DeLand Campus FAQ

What do I do if I have sick symptoms or have had contact with someone with COVID-19 or am worried someone else does/has?

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath, possible nausea/diarrhea, possible loss of taste/smell) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-8150). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know -- don't just tell them to do so. This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.

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 loaners available to students. These can be checked out at the helpdesk as well as the DeLand library. Spectrum is offering free internet access to students (customers in general) for those who currently do not have internet access at home. The information was shared with the students on a couple of different occasions.

Academic Calendar

Some institutions are planning to start the fall semester early in August and end the semester at the Thanksgiving holiday. Can this be considered at Stetson?

Stetson’s revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar for the DeLand campus was recently posted online and it shows that classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 13 and final exams end Tuesday, Nov. 24 (before Thanksgiving).

Why would removing Fall Break be beneficial?

The act of traveling to and from the campus is what results in our student body having increased exposure to the virus. By potentially removing Fall Break (they have not officially decided to cut it yet), it would minimize the volume of our students traveling through airports, visiting other cities, and then traveling back to the campus after all of their outside exposure.

If the fall semester ends at Thanksgiving, do you know when the spring semester will start?

While we will discuss the spring academic calendar and possible changes to the current posted schedule, we have not started to have that conversation yet.

Other Questions

How will any new policies be approved? Is there a deadline to get any proposals to UCCAP and the Faculty Senate?

Adjusted or new academic policies will follow the typical pathway for approval as close to the published process as is possible over the summer when many faculty are not on contract. If possible, UCCAP (or an available subset of UCCAP) will shepherd the process from the point of receiving a proposed policy or policy change through recommendation to the provost. No deadline has been established.

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

Members of the face-to-face working group and the Safer Campus Task Force, as well as some administrators and faculty, have begun the process of measuring rooms to determine a safe capacity. We expect that specific numbers for specific classrooms will be available from the F2F group within the next couple of weeks.

Will there be social distancing maintained in the physical classrooms (namely, alternating seating)?

Yes.

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

Signage has been made to indicate the proper placement of chairs in classrooms, and facilities will be working with the signage group to put those markers in place.

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

This, too, will be addressed by the F2F working group. The fall 2020 schedule working group will also be examining the rescheduling of both class times and class locations in order to maximize the face-to-face experiences available while adhering to the social distancing protocols.

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?

We don't anticipate that the semester will start 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 text books in advance of the semester start.

Academics/Classes

In Person or Online

When do classes start/end?

Stetson's revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar for the DeLand campus was recently posted online and it shows that classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 13 and final exams end Tuesday, Nov. 24 (before Thanksgiving). Stetson's College of Law in Gulfport has a separate Academic Calendar.

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

The State of Florida is still in phases of reopening. Our Safer Campus Task Force meets weekly to evaluate the governor's decisions/updates and is working to make decisions as quickly as possible based on it. Our expectation is in-person classes.

If classes cannot begin on campus, is there a plan for online classes for freshmen from a dorm room or from home?

If classes can’t begin on campus in a face-to-face environment, Stetson will be prepared to start classes online in August.

Will online education be an option for students who would rather do that for the fall, especially for students with high-risk medical conditions?

Any student with high-risk medical conditions should speak directly with the Residential Living & Learning team at 386-822-7201 as well as our Student Accommodations Department to make sure they're fully aware and can make necessary arrangements. The face-to-face working group is examining options that make remote learning available for students who may not be able to participate in face-to-face learning. Students at the College of Law should contact the Associate Dean's or the ADA Office for additional information.

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.

How can I find out about zero-credit sessions? Is there a link?

You are able to connect to your admissions recruiter or visit the Summer Engagement Experiences website. Register today.

Is there scholarship available for Stetson’s Special Summer Sessions?

Find information on Stetson’s Special Summer Sessions. We recently sent an email about the Summer Sessions (for-credit classes) and the scholarships associated with them. Check your email. It should include all of the information.

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 revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar was recently posted online and it provides this information. Move-In Days begin Aug. 7 for incoming students and classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 13. 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.

Events

Have plans for Homecoming been discussed?

We have created a subgroup called Groups and Gatherings, which is working through plans right now.

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

We have created a subgroup called Groups and Gatherings, which is working through plans right now.

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

Is it appropriate to increase tuition 5% for the 2020-21 year given the current economic environment?

Undergraduate tuition has been set for the upcoming year at $49,140.

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.

Health and Safety

For information about face covering, please see our Face Covering Policy.

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

Please see our Face Coverings Policy.

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

The faculty member should ask the student to please wear a face covering and, if the student refuses to comply, the faculty member should ask the student to leave the class. 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 Face 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 indirect and direct contact?

Stetson has defined direct and indirect contact in regards to COVID-19 based on Department of Health and CDC guidance.

  • Direct: Closer than six feet to a positive person for over 15 minutes, with or without facial covering
    • Examples: Talking to someone right next to each other without a mask; sharing a cup of coffee
    • You will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from encounter with a positive person.
  • Indirect: More than six feet apart from a positive person for less than 15 minutes with or without facial covering.
    • Examples: Same classroom, opposite ends of room, everyone wore a facial covering
    • You will be asked to observe physical distancing and self-monitor for the development of symptoms for 14 days.

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.

Personal Protection Equipment

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

Yes. All students, faculty and staff will be provided with, at minimum, one face covering. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff will receive one 8-oz. bottle of hand sanitizer and one ear protector. Members of the community may also provide their own additional face coverings or sanitizers to supplement what is being provided to everyone.

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

Please see our Face Coverings Policy.

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

Please see our Face Coverings Policy.

Are face shields being considered?

Yes. Face shields are being considered for faculty and have been ordered for the positions defined as high- and medium-risk exposure by OSHA. Currently, they have not arrived on campus.

Will Stetson provide face shields for faculty who teach courses that require students to be able to see their face, such as interpersonal communication or language classes for pronunciation?

Yes, any faculty or staff member can request a face shield by contacting their Building Coordinator. Some Building Coordinators have already picked up the Personal Protection Equipment items for their area and were given washable masks for faculty and staff. If a faculty or staff member prefers a face shield instead of a mask, then the Building Coordinator can trade the unused mask for a face shield.

Are you also requiring visitors to wear face coverings?

Visitors are required to wear face coverings in spaces used by multiple people and in situations where a minimum distance of 6 feet from other people is not achievable.

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?

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

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.

Will there be temperature stations?

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

Other Questions

What is Stetson's 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.

Will there be a document/agreement that the students, faculty and staff have to sign to make sure they are fully aware of and follow Stetson-specific COVID-19 guidelines?

A Guide to Returning to On-Campus Workhas been developed for faculty and staff who will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they have read it and agree to abide by it. Students will be required to watch a video about being at Stetson in a COVID-19 world. We are working on the process for tracking this completion now.

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/Returning to Work

Personnel/Salary Reductions

Should staff expect any reduction in compensation/benefits? Can you provide more information on what the university is considering so we can plan accordingly?

The Budget Priorities Working Group is evaluating all possible reductions.

What happened with the March discussions of a hiring freeze? How much in budget (personnel) liabilities have we added since mid-March?

Position vacancies are currently evaluated and when possible, the hiring has been delayed.

Working Remotely

What considerations are being given to long-term remote work for those who are able to perform job duties in this manner or who may be nervous to return to work at this time?

Staff will be returning to campus over a six-phase process throughout the summer. At this point, long-term remote work is not contemplated.

Will faculty be given the opportunity to provide their preferences for either on-campus, online or hybrid teaching for fall (based on our individual physical/health concerns)?

Full-time faculty members at the College of Law were asked their preferences regarding fall semester teaching. Preference for live classes is being given for first-year and other required/strongly recommended courses and skills-based courses.

Phased-in Return to Campus

What are the parameters for the six phases of returning to work on campus? When does each start/end, and how do I know when to return to campus?

In accordance with guidelines, the phased return to work lasts through the summer, with the final phase ending in August. Questions regarding when a particular employee is anticipated to return to campus should be addressed to the employee’s supervisor, dean or associate dean, vice-president or human resources.

What is the plan for returning to work on campus if an employee is in a higher-risk group due to a medical condition, or is a primary care taker for someone in a higher-risk group? Will such employees be expected to return to the campus and when will that be?

Employees who have been instructed to return to work on campus and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher-risk group 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 care takers and may be unable to return to campus on over the summer because of their parental or care-taker responsibilities at home.

Employees who are primary caregivers to dependents currently impacted by the closure of schools, camps and childcare should work with their vice president, athletic director, dean or department head to address their situations while still maintaining university services.

Does Human Resources have an expedited process to document expanded or redefined job duties during this season? I am thinking about people who are covering for another position that is unfilled or may have temporary duties related to mitigating the virus spread.

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

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

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

International Students

What are the latest guidelines for international travel related to re-opening Institutions of Higher Education from the American College Health Associations?

Although not all of these guidelines are relevant to Stetson, we will be following these to help us re-open international travel and support services for all students, faculty, or staff who have been traveling internationally and are planning to re-enter the campus environment:

  • Should be encouraged or required to communicate their intentions with identified contacts at their institutions in order to receive critical relevant information well in advance of their anticipated return.
  • Must follow state, tribal, territorial and local health department recommendations and requirements.
    • At this time, this includes quarantine at home for 14 days, checking temperature twice a day, monitoring for onset of symptoms of COVID19, and maintaining contact with the appropriate health department as directed.
    • Directories of local (and tribal) health departments
    • CDC returning traveler guidelines: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era/page 18 International Students, Faculty (Including Visiting Faculty), and Staff Who Are Incoming to or Present on Campus. There are many complex variables at play for our international students and colleagues planning travel in the ever-evolving global COVID-19 situation.
  • It is crucial to inform our international students and colleagues of relevant, reliable, and current travel health and safety resources and to encourage the serious consideration of current recommendations prior to travel.
  • Every international student, faculty, and staff member is in a unique situation, which warrants individually tailored recommendations.
  • All new or returning international travelers should refer to CDC returning travelers guidelines and review CDC’s "Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the U.S."
  • Existing international students, faculty, and staff currently at an IHE in the U.S. who are considering travel to their home countries should review global travel restrictions as noted by the U.S. State Department and CDC (see above and in Resources).
  • Faculty and staff contemplating travel with subsequent return to the U.S. to continue IHE studies or work must seriously consider
    • Current COVID-19 travel health risks and the possibility of significant unexpected changes in risks during their travels.
    • Potential for abrupt disruption, cancellation, or other serious complications of the planned return to the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Rapidly changeable re-entry restrictions (including at any intermediate points in itinerary).

International travel is an evolving situation. Most IHEs in the U.S. have canceled or prohibited international travel for any university-related reasons through August 2020.

Fall study abroad programs and research-based travel are being scrutinized at an individual institutional level, and many have thus far postponed making definitive decisions.

Incoming international students, faculty, and staff are faced with a multitude of uncertainties as well, and challenges and uncertainties abound in both host and home institutions and countries. Considering the multitude of unknown factors involved with this pandemic, knowledge and resources to inform new international travel guidelines will emerge in the coming months, and ACHA will offer updates as appropriate.

My I-20 was signed before September 1, 2019. 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 September 1, 2019 needs to get a new signature before leaving the US. If you have already left, reach out to your DSO today.

If I leave the United States, do I have to return within the next 5 months or else my visa will expire?

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 world wide. Has USCIS and Homeland Security made any adjustments to the way that will be handled?

As of this time (April 8, 2020) there have been no changes in deadlines and expiration dates as associated with VISAs. Throughout the world wide health event the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (Nafsa) has been pushing for accommodations appropriate to the situation as has been enacted in other countries. As time has passed and there has been movement on this issue American Immigration Lawyers have made the decision to sue USCIS and Homeland Security to force them to suspend relevant deadlines and expiration dates. We will continue to share news as it comes in. Read this article for more information.

How will I keep in compliance if I am not attending classes?

You will be attending classes, just in a different way. Do not allow yourself to fall behind. Your teachers are responsible for helping you learn how to use the learning management systems they have set up for their instruction. Be sure you understand. Ask questions using the assigned formats.

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

We have distributed a tracking form to help you keep your sevis record in compliance. Sevis is the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. We use the tracking form to report your physical address and other data required by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. As an F1 student, UCSIS must have updated records of your address throughout your study experience. Please watch your Stetson email for the form.

Do I have to fill out the tracking form if I am staying in the area?

Yes.

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

Please alert your DSO (designated school official) that you are moving and need to re-file the WORLD Evacuation Form. You will be sent a re-homing link to provide a new address. Do not use the initial evacuation form; if you do, the 2nd Address Change may be overlooked. 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 OPT if it is approved on an expired visa?

Yes. The visa allows entry into the country. The 1-20 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 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?

No. As of the third week of March 2020 Stetson University has sent all non essential employees home. That means the World Office is closed until further notice. Staff from world are all working on line from 8-430 M-F to assist you and answer your questions.

How can I get help from someone at WORLD?

You have several options. You can call the WORLD Center at 386-822-8165 during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or you can send any one of us an email or make an appointment at Calendly.

How can I get advising for next fall while we are effected by the school evacuation?

You can reach out to your faculty advisor, you can make an appointment with one of the WORLD Staff or Academic Advising will provide supplemental support to our Stetson community virtually. Our Academic Advising website includes helpful content and resources for faculty, current students and prospective students. For specific inquiries you can reach us directly by contacting academic.advising@stetson.edu or the Academic Success department main line (ext. 7345). Students in the Discovery Program are required to meet with their Secondary Advisor, Miguel Ortiz-Burgos, Coordinator for First-Year Advising. Discovery students were sent communication regarding their requirement to meet with our area to their Stetson email. Please contact Miguel Ortiz-Burgos at mortizbu@stetson.edu for any questions.

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

Yes, due to COVID-19, DSOs may electronically send Forms I-20 to student email addresses listed in SEVIS. In the case of a minor students, the email address may belong to their parent or legal guardian. Schools do not need to request permission from SEVP or report their plans to electronically send Forms I-20 as part of their COVID-19 procedural changes.

I want to sign up for OPT starting this summer but I am not in the US. Can I apply from my home?

No. At this time, USCIS has not changed any of the laws impacting OPT. We anticipate there may be changes as we get closer to graduation but as of now you must be in the US to apply for OPT.

Residential Living/Move-In Day

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

When is move-in?

  • August 7-8 for new students
  • Incoming students who deposited before May 1 will be able to select their appointment time first, including the day early (which is August 7).
  • August 9 is check-in new commuter students
  • August 9-12 for continuing students

Check-in will be curbside by appointment only.

Students at the College of Law work directly with the housing office to determine a move-in date.

When will I be able to sign-up for an appointment time to check-in?

We are working to get the appointment sign-up process live and expect it to be ready after July 1st. Stay tuned to your Stetson email for more information.

Will we be able to help our children move-in?

Our plan is to have parents involved in Move-In Day, but there will be a screening process and there may be limitations on the number of family members allowed in the building at one time. We are uncertain at this time if there will be a traditional Hometeam to assist with move-in for new students.

What if we decide to come in a day early?

Students who deposited by May 1 and met the criteria for the Decision Day Benefits Program will be able to sign up for a check-in appointment time first, which will include the early day (August 7th).

Can you explain what move-in will look like specifically for parents?

Move-in dates are Aug. 7-8 for new students and Aug. 9-12 for returning students. Check-in will be curbside by appointment time only and there will be limitations on the numbers of individuals helping students move-in. We expect there to be a screening process for anyone entering the residential buildings. Normally, parents are encouraged to participate in both Saturday (official check-in day) and Sunday, but given the circumstances parents are encouraged to minimize their time on campus and will have the ability to attend a "Parent College" and earn a "PHD" -- the Parent Hatter Diploma -- online. Beginning Sunday morning, students will attend continuous orientation sessions and begin coursework, so we suggest that parents plan accordingly -- unless they decide to vacation in the area. We are very close to Daytona Beach!

How will ROTC's and Student Athlete check in work?

We will have a curb-side check-in process with scheduled appointment times at the Residential Living & Learning offices at University Hall for early arrival students coming as part of a group.

How will life in residence halls change?

Our plan for the fall is to provide on-campus housing in an adjusted environment from previous years. There will be changes in use of the facility, gathering of students for events, visitor and guest policies, and some of our community expectations are designed to manage social distancing and unwanted exposure.

Who can visit in the residence halls? When?

We are thoughtfully reviewing the guest visitation policy at this time. It is likely that there will be limitations for non-Stetson visitors for purposes other than move-in. It is very possible that all guests, including other students, may be prohibited within the student rooms for a time period. Overnight guests will likely be prohibited. The policy will be updated soon identifying any further restrictions.

Will the first 500 students to deposit still be able to select the room they would like and are we still able to select a preferred roommate?

As we have made determinations on how to more safely operate as a university this Fall amidst the current pandemic, we have come to the conclusion that our plans for fall housing assignments must be adjusted in order to increase safety and reduce risk for residents and the university community. As a result, we have made the decision to strategically assign all incoming students in order to lower risk AND enhance connection and belonging for the coming year. Roommate requests are a top priority in the assignment process and we will do our best to honor these requests if possible. Unfortunately, this means that it will not be possible for you to pick your own room on campus for this Fall; however, we will be giving you a priority boost for the room selection process for your sophomore year, which has historically been very competitive for rising sophomores.

Will all residences be private rooms rather than shared this fall?

We will offer an individual and two-person shared bedrooms in a community bath, suite, apartment and house environments, ranging from one to four students living in the unit. Most students will share a bathroom with other students.

What is being done in residence halls where people share one bathroom?

Our professional facilities management personnel will be performing daily scheduled deep cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of community restrooms each morning and additional sanitization in the afternoons and evenings. Dividers are being added between sinks where needed.

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.

Will there be any changes in the shared bedrooms?

We are finalizing plans and making some furniture changes in some buildings to allow additional distance between the desks and heads of beds in the bedrooms. Students in shared bedrooms will be expected to arrange room furniture in a manner which maintains maximum distance between desks and the head of the beds.

Can I live in an individual bedroom?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an individual bedroom occupancy to all students who request it. Students who have a documented need for a housing accommodation will have priority for any available individual bedrooms.

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

Consistent with CDC guidance, individuals coming to Stetson from outside the United States or from cruise travel will require a 14 day isolation period and should plan to fulfill that isolation period prior to the start of classes and may do so on-campus or elsewhere in the United States. Students from NY, NJ, CT and LA are not required to quarantine upon arrival into the state of Florida. More detailed information is provided on the University’s COVID-19 webpage.

Will students who have applied to bring pets be affected by the room selection changes?

We do not anticipate a significant impact on students with pets due to COVID-19, but please be aware that there are limited spaces each year for incoming students with pets.

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, we expect those to be closed for all or part of the fall semester.

Will there be any triple rooms this year?

We do not plan to have any triple rooms this Fall.

I am immunocompromised or have a higher risk of contracting a severe illness, what should I do?

If you would like to live on-campus, students who have a documented medical history of condition(s) specified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and would like to request a particular type of housing to minimize your risk, you should submit a request with documentation for a housing accommodation through Housing Central prior to July 1, 2020 if possible.

If you would like to live off-campus, we are providing an exemption for students who have adocumented medical history of condition(s) specified by the CDC that indicate the student is immunocompromised/at a higher risk of contracting a severe illness. More information about the exemption reasons and documentation requirements are available on the Residential Living & Learning website.

Can I live off-campus?

Although we are maintaining our three-year residency requirement, we have made some significant changes for the 2020-2021 academic year. There are several additional exemption criteria, including a commuter radius that is expanded to 60 miles, and an exemption for students who have a documented medical history of condition(s) specified by the CDC that indicate the student is immunocompromised/at a higher risk of contracting a severe illness. More information about the exemption reasons and documentation requirements are available on the Residential Living and Learning website.

Will it be safe to live in the residence halls?

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 guidance 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 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 Thanksgiving?

Residence halls are scheduled to close at noon on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and students to depart. Students do not have to move their belongings out of the residence halls for Winter Break.

When will I know my housing assignment?

Remaining assignments for incoming and continuing students will not be made before July 1, and will be assigned throughout the month of July. When assignments are released, you will be notified through your Stetson e-mail account.

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 for students to stay through the break. Typically, the dining commons is not open during that time.

What will move-in look like?

We expect for check-in to be by appointment only and to be a curb-side process for all students and to be over multiple days. Appointment time sign-up will be available online after July 1. There will be limitations on the number of individuals helping a student move-in to the residential buildings. Parents and Families will be required to go through a screening process and encouraged to minimize the time spent in the residential buildings. We are not sure at this time if it will be possible to have a Hometeam to assist with move-in for incoming students.

I am from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana. Do I have to quarantine for 14 days because of the governor’s executive order?

No, the Governor's order regarding travel from NY, NJ, CT, (LA was removed) exempts the quarantine requirement for students traveling to a university. "This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution."

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

Community lounges and study rooms may be reduced occupancy or closed for all or part of the semester. Community Kitchens will only be available for washing dishes. Refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves will not be available for the residents in community kitchens. Students can bring a residential microwave and/or mini-fridge to use in their own room. 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?

We are prepared to move on-campus students to an isolated space with their own sleeping space and bathroom as needed. 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. here is no cost to residential students for these moves. The full protocol is available on the COVID-19 website.

What if my roommate and I have problems, can I move?

Students will be expected to complete roommate, suitemate, apartment agreements regarding shared expectations within the living unit. If problems arise, students will be expected to actively engage in mediation to resolve issues with roommates, suitemates, and apartment-mates. We anticipate the ability to change rooms will be very limited during the fall semester.

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

Many teams and groups are still making decisions and plans based on the new Fall start date. The coach or group leader will be communicating with you soon about arrival dates and timeframe. Early Arrival check-in will be curbside at University Hall by appointment-time.

Is there a concern with the air quality in the buildings?

There are several different types of air systems in the residential buildings on campus. Stetson already has Ultraviolet (UV-C) filtration in all buildings with central air handler systems. UV-C is a short-wave ultraviolet light that is considered the most effective wavelengths for germicidal control. The buildings that have independent air systems are treated with a microbiocide during the scheduled coil cleaning process. We are reviewing ways to maximize airflow within the residence halls and making some adjustments where possible. There are some recommendations to keep air moving within the room, so you may want to bring a fan to use in your room. Students are welcome to bring a small air purifier for inside their room if they would like to do so as an additional measure.

Move-In Day

When is Move-In Day?

According to the revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar web page for the DeLand campus, students can move in beginning Aug. 7 for new students. Please check the calendar for your specific date range. Check-in will be curbside by appointment time only. Students at the College of Law work directly with the housing office to determine a move-in date.

Will we be able to help our children move in?

Our plan is to have parents involved in Move-In Day, but there will be a screening process and there may be limitations on the number of family members allowed in the building at one time. We are uncertain at this time if there will be a traditional Hometeam to assist with move-in for new students.

What if we decide to come in a day early?

Students who deposited by May 1 and met the criteria for the Decision Day Benefits Program will be able to sign up for a check-in appointment time first, which will include an earlier day.

Can you explain what parent drop-off will specifically look like? I'm coming from Maine, so as soon as I have move-in dates, I have to book flights.

Move-in dates are Aug. 7-8 for new students and Aug. 9-12 for returning students. Check-in will be curbside by appointment time only and there will be limitations on the numbers of individuals helping students move-in. We expect there to be a screening process for anyone entering the residential buildings. Normally, parents are encouraged to participate in both Saturday (official check-in day) and Sunday, but given the circumstances parents are encouraged to minimize their time on campus and will have the ability to attend a "Parent College" and earn a "PHD" -- the Parent Hatter Diploma -- online. Late in the day on Saturday, students will attend continuous orientation sessions and begin coursework, so we suggest that parents plan to accordingly -- unless they decide to vacation in the area. We are very close to Daytona Beach!

How will ROTC’s check in work?

We will have a curb-side check-in process with scheduled appointment times at the Residential Living & Learning offices at University Hall for early arrival students coming as part of a group.

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?

We are hopeful that we can open the gyms but there will be various restrictions in place for safety.

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?

A subgroup has worked on campus signage to provide direction around the campus, and primarily for hallways and stairwells. Classrooms have not been designated with the same in-and-out signage because the doors are not in constant use, but a faculty member can set a policy for an individual class. Class schedules have been designed to allow sufficient time for cleaning in between classes, so students should not be exiting one class while the next set of students enters the classroom. The question of maintaining safe physical distancing when entering and exiting buildings will be sent to the Safer Campus Task Force for further review.

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)?

The Groups and Gatherings subgroup is working on this now. We are also looking into digital options.

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 exploring internship opportunities for this summer. Who/how do I get an opportunity reviewed for possible college credit?

Reach out to the Office of the Registrar and our Career and Professional Development offices to discuss internships before you register to determine if they will be approved for college credit. The Registrar's email is registrar@stetson.edu. Start with them.

Will you be holding sorority/fraternity recruitment?

Yes. Both will be very different, utilizing virtual options and restrictions to group sizes. Our Greek Advisor has been in contact with our Greek student leaders on this.

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 this website.

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