Campus Update: Students Returning, Residence Halls Open

Campus scene with tree debris on sidewalk

This will be our final post-Hurricane Matthew update.

All residence halls are now open for students returning to campus. There are cleanup activities continuing across campus, but most facilities are operational as of Tuesday morning.

Counseling, Community Engagement and the Cross Cultural Center are now functional and expect to resume operations later today. Health Service will resume regular hours of operation Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Hollis Center will operate a limited schedule as follows starting on Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There are numerous refrigerators across campus and the university asks students and staff to clean out any items that might have remained over the course of the recent storm. The university was without power for several days.

The university offers a heartfelt “thank you” to Facilities Management, Public Safety, Housing and Residential Life, Information Technology, Dining Services and all university personnel and associated services staff for their efforts before, during and after Hurricane Matthew. We also note the outpouring of offers of assistance and help from the Stetson Community. Thank you for any help you provided to our students and the university and for keeping us in your thoughts and wishes.

Hurricane debris clean up
Crews clean up debris on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from Hurricane Matthew.

Dining Services has returned to its regular schedule. Johnny Rockets, the Coffee Shop and Outtakes will re-open on Sunday, Oct. 16.

The duPont-Ball Library will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 14.

The Provost search process resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Although classes will not be in session on Wednesday, Oct. 12, there will be a faculty forum meeting with the Provost candidate from 1:30-2:45 p.m., and faculty, staff and any students on campus are invited to attend an open forum with the provost candidate on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 3:45-4:45 p.m., in the LBC Rinker Auditorium, Room 108.

Stetson University expects that students returning to campus will follow the Code of Community Standards and that, regardless of resident’s age, the residence halls and apartments are dry from all alcohol. Once classes resume on Monday, Oct. 17, the residence halls will revert back to usage policies as defined in the Code of Community Standards.


Make-up Days, New Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Here are the adjustments to graduate and undergraduate classes, and mid-term exams on the DeLand and Celebration campuses:

Fall class schedule:  full-semester undergraduate classes [DeLand campus]

  • FSEM classes, currently scheduled to end before Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will be extended one week past Thanksgiving break and end on Friday, Dec. 2.
  • Fall semester classes currently scheduled to end on Friday, Dec. 9 will be extended by one day and end on Saturday, Dec. 10.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, previously reading day, will become a regular class day. Any class, lab, ensemble, or lesson that would normally meet on Wednesday will meet that Saturday at the same time. [Note: Wednesday classes are given special attention here because those are the classes most impacted by the hurricane class cancellations.]
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 will be reading day.
  • The exam schedule, from Monday, Dec. 12 to Friday, Dec. 16, is unchanged.

Fall class schedule: half-semester undergraduate classes [DeLand campus]

  • First half of the term courses:  Half-term courses scheduled to end on Tuesday, Oct. 18 will be extended to end on Friday, Oct. 21.
  • Second half of the term courses:  Half-term courses scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 19 will be delayed, now beginning on Monday, Oct. 24.

Graduate programs [DeLand and Celebration campuses]

  • MBA (DeLand):  Classes associated with the DeLand MBA, and the DeLand MAcc, will have classes extended by one week. Please consult with individual faculty instructors for the adjusted end of semester schedule.
  • Other DeLand-based and Celebration-based graduate program schedule adjustments will be announced shortly.

Midterm exams and grade deadline

  • Midterm grade submission date:  The date for submitting mid-term grades, previously Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., has been extended. Mid-term grades are now due on Monday, Oct. 24 at noon.
  • Midterm exam period:  Though there is no official mid-term exam period, most students would have taken mid-term exams during the recently cancelled class days. Oct. 17-21 is now the period in which most mid-term exams will be given.



Upcoming Campus Activities

With students returning to campus, Campus Life and Student Success has put out the following list of activities, starting Wednesday, Oct. 12, and continuing through fall break on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Game On: A Video & Board Game Night with Cecil, Conrad Hall, 7 p.m.
  • BYOB (Bring your own Blanket) Late Night Movie Series, UVA Clubhouse, 9 p.m.
  • Unwind and Hammock with Lizzie, Palm Court, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hammocks will be provided for use by Wellness and Recreation if you do not have one.

Thursday, Oct. 13:

  • WORLD International Student Trip to Mt. Dora, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Please contact [email protected] if you’re an international  or SU first student interested in joining (Space is limited and signups will be on a first-email basis.)
  • Pick Up Basketball with Juan, Hollis Center, 5 p.m.
  • BYOB (Bring your own Blanket) Late Night Movie Series, UVA Clubhouse, 9 p.m.
  • Board games and Brian’s BBQ, Location to be announced, 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you’re interested in joining and we’ll send out location and more details on Thursday.

 Friday, Oct. 14:

  • Bake Shop: Make Cookies from Scratch with Jes, Chaudoin Dining Room, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • BYOB (Bring your own Blanket) Late Night Movie Series, UVA Clubhouse, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15:

  • Movie on Us!, Victoria Cinema DeLand, 2 p.m. Visit @HRLStetson on Facebook to vote for your favorite show option on Thursday, Oct. 13, starting at 12 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16:

  • Sushi Making with Barbara, U-Hall Lounge, 4 p.m. RSVP by emailing [email protected] by Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon.