Our Fall Semester Expectations for Campus

Aug. 16, 2021: This message to all students, faculty and staff has been approved by Florida State University President Richard McCullough.

Originally published Aug. 9, 2021: This message to all students, faculty and staff has been approved by Florida State University President John Thrasher.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Florida Board of Governors and the entire State University System, which includes Florida State University, expects all members of our campus community to do their part to ensure a safe and successful fall semester.

All of us at Florida State University have an obligation to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. We are in this together, and each and every one of us plays an important role in furthering the health and safety of ourselves, our neighbors and our loved ones.

To be clear:

  • We expect everyone to wear a face covering or mask at all times when inside any FSU facility, even if you are vaccinated. This includes all of our students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors. Recent studies and guidance from the CDC state that both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals can transmit the current COVID-19 variant to unvaccinated persons. We expect you to help mitigate the spread by wearing a mask.
  • We expect everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past. If possible, aim to be fully vaccinated, but if unable, strive to have at least one shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine no later than August 22. Please visit vaccine.fsu.edu for walk-in clinic dates and hours at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee or vaccines.gov to locate a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • We expect you to stay home when sick, self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 no sooner than 24 hours after your symptoms begin. You can test for no cost at the Tucker Center. Schedule your test at uhs.fsu.edu/coronavirus/testing.
  • And finally, we expect you to continue to practice good hygiene habits such as washing your hands frequently.

Together, we can slow the spread of this virus and enjoy a fulfilling, successful campus experience during the upcoming academic year.

Thank you.

John Thrasher
President, Florida State University

Sally McRorie
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Amy Hecht
Vice President for Student Affairs

Kyle Clark
Vice President for Finance & Administration

Renisha Gibbs
Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff