Tiers

Stetson University has adopted a five-phased, tiered approach to promote a healthy and safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic as faculty, staff and students return to campus for the Fall Semester. These tiers provide flexibility and adaptability based on current campus COVID-19 trends and conditions in the surrounding communities. Each Tier comprises specific recommendations, guidance and restrictions designed to reduce the potential for the COVID-19 virus to spread within the Stetson community. The operations with each tier are subject to change based on available guidance and data.

Spring 2021 Tiers and Transitions Update

The DeLand campus will start the Spring 2021 semester in Tier 1. The campus will stay in Tier 1 for the first 14 days from the first day of academic classes (Jan. 14). We expect to transition to Tier 2 on the 15th day (Jan. 28). We believe the following criteria can be met in that window of time, consistent with our existing Tiers document.

  • Two-week initial wait-period completed successfully
  • All initial contacts traced and tested
  • On-campus isolation needs can be met
  • Acceptable positivity rate through gateway testing
  • Initial rate of active diagnosis acceptable

 

Below are descriptions with some examples of mitigation efforts for each tier. For a more expansive description, see the Tiers Detail document. For information on what would indicate the need to move from one tier to another, see the Tiers Overview document.

The Athletics Department has additional tiers that must be followed (see page 14 of linked document).

Virtual Environment

Continue academic pursuits while state shelters in place.

  • Restricted number of residential students on campus.
  • No events.
  • Remote work except for essential personnel.
  • Remote learning only.

Tier 1

Initial period of high caution when students return to campus (two weeks minimum)

  • Teaching/learning accomplished through virtual, hybrid and limited in-person classes.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times and face-coverings required in public areas.
  • Only essential groups and gatherings are permitted. Virtual platforms should be utilized as much as possible. Where an in-person gathering is considered essential, limit attendance to 10 and outdoor venues are preferred.
  • Break rooms and common areas are closed.
  • Increase cleaning activity and frequency (classrooms, offices, residence halls, etc.).
  • Residence halls are single-occupancy rooms only (no visitors).
  • Limited use of indoor gym facilities.
  • Phased-in return to work on campus with employees working in shifts to reduce the number of people in buildings. Remote work continues where possible.

Tier 2

Maximum physical distancing to lower transmission rate

  • Teaching/learning accomplished through hybrid and limited in-person classes.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times and face-coverings required in public areas.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet for in-person meetings for 15 minutes or less
  • Only essential groups and gatherings are permitted. Virtual platforms should be utilized as much as possible. Where an in-person gathering is considered essential, limit attendance to 30 and outdoor venues are preferred.
  • Increase cleaning activity and frequency (classrooms, offices, residence halls, etc.).
  • Residence halls are single-occupancy rooms only (1 Stetson guest allowed; no non-Stetson guests).
  • Phased-in return to work on campus with employees working in shifts to reduce number of people in buildings. Remote work continues where possible.
  • Limited use of indoor gym facilities.
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to department or building residents only with limited occupancy

Tier 3

Stabilization of numbers demonstrating minimal transmission

  • Classes maintain maximal physical distancing of 6 feet. Hybrid and online classes continue.
  • Non-essential, in-person gatherings are allowed and limited to 50 participants. Outdoor venues are preferred.
  • In-person library use with restrictions.
  • Student services will use maximal distancing of 6 feet for in-person including bar prep and libraries; plexiglass barriers or masks if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Recreation services return to normal operating procedures plus 10 feet distancing and adequate air exchange in the area.
  • Break rooms and other common areas open with one-third normal occupancy.

Full Recovery

Normal operations. No testing or mitigation efforts needed.

  • Daily cleaning of in-use spaces with attention to high-touch areas.
  • Break rooms and other common areas are open.
  • Normal class density.
  • Student Services and administrative offices return to normal operations
  • External groups and facility rental decisions will be based on the timing of full recovery and space availability.