DeLand Campus Moves to Tier 3

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

John B. Stetson statue wears a mask

Safer Campus Task Force Updates 

Weekly Update Now Monthly  
For the summer, the Weekly Update will be monthly. The Safer Campus Task Force will re-evaluate the timeline of these communications in late July. The Human Resources Newsletter will continue to provide employee-related updates.

DeLand Campus Moves to Tier 3
In our ongoing consideration of community physical and emotional health, Stetson University has determined the DeLand campus will move to Tier  3. This change will go into effect Friday, May 14.

As we wrap up the spring term and prepare for summer, this move allows for greater freedom and recognizes our campus community’s continued diligence and positive gains in the fight against COVID-19. This move acknowledges local and national downward COVID-19 trends and increased vaccine availability. Stetson continues to review and revise our health and safety protocols as more of our community becomes vaccinated to ensure a balanced approach that maximizes individual liberty, while effectively safeguarding our campus family.

a student gets a COVID-19 vaccine
A student gets vaccinated on campus during the Spring 2021 term.

More than 760 Hatters have already reported being fully vaccinated and Stetson has championed multiple on-campus vaccination events and free bus transportation to our community to help expedite this important step in the continued fight against COVID-19. For up-to-date vaccination data, visit Safer Stetson’s COVID-19 Tracking dashboard.

Tier 3 Changes:    

General Building Requirements

  • All break rooms and other common areas open. These spaces are no longer limited only to department or building members. Occupancy limits are raised to one-third normal occupancy.
  • Elimination of one-way flow requirements for staircases, hallways and doors.

Classroom Settings

  • Required maximal distancing of 6 feet in traditional-style classrooms is reduced to 3 feet, based on CDC guidance “where mask use is universal.” Hybrid and online classes will continue.

Administrative/Student Services

  • One-on-one Student Services meetings can be longer than 15 minutes. Maximal distancing (6 feet), facial coverings and designated areas for students to enter and stand are still required.
Students work out in the Hollis Center fitness facility
Students work out in the Hollis Center during the pandemic, with safety protocols and extra cleaning.

Hollis Center

  • No reservations required.
  • The weight room, cardio room, aerobic studios, classroom and pool will be available for use on a drop-in basis.
  • Recreation offerings will continue with summer hours and occupancy limits for smaller spaces (i.e., cardio room, lounge, studios).
  • Hollis Center remains open only to students, staff and faculty. No alumni or dependents are permitted at this time.


  • In-person, phone, text, email and video support are now available.
  • Room occupancy limits are removed where applicable.

Residential Living

  • Only one guest or visitor will be allowed in a room at any time.
  • Maximal distancing of 6 feet is required where possible and face coverings must be worn.
  • No overnight Stetson guests or non-Stetson visitors will be permitted.
  • Community kitchens are open and limited use occupancy will be determined by the individual space limitations.

Groups and Gatherings

  • Stetson continues to recommend the use of virtual platforms when possible.
  • The maximum in-person group size for registered and approved gatherings increases from 30 to 50 attendees, if conditions allow for physical distancing and do not exceed room capacity limits.
  • School of Music and College of Arts and Sciences audience size for events and performances increases from 30 to 50 people. Receptions are not permitted.
  • Maximum unregistered event or gathering size is still limited to 10 people or less, both on and off campus. Pipeline camps, clinics or youth programs are permitted with approval.

University-Sponsored Travel

  • Summer 2021 Stetson-managed study abroad programs are canceled. Previously awarded student study abroad scholarships will be honored for non-university programs.
  • University-sponsored international travel remains restricted. In very rare exceptions, the university president, vice presidents, deans and director of Athletics may approve mission-centric international travel for their areas.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel is permitted for mission-centric activities. Each travel activity continues to require approval by the appropriate cabinet-level supervisor.
A Stetson tour guide leads a small group on a tour, all of them wearing face coverings
Guided campus tours will be able to accommodate up to 15 total attendees, under Tier 3.

Student Employment

  • Both on-site and remote work are now permitted where possible. If students will return to on-site work, a return-to-work plan must be implemented by the supervisor.
  • Every effort shall be made to return student employees to on-site work by the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.
  • If a student employee requests a medical exemption from on-site work, they must contact the Office of Student Employment.

Off-Campus Educational Programs

  • Students may participate in hybrid or fully in-person experiences.
  • Field trips continue to be eliminated or reduced during the Summer 2021 semester. All field trips require dean approval.

Campus Visitation-DeLand

  • Information sessions increase from 18 to 50 total guests per session.
  • Guided tours increase from 9 to 15 total people in each group.

Stetson encourages you to remain vigilant! Our continued success depends on each of us doing our part. Keep in mind that additional movement up and down in the tiers is always possible based on trends and results. The Athletics Department makes changes as necessary based on NCAA guidance and their existing Athletics Phase system.

Stetson will continue to monitor local and national COVID-19 trends and review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association and the Department of Health to help make decisions. Please be aware that some Tier 3 changes may only apply to the summer term and may be revised for Fall 2021, depending on COVID-19 trends. For more information on Stetson’s five-phased approach, review our tiers overview and tiers detailed documents.

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FREE COVID-19 Testing 
Weekly SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing will be offered on campus throughout the summer and is free for students, faculty and staff with a Stetson ID. No insurance is required. Testing will be provided in the Rinker Field House, Hollis Center. Registration closes at noon on the day prior to testing dates.  Walk-ins will not be permitted. Sign up for your COVID-19 testing dates at the links below:

  • Wednesday, May 19 – Register (registration deadline May 18 at noon)
  • Monday, May 24 – Register (registration deadline May 23 at noon)
  • Wednesday, May 26 – Register (registration deadline May 25 at noon)

For more testing information, please visit the COVID-19 Testing webpage.

Latest COVID-19 On-Campus Asymptomatic Test Results  

  • May 6 – 28 PCR and rapid antigen tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate
  • May 5 – 60 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate
  • May 4 – 24 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate

A full list of Stetson University’s test results is available on our COVID-19 Tracking webpage.

Christopher F. Roellke, PhD

Upcoming Webinar  
Rolks Report Live Webinar: Presidential Priorities – Mock Trial / Pre-Law 
Tuesday, May 18, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Join President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, for a special edition of his Rolks Report Live Webinar: Presidential Priorities – Mock Trial / Pre-Law.

Dr. Roellke will host a panel of faculty, alumni and current students as they discuss the Stetson Pre-Law academic track featuring undergraduate Mock Trial, the Stetson Young Scholars Mock Trial Camp, Stetson’s 3+3 Bachelor/JD Track, and other ways Stetson supports our Pre-Law students. All of these high-impact practices create a pipeline to Stetson’s College of Law, which is regularly ranked Top 3 in the country in trial advocacy!

In this webinar, you will also learn:

  • How Stetson is investing in undergraduate Mock Trial as a complement to our award winning, nationally ranked College of Law Trial Team program.
  • How you can get involved, volunteer and support one of Stetson’s top experiential learning opportunities – undergraduate Mock Trial!


  • Dan Humphrey’16, JD, Fordham School of Law, judicial law clerk at the Florida Supreme Court, founder of Stetson undergraduate Mock Trial and Alumni Advisor
  • Michael Boswell’96, JD, Stetson College of Law, local attorney and Stetson parent, Mock Trial Alumni Advisor
  • Dr. Sven Smith’96, PhD, University of Florida, JD, Florida State University, associate professor of sociology, and faculty professor and Director for Mock Trial
  • Dr. Michael Denner, PhD, Northwestern University, Stetson University Honors Program Director
  • Nicole Furlani  ’18, 3L Drexel University School of Law, Mock Trial competition alumna
  • Ansley McCoy, rising senior, honors international relations major with minors in business law & Spanish, Mock Trial VP for Public Relations
  • Wyatt Sise, rising sophomore, honors history major with minors in Latin American and Latino studies, Mock Trial VP for Courtroom Procedure

This webinar is sponsored by Butch ’76 and Mary Ann Paul – their family’s law firm, Paul, Elkind, Branz & Paul, has been serving Volusia County since 2003.  Butch Paul served as a Stetson University Trustee from 2004 – 2014 and was Chair from 2010 – 2014.

Have questions? Get answers by submitting your question prior to the webinar and it will be sent to the panelists to answer. Submitted questions will be answered during the webinar either by the panelists or through a direct response. Similar questions will be consolidated.

Register here to attend.