Tiers

Stetson University has adopted a 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 2021 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.

Summer 2021 Tiers and Transitions Update

The DeLand campus is currently in Tier 4. The campus will stay in Tier 4 for the remainder of the Summer 2021 term based on COVID-19 trends and health and safety guidance. We are reevaluating our mitigation protocols for the Fall 2021 semester and will announce any changes soon.

Below are brief descriptions of each tier with some examples of mitigation efforts for each. For a more expansive description of the current tier posture, please see the following:

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The Athletics Department has additional NCAA-directed "phases" that must be followed (see page 14 of linked document). Student athletes must adhere to tiers guidance when not actively participating in Athletics-related activities.

Note: The College of Law/Gulfport campus has different Tier 4 and 70% vaccination rate requirements. For details, see the COL Tier 4 vs. 70% Vaccination Rate infographic 

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

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) if needed based on current data

  • 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
  • Limited easing of restrictions in minimal areas possible in Tier 2.5

Tier 3

Stabilization of numbers demonstrating minimal transmission

  • Facial coverings are no longer mandatory outdoors unless specifically required for high-density events.
  • Up to four vaccinated persons may meet in offices without wearing masks if all parties agree.
  • Classes maintain maximal physical distancing of 6 feet, or 3 feet in traditional-style classrooms if masks are worn. Hybrid and online classes will continue.
  • Non-essential, registered and approved in-person gatherings are allowed and limited to 50 participants, if conditions allow for safety and physical distancing. Outdoor venues preferred when possible.
  • 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.

Tier 4

Increased personal freedom in response to downward COVID-19 trends and increased vaccine availability and vaccination rates

  • Facial coverings not required outside or in group meetings of 4 or less
  • Gateway Testing required for unvaccinated people
  • Ongoing optional and mandatory COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Relaxed capacity limits in residential common spaces
  • Two Stetson guests permitted in residence halls
  • No non-Stetson guests or overnight guests permitted in residence halls
  • Group size for registered events increases to 150 with physical distancing
  • Food and drinks from Stetson Dining or another provider are permitted
  • No Alcohol at student events
  • Fraternity and sorority recruitment maximums increase
  • Greek Life Bid Day maximums increase
  • Indoor Athletics event spectator size increases to 40% capacity
  • Outdoor Athletics event spectator size increases to 70% capacity
  • Self-service dining options return
  • Increased dining table capacity
  • Line distancing reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet
  • Adhere to COVID-19 capacity restrictions and 3 feet distancing in meeting spaces and classrooms
  • Maximal distancing of 6 feet required in shared workspaces

70% Vaccination Rate

Relaxation of mitigation measures once a campus vaccination rate of 70% or more is reached

  • Facial coverings optional indoors for vaccinated; highly recommended for unvaccinated
  • Facial coverings use in classrooms at professor’s discretion in classroom
  • No mandatory COVID-19 testing; optional testing available
  • No restrictions for Residential Living & Learning
  • Groups and Gatherings return to full capacity; food and drink restrictions lifted at student events
  • Fraternity and sorority recruitment capacity expanded
  • Greek Bid Day returns to full capacity
  • Athletics events return to full spectator capacity
  • Dining table distancing reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet with other restrictions removed
  • Meetings and offices return to full capacity

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.