Tiers

DeLand campus is currently in Tier 4

Note: DeLand campus will move to Tier 4 on Friday, Feb. 4.

Below are brief descriptions of mitigation efforts established for each tier. Stetson University adopted a tiered approach to promote a healthy environment during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020.

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. 

Please visit our Face Coverings Policy webpage for details on specific mask guidance.

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 are 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 are allowed in residential buildings. 
  • Virtual workplace meetings preferred. 
  • Spectator-heavy events (Athletics, Music, Arts & Sciences): Indoor spectator size limited to 10% capacity; outdoor capacity size limited to 25% capacity or less.
  • 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  guests or non-Stetson visitors permitted. 
  • Short workplace meetings limited to 15 minutes or less with 6 feet distancing. 
  • Spectator-heavy events (Athletics, Music, Arts & Sciences): Indoor spectator size limited to 20% capacity; outdoor capacity size limited to 45% capacity.
  • 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 guests or non-Stetson visitorspermitted. (Two Stetson guests and one overnight Stetson guest permitted with face coverings unless sleeping with 70% vaccination rate modification).  
  • Workplace meetings limited to 50 minutes with 6 feet minimum distancing in classroom format; virtual options required. 
  • Spectator-heavy events (Athletics, Music, Arts & Sciences): Indoor spectator size limited to 25% capacity; outdoor capacity size limited to 50% capacity. 
  • 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. 
  • Chapter room membership access granted to identified chapter leadership members.      
  • Two Stetson guests per room permitted in residential buildings with masks required for everyone present. Only one overnight Stetson guest permitted with face coverings, unless sleeping. Overnight non-Stetson visitors prohibited.
  • Workplace meetings limited to 50 minutes with 3 feet minimum distancing in classroom format; virtual options required. 
  • Spectator-heavy events (Athletics, Music, Arts & Sciences): Indoor spectator size limited to 35% capacity; outdoor capacity size limited to 60% capacity.
  • 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.
  • Chapter room access granted to all chapter membership.      
  • Two Stetson guests or non-Stetson visitors per room permitted with masks required for everyone present. Only one overnight Stetson guest permitted with face coverings, unless sleeping. Overnight non-Stetson visitors prohibited.  
  • Group size for registered events increases to 150 with physical distancing.  
  • Spectator-heavy events (Athletics, Music, Arts & Sciences): Indoor spectator size limited to 50% capacity; outdoor capacity size limited to 75% capacity.
  • 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.