Welcome Back for Spring 2021

John B. Stetson statue wears a face covering on campus.

Safer Campus Task Force Updates 

Welcome Back for Spring 2021! 
Spring 2021 start reminders: 

  1. You must complete Gateway Testing before moving about campus and wear your green wristband until Jan. 29 
  2. Stetson is in Tier 1 
  3. There are no guests allowed in the residence halls 
  4. No groups over 10 Stetson individuals may gather for unapproved events on or off campus 
  5. Facial coverings are required whenever physical distancing is not possible – and they must cover your nose and mouth 
  6. Use the Everbridge screening AND tracing apps 
  7. Report exposure, symptoms, positive test results and COVID-19 policy concerns at: www.stetson.edu/reportit 
  8. Be mindful of being in large groups, especially inside bars or restaurants 
  9. Visit the Safer Stetson website for the most up-to-date data on COVID-19 on campus 

Keep up your good virus prevention habits – wash your hands for 20 seconds or more, keep your distance and self-monitor for symptoms.

Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus, except in limited situations, such as in public spaces when eating or drinking. See the Stetson Face Covering Policy for details.

Social Gatherings
As a reminder, social gatherings during Tier 1 should use virtual platforms as much as possible. Social gatherings are limited to essential groups and gatherings — with up to 10 people at outdoor venues only. Face coverings should always be worn and physical distancing guidance applies.  

Please also keep in mind that much of our virus transmission in the fall was traced directly to off-campus events, specifically large gatherings at homes and inside bars and restaurants. Stetson highly encourages students, staff and faculty to not participate in these activities and other higher-risk activities, especially during the beginning of the spring semester and in response to local area COVID-19 infection rates.  

Gateway Testing Wristbands Required Until Jan. 29 
As an essential part of Stetson’s health and safety efforts, students and employees are issued personalized green vinyl wristbands upon completion of Gateway Testing for COVID-19. These wristbands must be worn at all times on campus until Jan. 29. Participants will also receive a daily email to their Stetson email account, verifying their completion of this requirement. These emails can be shown as an emergency backup to access on-campus facilities or services for special circumstances. Emails should not be used as the primary verification for this requirement. 

Where will I be asked to provide Gateway Testing verification?
You may be asked to provide verification any time you are on campus including when entering on-campus facilities, utilizing on-campus services and/or engaging with other community members. Department leadership and/or supervisors are responsible for verifying that all employees on-campus at a given time have completed the testing. If participation cannot be verified by the wristband or daily email, the student or employee should be directed to go to an on-campus Wellness Station immediately or leave campus. At a Wellness Station, participation in Gateway Testing can be verified and/or they will be provided with instruction on next steps to meet this requirement and be allowed on campus. Supervisors are encouraged to contact Human Resources for any assistance. 

The daytime Wellness Station in the Rinker Welcome Center
The daytime Wellness Station is on the lower level of the Rinker Welcome Center and operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

What happens if someone is discovered on campus who cannot verify their participation in Gateway Testing?
If someone’s participation in Gateway Testing cannot be verified by the wristband or daily email, they should go to an on-campus Wellness Station immediately or leave campus. At a Wellness Station, participation in Gateway Testing can be verified and/or they will be provided with instruction on next steps to meet this requirement and be allowed on campus. The daytime Wellness Station is on the lower level of the Rinker Welcome Center and operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Public Safety is the after-hours Wellness Station location. 

What happens if someone intentionally does not participate in Gateway Testing? What are the potential consequences?
For students, failure to comply with this testing requirement by Jan. 13 could lead to an interim suspension from campus and/or other sanctions from the Office of Community Standards. For employees (faculty and staff members), failure to comply with this testing requirement by Jan. 13, will result in the employee’s ID card being deactivated, and the employee being placed on unpaid leave until they provide evidence of test results through a university-approved vendor. If they do not provide evidence of test results, Human Resources and the appropriate vice president, athletic director, or dean will determine the impact to the employee’s employment including disciplinary action and/or termination. 

Spring 2021 Testing Dates 
Asymptomatic Testing: In collaboration with the DeLand Wellness Center, COVID-19 testing will be offered on campus every other week throughout the spring semester. The nasal and throat swab rapid antigen tests are free to all members of the Stetson community and results come back in 15 minutes. 

Free COVID-19 testing will be available every two weeks in the Rinker Field House, Hollis Center, beginning Jan. 27. Appointments are required.

While the rapid antigen nasal swab test is not yet as sensitive as the PCR diagnostic test (not rapid), it is supported by our AdventHealth and DeLand Wellness partners for large-scale asymptomatic testing in our population. Asymptomatic testing helps identify people who are contagious to others, posing an unknown risk to our campus and community. Early identification of infection allows us to take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure. 

Testing will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Rinker Field House in the Hollis Center. Testing will be provided every two weeks with location and timeframe remaining the same throughout the semester. Testing dates for the spring semester are: 

  • Jan. 27 
  • Feb. 10 
  • Feb. 24 
  • March 10 
  • March 24 
  • April 7 
  • April 21 
  • May 5  

You must sign up in advance for your appointment time here. Walk-ins are not allowed at this time. 

Symptomatic Testing: Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance. 

For more information, visit the COVID-19 Testing page or see Frequently Asked Questions on the DeLand Campus FAQ page. Please address questions and concerns to the Screening and Testing Subgroup at covidtesting@stetson.edu

Latest COVID-19 Test Results 
Asymptomatic On-Campus Testing  

  • Jan. 11 – 570 rapid antigen tests, 2 positive, 0.35% positivity rate 
  • Jan. 10 – 628 rapid antigen tests, 1 positive, 0.16% rate 
  • Jan. 9 – 583 rapid antigen tests, 3 positive, 0.51% rate 
  • Jan. 7 – 29 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 3 positive, 10.34% rate 
  • Jan. 6 – 20 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate 
  • Jan. 5 – 28 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 1 positive, 3.57% rate 
  • Jan. 5 – 23 rapid antigen tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate 
  • Jan. 4 – 20 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate 

A full list of Stetson University’s test result statistics is available on our COVID-19 Tracking page