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Fall 2020 Move-Out Questions

Students will be able to pick up boxes from their designated community location between November 10 to November 13. Additional boxes will also be available from Rogers starting on Monday, November 16. Students are able to use their own totes, however we ask students to use the provided boxes for stacking purposes if possible.

Yes. Clearly mark your boxes with your name, ID, and spring room assignment. Number boxes if there are multiple. Ex: 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3.

FSC will provide moving tags to tag any large items.

Yes.

Yes. Up to two guests can help you move your items out of your room if you do NOT want FSC to move your items for you. There will not be a schedule for this; however, we do ask that all guests follow FSC health and safety rules including wearing a mask for the duration of their time on campus.

Yes. That schedule will be sent out early December.

Students will be allowed to leave their cars on campus during the break. Prior to closing, information will be provided on where the parking will be available.

Yes. Florida Southern can store furniture items for the Spring semester, however students will need to pick up items before May 12. FSC cannot store student items during the summer.

Extra boxes will be in on-campus lobby spaces and the LHA Clubhouse. Students from other apartments or off-campus housing can pick up boxes starting on November 16 in Rogers.

No. On-campus testing continues to be for symptomatic students and our random testing. If students would like to be tested prior to leaving campus, there are several local locations that will allow schedule a test. Here are a few: CVS at Grove Park 863.686.5161 and Watson Clinic Urgent Care South, 863.647.4047. Here is a full list of the Polk County testing sites.

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.

Please accept my thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 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 will move 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. Tests must be taken within seven days of arrival on campus and 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 will be uploaded to the Health Tab in January.

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.

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. During the break, the College will move students’ belongings to their new housing. Students who need to move were notified via the Student Portal on November 17th.

No. The expected number of returning students combined with the use of Lake Morton Apartments for quarantine housing means that some residential students will be required to live in doubles.

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

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

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

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.

Yes, residential and commuter students will have to sign the Mocs Pledge before moving in and/or the first day of classes. The pledge will be uploaded to the Student Portal in January.

New student move-in will begin on January 23rd. Returning student move-in will begin on the 24th. More details will be provided to those students on November 30th. Students will be assigned move-in times.

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.

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 when a decision is made later this semester.

Yes. The same FSCares mask and physical distancing policies from the fall will be in effect for the spring semester.

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.

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.

FSC is cancelling the 2021 Spring Break week, originally 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 this plan be required, the College will share changes as soon as possible.

The College will continue its fall policies regarding on-campus events.

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. The College is pursuing several options for additional space, with the Lake Morton Apartments continuing to be the first and primary location for students.

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. The College encourages commuter students to also follow this policy at their residencies but cannot monitor off-campus locations. Residential students can have other students from the same residence hall in their rooms. In the spring, Resident Advisors will provide more details about this for individual buildings and rooms.

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.

Residential, commuter and remote students were all provided masks in the fall and should continue to use those in the spring. Additional masks are available for purchase at the College bookstore.