar for the Fall 2021 semester is now approved and posted on the registrar’s website. Check information at the link for more details.

Will FOCUS orientation be changed? If so, in what ways?

We are committed to meeting the goals of FOCUS orientation in a safe way. We are moving most of our sessions and events into a virtual format. We have already changed FOCUS groups to align with FSEM groups, significantly decreasing group size and exposure. Information also is available about orientation at the College of Law.

Will Parent College still happen?

Parent and Family college will be virtual before FOCUS begins. We are excited to connect with families in this way and feel it will significantly decrease exposure risks to our campus community.

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.

How can I get additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies for my building?

Additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies are available through the Purchasing Warehouse. If a department or individual would like to request additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies, the request should be made through the building coordinator. The building coordinator will then obtain the supplies from the Purchasing Warehouse. The department and/or individual making the request will need to provide an account number for the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to be charged to.

COVID-19 Policies

What are Stetson's policies regarding Covid-19?

Stetson continues to review and revise our health and safety protocols, including our Tiers (0-3) and Tier 4/70 Percent guidance, as more of our community becomes vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure a balanced approach that maximizes individual liberty, while effectively safeguarding our campus family. Please visit Safer Stetson's COVID-19 Policies webpage for full details.

What is Stetson's facial coverings policy?

Please visit Safer Stetson's COVID-19 Policies or Facial Covering Policy webpage for full details.

Do I have to wear a mask in my office?

This answer depends on your office environment:

  • Employees in a personal, enclosed office with the door shut?  NO
  • Employees in a personal, enclosed office with the office door open?  YES
  • Employees in a shared-open office space (two or more people), but 6 feet apart?  YES

COVID-19 Testing

What are Stetson's basic expectations regarding Covid-19 testing for the Fall 2021 return?

Stetson is currently planning for the Fall 2021 semester. Specific details will be communicated over the course of the next several weeks. Continue to stay informed about on-campus testing opportunities by visiting the Safer Stetson website, Healthy Hatters button (see On-Campus Testing) or visit Safer Stetson's COVID-19 Testing page.

Can I get this test before I return to campus in the fall?

No. Free Gateway Testing requires you to participate in Stetson’s on-campus SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing. It's important that Stetson establishes a baseline of disease prevalence on campus. The best way to do this is testing when unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty return to campus. This will allow the University to monitor trends throughout the year as testing continues.

What will testing look like throughout the summer term?

Stetson will be offering free SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing events every other week on campus. COVID-19 testing is not mandatory, but highly encouraged for the safety and wellbeing of the entire Stetson Community. 

Stetson will be conducting required PCR testing for unvaccinated high contact student employees and unvaccinated students participating in off-campus programs. These individuals are required to get tested every other week throughout the semester. This surveillance testing enables Stetson to better monitor the health of the campus community and take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure.

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen testing, which will be administered for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. For symptomatic individuals, a PCR test may be ordered at the providers discretion. The provider’s visit and the PCR test are charged through insurance. Referrals to an off-campus option are available for those without insurance. (Students, Staff & Faculty).

To learn more or schedule testing, visit Safer Stetson's COVID-19 Testing page.

What testing is available at Stetson Health Service?

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen testing, which will be administered for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. For symptomatic individuals, a PCR test may be ordered at the providers discretion. The provider’s visit and the PCR test are charged through insurance. Referrals to an off-campus option are available for those without insurance. (Students, Staff & Faculty).

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 primary care physician (PCP) for suggestions. You need to find a location that will test without a referral for testing

What kinds of tests do you recommend?

Diagnostic PCR testing is recommended and the preferred most accurate testing method. Rapid Antigen testing is also diagnostic and will be accepted for these purposes. Visit Safer Stetson's COVID-19 Testing page for more information.

What about minors?

Students under the age of 18 can still get tested but some testing locations may choose not to test minors at all or to require a parent to physically be present. Family Health Source, which does our Stetson on-campus testing, and Stetson Health Service (symptomatic testing only) will accept a parent phone call for approval.

Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?

Stetson community members are reminded to report test results through www.stetson.edu/reportit if you are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic or exposed.

Should I get tested?

Yes! All students, faculty, and staff should strive to be tested on a regular basis even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is one component of our campus mitigation strategy that will help limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. As of May 13, 2021, the CDC recommendations fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

How will I receive my results and how long will it take?

PCR testing results will be emailed directly to the email address provided during the sign-up process in 24-48 hours from the date of testing.

Where will I be asked to provide Gateway verification?
You may be asked to provide verification any time you are on campus including when entering on-campus facilities, utilizing on-campus services and/or engaging with other community members. Department leadership and/or supervisors are responsible for verifying that all employees on-campus at a given time have completed the testing. If participation cannot be verified by the wristband or daily email, they should be directed to go to an on-campus wristband replacement station immediately or leave campus. At a replacement station, participation in Gateway can be verified and/or they will be provided with instruction on next steps to meet this requirement and be allowed on campus. Supervisors are encouraged to contact Human Resources for any assistance.

What happens if I need a replacement wristband?

Gateway participation will be verified and a limited number of replacement bands will be available for each individual. The daytime replacement station is on the lower level of the Carlton Union Building at the front desk by the Coffee Shop and operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Public Safety is the after-hours location.

What will testing look like throughout the fall term?

Stetson will be offering free SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing events every other week on campus. These testing events are not mandatory for the general population but highly encouraged for the safety and wellbeing of the entire Stetson Community. 

Stetson will also be conducting required PCR testing for high-contact student employees and groups and students participating in off-campus programs. These individuals are required to get tested every other week throughout the fall semester. This surveillance testing enables Stetson to better monitor the health of the campus community and take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure.

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance.

What testing is available at Stetson Health Service?

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees.

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 primary care physician (PCP) for suggestions. You need to find a location that will test without a referral for testing.

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 a 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.

Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?

Stetson community members are reminded to report test results through www.stetson.edu/reportit if you are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic or exposed.

Questions:

Questions about testing should be directed to covidtesting@stetson.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccination

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. We will continue to review guidance from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association and the Department of Health on this important matter to help in our future decisions on mandating vaccines for different groups, such as our residential population. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page. 

How do I know which COVID-19 vaccine information sources are accurate?

It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information.

Am I eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?

According to the latest federal guidance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Once you’re fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.

You can visit myvaccine.fl.gov to schedule an appointment. For more vaccine information or to locate your nearest vaccination site, visit the Florida Health website.

Vaccines are free at all locations, and these changes apply to all vaccination sites in Florida. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required.

Can I be vaccinated on campus?

No. Stetson University has held campus vaccination events this past term and is coordinating future events now. We are using a wait list to manage cancellations and appointments for any future vaccination events if available. Stetson community members wishing to be notified if appointments become available on campus can fill out the wait list form. We cannot guarantee additional vaccines will be available on campus but continue to work with local health agencies. This list will only be used internally at Stetson University.

Which vaccinations for COVID-19 meet the requirements?

All vaccines authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. More information on vaccines is available on the Safer Stetson Vaccination page.

How do I voluntarily submit my COVID-19 vaccination record to Stetson University?

If you already have been vaccinated, letting us know that will help us to make better decisions for everyone in the fall. Voluntarily report your COVID-19 vaccination status to Stetson as soon as possible by using this brief online form

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. This information also informs our decisions on when to relax restrictions – a win-win for everyone! As we know more of our population is fully vaccinated, Stetson will be able to lessen policy restrictions and open up our campuses to return to our pre-pandemic activities and operations. No additional medical information is requested. You can voluntarily submit your vaccination record using this online form. As of July 15, 2021, more than 2100 Stetson community members had reported being fully vaccinated!

Please note that this information is voluntary and 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 (humres@stetson.edu in DeLand and hr@law.stetson.edu for College of Law). Students should contact Student Health Services (healthservices@stetson.edu) in DeLand.

Check out Stetson’s real-time statistical data indicating number of our population who are vaccinated at our COVID-19 Tracking webpage. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page. To learn about special opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law for getting their vaccination, refer to the Safer Stetson Award section below.

Note: new data on on-campus vaccination events will not be updated until each individual receives his or her 2nd dose (if required).

Dining

How have hours and menu options changed for Stetson Dining?

Stetson Dining has been working in partnership with the Safer Campus Task Force throughout the pandemic to come up with plans that meet the dining needs of the Stetson community while ensuring safety as the number one priority. While the pandemic has certainly caused us to change some food stations and delivery models, we continue our commitment to serving the Stetson community.

Our current hours are designed to ensure the appropriate time for cleaning and sanitizing protocol between meal services. As you know, our on-campus population has been reduced to help aid in physical distancing and reduce exposure. When less students occupy campus, we often have slightly reduced hours to meet the lower traffic need.

We hate that the pandemic has caused us to reduce some of our favorite and most popular options, including the Action station and Mongolian grill, leaving seven stations still in full operation. We designed our Fall program to ensure that lines would be faster as to reduce exposure to our team and our guests, and those stations required waiting while the food was cooked to order. We have implemented a plan at a few of our stations, to give our guests the option to take their meal to go.

In the Coffee Shop and Einstein’s Bros Bagels, we were fortunate that we did not have to reduce the options for meal exchange or general purchases. BYOB is our newest concept and very popular. Again, to reduce wait times and allow additional operating hours as requested by our students, we have changed their structure, to a mobile ordering only concept. For reference, those meal exchange menus and operating hours are available for viewing on dineoncampus.com/stetson under the "Menus and Hours" tab.

We are excited to announce that in order to help our community to physically distance and provide additional ways for them to receive meals, we have launched a mobile ordering app, called Boost. This app allows students the option to place orders for all dining locations on campus and pick these up at their designated pickup stations. The app is set up to accept Hatterbucks, credit card transactions and meal exchanges purchases.

Overall, our plans for line control, hours reduction, and menu shifts have been with the best interest of our guests in mind. We are certainly open to changes, as the semester progresses, and we can move to additional tiers and beyond. If students have any further questions or concerns, we are happy to set up a meeting with them to go over options. Please contact Taylor Mills at temills@stetson.edu.

How will I get food in isolation?

Please see the questions about meal deliveries under Isolation on this FAQ page.

Events

Have plans for Homecoming been discussed?

Yes, Homecoming plans are currently in the works. Make sure to mark your calendar for November 4-7, 2021.

What do we need to do if our student organization wants to hold meetings or events? 

i. Student Organizations must continue to submit their event or meeting requests through Engage to document their gatherings Because space is limited, groups should consider reserving in-person activities for small meetings and continuing to hold larger events (speakers, information sessions, etc.) virtually. Student organization leaders will receive an additional e-mail which will further detail the event submission process. Student organization, club and campus promotions through tabling are an integral part of Stetson’s culture.

Virtual Events: All university and student organization sponsored events will need to utilize a virtual platform supported by Stetson’s IT Support. When utilizing a virtual platform, heightened security settings are recommended (i.e. passwords, waiting rooms, and limitations for on-screen sharing without permission). Visit the Groups and Gatherings webpage for more details.

Do you anticipate being able to hold on-campus (modified) programs and events in the fall?

To ensure the highest degree of community safety during the Virtual Tier and Tier One, we encourage the use of virtual platforms as the preferred approach for all non-academic endeavors, when possible. All essential non-academic meetings or groups scheduled by students, student organizations, staff, employee meetings, faculty casual gatherings, etc. will be limited to ten or fewer individuals. All current Stetson polices regarding physical distancing, face coverings and screening requirements must be followed. Food and alcoholic beverages will be prohibited during these events. These parameters apply to DeLand and College of Law sanctioned gatherings, whether on or off-campus. Athletic team specific activity limits can be found in the COVID-19 Resocialization of Sports Plan on the Stetson Athletics COVID-19 FAQ page.

Any reservations submitted to the University Calendar with event dates prior to Tier 2 or those planned to be held in off-calendar spaces (i.e. department conference rooms, CUB communal areas, outdoors,etc.) and exceed the capacity limit of ten will need to transition to a virtual experience, significantly reduce the number of attendees, postpone or cancel. Other than for regularly-scheduled academic classes, no classroom will be approved for group reservations unless coordinated with Facilities to ensure proper cleaning before and after use. For the safety of our community, no classroom should be used as an impromptu gathering space at any time.

Everbridge App

Stetson University has discontinued daily wellness checks using the Everbridge App. You can now completely delete the app(s) from your phone. Wellness stations and daily wellness check-ins are also no longer required.

Facilities

What are the classroom capacities for the different tiers?

Classrooms are not covered by state health restrictions and guidelines. However, Stetson has revised its classroom capacity dramatically downward to allow for safe distancing. Refer to Stetson's Tiers and Tier 4/70 Percent information for more.

Are academic classes required to follow the group limits?

State health restrictions and guidelines impact all areas of the campus, with the exception of classrooms. However, Stetson has revised its classroom capacity based on COVID-19 trends and other variables. Fall 2021 guidance will be posted soon.

We will maintain a minimum of 3 feet of separation per person in traditional classroom environments by physically moving/removing furniture, marking physical distance requirements with signage and/or covering equipment.

What kinds of cleaning techniques and technologies are be used in classrooms and heavily trafficked areas?

Stetson uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved cleaning solutions with label claims against the coronavirus. We are increasing the cleaning frequency of surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks in all common areas, classrooms and labs.

The level and frequency of cleaning is increasing for all buildings. This includes more frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day, with a special focus on additional daily cleaning of residence hall common areas, community bathrooms and classrooms, and placing hand sanitizer stations at all building entrances, elevator lobbies, and frequently traveled corridors.

Additional special cleaning procedures are implemented in areas used by an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

What practices are being put into place to combat both the spread on hard surfaces as well as airborne contamination?

(*See notes above.)

For some years, Stetson has been installing UVGI light in the HVAC systems across Stetson’s campuses. Working with engineers, Facilities Management is taking additional steps to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens through supplemental devices for classrooms and traditional dorm rooms. 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 by using higher 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. All occupied spaces will maintain HVAC system operation for maximum space occupancy. This allows for maximum fresh air supply, regardless of reduced occupancy or use.

How can I find out what cleaning and preventive practices are being implemented for my specific building?

There are no building-specific cleaning protocols. We are increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all buildings. See question above about cleaning techniques.

What buildings will have the UV lights that were mentioned in the webinar?

For some years, Stetson has been installing UVGI light in the HVAC systems across Stetson’s campuses. Currently, we have UV lights in some of the following buildings’ HVAC systems: Administrative Services, Carson Hall, Chaudoin Hall, Conrad Hall, Dupont Library, Elizabeth Hall, Emily Hall, Gordis Hall, Hollis Center, Lynn Business Center, Nemec Hall, Presser Hall, Sage Hall, Sampson Hall, Smith Hall, Sorority and Fraternity Residential Halls and the Rinker Welcome Center Wilson Center.

How will reserving or renting classrooms and other rooms work?

We will use the same system as before — through the Dude Solutions Event Management system, but with reduced capacity across all rooms and additional requirements for cleaning before and after. For added capacity, the university will have an outdoor space, including a covered tent with seating, Wi-Fi and fans, on the President’s lawn that can be reserved. Outside group facility rentals remain on hold. Additional information is available on the Groups and Gatherings webpage.

Is there anything staff and faculty will be responsible for cleaning themselves?

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to keep their personal items (e.g., cell phones, other electronics) and personal work and living spaces clean. Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down shared desks, lab equipment and other shared objects and surfaces before use. Building coordinators are asked to consolidate orders for masks and cleaning supplies from the university warehouse in DeLand.

Do not share items that are difficult to clean or disinfect. Adequate supplies and equipment are available to minimize sharing of high-touch materials to the extent possible (e.g., art supplies, lab equipment, computers) or are limited to use by one group of students at a time and cleaned and disinfected between use. Avoid sharing electronic devices, books, pens and other learning aids. Allow for at least 6 feet between workstations and coworkers.

Departmental microwaves, kitchens and refrigerators are restricted to employees in your direct area. Request that students do not use these items during this time. Avoid office gatherings, break rooms and unnecessary visitors in the workplace.

Where can we submit questions or concerns regarding facilities?

Questions and concerns may be submitted through the university's SchoolDude work order system.

Financial Aid/Tuition

Who should I contact if I have a financial need?

Please reach out via email to finaid@stetson.edu (or finaid@law.stetson.edu at the College of Law) to submit your questions or to schedule a phone appointment with one of the counselors. We look forward to working with your family.

If a student opts to wait until classes are back on campus, even if that is spring semester, will they still be eligible for their scholarships offered by the university when they decide to start?

A student’s financial aid is split evenly between fall and spring semesters. If you choose not to attend in the fall semester your spring semester aid will remain in place until you return.

Are there funds available to students who qualify under the CARES Act?

Yes, a COVID-19 Related Request for Financial Aid Review must be submitted with supporting documentation for our office to review and take into consideration. More information can be found on the CARES Act Award Information and financial planning’s COVID-19 FAQ pages.

Are there funds available to students who do not qualify for the CARES Act funds?

Yes, the Hatters Care (COVID-19) Emergency fund provides assistance for our students who do not qualify for CARES Act funds. A COVID-19 Related Request for Financial Aid Review must be submitted with supporting documentation for our office to review and take into consideration.

Is assistance available for international students?

Yes, a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund or the Hatters Care (COVID-19) Emergency funds when available. A COVID-19 Related Request for Financial Aid Review must be submitted with supporting documentation for our office to review and take into consideration.

Tuition

Will the Board of Trustees reconsider their October 2019 decision on tuition in light of the economic situation in the country right now?

The Board of Trustees is in conversation about tuition and will address costs in their June meeting. Stay tuned for information about costs during the summer.

If there is distance learning will there be a reduction in the financial responsibilities of the students?

If there is distance learning, the students would not be on campus and therefore would not have housing and meal costs for the semester. Please remember that professors are still providing coursework in distance learning and thus a change to tuition may not be made.

Groups and Gatherings

For information regarding Stetson groups and gatherings, please visit the Groups and Gatherings webpage.

Health and Safety

For more information about face coverings requirements, please see our COVID-19 Policies webpage. Consult the Tiers webpage for information regarding Stetson's tiers protocols.

Download the Tier 4 vs. 70% Vaccination Rate infographic.

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

Please see our Facial Coverings Policy.

What should a faculty member do if a student comes to class without a facial covering and refuses to comply with Stetson’s Facial 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. If the student refuses to do so, contact either Public Safety or Community Standards (on the DeLand campus), and Public Safety or Student Life (at the College of Law).

Will students be able to eat and/or drink in classrooms, which would require them to lower their face coverings?

The Facial Covering Policy does not change the current policy that allows for food and drink in the classroom but asks that removal of the face-covering to eat or drink anywhere on campus be limited. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there may be a need for a student to eat or drink during class time. If a faculty member is uncomfortable having students remove a face covering to eat or drink, the faculty member may implement a more restrictive policy. For example, the faculty member can ask students to leave the classroom if they need to eat. Students can limit removal of face coverings to when they sip a drink and then they should put their face coverings immediately back in place.

How does Stetson define close contact and community exposure?

  • Close Contact: 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 an encounter with a positive person.
  • All other known exposure is considered Community Exposure.
    • You will be asked to continue to self-monitor and physical distance.

What is Stetson's overall mitigation strategy?

Our goal is to layer several measures to reduce risk of transmission without overwhelming the community with such measures. These risk-reduction efforts are most successful when done by all members of the community, and when used in combination. Our efforts to reduce risk of transmission will include some combination of: facial coverings, regular screening, testing, environmental restrictions (for example: one direction stairways), limited guests, altering the academic calendar and class schedules, limitations on group sizes and events, increased cleaning both by our facilities staff and by community members, regulating traffic in high exposure areas (Lynn Commons), a physical distancing policy, contact tracing, education and more. None of these things will work alone. We will continue to evaluate new options as they become available and are supported by research and organizations like the CDC.

What does Stetson do when someone is sick or exposed?

Please refer to our Health Response Protocol.

What is the threshold of cases on campus or in the DeLand area that would cause you to keep dorms open, but go to online learning?

We will not be setting a hard number of cases. We have learned that there are some factors that play into this decision which picking a hard number doesn’t allow for. For example: Are our cases mostly students, staff or faculty? Are the cases mostly residential students and are those students quarantining or isolating on campus? How is healthcare and testing time going locally? Are ICU beds available? What point in the semester is it? Are cases in the region and on campus going up or going down? Are our positives mostly asymptomatic from mass testing or is our population sick? What projections locally are our partners at the Department of Health giving? What are our current residential student numbers? How many isolation spaces are still available?

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.

Personal Protection Equipment

Will students, faculty and staff be provided PPE or will we be responsible to bring our own if we're returning to campus?

Although some PPE is available or provided as part of a occassional special programs or give-aways, such as organizational masks or small bottles of hand sanitizer, all students, faculty and staff should plan to have, at minimum, one facial covering. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring one 8-oz. bottle of hand sanitizer and one ear protector.

Will wearing masks all the time be the expected norm? Will masks be worn in classrooms?

Mask requirements are tied to our mitigation protocols and change as needed based on COVID-19 trends. Please see our Facial Coverings Policy.

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

Please see our Facial Coverings Policy for specifics. Stetson is currently in Tier 4, which continues to mandate the wear of facial coverings indoors.

Are you also requiring visitors to wear face coverings?

Visitors and guests are required to wear masks or face coverings on all Stetson University campuses, including all indoor spaces. Because of health and safety concerns, visitor and guest access is limited based on Stetson's established Tiers protocols.

Is there a list of places on campus slated to receive plexiglass?

Locations for plexiglass are currently being determined based on safety guidelines and once the locations have been finalized, a list of the locations will be provided.

Testing/Screening

How will returning students, faculty and staff be screened for COVID-19? How often?

Fall 2021 protocols are being drafted at this time based on the most current data and guidance.

Will there be COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff? How often will people be tested?

We are working on a plan for this now through a subgroup on Testing and Screening.

Other Questions

What is Stetson's isolation/quarantine plan for students who live on campus? Off campus?

There is a plan for quarantine in place. The full plan is available on our website.

Is there a trigger point of the number of COVID-19 cases on campus that would cause Stetson to change its procedures?

Stetson will continue to follow guidance from the federal, state, and local government and health care agencies, and to monitor the progression of cases, and may modify procedures to respond to changes during the semester.

Is the school installing more hand sanitizer stations around campus?

Sanitizer for everyone! It's all over the place on our campuses.

Are there plans to make sure that students who are self-isolating are not alone on campus?

Yes, we have plans in place to serve these students, which can include delivering food safely to students, offering our Student Counseling Services via virtual delivery, and the ability to participate in virtual sessions with classmates and study groups.

Human Resources

Are we still in a hiring freeze?

Yes. In order to ensure the best use of institutional financial resources, position vacancies are currently evaluated and when possible, the hiring has been delayed.

Is the COVID-related leave program still in effect?

Based on the low rates of COVID-19 cases on our campuses and the increased availability of the vaccine, the COVID-related leave program ended on May 23, 2021. If a renewed need for this program arises in the future, it may be reinstated at that time.

Have long-term remote work opportunities been considered?

Staff and faculty are the foundation of the Stetson community and students rely on our employees for support and guidance. Onsite work provides the best opportunity for collaboration, teamwork, and agility in support of our students and as a residential university, we do not anticipate long-term remote work arrangements. Short-term remote work adjustments may be considered as necessary to provide adequate physical distancing and employee safety in accordance with the Tiers. These arrangements must be pre-approved by the employee’s supervisor, dean or associate dean, or vice-president.

What is the plan for if an employee is in a higher-risk group due to a medical condition, or is a primary caretaker for someone in a higher-risk group?

Employees who have concerns due to a medical condition or those who wish to seek ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to the return to on-campus work, should contact the director of Human Resources for their primary campus for more information.

How are we balancing the interest of those who are caretakers and may be unable to return to campus because of their parental or care-taker responsibilities at home?

Employees who are primary caregivers to dependents and family members affected by COVID-19 should work with their vice president, athletic director, dean or department head and/or Human Resources to address their situations while still maintaining university services.

Does Human Resources have a process to document expanded or redefined job duties during this period?

If job responsibilities have changed significantly, supervisors should contact HR for a position review.

In February/March 2020, Stetson instructed employees not to bring their children to campus. Will that continue?

Yes. At this time, employees are not permitted to bring their children into campus buildings.

International Students

My I-20 was signed before February 2020. Should I request a signature?

Yes. Everyone who has an I-20 with a signature on the travel page (second page) that is older than July 1, 2020 needs to get a new signature before leaving the US. If you have already left, reach out to your Designated School Official (DSO) today.

If I leave the United States, do I have to return within the next 5 months to ensure my visa will not expire?

Once the Fall 2021 term has started, the "five month rule" will be fully activated again since Stetson has decided to return to face-to-face courses. As of March 23, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement temporarily waived the five month limit that an international student can be away from the US for students who remain in active status in SEVIS and in good standing.

I am worried my visa will expire before the COVID-19 virus has passed and the borders reopen worldwide. Has USCIS and Homeland Security made any adjustments to the way that will be handled?

Throughout the pandemic, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) has been actively advocating for reasonable accommodations appropriate to the situation. If your visa expires contact your DSO.

What else should I take care of before I leave the United States?

Always be sure you get your I-20 signature updated before leaving the USA. Check with your DSO.

What do I do if I switch addresses before Stetson allows us to return?

Please alert your DSO that you are moving so your record can be updated. Again, it is required that we have the correct address on your SEVIS record.

My visa is expiring soon but I have applied for OPT. Can I work on OPT if it is approved on an expired visa?

Yes. The visa allows entry into the country. The I-20 keeps your record up to date while you are here and allows USCIS to track you. As long as you do not cross an international border, your passport is valid, and you keep your SEVIS record up to date, you can use your OPT to work. Please work with your DSO to keep your I-20 updated.

What do I do if I am witness to or I am subjected to discriminatory actions or comments?

Please share your experience with the Dean of Students, Lynn Schoenberg, at lschoenb@stetson.edu. Our intent is to be very clear. There is no place at Stetson University for discriminatory behavior.

Can I come to the WORLD Center if I need help?

Yes. WORLD staff is in the office Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please contact world@stetson.edu if you require an in-person meeting. We are happy to assist you and answer your questions.

How can I get help from someone at WORLD?

WORLD is available for in-person and virtual meetings. You call the WORLD Center at 386-822-8165 between 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, you can send any WORLD staff member a direct email or make an appointment via Calendly.

Can DSOs electronically send signed Forms I-20 to students instead of physically mailing the forms?

As of the start of the Fall 2021 term on Aug. 19, 2021, WORLD can no longer issue electronic I-20s. The accommodation allowing electronic I-20s was to support schools who are teaching online only during the pandemic and Stetson has made the decision to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall, thereby nullifying that accommodation for Stetson’s international students.

Can students continue to remain in the United States if they are engaged in a fully online program of study?

As of Aug. 19, 2021, all of Stetson’s international students must be attending in-person and on campus for a full load of courses as normally required. Since Stetson has decided to return to face-to-face course instruction beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the accommodation is no longer in place.

If students remain in the United States due to COVID-19 and their passport expires, what do they need to do to renew it?

Students in this situation should contact their country’s embassy or consulate to identify options for passport extension or renewal. If students decide to depart the United States, they will not be eligible to apply for admission until they renew their passport.

Where can I find guidance distributed by SEVP in response to COVID-19?

All COVID-19 guidance for SEVP stakeholders is located at ICE.gov/Coronavirus. Stakeholders should regularly visit this page for the latest guidance and frequently asked questions from SEVP. Additionally, SEVP regularly shares updates and resources from government partners—including the Department of State and CDC.

How does international travel impact my quarantine or isolation requirements?

Changing travel restrictions from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may affect Stetson students returning from international travel. For the latest travel guidance, consult the CDC website.

Isolation

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. Please know that a negative COVID-19 test does NOT remove the need for a 10-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).

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. The Everbridge app (see the Everbridge app section above) available for mobile phones is just one of the ways Stetson is working to keep you and the community safe and healthy.

What should students be prepared to have in isolation?

At all times students should have enough personal items in their room for 14 days. Please have the ability to pack quickly what you would need for isolation. Don’t forget a thermometer, toiletries, medication, clothes, towels, sheets, electronics, chargers, water and books.

Below you will find two COVID-19 Student Isolation Guides tailored to support resident and commuter experiences. These guides are intended to be resources, providing information that supports you from the start of your isolation period through your clearance to your regular activities. Please know that our staff is here to provide continual support along the way.

These guides and more can be found on Safer Stetson's Healthy Hatters webpage.

Who can get isolation meal deliveries?

Stetson Dining Services is working with Public Safety and other campus volunteers to provide meal delivery to on-campus students who have been isolated. They are also providing delivery for students who have been relocated to surrounding hotels. Once you have been asked by the university to isolate, you will receive a form to provide general information. In this form, there will be an option to receive meal delivery. Students who choose to self-isolate, but have not been directed to by the university, will not be included in meal delivery at this time.

What about students who have a meal plan but do not live on campus?

Students who live off-campus will not receive delivery from Stetson Dining, but may email Taylor Mills (temills@stetson.edu) to have a liaison utilize their meal plan for meal pick-ups. Taylor will need to be notified if you decide to utilize this method for on-campus dining.

What is the meal delivery process?

Stetson Dining is working diligently with Stetson Health Service, Residential Living and Learning, and the Dean of Students to make this process as efficient as possible. Meal deliveries must be requested when given the information to isolate. Students with meal plans will be covered by their plan, and students without a meal plan will be covered by the university at this time. The meal delivery process works as follows:

  • Meal delivery has been scheduled to begin to all campus locations in isolation, starting at noon each day. Stetson Dining Services is relying on volunteers and Public Safety to help with the deliveries, so our delivery window is 12-2 p.m. each day.
  • Meals will be left at the door, with a knock. If you would like them to go in a particular container, please provide that outside of your door each day.
  • Volunteers will not wait for the isolated individual to come to the door, to ensure they are able to quickly move through deliveries, so please be aware that someone may be knocking in that window.
  • To ensure prompt delivery, Stetson Dining is currently providing a "hot" meal from Mainline or G8 menu in the Lynn Commons, a Jack and Olive product for dinner and breakfast for the following morning all in one drop. Please let Stetson Dining know if you do not have access to a refrigerator during this time.

Who do I contact with questions or concerns about meal delivery?

Stetson Dining is dedicated to making your experience great. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Stetson Dining Services directly for any feedback or concerns about meal delivery, dietary needs or restrictions, or general information.

If you have not received your meal and it is after 2 p.m., please call Dining Services immediately with your name and current room information at 386-822-8780. If it is Saturday or Sunday, a manager may not be in the office, so please contact the on-call team so they can reach out to management.

If you have received the incorrect meal – i.e., your meal did not accommodate your dietary needs or restrictions – please contact Stetson Dining Services immediately with your name and room information at 386-822-8780. If it is Saturday or Sunday, a manager may not be in the office, so please contact the on-call team so they can reach out to management.

General Feedback: If you have a general comment or concern, please do not hesitate to email Taylor Mills at temills@stetson.edu. She will be able to assist you and find a resolution for you promptly. You may also use the Text2Solve number 386-456-3103 or social media messaging to get your feedback to us.

Can I travel while in isolation?

Isolation and Travel Plans: The Florida Department of Health stance is that individuals driving alone to reach a destination may do so if they are fever free and without major respiratory symptoms. Contact with others during this travel must be avoided and a facial covering worn. Travel by airplane is strongly discouraged.

Stetson’s expectation is that our community members follow the guidance from the Department of Health and are travel mindful. In addition, be mindful of travel restrictions in states you are driving to or through. Some states require a negative COVID test within a specific time period before entering the state. Others strictly prohibit a positive person from traveling into the state. Based on our values as an intuition, please consider the impact on others of your actions around holiday travel. Students who break these guidelines will receive an administrative warning from Community Standards.

How does international travel impact my quarantine or isolation requirements?

New travel restrictions from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may affect Stetson students returning from international travel. For the latest travel guidance, consult the CDC website.

Residential Living/Move-In Day

(For information pertaining to the College of Law campus in Gulfport, contact Residential Life at housing@law.stetson.edu.)

Will the change to one person per bedroom be for the Fall 2021 semester as well?

No, Residential Living and Learning (RL&L) worked with the Safer Campus Task Force to assess fall opportunities so Stetson residential halls, apartments, and catalyst houses will return to double occupancy in the fall. In a “normal” year, the DeLand campus is the residential home to 2,054 students, and we expect that number to be close to 2,000 in fall 2021. In addition, we will return to the three-year residential requirement.

We believe we are able to do this for a few reasons:

  • The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has been increasing and in Florida everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a vaccination.
  • We know so much more about how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 after a full year of tracking and managing testing, cleaning, self-isolation and quarantine.
  • Our students and community have been outstanding and have worked hard to keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Unless circumstances change significantly, students will not be required to have a roommate or relocate from these buildings if they do not choose to do so.

What do I do in order to live on-campus this Fall?

You should log-in to Housing Central and submit the Housing Application – 2021-22 as soon as possible.

What if I lived off-campus during the Spring 2021 term and would like to continue to do so?

Students currently required to live on-campus because of the University Residency Requirement must submit the Residency Exemption Request – 2021-22 on Housing Central as soon as possible. Having lived off-campus for the 2020-21 academic year because of COVID-19, does not automatically qualify you to live off-campus for next year.

If I live on-campus this fall and something happens related to the pandemic, what is the refund schedule?

Residential Living & Learning and Dining Services follow the university tuition refund schedule outlined in the bulleting for all withdrawals from the university with no adjustments for closures due to hurricane evacuations or other events. Although exceptions were made during the 2020-21 academic year with a broader refund schedule, the university tuition refund schedule will be used as normal for the 2021-22 academic year.

What will Fall 2021 move-in look like?

We expect for check-in to be by appointment only and to be over multiple days in conjunction with mandatory COVID-19 Gateway Testing. Appointment time sign-up will be available online in late summer. There will be limitations on the number of individuals (2) helping a student move-in to the residential buildings at any one time. Parents and families may be required to go through a screening process and encouraged to minimize the time spent in residential buildings.

What happens if there are more students who want to live on-campus for the Fall 2021 semester than there are rooms available?

At this time, we expect to be able to house students on-campus without the need for prioritization or a waitlist. If the number of students that apply for housing for spring is greater than the number of available room, a waitlist will be created for all students that we are not able to immediately house.

Could housing close during the Fall 2021 semester?

Of course we cannot make guarantees, but in none of the possible situations do we foresee Stetson closing all housing during the spring semester based on our experience and what we know now. Stetson did not fully close at any point during the 2020-21 academic year. We maintained residential housing, classroom availability, educational experiences and select student services throughout the Safer-at-Home, government-mandated period. Should a second Safer-at-Home mandate be ordered, we anticipate a similar approach to prioritizing students’ needs and a continuation of their educational progress during that time.

What if I am concerned about the air quality in the residence halls?

For some years, Stetson has been installing UVGI light in the HVAC systems in the residence halls with air handlers. Working with engineers, Facilities Management is taking additional steps to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens through supplemental devices for designated shared bedrooms in traditional residence halls. This proactive action by the university has increased the wellness of building environments and set a foundation to limit airborne transmission of pathogens. Additionally, the university installed air purification units in shared bedrooms in residence halls across campus.

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. All occupied spaces will maintain HVAC system operation for maximum space occupancy. This allows for maximum fresh air supply, regardless of reduced occupancy or use.

What is the guest and visitor policy for the Summer 2021 term?

The guest and visitor policy follows the tiers that have been shared which allows more freedom and flexibility as the prevalence and risk of COVID-19 increases or decreases. Tiers protocols determine current guest and visitor limits if any.

  • Tier 1: No Stetson guests or non-Stetson visitors in residence halls or apartments. Move-in and Move-out assistance will be limited to two (2) people who must go through a screening process.
  • Tier 2: No non-Stetson visitors in residence halls or apartments. Only one (1) Stetson guest in the room or apartment at any time (Face coverings required by all present.) No overnight Stetson guests. Move-in and Move-out assistance will be limited to 2 people who must go through a screening process.
  • Tier 3: Only one guest or visitor in a room at any time (Face coverings required by all present). No overnight Stetson guests or overnight non-Stetson visitors.
  • Tier 4: (*see infographic)

Download the Tier 4 vs. 70% Vaccination Rate infographic.

What is being done in residence halls with community bathrooms?

Our professional facilities management personnel will be performing daily scheduled cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of community restrooms daily and additional sanitization in line with our COVID protocols.

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 microwaves and mini-fridges included in rooms, or should we bring our own?

Most students will bring their own mini-fridge and microwave for their room. Although every residence hall has a full-size community kitchen, those are not sufficient for daily use for all residents.

Will it be safe to live in the residence halls for the Fall 2021 term?

We believe deeply in the educational benefits of a residential education and are making significant adjustments to the residential environment to create a safer living and learning environment within the range of CDC guidelines and recommendations on community-living environments. Although we have preventative measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, Stetson University cannot guarantee that residents will not become exposed to COVID-19. There is—and has always been—an elevated risk of contracting any contagious illness simply due to the dense population in some types of residential facilities. Residing in a residential environment with other students as roommates, suitemates, or neighbors may create a risk of exposure to COVID-19 by the nature of the congregate community and requires active and ongoing participation of residents to reduce risks to you and your fellow Hatters.

Do I have to move out at Winter Break?

Residence halls are scheduled to close and students expected to depart on or before noon (12:00 p.m.) on Saturday, December 11th, after finals. Students do not have to move their belongings out of the residence halls or apartments for Winter Break if they are returning for the Spring 2022 semester. Residential students needing to stay late or through the winter break for any reason, should submit the Late Stay & Winter Break Housing Application 2021 when that becomes available in November.

Will there be any changes in amenities in the residence halls?

Fall planning is underway at this time and we expect to continue to use the Tiers system throughout the Fall semester, but it is too early to determine in which Tier we will begin and the transition timeline. Community lounges and study rooms may be reduced occupancy or closed for part of the Fall 2021 semester based on the current Tiers protocols in place. Some recreation equipment and games may be unavailable for shared use. Additional limitations may be made for all or part of the fall semester.

What will happen if I or my roommate has signs of COVID-19 or tests positive?

If a student is unable to go home to isolate, we are prepared to move on-campus students to an isolated space with their own sleeping space and bathroom as needed, likely a hotel. This includes moving roommates/suitemates if needed. Students may have to move immediately and without assistance in order to limit exposure. They can choose to leave some of their belongings in their former spaces. In some cases, the student may be able to go home, but the Florida Department of Health will provide guidance if that is possible. There is no housing or dining cost to residential students for these moves. The full protocol is available on the Safer Stetson website's policies and procedures page.

Will there be any housing options for winter break?

We do anticipate that the option of winter break housing will continue to be available as in years past for students who need to stay through. There is a reduced rate fee ($580) for students to stay through the break in residence halls. Typically, the dining commons is not open during that time.

I am part of a team or group that normally moves in early, is that still happening for Fall 2021?

Fall planning is underway at this time. The coach or group leader will be communicating with you about arrival dates and timeframe. If early arrivals occur, check-in will be coordinated with Gateway Testing.

Safer Stetson Awards

Stetson University is taking steps to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment leading into the Fall 2021 semester by encouraging vaccinations among the entire Stetson community. In addition, we are offering special opportunities, including Safer Stetson tuition awards, for undergraduate and graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law to benefit from voluntarily registering their COVID-19 vaccination through the confidential university online form.

 As of Friday, June 4, more than 1,300 members of the Stetson community reported their completed vaccination, or approximately 28% and the university goal is 70-80% of the Stetson community. Reaching that level of vaccination would allow students to attend athletic games with friends, participate in Greek recruitment, attend large events like Homecoming, theater productions, concerts and more. For graduate and College of Law students reaching a higher level of vaccination allows for a return to more normal, face-to-face interactions, class sessions, conferences and competitions.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate new and returning students attending full-time, in-person who register their COVID-19 vaccination through the university online form by Sunday, July 25. Students who register also are entered into a weekly $1,000 award drawing.

Graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law attending full-time, in-person who register their COVID-19 vaccination through the university online form by Sunday, July 25, are automatically entered into a weekly $1,000 award drawing.

What is the deadline?

Sunday, July 25, to submit your vaccination registration. If you’re getting a 2 dose vaccine you will need to get your first shot soon in order to file a completed vaccination by July 25.

How are award recipients selected?

Recipients for the weekly awards are randomly selected from the pool of eligible students who registered their vaccination. The recipients for the Safer Stetson Tuition Award will be randomly selected from a pool of eligible new and retuning undergraduate students.

How and when will award recipients be notified?

Both weekly award recipients and the Tuition Award nominees will be contacted by phone.

When will the awards be applied to student accounts?

The awards for both opportunities will be applied to the student account in equal amounts for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. The total of all scholarship and grant assistance from all sources will not exceed $50,800 for the 2021-2022 academic year. if you have any questions, please contact The Office of Financial Planning or the Office of Enrollment Management at 386-822-8946.

If I have already submitted my vaccination, do I need to resubmit?

No further action is required on your part. All students who submitted their vaccination registration are automatically entered into the weekly drawing. Undergraduate students who already submitted their vaccination registration are automatically included. Students vaccinated during the on campus events were automatically entered into the system when they completed their second dose.

Which vaccinations for COVID-19 meet the requirements?

All vaccines approved and accepted by the CDC. More information on vaccines is available on the Safer Stetson Vaccination page.

Do I have to receive both doses of a two-dose vaccine before I can enter?

Yes. You must register a completed vaccination (both doses of 2-dose vaccine or 1 dose of 1-dose vaccine) by Sunday, July 25.

Why is Stetson encouraging all students to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Stetson University is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to ensure a safe and healthy campus environmet and to help move campus life back to more normal interactions. The CDC has indicated how effective the vaccines are in cutting transmission rates, new cases and hospitalizations. The higher the vaccination rate, the more protected the entire Stetson community will be and the better able the university will be to return to a more normal existence, attending games with friends and family, traveling, participating in face-to-face competitions and conferences, showing up for Uncouth Hour, concerts, late-night breakfast, participating in Greek organization activities. All these become possible with a 70-80% vaccination rate. The CDC, ACHA and White House are all encouraging colleges and universities to increase and support vaccinations efforts on their campuses.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

For Florida residents the Stetson University Safer Stetson Vaccination page has links to multiple sources of vaccination, including vaccination centers close to the DeLand campus. Alternatively, you can access the CDC’s find my vaccine link and type in your zip code, however most major chain pharmacies and grocery stores are offering vaccinations, and vaccinations are free.

Are award recipients responsible for taxes?

Taxability varies depending on the amount of gift aid (scholarship and grant–free money) a student receives. The IRS has indicated that as long as the total amount of gift assistance does not exceed the total amount of tuition, fees, and books, the award is not taxable. Students will receive a 1098T at the end of the calendar year, indicating any taxable portion. Please contact a tax preparer or accountant for specific IRS regulations regarding the taxability of financial assistance.

Can I enter more than once?

No. Students submitting their vaccination registration are automatically entered into the drawing and there is no further action needed.

Who is not eligible?

Part-time students, fully online students, and students not attending in Fall 2021 or completing course work for graduation already under any full-tuition waiver, athletic scholarship or scholarship program are not eligible for a Safer Stetson Award, but Stetson continues to encourage all students to get vaccinated and register their vaccination.

Can I win more than one award?

Undergraduate students can receive only one of the weekly awards, whether the Safer Stetson $1,000 Award or the free annual parking pass, but undergraduate students selected for a weekly award are still included in the Safer Stetson Tuition Award drawing. Graduate students in DeLand and at the College of Law are eligible for only one of the weekly Stetson Safer $1,000 Awards.

For more information, visit the Safer Stetson Awards webpage.

Student Employment

The Student Employment Program looks forward to continuing its mission of providing a best practice employment program where students grow in their career and academic pursuits through mentorship and experience as they actively contribute to the University (and get paid for it!). For the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, students will return to fully on-site work (with exception of sites where current Tier-level restrictions cannot be achieved). Additionally, some roles will continue to have position specific protocols for safety and mandatory bi-weekly testing (mandatory testing only for unvaccinated students) for roles considered high-contact (Hollis Center, Library, Hand Art Center, OneStop, etc.). If a student employee is requesting a medical exemption from on-site work, they must contact the Office of Student Employment (DeLand) with their required medical documentation.

If students are interested in applying for student employment positions, we encourage them to review openings on HatterJobs and apply to the job-specific instructions. Additionally, if the student plans to work in the spring and has never worked before, they will need to bring their original I-9 acceptable document(s) with them to campus. This might include a passport, social security card, and/or a visa. The Student Employment team is committed to supporting students, please reach out to studentemployment@stetson.edu with any questions you may have. We are very excited to see our incredible students learning and growing through their student employment roles IN PERSON this Fall!

For additional general Student Employment Information, please visit our website.

Student Life and Belonging

A Place for You: Being an Engaged Hatter

Whether it is your first year or your last at Stetson, how we make connections look different during times of COVID. And we Hatters know, Hatters are adaptable and resilient. So put on your mask, grab your laptop/tablet, and bring your comfy camping chair because our Hatter Pride is still here, and it lives within each one of you.

This summer, offices across the campus have been thinking outside of the box to develop experiences and personal connections that help allow Stetson to feel like the home away from home it always has been. Even in a predominantly virtual environment, our goal is to help every student find their place & people at Stetson. Whether it be through your residential community, a club or student organization, your favorite Greek letter organization, this year will be filled with a diversity of events and experiences that will engage you in the way you desire. In small groups or virtually – Stetson is not short on options.

Campus Life & Student Success champions community, well-being, learning and success through your journey at Stetson University.

Where do I go to learn about what is happening on campus in person or virtually?

There are two main locations to learn what is happening on the DeLand Campus: Engage & the university’s Events Calendar.

Check out Engage! Engage has a tab at the top, “Events,” with a listing of all upcoming events. Try narrowing down by themes or perks to find something that interests you. Another great place to learn the happenings of campus both in person and virtually is by visiting the DeLand Campus Events Calendar. Additionally, you can search to find specific types of events, cultural credits available in any given week and even set reminders for events that go into your calendar.

I am worried I am not going to find my people at Stetson. Is there someone or a program to help?

Get one-on-one support from a staff member or peer to explore the many student organizations and involvement opportunities here at Stetson University. Register for a Leadership Engagement Coaching session at ULEAD and you will have a virtual coaching session with a student or staff member to help you find out about the many involvement opportunities and how to start your involvement in these many groups.

What is the best way to meet people who are different than me?

You’ll find that you share many things in common with Hatters from all walks of life and in return you will also see how unique we all are. Start by finding people with similar interests as you. Maybe its attending Uncouth Hour and sharing some of your recent spoken word or attending Mock Trial with other Hatters who aspire to serve in the judicial system one day. Be open minded. You can join an activity to experience something you have never done before.

When you find people who are interesting, ask them questions so they can share with you from their own perspective. Be a good listener. Be kind. Be genuinely you. These relationships regardless of how long or short can enrich our lives but can also be challenging to the ways we do things and sometimes our personal values. Which is the value of connecting with people who are different than you.

What is the Cultural Credit Program?

Hatters join Stetson University's intellectual and creative life outside the classroom by participating in at least three approved cultural events for each semester of enrollment at the university. These events may include lectures by distinguished visitors, musical performances, plays, and art shows. Hatters are required to complete 24 cultural credit programs to qualify for graduation.

Will cultural credit programs and events be offered virtually and in person this academic year? Yes, cultural credits will be offered both virtually and in person. For more information, please refer to Cultural Credit.

I’m a commuter. Are there places I can go to hang out on campus between classes?

Hatters, whether commuter or hybrid, can take advantage of the CUB (Carlton Student Union Building). The Student Lounge will remain open, with the exception of one amenity item being checked out at a time (i.e., the billiard board, air hockey, or darts will not be used simultaneously). The billiard board will be restricted to two users. We will remain to have the indoor hammocks accessible to students. But hanging out is not limited to the CUB, Hatters can also take advantage of the Hollis Center, Commuter Labs, and the Prayer and Meditation rooms. During your down time there are many things you can do to keep yourself occupied.

Use Wellness and Recreation at the Hollis Center.
  • Workout, participate in free group exercise classes (many are online) or relax in the lounge.

Schedule your Work Shifts

  • Employers on campus are flexible and help build connections
  • Practice Spiritual Wellness
  • Prayer and Meditation Rooms in Griffith Hall

Take advantage of the Carlton Union Building (CUB)

  • Indoor Hammocks
  • Air Hockey Table
  • Pool Table
  • Relaxation Room (coming in Fall 2020)
  • Collaborate with other classmates on projects

Attend Cultural Credit Events

Study Spots

  • CUB Collaboratorium (located in the Carlton Union Building 2nd floor- North wing)
  • duPont-Ball Library
  • Outside on Campus (tents have been set up for outdoor studying and socializing)

Computer Labs

  • duPont-Ball Library
    • The library is open with capacity currently limited to 50 people. Library closing times are currently 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and subject to change. Chairs have been spread out and removed to allow for adequate distancing from both study spaces and computer spaces. The 24/7 area of the library (ground floor, north side) will be accessible by swipe card entry through the Nemec Courtyard, with computer access and printer/scanner available for use.
  • Elizabeth Hall Room 205 is available Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal business hours, and after 12 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Sage Hall computer lab is open to students, no time restrictions. Capacity is 6 people.
  • Davis Hall Room 101 is available for students to do their class assignments Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (unless a class is in session or the lab is reserved for other meetings). Capacity is 10 people.
  • Flagler Hall Room 311 is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-11 p.m. Capacity is 6 people.
  • Lynn Business Center (Ground Floor)

What can I expect from the relationship with my RA this year?

Your RA will be a resource for you! They will be knowledgeable of opportunities happening on campus for you to take advantage of. They will work to help you feel welcome and safe in your community. Your RA will be available in both physical and virtual ways and will make you aware of when these times are. You can expect at Stetson to have deep conversations with your Resident Assistant. These conversations are designed to tackle talking about your community connections, how you are adjusting, how classes are going and even designed to be a place to provide mentoring and guidance to help you navigate the university in a way that is best for you. No matter where you are in your Stetson journey, your RA’s goal is to be there where you need them.

How can I make friends in my residence hall and physical distance?

There will be events and programs that you can take advantage inside and outside of your community while adhering to physical distancing. We encourage you to participate in the group chat for your community because this will be a great way to meet people and engage. Taking your lawn chair, hammock or blanket to spread out, outside is a great way to meet people, just make sure you are adhering to physical distancing policies.

I want to work on campus, where do I go to apply for a job on campus?

The Student Employment Program looks forward to continuing its mission of providing a best practice employment program where Hatters grow in their career and academic pursuits through mentorship and experience as they actively contribute to the university.

If you plan to work in the summer and have never worked before, you will need to bring your original I-9 acceptable document(s) with you to campus (copies cannot be accepted per federal policy). This might include a passport, social security card, and/or a visa.

Current student employees should reach out to his or her individual work supervisor for details about their positions. If a student position is an on-site position and the student is no longer comfortable in that role, the Student Employment team will work with them to find a solution. They should e-mail studentemployment@stetson.edu.

The Student Employment team is committed to supporting students. Please reach out to studentemployment@stetson.edu with any questions you may have. 

Where can I go to find resources for community service in the area?

You can view all community service opportunities through Stetson’s online volunteer management platform, Give Pulse.

Will I be able to participate in multicultural student organizations this year?

Yes! The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Student Council will promote opportunities to sign-up for cultural clubs as well as participating in diversity and inclusion events on campus. Many different styles of events will be offered. Check out our Instagram pages: Instagram @stetsonodi and @mscstetson, and website: Stetson Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

I am interested in participating in a faith-based group or events, what opportunities are there this year?

Stetson has several active religious student organizations that host events regularly. Learn more about organizations and events by visiting Engage. Also, whether you consider yourself religious or not, the Chaplains are great to talk to for advice and guidance.

How do I find virtual, on-campus or local interfaith services (places for worship)?

Many communities are currently offering virtual services. Visit Engage for information on services offered by on-campus organizations. To learn about off-campus offerings, contact a university chaplain or any member of the Religious and Spiritual Life staff.

Where can I pray on campus?

Stetson University has an Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room in Griffith Hall. Located just down the hall from the prayer room are two single-stall, gender neutral restrooms with wash stations. This space is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to the size of the prayer room, only one person may access the room at a time. A Stetson ID is required to access the building.

You can read more about the Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room.

Will Fraternity and Sorority recruitment occur in the Fall 2021 semester? What are the requirements for getting involved with Fraternity and Sorority Involvement?

Yes, recruitment will still be taking place during the Fall 2021 semester for fraternities and sororities with restrictions on group sizes. To go through fraternity or sorority recruitment students will have to sign up. (For fraternity recruitment, select Stetson University IFC. For sorority recruitment click Stetson University Panhellenic).

If you have more questions, please contact Renee DuBois at rdubois@stetson.edu.

Tell me more about what Clubs and Organizations will look like.

Whether you are a new student who is looking for a club to join, or a returning student who cannot wait to reconnect with your community, student organizations are still active for the Fall 2021 semester! These student-run groups are always a great opportunity to make friends, supplement learning and find a support network. Finding a club to join is easy through Engage. All active organizations are listed and can be searched based on your interests, ranging from culture and identity to health and wellness to service and justice. Our annual Involvement Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This showcase provides a sneak peek into many of the clubs and organizations Stetson has to offer. Additional details will be released soon. Questions? Reach out to members of the Student Development & Campus Vibrancy team at vibrancy@stetson.edu.

What are the requirements for joining a club/organization?

Most student organizations don’t have any requirements for membership! There are some exceptions including social Greek organizations, honor societies, club sports, and some professional societies. A formal recruitment process exists for those where interested students can learn more about any requirements.

How do I find the organization that is right for me? How do I contact a student organization once I find one?

Engage is the best resource to check out all student organizations. Click on the “Organizations” tab at the top and then select a category to narrow down something that might interest you. Each organization page will have a “Join” button and “Contact” button to learn more.

How do I start a new student organization?

The opportunity to apply for a new organization opens once per semester. Email vibrancy@stetson.edu to get started! There will be an information session to cover the process, an application and a presentation.

I’d like to get involved in Student Government. How can I learn more about joining?

The Student Government Association is the representative body for each undergraduate student enrolled at Stetson University. Our goals include consistently informing and leading our constituency, as well as executing necessary changes in the Stetson Community. Join SGA to leave your mark on campus and help better the lives of Stetson students for years to come. Keep an eye out for information about elections and how to become a senate representative. For more information email us at sga@stetson.edu.

I see Stetson has a student-run magazine, The Reporter. How do I get involved or submit an article?

The Reporter is only one element of the Hatter Network, which is your Student Media headquarters. We are always accepting applications for those interested in being staff or regular contributors to Touchstone, WHAT Radio, and the Reporter, we are also open to outside contributions from students, staff, faculty, and administration! You can submit your work if you are interested in writing for The Reporter.

If you would like to see your own work in a future issue of The Reporter or on our website, please contact:

If you are looking to be a guest on a radio show or to have your own show, please contact:

If you would like to see your work in next year’s Touchstone or to be a part of our Ampersand feature, please contact:

For any general inquiries, email us at hatternetwork@gmail.com.

I am interested in studying abroad in the future, where do I go for information?

WORLD is happy to help you find the right program for you! Feel free to email studyabroad@stetson.edu or visit our website for more information and to schedule an appointment with a Peer Advisor or a member of the WORLD staff. WORLD is also open for walk-in office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

What will the Hollis Center and Wellness & Recreation have for people who want to stay active this year?

Your wellness is key, and we have many ways you can continue to meet your wellness goals both in person and virtually. We understand how important recreation and engaging in healthy behaviors are for your physical and mental health. We will continue to offer ways for you to stay active indoors and outdoors, regardless of your location, while also practicing appropriate physical distancing. During the fall semester Intramural Sports will include primarily eSports (FIFA20 for PS4 and XBOX 360) and skills-based competitions such as Arrow Tag, Kan Jam, Table Tennis and much more. Registration information can be found on IMLeagues. Students can connect with Club Sports by reaching out to the Club President and expressing interest. While in Tier 1, clubs will be focused on recruiting, teambuilding, planning and training.

How do I get involved (or stay involved) in Sport Programs (Intramural and Club Sports)?

During the fall semester Intramural Sports will include primarily eSports (FIFA20 for PS4 and XBOX 360) and skills-based competitions such as Arrow Tag, Kan Jam, Table Tennis and much more. Registration information can be found on IMLeagues. Students can connect with Club Sports by reaching out to the Club President and expressing interest. While in Tier 1, clubs will be focused on recruiting, team-building, planning and training.

How will you encourage healthy habits and personal and social responsibility?

The Wellness Educators for Life-long Learning Team are Stetson’s premier peer education group, educating students on healthy lifestyles and strong decision-making skills. Through fun, interactive, and educational programs the WELL Team shares critical information and tools that lead to a successful college experience. Follow @thewellteam on Instagram to learn more.

Wellness and Recreation

When will the Hollis Center be open?

The DeLand campus is currently in Tier 4 for remainder of Summer 2021. The Hollis Center and other facility operations will operate consistent with Stetson's existing Tiers document and Tier 4 protocols.

Hollis Center

  • Monday - Friday: 8-11 a.m. 
  • Monday - Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Monday - Friday: 1-7 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1-5 p.m. 

What Hollis Center facilities will be open and available?

During Tier 1 the weight and cardio rooms will be available for 50-minute timeslots via registration utilizing our departmental app (SU W&R) to promote physical distancing. Locker rooms will be open for bathroom use only. As Stetson transitions to a hirer tiers and it is safe to do so, more Hollis Center facilities will be available, with higher space capacities, and less restrictions. Virtual Wellness and Recreation programming continues to be offered including workouts of the week, fitness incentives, group exercise classes, health huts, eSports and more. Visit the Wellness and Recreation website for more information.

Tell me more about safety protocols.

EPA-registered disinfectant wipes will be used following the manufacturer’s instruction throughout the facility. A 45-minute workout timeslot allows for 15-minute cleaning sessions on equipment and commonly used surfaces by trained staff. By limiting hours, capacity, and facilities in Tier 1 we will be able to encourage and manage university policies to provide the safest workout environment for students and employees. Face coverings will be required during the mid-day workout to protect high risk individuals and allow for more inclusive participation in indoor workouts. Face coverings are still highly recommended and encouraged during the afternoon and evening timeslots. Staff members will be required to wear face coverings during all shift times and gloves during selective high-risk activities (i.e., cleaning, any potential person contact, etc.). Community members are asked to only bring essential belongings with them to the facility (i.e., Stetson ID, wallet/purse, keys, etc.). Small day use lockers will be available for these essential items.

How do I register for a workout timeslot in the Hollis Center?

  • Download the Wellness and Recreations app, “Stetson University W&R,” and create your profile. Available for iOS and Android.
  • You can register for 50-minute workout timeslots up to 24 hours in advance through the app.
  • On the home page, select “See Full Schedule” and select your workout date/time.
  • When you arrive, say your name at the front desk and our member service attendant will mark you there.
  • Registration will be held for 10 minutes after your scheduled workout time. If you are going to miss a workout or arrive more than 10 minutes late, we encourage you to cancel your registration.

How do I get involved (or stay involved) in Sport Programs (Intramural and Club Sports)?

During the fall semester Intramural Sports will include primarily eSports (FIFA20 for PS4 and XBOX 360) and skills-based competitions such as Arrow Tag, Kan Jam, Table Tennis and much more. Registration information can be found on IMLeagues. Students can connect with Club Sports by reaching out to the Club President and expressing interest. While in Tier 1, clubs will be focused on recruiting, teambuilding, planning and training.

 

How will you encourage healthy habits and personal and social responsibility?

The Wellness Educators for Life-long Learning Team are Stetson’s premier peer education group, educating students on healthy lifestyles and strong decision-making skills. Through fun, interactive, and educational programs the WELL Team shares critical information and tools that lead to a successful college experience. Follow @thewellteam on Instagram to learn more.

I need more information.

The Wellness and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing extensive information and updates on our website. If you don’t find what you are looking for or have more specific/individualized questions please contact Director of Wellness and Recreation Colleen Vanderlip at cvanderlip@stetson.edu or 386-738-6680. During Summer 2021, our recreation offerings will continue with adjusted summer hours.

How do I access the Hollis Center?

You will need to complete an electronic Wellness & Recreation Hollis Center Liability Waiver and Informed Consent Document. If you are not 18 years old, you and your parent/guardian must physically sign a paper version and email it to wellnessandrec@stetson.edu. Once complete, your Stetson ID will be activated and you will be able to enter the Hollis Center during your pre-registered workout timeslot with your Stetson ID and a "green" self-screening result on the Everbridge app. Hollis Center remains open only to students, staff and faculty. No alumni or dependents are permitted at this time.

Workplace Meetings

What is Stetson's current guidance for office, staff or department meetings?

Given the effectiveness of our mitigation strategies and the prioritization of in-person interactions, workplace meetings of up to 30 people in DeLand and 20 people at College of Law - for a maximum duration of 45 minutes are now permitted. Attendee limits must also comply with revised physical distancing room capacities and rooms must be booked in advance through the Stetson calendaring process. Only rooms that can ensure 6 feet of physical space between participants can be utilized for face-to-face meetings unless classroom-style seating is used. For additional important guidance, consult the COVID-19 Policies webpage.

Additional Questions

How is Stetson planning to handle crowding in the dining hall?

We have a detailed plan for dining which will be shared with the community soon. We will be cutting down tables/chairs in Lynn Commons and not allowing dine-in options in the Hatrack (BYOB and Einstein Brothers). We will not allow anyone besides students to eat in the Lynn Commons. Everything will be served by staff who are masked and wearing gloves. We are investing in more outside seating and are considering meal periods. A plan for dining at the College of Law is being considered.

Will students be able to use the gym on campus?

Stetson recreation facilities are open for summer but there are various restrictions in place for safety: 

  • Recreation offerings will continue with summer hours and occupancy limits for smaller spaces (i.e., cardio room, lounge, studios). No reservations required.
  • The weight room, cardio room, aerobic studios, classroom, and pool will be available for use on a drop-in basis.   
  • Hollis Center remains open only to students, staff and faculty. No alumni or dependents are permitted at this time.

Will indicators be placed on entrances and exits of buildings and classrooms to reduce congestion and maintain physical distancing as people move in and out?

Campus signage is being review and updated now for the Fall 2021 semester. Classrooms have not been designated official in-and-out signage because the doors are not in constant use, but a faculty member can set a policy for an individual class. More restrictive protocols can be instituted if needed based on COVID-19 trends and guidance.

How is the political climate near the university now given all the recent riots?

An extremely beautiful, peaceful protest was held in DeLand and we were so proud of students, faculty, staff and the residents of DeLand for how well-executed and safe the protests were for all involved.

Will parents be able to attend on-campus performances (for example, vocal and orchestra)?

School of Music Concert Recordings and Livestreaming will be posted online throughout the Fall 2021 semester. In-person audiences for School of Music and College of Arts & Sciences events and performances are permitted in Tier 2 and above. For more details, visit the Groups and Gatherings webpage.

How do we set up a visit and campus parking?

Please call 386-822-7100. Since we have to cap our visitors due to CDC/Florida DOH regulations, we won't accept walk-ins. For College of Law visits, please contact lawadmit@law.stetson.edu or 877-LAW-STET.

I am participating in an off-campus internship, externship, field experience, practicum or clinical in the Summer 2021 semester. Have there been any changes to those programs?

An important part of Stetson’s overall educational experience isstudent participation in experiential learning activities (e.g., internships, externships, volunteering, field experiences, practicums, clinicals) at off-campus sites. For the Summer 2021 semester, while students are still encouraged to participate in remote experiences when possible, students may participate in hybrid or full in-person experiences with the condition that they adhere to the following requirements:

  • If you will be interacting with the campus community through living on campus, taking in-person classes (F2F or Hybrid), or utilizing campus resources, then you are required to participate in Stetson-sponsored free COVID-19 testing on your respective campus (DeLand or Gulfport) at regular intervals throughout the duration of your off-campus experience. If students are unable to participate in testing for any reason, including the need to get tested off-campus, they must request an exemptionin advance of each testing date by emailing covidtesting@stetson.edu.
  • 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.
  • 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 on the Polices section of the Safer Stetson site, such as wearing face coverings, physical distancing and proper hygiene practices.Students should alsofollow any additional safety protocols deemed necessary by their host sites.
  • Report any safety concerns about your host site immediately by emailing yourfaculty instructor or “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. (Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if it has been at least 2 weeks since they have received the full vaccine and they are not experiencing any symptoms).
  • Contact the point person (see list below) for your respective program as soon as possible if you need to request an accommodation related to participation in an off-campus experience that is required for major, minor, graduation or licensure requirements. You should ask your department if there are alternative virtual or on-campus experiences to satisfy the requirement. If no alternative arrangements can be made, students should consider how this decision will impact their timeline to graduation and/or licensure. Students should meet with their faculty adviser to review and update their timeline to graduation plan.

Point Person(s) Per Off-Campus Educational Program

Undergraduate For-Credit Internships

Non-Credit Internships for SOBA ELR

Graduate Education Internships

Center for Community Engagement

Graduate Counselor Education Practicums and Internships

College of Law Externships and Clinics

Will you be holding sorority/fraternity recruitment?

Yes, recruitment will still be taking place during the Fall 2021 term for fraternities and sororities with restrictions on group sizes.

To go through fraternity or sorority recruitment students will have to sign up. (For fraternity recruitment, select Stetson University IFC. For sorority recruitment click Stetson University Panhellenic).

If you have more questions, please contact Renee DuBois at rdubois@stetson.edu.

Is Stetson requiring visitor check-in?

Stetson University closed all wellness stations on Friday, July 2, at 4:30 p.m. Campus visitors and guests are no longer required to check in at wellness stations prior to coming to or moving about the campus. However, visitors and guests continue to be required to practice physical distancing and wear facial coverings in all indoor spaces.

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?

For additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms and updates please refer to the Health Information page on the Safer Stetson website.

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