Tiers

DeLand campus is currently in Tier 3

*Note: Please see the full announcement on our Safer Stetson webpage.

In Spring 2020, Stetson University adopted a tiered approach to promote a healthy environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In determining whether to shift Tiers and what mitigants can be loosened due to vaccination numbers, the university considers many factors including: the percentage of the Stetson community that has been vaccinated, community transmission rates, campus transmission rates, community positivity rates, and development of variants. 

Additional modifications based on the 70% university vaccination rate went into effect on Sept. 23, 2021 (see below).

Below are brief descriptions and mitigation efforts for each tier.

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

Tier 0 - Virtual Environment

Continue academic pursuits while state shelters in place.

  • Remote learning and programming only.
  • Campus closed to visitors. 
  • Buildings closed except for personnel deemed essential to the safety and physical maintenance of the building. 
  • Remote work except for time necessary for personnel necessary to complete the mission-critical task. 
  • Physical distancing and face coverings required at all times in public areas. 
  • Potential need to limit residential population on campus. 
  • No intercollegiate sports activity (team practices, games). 

Tier 1

Period of high caution.

  • Online teaching/learning available; in-person classes offered physical distancing and required face coverings, high caution and mitigation in place. 
  • Employees working in shifts to reduce the number of people in buildings. Remote work where possible. 
  • Physical distancing and face coverings required at all times in public areas. 
  • In-person groups up to 10 people with distancing. Virtual platforms and outdoor venues are preferred. 
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to employees and building residents only with limited occupancy, 
  • No Stetson guests or non-Stetson visitors allowed in residential buildings. 
  • Limited use of recreation and indoor gym facilities. 
  • No intercollegiate sports competitions and limited workouts with coaches. 

Tier 2

Maximum physical distancing to lower transmission rate. 

  • Online teaching/learning available; in-person classes offered physical distancing and required face coverings, high caution and mitigation in place. 
  • Employees working in shifts to reduce the number of people in buildings. Remote work where possible. 
  • Physical distancing and face coverings required at all times in public areas. 
  • In-person groups of up to 30 people with distancing. Virtual platforms and outdoor venues preferred. 
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to employees and building residents only with limited occupancy. 
  • One Stetson guest per room permitted in residential buildings with masks required for everyone present. No overnight or non-Stetson guests permitted. 
  • Limited use of recreation and indoor gym facilities. 
  • No intercollegiate sports competition against outside opponents, limited spectator access and limited workouts with coaches. 

Tier 2.5

Maximum physical distancing with limited in-person measures.   

  • Limited online teaching/learning available; in-person classes offered with physical distancing and required face coverings. 
  • Employees working on campus with physical distancing in shared workspaces and face coverings as required.   
  • In-person group of up to 30 people with distancing. Virtual platforms and outdoor venues preferred. (50 people with 70% vaccination rate modification).   
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to employee and building residents only with limited occupancy.   
  • OneStetson guest per room permitted in residential buildings with masks required for everyone present. No overnight or non-Stetson guestspermitted. (Two Stetson guests and one overnight Stetson guest permitted with face coverings unless sleeping with 70% vaccination rate modification).  
  • Expanded use of recreation and indoor gym facilities with restrictions. 
  • Intercollegiate competitions in alignment with national league (NCAA) and regional conference (ASUN, Pioneer) guidance; limited indoor and outdoor spectator capacities. 

Tier 3

Stabilization of COVID-19 trend data demonstrating minimal transmission.  

  • Limited online teaching/learning available; in-person classes offered with physical distancing and required face coverings. 
  • Maintain physical distancing in shared workspaces.
  • In-person groups of up to 50 people with distancing. Virtual platforms and outdoor venues preferred. 
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to employee and building residents with capacity limits.     
  • Two Stetson guests per room permitted in residential buildings with masks required for everyone present. Only one overnight Stetson guest permitted, no overnight non-Stetson guests permitted.   
  • Expanded use of recreation and indoor gym facilities with restrictions. 
  • Intercollegiate competitions in alignment with national league (NCAA) and regional conference (ASUN, Pioneer) guidance; limited indoor and outdoor spectator capacities. 

Tier 4

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

  • Limited online teaching/learning available; in-person classes offered with physical distancing and required face coverings. 
  • Maintain physical distancing in shared workspaces.
  • Break rooms, community kitchens and other common areas open to employee and building residents continue at capacity limits.   
  • Two Stetson guests per room permitted in residential buildings with masks required for everyone present. Only one overnight Stetson guest permitted, no overnight non-Stetson guests permitted.   
  • Group size for registered events increases to 150 with physical distancing.  
  • Normal recreation and indoor gym operations resume with limited modifications. 
  • Intercollegiate competitions in alignment with national league (NCAA) and regional conference (ASUN, Pioneer) guidance; limited indoor and outdoor spectator capacities. 

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 based on the timing of full recovery and space availability.
  • Intercollegiate competitions in alignment with national league (NCAA) and regional conference (ASUN, Pioneer) guidance; full spectator capacities.