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Campus Update: After Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew Make-up Days, New Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Update: Oct. 10, 6:14 p.m.

Please see below for information about adjustments to graduate and undergraduate classes and exams on the DeLand and Celebration campuses.

Fall class schedule:  full-semester undergraduate classes [DeLand campus]

  • FSEM classes, currently scheduled to end before Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will be extended one week past Thanksgiving break and end on Friday, Dec. 2.
  • Fall semester classes currently scheduled to end on Friday, Dec. 9 will be extended by one day and end on Saturday, Dec. 10.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, previously reading day, will become a regular class day. Any class, lab, ensemble, or lesson that would normally meet on Wednesday will meet that Saturday at the same time. [Note: Wednesday classes are given special attention here because those are the classes most impacted by the hurricane class cancellations.]
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 will be reading day.
  • The exam schedule, from Monday, Dec. 12 to Friday, Dec. 16, is unchanged.

Fall class schedule: half-semester undergraduate classes [DeLand campus]

  • First half of the term courses:  Half-term courses scheduled to end on Tuesday, Oct. 18 will be extended to end on Friday, Oct. 21.
  • Second half of the term courses:  Half-term courses scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 19 will be delayed, now beginning on Monday, Oct. 24.

Graduate programs [DeLand and Celebration campuses]

  • MBA (DeLand):  Classes associated with the DeLand MBA, and the DeLand MAcc, will have classes extended by one week. Please consult with individual faculty instructors for the adjusted end of semester schedule.
  • Other DeLand-based and Celebration-based graduate program schedule adjustments will be announced shortly.

Midterm exams and grade deadline

  • Midterm grade submission date:  The date for submitting mid-term grades, previously Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., has been extended. Mid-term grades are now due on Monday, Oct. 24 at noon.
  • Midterm exam period:  Though there is no official mid-term exam period, most students would have taken mid-term exams during the recently cancelled class days. Oct. 17-21 is now the period in which most mid-term exams will be given.

Residence Halls Open as of Monday, Oct. 10

Update: Oct. 10, 5:20 p.m.

Power continues to be restored to residence halls and facilities, but there continue to be sporadic outages as Duke Energy works to fully restore power to the entire campus.

Housing and Residential Life is prepared to open residence halls 24 hours ahead of schedule for students who need a place to stay if they have assigned rooms in any of the facilities listed below:

Carson-Hollis
Chaudoin
Conrad
Emily
Gordis
Hatter
Houses 1-7
Houses A-E
Nemec
Plymouth
Smith
Stetson Cove
Stetson Oaks
Stetson Palms
University Hall
University Village

The following facilities are not available at this time. We will provide updates as Duke Energy works to restore power to this area:

Catalyst House 205
Catalyst House 220
House F (LXA)

Stetson University expects students returning to campus will follow the Code of Community Standards and that, regardless of resident’s age, the residence halls and apartments are dry from all alcohol. Once classes resume, the residence halls will revert back to usage policies as defined in the Code of Community Standards.

For students returning, please note that the DOTS airport shuttle service is operating with their normal schedule and can be booked here: http://dotsshuttles.com/index.html.

Dining Services

As previously noted, Dining Services returned to its regular schedule today. Johnny Rockets, the Coffee Shop and Outtakes will re-open on Sunday, Oct. 16.

 

 

New Hours for Library, Hollis Center, Dining, Other Activities

Update: Oct. 9, 6:19 p.m.

Make-up Days and Exams

There is a meeting of academic deans scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 in the morning to discuss timing of mid-terms, make-up days and final exams, and there will be further information once dates and details are finalized.

Residence Halls

For residents of Stetson Palms, Stetson Cove, and University Hall: these facilities have been restored to limited operations and are opening. Limited operations means there may not be Wi-Fi or air conditioning available. If you have an assigned room in the Palms, Cove or University Hall and are in need of a place to stay, you may return to your buildings as of 6 p.m. today. These are the only residential buildings that are partially operational at this time.

All other residence hall students are urged to stay where they are until the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 11, when the university expects residence halls to be operational.

The DeLand campus is still not open and there remains debris, downed and damaged trees, and downed utilities in the area. Please remain off campus until residence halls re-open on Tuesday evening.

Stetson University expects that students returning to campus will follow the Code of Community Standards and that, regardless of resident’s age, the residence halls and apartments are dry from all alcohol. Once classes resume, the residence halls will revert back to usage policies as defined in the Code of Community Standards.

Library

The duPont-Ball Library will be open for use from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 11 through Thursday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 14.

Hollis Center, Counseling and Health Services

The Counseling Center will resume regular hours of operation Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Health Services will resume regular hours of operation Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The Hollis Center will operate a limited schedule as follows starting on Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Regular hours of operation and group fitness classes will resume Monday, Oct. 17. The pool is closed at this time and will reopen as soon as possible.

Dining Services

Dining Services will begin limited food service as the residence halls reopen and Athletic teams return. There will be breakfast service from 8-10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., full dinner from 5-7 p.m., and missed meal from 7-8 p.m. Johnny Rockets, the Coffee Shop and Outtakes will reopen on Sunday, Oct. 16. As of Monday, Oct. 17, dining services will return to a full regular schedule.

Provost Search

The Provost search process resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Although classes will not be in session on Wednesday, Oct. 12, there will be a faculty forum meeting with the Provost candidate from 1:30-2:45 p.m., and faculty, staff and any students on campus are invited to attend an open forum with the provost candidate on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m., in the LBC Rinker Auditorium, room 108. That location may change, and updates will be sent out by email.

Admission and Enrollment Management

The campus closure may result in some delay of application and financial aid processing. Deadlines will be extended for any student whose home or high school was impacted or affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Administrative and Business Offices

All administrative and business offices are scheduled to resume normal business operations and hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

 

 

Celebration Center classes resume Monday, Oct. 10

Update: Oct. 9, 11:17 a.m.

Stetson University’s Celebration Center will be open for regular operations on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:45 a.m. Classes will be held and all staff/faculty should report for work.

As previously stated, graduate and undergraduate classes at the DeLand campus will resume on Monday, Oct. 17, but all staff should report back to work on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for resumption of normal business hours despite the cancellation of classes.

Residence Halls will be open the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 11. The exact time will be posted here.

As residence halls reopen Stetson University expects that residents returning to campus on Tuesday will follow the Code of Community Standards and that, regardless of resident’s age, the residence halls are dry from all alcohol. Once classes resume the residence halls will revert back to usage policies as defined in the Code of Community Standards.

Dining Services will begin providing a holiday like schedule as the residence halls reopen and Athletic teams return. There will be breakfast service from 8-10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., full dinner from 5-7 p.m., and missed meal from 7-8 p.m. As of Monday, Oct. 17, dining services will return to a full regular schedule.

Academic make-up days are Dec. 16-17, and exams will last through Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Provost search process resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Although classes will not be in session, faculty, staff and any students on campus will be invited to attend the already scheduled open forums with the provost candidate as well as the small group sessions in the candidate’s itinerary. An update or email will follow.

Stetson Football is still scheduled to take on Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand.

The Stetson Women’s Volleyball team will play as scheduled at the Edmund’s Center against North Florida University on Friday, Oct. 14 and against Jacksonville University on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Women’s Soccer will play as scheduled against North Florida University on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Nearly 80 percent of the campus is cooled by a central chiller system, and Duke Power has not yet been able to restore electricity to the system.  Consequently, our central chiller plant is not expected to be fully operational until Monday. Once running, it takes a full day for the chiller plant to cool campus classrooms, CUB and residence halls. This is the primary reason for the delay in reopening residence halls and the overall campus. The university thanks all Facilities Management, Public Safety, Housing and Residential Life staff and all other university personnel and associated services involved for their efforts over the past few days to close, and now to clean up and reopen, the campus in face of Hurricane Matthew.

 

 

Classes canceled Monday, Oct. 10, through Wednesday, Oct. 12;

Classes resume Monday, Oct. 17

Update: Oct. 8, 6:38 p.m.

Stetson University has canceled classes for Monday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 12. Fall break is still Thursday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 14. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 17. Students, enjoy your long fall break. Make-up days for classes will be announced at a later date.

There are a number of student-athletes who have been traveling for competitions. Special arrangements are being made for each of the athletics teams and that information will be communicated directly to team members by their coaches as soon as possible.

Residence halls will be opening the evening of  Tuesday, Oct. 11, for students who are planning to return to campus. Dining services will be available on a holiday-like schedule.

The campus will remain closed on Monday, Oct. 10, and staff are expected to return to work on campus Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m.

The next update will be Sunday, Oct. 9, at noon.

Update: Oct. 8, 11:07 a.m.

At a meeting this morning Stetson University officials announced the DeLand campus reopening is dependent on the City of DeLand and Duke Energy’s ability to restore power to the campus. At this point, the majority of the campus is still without power and there isn’t yet a date or time for it to be fully restored.
The campus is still cleaning up debris and trees. An initial assessment of facilities indicate the majority of the buildings are intact but there is minor damage in some areas.
 
Although the university is not able to set a specific date for residence halls and classes to reopen, at this time there are no plans to make a change to the previously scheduled fall break dates of Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14.
 
The university asks students, faculty and staff to remain away from the campus. Essential staff that are required to be on campus have been notified. If you have not heard from your supervisor, please remain away from campus.
 
The next update is scheduled for 6 p.m. today. 

 

 

Public Safety Chief: Campus Is ‘Hazardous … Please Stay Away’

Update: Oct. 7, 9:11 p.m.

Bob Matusick, director and chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator at Stetson University, said college officials were conducting the building-by-building inspection late Friday afternoon. The biggest issue on campus appeared to be downed tree limbs that knocked down electric lines and cut power to the area. Most of the city of DeLand was without power late Friday afternoon, he said. (See Matusick discuss status of Stetson’s DeLand campus.)

Stetson Public Safety Sgt. Robert Casey

Sgt. Robert Casey with Stetson University Public Safety checks buildings on Stetson’s DeLand campus, including the new Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, late Friday afternoon after Hurricane Matthew passed through the area.

He urged students and others to stay away from the campus, given the dangers of fallen electric lines and the need to clean up dangerous debris.

“We don’t want anybody wandering around the campus. We don’t know whether these lines that are down are live,” Matusick said. “Please stay away from the campus and stay away from the power lines.… It’s really hazardous.”

He said college officials and Duke Energy are assessing the damage and how long it will take for power to be restored to the area. That and cleaning up the debris likely will take at least several days, he said.

Woodland Boulevard after Hurricane Matthew

Cars drive down Woodland Boulevard past Stetson University on Friday evening after Hurricane Matthew passed through. Many traffic lights are out and debris litters the streets.

“In checking the campus areas, we found that none of our buildings have suffered any structural damage, at least right now, as we can tell from first glance. We are going to go through all the buildings just to confirm that all the buildings are sound,” Matusick said. “But right now, it just seems like it’s a lot of downed limbs, downed trees and power lines that are down that we’ll get back up as soon as we can.”

Administrators will meet on Saturday morning to discuss the situation. When a determination is made, information about reopening, including day and time, will be posted at www.stetson.edu, www.stetson.edu/today and on the university Facebook page facebook.com/stetsonu.

Original post: Oct. 7, 4:54 p.m.

The eye of Hurricane Matthew has passed near the coast of Daytona Beach and the worst of the tropical force winds and rains have passed through Volusia County and DeLand Florida. At times the DeLand campus experienced high winds and heavy rain.

“As soon as it is safe we will have Facilities Management and Public Safety conduct an assessment of the DeLand campus,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, “but we ask everyone to remain off campus until we are able to complete the review and determine a safe and appropriate date and time for the campus to reopen.”

There are reports of debris, fallen trees and downed power lines on campus, making it imperative that students, faculty and staff stay away from campus.

Administrators will meet on Saturday morning to discuss the situation. When a determination is made, information about reopening, including day and time, will be posted at www.stetson.edu, www.stetson.edu/today and on the university Facebook page facebook.com/stetsonu.

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