FSCares
COVID-19 Plan

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Introduction: We Are in This Together

As a result of expert planning and preparation, along with the invaluable cooperation of Florida Southern students, faculty, and staff, transmission of COVID-19 on the FSC campus over the fall 2020 semester was well below reported cases at other institutions. We are proud of the way that our community came together to enact Florida Southern’s plan for mitigating virus transmission. That planning helped us navigate the pandemic, and the cooperation of every member of our community ensured that our mission continued despite the challenges of the pandemic.

The Spring 2021 Plan for Campus Safety, Health, and Success builds upon the key principles of the original plan, takes into account all that we learned in the fall semester, and draws upon the current state of knowledge among medical experts. While it represents an update to the fall plan, its overall purpose remains the same. The safety of all members of the FSC community continues to be the primary goal of the policies and procedures outlined in this document, and the most important principle continues to be that all members of the Florida Southern College community embrace a shared responsibility to reduce coronavirus transmission on campus and in our community.

Indeed, the College’s ability to meet the goals outlined in this plan depends on each member of the FSC community continuing to recognize that taking steps to reduce virus transmission is a shared responsibility. Students, faculty, and staff must make a personal and collective commitment to ensure that each element of this plan is faithfully executed. This means that many activities that have been taken for granted in years past will be changed. It also will mean that new habits and ways of relating to one another will be consciously cultivated and new traditions born.

How to Use This Plan

This plan contains Florida Southern’s policies and procedures for a healthy and safe campus environment, key actions that the College is taking, and details that support those actions. Some sections contain information for the entire College community; others are intended specifically for students, parents, faculty, and/or staff.

The College is committed to following the procedures described in this document to ensure the safest living-learning environment for our community. Doing so will allow FSC to achieve its vitally important mission: helping students make positive and consequential impacts on society through excellent academic preparation.

It is important that all members of the FSC community read this plan carefully and refer to it frequently throughout the semester. It is organized so that you can find information quickly and take appropriate action based on that information.

Updates

As conditions could continue to change, the College is ready to adapt. FSC’s executive leadership team meets weekly to review campus conditions, consider the latest medical and scientific advice, and assess operations. This plan will be updated regularly to reflect changes in local, state, and national conditions.

Questions?

The College has created a special email address to answer your COVID-19 questions. Please email FSCares@flsouthern.edu and a staff member will respond within 24 hours.

Sharing Information Quickly and Transparently


What you need to know

The College is dedicated to sharing this plan, and updates to it, with students, parents, faculty, staff, and all those who are involved with and support the College. FSC will regularly share plan updates, changes to campus activities, and how the College is adapting to local conditions.

More Information

A special FSCares section on the Florida Southern College website will be the primary source of news and updates regarding the College’s pandemic plans. FSC social media accounts will also be used to share important and timely news.

Our communication goals are to:

  • Communicate relevant, timely information about COVID-19 through the College’s social media channels.
    • Content will inform about key policies and procedures, updates about news and changes, current local conditions, and best practices from the CDC.
    • Use social media to listen to the campus community and share those thoughts with College leadership.
    • Be intentional about working with student leaders to ensure messages to students are timely, relevant, and impactful.
  • Listen to the feedback, ideas, and concerns of the campus community and ensure those are provided to College leadership to promote effective, inclusive decision-making.
  • Maintain the College’s COVID-19 website as the primary source of news and updates regarding the College’s pandemic plans.
    • Locate links to the site in prominent positions across the flsouthern.edu web domain.
  • Work with campus partners to ensure appropriate signage is placed in key locations (academic and administrative buildings and offices, lab spaces, residence halls, and more) to share important COVID-19 information and best practices.

Important Dates

Dates and directions may vary depending on special programs (MBA, Doctor of Physical Therapy, etc.). Please check with your program.

Spring 2021 Semester

January 25

Orientation and Registration: New and Transfer Students

January 26

Classes Begin at 8:00 AM

February 1

Final day to register, add a course, drop a course, change a course to Pass/Fail or Audit before 5:00 PM

There are no tuition or fee refunds for withdrawn courses after February 1, 2021.

February 22

Final Day to Withdraw from an “A” course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

March 17

Group advising for Spring Semester at 10:50 AM

Final day of “A” courses

March 19

Midterm Grades Due in Registrar’s Office

First day of “B” courses

March 22

Final day to add a “B” Course before 5:00 PM.

April 2

No Class - Good Friday

April 9

Final Day to Withdraw from a Course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

Final Day to Withdraw from College before 5:00 PM

April 12

Students with 93 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

April 15

Students with 60 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

April 16

Final Day to Withdraw from a “B” Course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

April 19

Students with 30 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

April 21

Students with 16-29 earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 7:00 AM

April 22

Students with 0-15 earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 7:00 AM

May 7

Final Day of Class

May 10 - 12

Final exams

May 15

Commencement

Fall 2021 Semester

August 28 to 30

Orientation and Registration: New and Transfer Students

August 31

Classes Begin at 8:00 AM

September 1

Final day to add an online course ending in “A” or “EA” before noon.

September 6

Final day to register, add a course, drop a course, change a course to Pass/Fail or Audit before 5:00 PM

There are no tuition or fee refunds for withdrawn courses after September 6, 2021.

September 27

Final Day to Withdraw from an “A” course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

October 6

Group advising for Spring Semester at 10:50 AM

October 18

Final day of “A” courses

October 20

Midterm Grades Due in Registrar’s Office

October 21

Final day to add an online course ending in “B” or “EB” before noon.

October 21 to 26

No Class - Fall Break

October 27

Final day to add a “B” course before 5:00 PM

November 8

Students with 93 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

November 10

Students with 60 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

November 12

Final Day to Withdraw from a Course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

Final Day to Withdraw from College before 5:00 PM

November 15

Students with 30 or more earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 8:00 PM

November 17

Students with 2-29 earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 7:00 AM

November 18

Students with 0-1 earned hours may begin Portal Registration at 7:00 AM

November 23

Final Day to Withdraw from a “B” Course without Academic Penalty before 5:00 PM

November 24 to 26

Thanksgiving Recess

December 10

Final Day of Class

December 13 - 15

Final exams

December 18

Commencement

Dates and directions may vary depending on special programs (MBA, Doctor of Physical Therapy, etc.). Please check with your program.


Last updated: January 13, 2021