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Spring 2021 FAQ

Following best practices throughout the fall semester, Florida Southern College students, faculty, and staff have successfully managed the ever-changing pandemic. With nearly five months of experience at FSC — and with continuing expert medical advice — the College is welcoming back to residential living all Mocs who want to do so in the spring semester.

In the spring, the College will continue its commitment to health and safety through requiring masks on campus, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, and expanded on-site rapid tests and contact tracing. The academic schedule will continue to follow a flexible model by offering a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and remote learning formats.

The College is dedicated to keeping students, faculty, and staff as healthy as possible and will work hard to make the spring semester an outstanding experience for every student.

Plans for Housing

Housing is an important part of this plan. As a reminder, the College is not requiring students to live on campus during the pandemic and students can voluntarily select to study as commuters or remote learners. As in the fall, commuter students will be able to attend classes on campus.

Registering for spring classes began on November 2nd through the Student Portal. At that time, students selected their final status for the spring: residential, commuter or remote. Selections made for residential status are final.

The college shared housing assignments via the student portal on November 17th. Because the College will continue to use Lake Morton Apartments for on-campus isolation and quarantine spaces, those apartments will not be available in the spring. This means some students may not have received their original housing assignments.

Additionally, in some cases students will have to move to new housing for the spring semester. FSC worked to minimize this as much as possible; however, it was necessary to ensure adequate on-campus isolation and quarantine locations.

For those who are moving, the College provided boxes for students to pack their belongings before dismissal at Thanksgiving break. During the break, the College moved students’ belongings to their new housing locations.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for details about specific situations.

Test Requirement and Mocs Pledge

As in the fall, residential and commuter students must upload to the Student Portal a negative test result taken prior to arrival on campus. The test must test whether a person is currently infected with the virus. These approved tests include Diagnostic or PCR tests as well as Active Antigen Tests. It does not include antibodies tests. Tests must be taken within seven days of arrival on campus with results uploaded to the Student Portal prior to arriving on campus.

Students also will be required to complete the Mocs Pledge, as they did in the fall, before moving in and/or the first day of classes. The pledge has been uploaded to the Health Tab on the Student Portal.

For the spring semester to be successful, all members of the College community must embrace their shared responsibilities to reduce virus transmission. Florida Southern’s pandemic policies can be found in its FSCares Plan. The College updates its COVID-19 Dashboard twice a week, and Polk County regularly updates its COVID database as well.

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions about the spring semester. If you have further questions, email FSCares@FLSouthern.edu.

Yes. As in the fall, residential and commuter students must upload to the Student Portal a negative test result before arriving on campus. Tests must be taken within seven days of arrival on campus and results uploaded to the Student Portal prior to arriving on campus.

Approved tests include Diagnostic or PCR tests and Active Antigen Tests. Antibodies tests will not be accepted.

Yes. Residential and commuter students must upload to the Student Portal a negative test result before arriving on campus. Tests must be taken within seven days of arrival on campus.

Yes. Residential and commuter students must adhere to contact tracing quarantine procedures.

If you happen to receive a subsequent positive COVID test, you will need to provide a note from your physician confirming that you are no longer contagious.

Yes, residential students will have to sign the Mocs Pledge before moving in, and commuter students will have to sign the Mocs Pledge before the first day of classes. The pledge has been uploaded to the Health Tab on the Student Portal.

Returning student move-in will begin on the 24th. More details, including assigned move-in times, were provided to those students on December 7th. New student move-in will start on January 23rd. Orientation for students new to FSC in the spring, or first-year students who were remote in the fall and plan to live on campus or commute in the spring, will begin January 23rd.

No. International students, like all residential and commuter students, will need to produce a negative COVID test within the 7-day window.

Yes! Similar to the fall semester, all guests accompanying students into the residential communities must also have their temperatures checked at their student’s designated check-in location. After clearing the temperature check, the student and guests will receive a wristband to wear throughout the duration of their check-in time. Students are allowed to have up to two (2) guests with them in the residential communities. Guests are only allowed in the residential community during the two (2) hour move-in period.

Yes. All students must complete the official check-in process before they are cleared to be on campus.

Unfortunately, no. We ask that families leave their pets at home. Only the approved Emotional Support Animal of the student or the Service Animal of the student or guest will be permitted in our residential communities.

Returning students are able to access the submission form on the Portal. This can be found in the Community Living subsection of the Student tab. New students who do not have a check-in time should contact Student Solutions at StudentSolutions@flsouthern.edu.

No. The College reviewed all student information once the registration period completed.

Yes. The College has continued its enhanced cleaning practices to ensure the healthiest possible environment for students when they return.

The College moved items out of storage and into students’ assigned rooms during the winter break.

If a fall residential student was assigned new housing for the spring semester, the College provided boxes for students to pack their belongings before dismissal at Thanksgiving (those students were notified via the Student Portal on November 17th). During the break, the College transferred students’ belongings to their new housing.

At this point, the College expects that sports will be played during the spring semester, although the Sunshine State Conference has not yet made a final determination. FSC’s Athletic Director and Dean of Wellness will notify student-athletes as decisions about specific sports are made.

Yes. Masks must be worn on campus at all times, indoors and outdoors, unless a student is in their room. Please refer to the FSCares Plan for more information.

Residential, commuter and remote students were all provided masks in the fall and should continue to use those in the spring. Returning students, who are new to campus for the spring semester, will receive a COVID-19 Kit which includes a thermometer, hand sanitizer, and instructions on how to stay healthy during the pandemic. New students, who were not enrolled during the fall semester, will receive a COVID-19 kit, in addition to masks. Additional masks are available for purchase at the College bookstore (depending on available inventory).

Resident Advisors will play a very important role this spring in assuring that roommates have the discussions necessary to work through room set-up and achieving a common comfort level with living arrangements. As every room is configured differently, RA’s will help with any issues that arise. In all cases, communication is key to success. Speak to your roommates and suitemates about living arrangements, and consult your RA for guidance should any issues arise.

Resident Advisors will discuss ways in which common bathrooms can accommodate the safest possible configuration.

The academic schedule will continue to follow a flexible model by offering a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and remote learning formats. Residential and commuter students will likely have some classes that meet remotely only, similar to the fall semester.

To help reduce the possibility of transmission, as a best practice the spring semester started later. The first day of classes for the spring semester for the Day Undergraduate Program is January 26th. Some evening and graduate courses begin on January 25th. To accommodate this later start to the spring semester, classes will end on May 7th, with finals taking place from May 10th to 12th, and Commencement scheduled for May 15th. To help accommodate with scheduling as well as reduce COVID-19 transmission, there will be no 2021 Spring Break week, previously scheduled for March 8th to 12th. This decision is based on medical expert analysis of pandemic conditions and consistent with other institutions that monitor those conditions closely.

It is possible that local pandemic conditions could deteriorate between now and the start of the spring semester. Should updates to the FSCares Plan be required, the College will share changes as soon as possible.

At this time, our event guidelines and procedures for the spring 2021 semester will remain consistent with fall policies. More information can be found in the FSCares Plan and will be distributed through our student clubs and organizations. We will continue to monitor the pandemic throughout the semester to determine if policies can be revised.

Commuter students will have the same access as in the fall. This includes access to the Wellness Center, Roux Library, and campus dining facilities.

Yes. The College is adding additional testing capacity to conduct more tests per day.

Yes. Along with the Lake Morton Apartments, the College has secured additional options for quarantine and isolation space to accommodate our increased population.

No. Because of the increased density — though still less than a typical semester — residential students will not be allowed to have outside visitors in their campus residences. Visitors are allowed if they are residents of the same residence hall or apartment complex; however, mask wearing is encouraged whenever someone is in your room besides your roommate. The College encourages commuter students to also follow this policy at their residencies but cannot monitor off-campus locations. In the spring, Resident Advisors will provide more details about this for individual buildings and rooms.

No. Residential students will not be allowed to have outside visitors in their campus residences. Resident Advisors will provide more details.

Students who were not utilizing campus parking in the fall, but will in the spring, must apply via the FSC Portal/Community Living for a midyear permit. This permit will cover both the spring and summer terms.


Last updated: January 20, 2021