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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

Florida State University resumes normal operations

Florida State University resumed normal, pre-pandemic operations Aug. 1, 2021. At this time, we are proceeding with our plans for the fall semester with face-to-face classes and in-person staffing to support the university’s academic mission.

Classes are returning to predominately face-to-face instruction in the Fall 2021 semester and indoor space limitations have been discontinued. A small percentage of designated courses are continuing online as offered prior to the pandemic.

Employees have returned to pre-pandemic work locations and schedules.

While our authority is limited by the State of Florida and the university cannot mandate vaccines, testing or mask wearing, we are promoting these mitigation efforts.

Masks are expected on campus and required in designated healthcare locations.

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. 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. Schedule a vaccination appointment at

Unvaccinated individuals who test positive or come in close contact with known COVID-19 cases will be required to quarantine at home 10 days for the safety of others.

Students who are directed to quarantine should consult the university’s class policies and course syllabi for guidance during their period of isolation.

FSU encourages all students, faculty and staff testing off-campus to self-report all positive COVID test results to FSU for timeliness of response and follow-up testing at FSU’s test center if necessary. Students, faculty and staff can use the Daily Wellness Check at or MyFSU app to submit their information confidentially. They can also report via email by submitting their information to .

The university’s COVID-19 testingcontact tracing and vaccination programs will continue to offer services to the campus community through the fall semester.

Thank you for your cooperation, and #StayHeathyFSU!


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Sept. 8, 2020 Update: COVID-19 Case Statistics 

Florida State University administrators are aware of the increase of positive cases in the campus and local communities and continue to work closely with public health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while providing university programs and services to support our students, faculty and staff. Florida State does not plan a shift to all […]

COVID-19 Random Testing Program

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff. A random testing program is planned for ongoing testing of asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff physically present on campus during the Fall 2020 semester. Monitored by epidemiologists at the […]

FSU, UF compete for most pledges in battle against COVID-19

The FSU-UF rivalry is one of the most intense in college sports. Now, the two universities will compete for something much more important than state bragging rights — protecting the health and safety of their communities amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the next two weeks, FSU and UF will compete for the most new student […]

Positive COVID-19 Test at Off-Campus Event Location

This message to all students, faculty and staff has been approved by Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs.  Florida State University has learned at least one individual attending an event at the former Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity houses (733 West Pensacola Street) during the weekend of Aug. 20-23 has […]

Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Update

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff.  It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Key behaviors for prevention include wearing face coverings, […]

Student leaders, local officials ask community to take pledge in battle against COVID-19

The student government associations of Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College have partnered with local leaders to encourage students and community members to sign a pledge to protect the health and safety of the Tallahassee community. With the return of thousands of college students to Tallahassee, the pledge initiative aims to […]

A Message from Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs: Event Size Restriction Change

This message to all students has been approved by Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs. Dear Students, After spending the summer preparing for an in-person FSU experience, all of us are disappointed to see some students blatantly disregard University policies and county ordinances.  While we have seen many students on campus abiding by […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: Behavior That Threatens Campus Health and Safety

Dear FSU Students, Over the past few days I have learned of several reports of students holding house parties, participating in large gatherings, not wearing face coverings and not social distancing. I am deeply concerned with this sheer defiance to comply with the university’s guidelines and expectations set forth and communicated to you before the fall semester. On Sunday, FSU Police arrested and charged seven students for […]

Face Covering and Social Distance Compliance Matrix

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff. The University has previously communicated that wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing are additional public health measures to help reduce community transmission of respiratory diseases and COVID-19. In our […]

Human Resources Zoom Q&A: General COVID-19 Information

This message has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff, for distribution to all Deans, Directors, and Department Heads. The Office of Human Resources will host an open Zoom Q&A on Friday, August 21. This meeting will cover general COVID-19 information. We are excited […]