Florida Southern College

Campus Safety and Security


Hurricane Matthew Weather Alert Oct. 7, 9:30 am

As Hurricane Matthew starts to move out of our area, we are pleased to report that the storm stayed to the east throughout the night, minimizing the impact to Lakeland. The campus had no major (or minor for that matter) incidents, the power stayed on, and all is well. All classes remain canceled for Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8.  

Classes will resume on Monday, October 10.

Event Cancellations

Some events have been canceled due to expected rain or to protect the safety of those traveling from the eastern part of the state. The following events have been canceled: 

Friday, October 7

The Roberts Academy will be closed Friday, October 7
The Preschool at Florida Southern College will be closed Friday, October 7
The Student Development Chick-Fil-A Giveaway - 8:45 am
Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise Board of Overseers Meeting 
Volleyball at Rollins - 7:00 pm
All outside athletic/intramural activities

Saturday, October 8
Men's Lacrosse (Alumni Game) - 12:00 pm
Men's/Women's Swimming v. Nova Southeastern - 2:00 pm
Volleyball at Embry-Riddle - 4:00 pm
Men's Soccer at Lynn - 6:00 pm
Women's Soccer v. Lynn - 7:00 pm

Monday, October 10
Men's Golf at GolfRank Invitational (Nova Southeastern) - All day
Women's Golf at GolfRank Invitational (Nova Southeastern) - All day

Tuesday, October 11
Men's Golf at GolfRank Invitational (Nova Southeastern) - All day
​Women's Golf at GolfRank Invitational (Nova Southeastern) - All day

What's Open

Many student services will remain open for the comfort and convenience of students who choose to stay on campus for the next few days. Here's what's open for regular operating hours:

Wynee's Bistro
The Undercaf/Terrace Cafe
Moc Mart
Tutu's Cybercafe
The Roux Library
The Wellness Center (Opens 8am Fri.) 
The Student Health Center
Rinker Technology Center

Department of Safety and Security

Our dedicated, responsive staff helps to ensure the well-being of the entire college community.


24 hours a day / 365 days per year

Contact Us

Phone: 863.680.4305
Fax: 863.680.4214

To request a officer to be dispatched, call 863.680.4125

In an emergency, call – Ext. 3555

Find Us

The Safety Office is conveniently located on the corner of Ingraham Avenue and Duke Place. See campus map, building code "HC".


Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

During Florida’s Hurricane Season, June 1-November 30, Florida Southern's Emergency Management Team will carefully monitor tropical storms which could effect Polk County.

If there is any significant change that impacts normal College operations and activities, the community will be alerted via the Web site and the text message system. The community may also call the emergency hotline at 863.680.4101 for updates.

As a preparedness measure, students and parents are encouraged to formulate a communication plan for use during an emergency. This plan should include a course of action to be taken should telephone and/or electronic service be disrupted.

For your convenience, here are some links that provide safety tips and storm tracking before, during and after a hurricane:

Questions regarding the Florida Southern College emergency plan should be directed to: Kate Whitaker at 863.680.4735 (kwhitaker@flsouthern.edu) or Terry Dennis at 863.680.4148 (vdennis@flsouthern.edu).

Parents: If you wish to opt-in to the campus emergency text message system, please e-mail your name and cell phone number to fneiling@flsouthern.edu.

Other Helpful Resources

Additionally, information about FSC cancellations, closings, and openings are broadcast on TV channels WFLA 8, Bay News 9, WTSP 10, and WTVT 13; and radio stations WPCV 97.5 FM, WWRZ 98.3 FM, WONN 1230 AM, and WLKF 1430 AM.