University Guidance for Students, Parents and Families: Have a Plan

This message to all students has been approved by Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dear Students, Parents and Family Members,

Florida State University has taken aggressive steps during the past few weeks to proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19, an illness caused by the coronavirus. Florida State is also preparing for the possibility of a case should we have one.

While health officials report that the risk remains low and no cases have been confirmed in Leon County, we strongly encourage you to talk with your student about ways to stay healthy and protect others through adequate hand-washing and additional strategies offered on our website at

With spring break approaching, we also recommend you discuss, as a family, what plans you have if your student is required to self-quarantine for a two-week period for any reason (including illness or travel to an affected area). Your plan should include a possible quarantine location that is not a shared living space, residence hall or multi-occupancy apartment.

FSU will follow CDC, state and county health department guidelines, which means students who are required to self-quarantine, should practice social distancing as explained here:

Should your student need to self-quarantine or self-isolate, the university has made plans for them to be able to continue with their coursework remotely.

Any student who feels ill, needs assistance or has questions should call University Health Services (UHS) Administrative Office at 850-645-0620.

We also recommend the following guidance for families published by the CDC at