Statements from the President

A Message from President John Thrasher: Plans for the Future

Dear FSU Family, Today, Florida State University Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr and I announced that due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on a national presidential search, the time is right to begin planning for FSU’s future. Recognizing the challenges of conducting a presidential search during the pandemic, we agree the Board should […]

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 […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: An Update on Antisemitism and Religious Discrimination

Dear FSU community, I am writing today to update you on our efforts to address concerns expressed by our Jewish community and others and to reaffirm that Antisemitism and religious discrimination have no home at Florida State University. As a minority group, the Jewish people have faced bias and discrimination and have been marginalized for […]

A message from President John Thrasher: Anti-Semitism and religious discrimination

Anti-Semitism and religious discrimination have no place at Florida State University. I am aware of a controversy involving the FSU Student Senate President who has posted offensive anti-Semitic rhetoric online. I want to take this opportunity to unequivocally state that we will not tolerate discrimination against groups or individuals. I understand that some Jewish students […]

A Message from President John Thrasher: An update to the campus community

Dear FSU Family, America is hurting, and many in our community are, too. This past week, I, along with members of my leadership team, met with faculty, staff and students, including representatives from the Student Government Association, the Black Student Union, the LGBTQ+ community and others. We heard their anger, frustration and sadness, and we […]

Message from President John Thrasher: Remembering Parkland shooting

Dear FSU Community, One year ago today, a senseless act of gun violence occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Many in our Florida State family were — and still are — affected by this horrific event. We have hundreds of alumni and 240 current students who graduated from Stoneman Douglas — 47 […]

DACA: A Message from President John Thrasher

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Late last fall, I joined more than 600 higher education leaders across the nation in asking then-President-elect Trump to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows some undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children to be spared from deportation and makes them eligible for two-year renewable work […]

Reflecting on Charlottesville: A Message from FSU President John Thrasher

Dear Campus Community, I am reaching out with a heavy heart after taking some time to reflect on the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend. What happened was a clear display of racism and intimidation by white supremacists, and I condemn these hateful and violent acts. Our thoughts and prayers […]

President Thrasher: Statement on Executive Order

Florida State University is deeply concerned about the administration’s new policy preventing the entry of citizens of seven foreign countries to the United States for the next 90 days. At universities nationwide, confusion and uncertainty are causing disruption and worry among students, researchers, faculty and staff who are citizens of the countries involved in the […]

FSU announces settlement in Erica Kinsman matter

Florida State University President John Thrasher today announced that the University has reached a settlement with former student Erica Kinsman, who has agreed to drop her Title IX lawsuit against FSU. “Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from […]