Stetson COVID-19 Updates – 3/25

Residential Living & Learning 

Larry Correll-Hughes, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success and Executive Director of Residential Living & Learning, sent out an email addressing consolidation and relocating at 9:12 a.m.


Important details pertaining to consolidation and relocating: 

  • Every decision the University Emergency Management Team has made in the past few weeks have been made with the care for the health and safety of our students. 
  • We have important decisions to make for the health of our students and staff in successfully completing the relocation of more than 250 students over this coming weekend.
  • The university did anticipate significantly fewer students would remain on campus during this situation, and at this point, we have more students than we anticipated handling as it appears. We are likely to have an extended or prolonged “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” order. 
  • Orange County announced a “Stay at Home” order yesterday. We anticipate reducing staff to essential personnel only, early next week, at which point only housing, dining, health, and counseling services, and public safety would be open on campus, although all services would be available virtually.
  • We ask anyone with family or friends in Florida or driving distance to relocate for the health and safety of this entire community by 3 p.m., Sunday, March 29. We understand the short notice, but the task of relocating our students needs to be completed quickly.
  • Residential Living & Learning appreciates your thoughtful reconsideration of where you will be staying for the remainder of the semester and preparation to move this weekend if you do stay. 
  • Many of our international students and students from states hit the worst by the virus rely on Stetson for shelter and dining—so please help us make room for them. For those students, we invite you to remain on campus, but if you don’t need to be here, we ask you to consider moving in with family or friends.
  • Students moving off campus by March 29 will receive the previously stated housing refund prorated meal refund. If you do leave, we strongly request you update the “What’s my plan?” form and turn in your key to the Residential Living and Learning office in University Hall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or to the RA on Duty after 8 p.m.
  • We expect to send consolidation/move instructions and emails this evening. 
  • Everyone that already lives in the following buildings will not have to be moved this weekend: 
    • Emily Hall
    • Hatter Hall
    • University Hall
    • Stetson Cove, Stetson Oaks, Season Palms 
    • University Village Apartments


Wellness and Recreation

At 10:11 a.m. today, Colleen Vanderlip, Director of Wellness and Recreation, sent out an email. 

  • Wellness & Recreation is offering virtual opportunities for the Stetson community to engage in health and wellness regardless of limitations. 
  • Wellness and Recreation is releasing new group exercise classes. 
    • These exercise classes will be taught by a Stetson instructor every Tuesday. 
    • Visit our website to view these classes and free online fitness opportunities. 
      • No equipment or experience is needed. 
  • It is not too late to register for Spring Fit Fam 
    • Check out #SpringFitFam
    • You may receive incentives by self-reporting your healthy habits.

For the most up to date information on virtual health, programming on well-being, fitness opportunities, online intramurals, and incentives, be sure to follow Well Team and Intramural Sports and continue to check Stetson Today for announcements. 



At 10:25 a.m. today, Noel Painter, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost sent out an email update regarding cultural credits. 

Dr. Painter started the email addressing how incredibly thankful he is for the collective approach to moving our educational experiences online. Dr. Painter has witnessed our resilience to change, ability to support your colleagues, and willingness to work together with faculty. 

  • Faculty will be continuing to design an online experience that fulfills our promise to you for a great education.
  • There are several other academic matters that remain under consideration, many of which I hope to resolve in the coming days. 

Cultural Credits

  • In regards to the cultural credit requirements, following consideration by multiple faculty groups, as well as a full review and recommendation by our university curriculum committee (UCCAP), the cultural credit requirement will be waived for students who graduate at the end of the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters.
  • For students who graduate after summer 2020, the current cultural credit requirement remains unchanged. 
  • There will be select virtual cultural credit events offered this semester, spring 2020 to ensure that returning students have the opportunity to continue accumulating those credits toward their graduation in Fall 2020 and beyond.

24/7 Computer Lab 

At 2:24 p.m, Susan Ryan, Dean of the Library & Learning Technologies, sent out an email update about the 24/7 Lab on duPont-Ball Library Ground Floor Open.

  • Card swipe access may be used to enter the 24/7 Computer Lab on the ground floor.
  • The 24/7 computer lab is located in the north wing of the duPont-Ball Library.
  • The doors located to the 24/7 Computer lab are located in the Nemec Courtyard.
  • Along with workstations, the Lab houses a printer with copier features.


Stay updated with Stetson’s COVID-19 Website and check your Stetson email for the most updated information.