UPDATE (3 p.m. Aug. 9, 2021): Effective Aug. 9, 2021, the Florida Board of Governors and Florida State University expect masks to be worn by all individuals in all FSU facilities. This includes all students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors. Recent studies and guidance from the CDC state that both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals can transmit the COVID-19 variant to unvaccinated persons. We expect you to help mitigate the spread by wearing a mask. Thank you! #StayHealthyFSU
This message to all students has been approved by Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President, Division of Student Affairs.
The fall semester is almost here, and we are excited to welcome you to campus! As you prepare, we want to share our fall plans which mirror the guidance of the state’s Board of Governors.
Full vaccination against COVID-19 is the best, most effective way to protect yourselves and others from getting COVID-19 and preventing disruption of your studies, social activities, teaching, research or work. All FSU students, faculty and staff are eligible for the vaccine for free.
Those who choose not to be vaccinated are assuming significant risk of contracting COVID-19 and should be aware of the potential consequences, such as isolation and quarantine. Tallahassee is experiencing record numbers of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and our local hospitals recently issued a joint statement urging all eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine now. You can schedule a vaccination appointment at vaccine.fsu.edu.
In addition, masks are strongly recommended but not required on campus except in designated healthcare locations.
For those students living on campus, be sure to check out the procedures for move-in by clicking here. Based on the Board of Governors’ direction, all testing, proof of vaccination, or proof of COVID-19 in the last 90 days is strongly encouraged, but voluntary. Florida State University recommends that all students participate in this program to assist in the University’s mitigation efforts.
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate off campus immediately. University Housing is at full capacity and is unable to provide on-campus isolation space. Students who test positive will need to return home or find their own isolation space off campus. You may not return to the residence hall or participate in any in-person University activities until you are cleared by FSU’s SAFER Team.
I know that our recognized student organizations are ready to resume more traditional activities and the Guide to Student Life has been updated to include recommendations for hosting events and programs. You can find the Guide here.
We look forward to seeing you on campus.
Amy Hecht, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs