Hatter Network https://hatternetwork.com Touchstone • The Reporter • WHAT Radio Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:04:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Messages from President Roellke – 7/23 https://hatternetwork.com/8294/campus/messages-from-president-roellke-7-23/ https://hatternetwork.com/8294/campus/messages-from-president-roellke-7-23/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:04:40 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8294 Live recording courtesy of Stetson University may be found on the Safer Stetson website. 

 

On July 23, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., President Christopher Rolleke, Ph.D. hosted his second webinar in a series of three seminars. During this seminar, President Roellke addressed health concerns regarding hospital bed availability and hospital care and when he spoke with AdventHealth and Volusia County.

 

AdventHealth and Volusia County were reassuring; President Roellke mentioned that they are able to accommodate all medical conditions, not just COVID-19. President Roellke reminded the community to stay updated with email communications and the Safer Stetson website, which has been redesigned to provide the most updated and most critical information to reduce overload.

 

President Roellke also acknowledged the dedication of the dining staff who are accommodating to dining changes such as a reduction in seating capacity and adjusting to the different setup of food stations. President Roellke noticed more responsibility and urgency with the risk of COVID-19 regarding limiting exposure with DeLand’s mask policy, which was created in collaboration with Stetson.

 

Because of these unprecedented times, President Roellke closed the seminar with a quote from himself during his introductory speech back in November: ”Kindness not only matters, it enables us to listen, to engage with others unlike ourselves, and to consider paths we can forge together to make our community, in fact, the world, a better place.”

 

Changes, updates, and information regarding student life, policies such as the Code of Community Standards, housing and Residential Living and Learning (RLL), testing and contact tracing, and athletics were addressed during this webinar. Some updates regarding requesting schedule changes and change of format, classroom setup, and potential changes to pass/fail policy were also addressed. This whole panel acknowledged and brought awareness of the tiered system created by the Safer Campus Task Force (SCTF) for health responses.

 

Lua Hancock, Ed.D. Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS), presented information regarding student life, some information about classes, classroom sizes, the pass/fail policy, conduct, and music performances and concerts. Hancock also provided an update regarding cleaning supplies, cleaning protocol, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Organizations are still able to meet in smaller groups.
  • FSEMs will be held either face-to-face, hybrid, or in-person, depending on the request of the professor and course.
  • For questions and concerns regarding Bonner move-in, contact Amber Finnicum-Simmons, Bonner Program Coordinator.
  • On MyStetson, schedules now indicate the format of courses. If there is the need to request switching the format of courses, contact the chair of your department or your advisor.
    • HY: hybrid
    • FF: face-to-face
    • OL: online
  • The Course Engagement Form, which is found in MyStetson within the Forms section, should be completed by July 28. This form provides an indication of whether students are keeping the format of courses from their schedule or completing all of their courses virtually.
  • To significantly reduce contact and limit exposure, class sizes have been reduced and there might be changes to course scheduling.
  • Performances and concerts from the School of Music will be streamed virtually. 
  • If a professor is teaching virtually, they will mention their virtual office hours in their syllabus. Most professors will have virtual office hours for safety concerns. 
  • The pass/fail policy might be similar to last semester to allow for flexibility.
  • Every campus policy, such as the Face Covering Policy and the Code of Community Standards, is a community agreement to commit to safety. Due to recent policy changes, Stetson Administration is collaborating with SGA to consider changes in consequences for violation of the protocol in place for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Pertaining to housing, with every dorm operating as a single-person room, the maximum number of on-campus residents is approximately 1250.
  • There is a large supply of cleaning supplies and PPE, because of more frequent cleaning and directing and more enhanced cleaning protocols, to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

 

Lynn Schoenberg, Dean of Students, provided information on testing and contact tracing, dining changes, club sports and intramurals, recruitment for Fraternity Sorority Involvement (FSI), disinfecting and cleaning campus spaces, changes to classroom capacity, social distancing, and proper care for masks.

  • Testing provided by Family Health Source continues to be strongly recommended. 
    • Students, faculty, and staff will not be required to be tested every two weeks.
  • Stetson will be using Everbridge’s app for daily screening and contact tracing. Right now only Stetson administrators have access to the app.
    • If a student tested positive, the student remains anonymous, and if you are in contact with the student, you will receive a notification for exposure through the app.
    • The app has a dashboard with updates.
  • Some dining changes that are still taking place:
    • Plexiglass is still being installed in the Commons.
    • Stickers and signage for indicating when the equipment was last cleaned and indicating measurements of six feet are continued to be placed.
  • Club sports and intramurals will be changed. There will be more information at a later time.
  • For Fall 2020 Fraternity and Sorority Involvement (FSI), National Panhellenic Primary Recruitment and Intafaternal Primary Recruitment, will both be virtual with both some in-person and virtual recruitment activities. There will be more information presented from your chapter at a later time.
  • Electromagnetic sprayers will be used to sanitize spaces around campus and classrooms.
  • All classrooms will be cleaned in between classes and there will be wipes for cleaning desks.
  • Classroom capacity and changes will be implemented. There will be tape on the floor for measurement and social distancing.
  • Schoenberg reminded participants that the masks are to be worn properly and to properly care for masks. Schoenberg recommended having seven masks so that the masks can be cleaned and used regularly.

 

Housing Updates

Larry Correll-Hughes, Assistant Vice President for CLaSS and Executive Director of RLL, provided information and updates regarding changes in housing and reminded residential students to sign up for a check-in appointment time.

  • Last week, RLL limited one person to each room to limit exposure and contact. 
    •  The exposure is multiplied with more residents per room.
  • For move-in, two guests are permitted at a time to limit exposure.
  • For cleaning and disinfecting, cleaning techniques will be enhanced and there will be more frequent cleaning.
  • If a residential student resubmitted their housing application, and changes their mind after looking at their schedule, email RLL from your Stetson email or submit a Residency Exemption Form on Housing Central.
    • Currently, if the housing assignment is canceled, housing and meal plans will be refunded fully.
  • The deadline for submitting a Housing Application was July 21, however, students may still submit the application found on Housing Central and be placed on a waiting list. 
  • By the end of this week, residential students will know they are on a waiting list or accepted for housing. By the end of next week, housing assignments will be confirmed 
    • For accommodations and requests, it cannot be certain that the request will be met. If there is a need for academic accommodations, contact RLL.
  • There is a checklist for things to bring on on RLL’s Instagram under the Packing List highlight.
  • Ultraviolet lights are being installed in buildings with community restrooms because UV light is effective for disrupting the spread of infectious pathogens, such as the COVID-19 virus. UV light also helps maintain a clean and sterile environment inside the air handlers, so that the air quality may be more clean and fresh.

 

Athletics 

Jeff Altier, Director of Athletics, provided updates pertaining to the athletics department.

  • The Athletics Department is collaborating with the SCTF, deciding when athletes begin conditioning, training, and athletic competitions.
  • Athletic competition prior to Sept. 10 would be postponed. This delay allows for athletics to train if the competition is resumed. 
  • Over the next few weeks, there will be conferences from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference, and the Pioneer Football League to determine athletic completion for the Fall season. Stetson athletes need to be in compliance with NCAA guidelines.
  • Student athletes with high contact and exposure are tested weekly. Student athletes with low contact and exposure will be tested once or twice during the semester.

 

All messages, information, and live recordings of webinars from President Roellke can be found here

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Florida COVID-19 Case Updates – 7/21 https://hatternetwork.com/8287/news-features/florida-covid-19-case-updates-7-21/ https://hatternetwork.com/8287/news-features/florida-covid-19-case-updates-7-21/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:11:01 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8287 Information from Orlando Sentinel 

Data reported from the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA)

With an increase of patients being hospitalized due to COVID-19, there is an increased demand for hospital beds, particularly hospital beds in the intensive care unit (ICU.) The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has been tracking the availability of all hospital beds in Florida. The data displayed by the interactive map and on the charts are updated every hour. 

 

According to the AHCA, at 9:18 p.m on July 21:

  • 25 out of 306 hospitals have no capacity. (8.17% of hospitals have no capacity) 
  • 281 out of 306 hospitals have hospital beds available. (91.83% of hospitals have available hospital beds) 

 

*The data displayed does not specify how many beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. 

 

July 21

12:06 p.m. 

Live recording from Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. DeSantis held a roundtable regarding COVID-19 in Tallahassee to address the demographics of COVID-19 cases, statewide updates, and reminders pertaining to COVID-19. 

  • Gov. DeSantis continued to promote social distancing, recommended avoiding close contact and close spaces, and promoting the protection of the vulnerable, and support of the hospital staff. 
  • On July 20, Gov. DeSantis partnered with One Blood Headquarters for an event in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for recovered COVID-19 patients to donate convalescent plasma to provide effective treatment for current COVID-19 patients. 
  • There has been an increased demand for a therapeutic drug known as Remdesevir, which physicians have been using to treat COVID patients. 
  • Statewide, approximately 24% (14,000) of the hospital beds are available and 20% (20,000) of hospital beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are available. 
    • ICUs typically fully operate at least 80% capacity. 
  • Gov. DeSantis is collaborating with the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM), and is working on increasing the supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) for patients and staff. 
  • Gov. DeSantis is collaborating with the FDOH and hospitals to allow for more long-term care facilities to be specializing in and hospitalizing COVID-19 patients because COVID-19 patients need to be isolated. 
  • Swab testing is being used for testing hospital staff. Approximately 3% of the hospital staff thus far has tested positive. 
  • Gov. DeSantis is confident that there are enough hospital beds available to handle COVID-19 patients and meet the demand for hospitalization as more hospital beds have been added to hospitals statewide. 
  • According to Gov. DeSantis, there will be a reduction of COVID-19 cases.
  • Gov. DeSantis does not think it is necessary to close the economic system again and wants businesses to remain open.

4:11 p.m. 

Information from the Daytona-Beach Journal, Victoria Villanueva-Marquez

Data reported from the FDOH

Total tests in Florida: 3,103,674

Total cases in Florida: 369,834 (There is an overall 11.91% positivity rate.)

Record: There were 15,300 new cases from July 11 to July 12

  • Florida residents: 365,244
  • Non-Florida residents: 4,590

Total hospitalizations in Florida: 21,780

Total deaths in Florida: 5,319

Record: There were 156 new deaths from July 15 to July 16 

Of the total cases in Florida: 

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Justice at Stetson https://hatternetwork.com/8283/campus/justice-at-stetson/ https://hatternetwork.com/8283/campus/justice-at-stetson/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 17:43:43 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8283 Justice at Stetson (@justiceatstetson) is an Instagram account that created its first post on July 3 with the message, “Calling all current and past Stetson students. Let us work together to shine light on many injustices at this school that have gone unheard. This is a safe place.” Since the first post, the account has posted over 100 stories from Stetson students about their personal experiences at Stetson and in the DeLand community. The stories vary in topic; from sexual assault to racism to problems with professors. Most stories involve how students felt wronged by how the Stetson administration handled their situation. 

 

Because of the sensitive topics discussed on the account, the person running the account has chosen to keep their own name and the names of the students anonymous. Therefore, the student stories are technically unverified and cannot be reported as fact. 

 

We messaged the account creator through Instagram to discuss the nature of the account. When asked about the inspiration to create Justice at Stetson, the creator said, “I was inspired to create this account simply because I have had multiple friends come forward (before the account) and talk to me about their experiences…I decided to make the account in hopes that it would inspire students to hold other students accountable and to a higher standard.” 

 

When the account was first started, the student creator received over 50 submissions in four days : “Since it’s started I’ve noticed how many people (not just the survivors of traumatic sexual assault/r*pe, but those who experienced racism, sexism, etc.) have been dismissed by the school, and now it’s shifted towards inspiring change in the student body and pressuring the school toward actively pursuing making the campus a safer place, rather than just saying it is one.”

 

The Justice at Stetson account has grown in popularity over a short period of time: as of July 21, the account had 871 followers. In response to a question about how the creator hopes students will react to seeing other students’ stories about their experiences at Stetson, the creator said, “I want the students who see these stories from others to feel three emotions: disgust, empathy, and hope. I want them to be disgusted at what has occured at Stetson by the hands of other students and staff. I want them to have empathy for the survivors and support them in speaking up, because it takes more courage than many will ever have. I want them to have hope; I want them to hope for a better Stetson. Where these past injustices and stories are not in vain.”

 

I asked Stetson student Liza Tananbaum (‘22) for her reaction to seeing other students’ stories on the Justice at Stetson account. She said, “I think the Justice at Stetson page is an incredible way to use this platform. The page is giving students, faculty, and anyone else the chance to speak out on injustices that happen all the time on Stetson campuses. They point out large issues that many of us aren’t aware of or just ignore and give power to the people who face these issues.”

 

Another student, Daniel Hendrick (‘23) commented on the anonymous nature of the account: “Justice at Stetson allows students to share their feelings and experiences with Stetson without having their identity politicized.”

 

The Title IX office has come under scrutiny for repeatedly being targeted by multiple posts on the account. On July 9, a new Stetson Title IX Instagram account (@stetsonu.titleix) tagged the Justice at Stetson account in posts saying that efforts to improve the University are appreciated and that the Title IX office is listening to concerns. We reached out to Lyda Costello Kiser, Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator to ask her how she felt about the situation. She said, “I think it is important for individuals to share their experiences when they are ready to do so. They need a safe space for this, and it appears that this Instagram account is providing that for some people…While some of these stories don’t involve current students, faculty, or staff, they do tell stories that are important. Everyone’s story matters.”

 

When asked about what she would say to students who have seen these posts and have concerns, Kiser said, “In the area where I work [Title IX], we are dedicated to ensuring that the individual who reports an incident is empowered to decide what the University does. If incoming or current students have questions, I am more than willing to respond by email or phone. And everyone should remember that the confidential resources on campus – Counseling, Religious and Spiritual Life, and Health Services – are available for support.”

 

The Title IX office and President Roellke are hosting a town hall webinar on August 3 at 3:30 p.m. to share information about a new Title IX rule and answer any questions students may have. To register and submit questions, click here.

 

When Lua Hancock, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success was asked about the steps Stetson is taking to address the issues and concerns raised by the account, she said, “Our first step is to listen intently to the stories and messages being shared with us. I have communicated back and forth several times with the organizer asking other ways we can be helpful and asking that they encourage those student reporting to also use SGA or the Dean of Students’ office hours to raise their concerns and get help with their specific incidents if they feel comfortable. The organizer has already shared with us some good feedback and ideas on how we can increase student support and transparency.”

 

In response to a question about handling anonymous claims, Hancock said, “We take every claim of wrongdoing very seriously. At the same time, we understand not all students are comfortable reporting something using their name. Report it (including BEST and Title IX reports) and Ethics Point also allow for anonymous reporting. It does, at times, make it more challenging to get the support to the specific individual if they raise an issue specific to them. But, if students raise general concerns and ideas for ways we can better serve the community — they can get that to us in any way they feel most comfortable — including this Instagram page.”

 

She then addressed incoming students: “I would hope that they see that our students are passionate. That they are willing to push the university to get the help that they need and that the community deserves, and that we address challenges that affect student experience. And we want the same things. I hope the incoming students will also see, from other interactions with student leaders, staff, faculty and administration as they explore Stetson — that we care deeply about the issues raised on this page — like equity and eliminating sexual violence and increasing access for students with financial need.”

 

The quick rise in popularity and the number of submissions to the Justice at Stetson account show that students not only want accountability and transparency, but that they also believe Stetson has the power to do better and make Stetson safer for all of its students. 

 

In an effort to uphold one of our organization’s central tenants — transparency — we want to address that Hatter Network has been mentioned in one of the posts by the Justice at Stetson account. A student’s personal experience working for Hatter Network regarding the workload and unfair treatment was shared. 

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Stetson COVID-19 Updates – 7/17 https://hatternetwork.com/8259/campus/stetson-covid-19-updates-7-17/ https://hatternetwork.com/8259/campus/stetson-covid-19-updates-7-17/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:48:00 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8259 Changes with Housing From Residential Living and Learning (RLL)

On July 16, Larry Correll-Hughes, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS) and Executive Director of RLL, sent an email update regarding changes to housing along with frequently asked questions (FAQs). Among the changes are a shift away from shared bedroom spaces (meaning on-campus housing is now limited to one student per bedroom) and the option for students to take class schedules either completely online, or in “hybrid” classes, which will include online and in-person instruction. 

 

Possible Changes to Schedules 

Noel Painter, Executive Vice President and Provost, sent out an email update regarding potential schedule changes for the Fall 2020 semester. 

 

The Fall 2020 Schedule Working Group, with guidance from the Safer Stetson Task Force (SCTF), and other academic affairs working groups, have considered several options for rescheduling course times, but have not yet made any changes. Within this email, a pdf with potential schedule changes was attached. Students will be notified of any schedule changes via email. 

 

 The Fall 2020 Schedule Working Group has suggested:

  • 25-30 minutes in between classes to allow for cleaning staff to sufficiently clean and disinfect classrooms following the recommendations provided by facilities experts, and professors to set up before each class starts.
  • Classes around lunch to be released following a schedule to minimize the number of students at dining rooms.
  • Current schedules remain the same as much as possible.

Because there are course plans for virtual and hybrid courses, there is currently an evaluation of whether the suggestions above should be executed. 

 

Updates from the SCTF

The SCTF provided updated information regarding changes to dining services and the COVID-19 testing pilot provided by Family Health Source. 

 

Changes to Dining Services 

To accommodate for social distancing protocol and to ensure safety and protection, changes have been made throughout the dining areas, The Lynn Dining Commons, Coffee Shop, and HatRack. 

 

The most significant changes include: 

  • Students will enter the Commons by the Coffee Shop and the exit by the bookstore. Both the entry and the exit will be one-way only.
  • The seating in the Commons will only be open to students.
  • Boost, an application for ordering and delivering food, will be launching either late August or early September and will be available to both Apple and Android users. 
  • Payment to dining services, both in-person and on the Boost app, can only be done with a credit card or your student ID. 
  • Because of the limited seating in Lynn Commons, the Stetson Room upstairs in the CUB will be used for dining seating throughout the Fall 2020 semester. 

 

COVID-19 Testing Pilot

 

Stetson is highly recommending that all students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. Family Health Source, a local medical-care agency, will be offering a diagnostic nasal swab polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for the Stetson community. To pre-register, schedule an appointment, and find out more information visit the Family Health Source website

 

Testing will occur at the Rinker Fieldhouse: 

  •  Tuesday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  •  Wednesday, July 22, 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

 

 Updates from the Office of Finance 

 

Changes to Tuition for the Fall 2020 semester: 

  • The extended deadline to pay for tuition is now Nov. 15 for the Fall 2020 semester. 
  • If the student’s balance is not paid in full, classes will not be canceled. 
  • There will be no late fees.

Opportunities for Payment plans

  • To pay tuition in five monthly installments, enroll no later than July 18.
  • To pay tuition in four monthly installments, enroll no later than Aug. 18.

 

International Students

Regarding recent changes, Stetson’s international students can continue to take Stetson classes from their home countries. If Stetson is forced to move to 100% online learning later in the semester, our international students living on campus or nearby will not be required to leave the country.

 

Webinars with President Roellke 

With the intention of engaging the Stetson community in a compatible and consistent manner, President Christopher Roellke is administering a series of weekly webinars on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. called the “listening and learning tour.”

 To register for the remaining 2 webinars, click on the corresponding date and time: 

A recording from his webinar on July 16 can be found here and information discussed during the webinar can be found here

 

Check Stetson’s Safer Stetson website, the website’s FAQ webpage, and your Stetson email for updated information.

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Florida COVID-19 Case Updates – 7/18 https://hatternetwork.com/8256/news-features/florida-covid-19-case-updates-7-18/ https://hatternetwork.com/8256/news-features/florida-covid-19-case-updates-7-18/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:32:52 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8256 Information from Orlando Sentinel 

Data reported from the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA)

With a surplus of patients needing hospitalizations due to COVID-19, there is an increase in demand for hospital beds, particularly hospital beds in the intensive care unit (ICU.) The FDOH has been tracking the availability of all hospital beds, both in the ICU and not in the ICU, from most hospitals statewide. The data displayed by the interactive map and on the charts is updated every hour. 

*The data displayed does not specify how many beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. 

From the data reported by the AHCA at 2:18 p.m. on July 19, the following hospitals have no capacity: 

  • 27 out of 306 hospitals have no capacity. (8.82% of hospitals have no capacity) 
  • 279 out of 306 hospitals have hospital beds available. (91.18% of hospitals have available hospital beds) 

 

State report provided by Daytona Beach News-Journal 

Gov. Ron DeSantis provides weekly state reports regarding COVID-19 in Florida. On July 14 he provided the data from July 4 to July 10. Within the state report, Gov. DeSantis provided a summary of COVID-19, recommendations, demographic data, and policies for various counties.

This state report indicated that Florida is the red zone. According to the report, the red zone signifies “more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week” for cases, and “a rate above 10%” in relation to test positivity. As indicated by this report, 48 counties are in the red zone. 17 counties are in the yellow zone

Important Data 

  • Last week, there were 65,562 new cases in Florida, which was a 17.8% increase from the previous week. 
  • Last week, there was an 18.6% positivity rate in Florida, which is a 1.1% increase from the previous week. 
  • Last week, there were 323,201 tests administered in Florida, which is a 35.8% decrease from the previous week. 
  • Last week, were 417 new deaths from COVID-19, which is a 30.7% increase from the previous week. 

 

July 18 

12:30 p.m 

Live recording from NBC2 News Station 

Gov. DeSantis held his most recent press conference at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine to address concerns about the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases and the COVID-19 response in Florida. 

  • In collaboration with Vice President Mike Pence, a supply of Remdesivir is expected to arrive at Florida hospitals within the next three days. 
  • Gov. DeSantis recommends antibody tests over diagnostic tests because they provide more information on potential symptoms and diagnoses. 
  • There continues to be a surplus of COVID-19 cases, especially among younger age groups. 
    • Testing sites continue to indicate that most of these cases are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic and caused by large exposure. 
  • Statewide, the positivity rate for cases has slightly decreased from two weeks ago.
  • Due to a large number of tests being administered, there is a longer turnaround time. 
    • The Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) is working on getting a faster turnaround time with the FDOH. 
  • When accounting for hospital capacity, not all hospitalizations are due to COVID-19. For example, statewide there is a peak of hospitalizations due to patients contracting influenza or having elective surgeries. 
  • More hospitals are focused on just COVID-19 patients. 
  • With positive testing, it is important to account for individuals who have been retested.
  • Statewide, for hospitalizations, COVID-19 patients are being treated separately from other patients so that COVID-19 patients may be properly isolated.
  • Statewide, within hospitals, there is a large number of supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for caring for and treating patients.
  • Part of the “fear factor” for COVID-19 is due to the reopening of schools within Florida when there are large numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
    • Another large part of this “fear factor” is due to having family members being hospitalized and the decision for no visitation within hospitals. 
  • In context of our daily record of 15,300 cases, there were over 100,000 tests administered. 
    • The overall increase in testing has led to an overall increase in cases. 
  • Gov. DeSantis continues to remind Floridians to avoid close contact, avoid close spaces, and avoid contact with the vulnerable and individuals with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. 

1:43 p.m.

Information from the Daytona-Beach Journal, Nikki Ross

Data reported from the FDOH

Total tests in Florida: 2,931,998

Total cases in Florida: 337,569 (there is an overall 11.51% positivity rate)

Record: There were 15,300 new cases from July 11 to July 12

  • Florida residents: 333,201
  • Non-Florida residents: 4,368

Total hospitalizations in Florida: 20,632

Total deaths in Florida: 4,895

Record: There were 132 new deaths from July 12 to July 13 

Of the total cases in Florida: 

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Facing Uncertainty for Fall 2020 https://hatternetwork.com/8239/campus/facing-uncertainty-for-fall-2020/ https://hatternetwork.com/8239/campus/facing-uncertainty-for-fall-2020/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2020 20:00:20 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8239 With the number of high reported cases continuing to rise and Florida becoming the epicenter for COVID-19, Stetson student Nelson Quezada Herrera (‘21), originally created this petition on June 24 to request for administrators to begin virtual classes from the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.

 

In the description of his original petition, Quezada Herrera writes:

 

“Currently, Stetson University is planning for in-person classes and has announced a number of guidelines we will have to follow for our own safety. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that members of the community will not contract COVID-19. The risk of community spread will be high given that thousands of students will be moving in and many will be living in shared spaces. Face-to-face learning should not get in the way of public health. The administrators of Stetson University have a responsibility to keep the students, faculty, and staff safe and consider the best course of action ”

 

Before the newer petition was created, this petion reached 520 signatures

 

Stetson is currently planning on reopening for the Fall 2020 semester with precautions and limitations. Currently, as an option, Stetson has decided to offer every student a free COVID-19 test at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. In response, on July 13, Quezeda Herrera decided to start another petition to request for Stetson to make COVID-19 testing mandatory continuously throughout the Fall 2020 semester for students. It is also important to point out that as a private institution, the university likely has the resources and authority to mandate COVID-19 testing for the entirety of the Fall 2020 semester.

 

In the description of his new petition, Quezada Herrera writes:

 

“For campus to reopen and in-person classes to resume mandatory, continuous, and free testing is necessary. In President Roellke’s first email to the community, Roellke shared some goals he developed with the Board of Trustees. One of these goals is ‘to promote the health, safety, and well-being of our community in a period of considerable uncertainty, anxiety, and risks to public health.’ President Roellke should support this proposal if he is following these goals.” 

 

Currently, as of July 17, this petition has reached 235 signatures.

 

We sat down with Quezada Herrera (‘21) to hear about his thoughts on returning back for the fall 2020 semester and the reason for starting for his original petition. 

 

This conversation has been condensed and edited for grammar and clarity.

 

Hatter Network: What made you want to start your original petition?

 

Nelson Quezada Herrera: I became incredibly concerned after I saw the state had reported over 5,000 positive cases which was the highest number of cases the state had reported since the pandemic began at the time. In the days since, the number of reported cases has kept increasing and today the state reported over 10,000 cases. The cases are likely to continue increasing. 

 

I made the petition with the safety of the community in mind. One of the main concerns I had while making the petition was that we would start with in-person classes and halfway through we would have to switch entirely online due to an outbreak or a stay-at-home order form the state government. The petition is an attempt to prevent a situation like that.

 

HN: Has anyone from Stetson reached out to you in response to the petition?

 

NQH: No one from the University has reached out to me. I attended the student webinar [on July 1] assuming they would address it there but they didn’t.

 

HN: Do you think there are students who won’t return to Stetson in the fall if classes are in person?

 

NQH: I think there will certainly be some students who won’t return to Stetson in the fall if classes are in person. I’m thinking about those who are immunocompromised or have someone who is. There are also those who view the risk of contracting the virus as too high. 

I’m glad the University is making accommodations for students in these situations but thinking about this brings the issue of the added burden the faculty will face this semester. 

 

They will have to teach in-person as well as online if there is a hybrid format for the class, which will most likely be the case, and what is their reward? They are getting a salary cut. In the student panel I mentioned above one of the panelists said that student tuition pays for faculty and staff. If this is so then why are the faculty getting a salary cut during a pandemic, especially when tuition increased for this year? With everything that is being asked of them to do this new school year, they should be getting bonuses.

 

HN: If Stetson chooses to remain with their plan to return in the fall, is there anything more they could do to make students safer?

 

NQH: In the panel from July 1, students were told that there would be free campus-wide testing when we return. I think this testing should be mandatory. Unfortunately, we were told it would be optional. This is not conclusive to the mitigation strategy the university is promoting. Everyone should get tested the same way everyone will be required to wear a mask. It’s just common sense if we want to avoid an outbreak to have mandatory testing.

 

HN: How do you feel online classes went during the spring, and are there any changes you would like to see if fall started online?

 

NQH: Like most students, I had a hard time transitioning online last semester. For me, it was less about the technical aspects of it and more about the jarring effect of such a dramatic transition. My classes went very smoothly and I didn’t have any technical issues. I’m only speaking for myself, of course, and I recognize that the move online brings up many equity concerns. I think if we do go online we should keep the Pass/Fail policy the university instituted last semester. That was a good measure of combating the inequities that online learning brings.

 

HN: If the fall semester was to start online, how long do you think it should stay online? Is there a certain time period that would be sufficient?

 

NQH: I would imagine that if we start the semester online then we would stay that way the whole semester. It does not make much sense to me that we would move on-campus halfway through the semester.

 

Some important data to consider

Information from The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Data reported by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

 

Poll

Survey conducted by Julia Gray

When surveying, opinions are rarely binary, two-sided, and may change overtime. 

A poll was done on the Hatter Network’s instagram for 24 hours, from July 3 until July 4. For Fall 2020, there were 38 (34%) votes for online classes and 75 (66%) votes for in-person classes.

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Messages from President Roellke – 7/16 https://hatternetwork.com/8235/campus/messages-from-president-roellke-7-16/ https://hatternetwork.com/8235/campus/messages-from-president-roellke-7-16/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:37:12 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8235 Live recording courtesy of Stetson can be found on the Safer Stetson website.

 

President Christopher Rolleke’s first webinar, in his series of three webinars, occurred on July 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

COVID-19 has demanded radical changes to Florida and its educational system and a collaborative effort has been put forth for adjusting to Stetson’s reopening using a tiered system

 

President Roellke and the administration are following public health guidelines from sources such as AdventHealth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to make adjustments to safely reopening campus. 

Changes regarding agency and flexibility in planning for students, staff, and faculty, housing occupancy, and financial deadlines were presented. These changes for the Fall 2020 changes are in place to attempt to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Information on a testing pilot was also presented. 

 

Academic Changes and Planning

Noel Painter, Provost and Executive Vice President presented information regarding academic affairs. 

  • Regarding the educational format, accommodations and adjustments are continued to be made. 
    • Approximately half of the courses will be hybrid and in-person and half of them will be online.
    • There will be a combination of all three formats. 
  • The changes to the format that classes he held will be displayed on student schedules predictably next week after there is a “test run.”
    • All courses will meet the current educational requirements and graduation requirements for each department with academic integrity or honesty or honor is accounted for. 
  • Classes may be taken online to adjust for accommodations.
    • If necessary, virtual learning is being implemented to accommodate international students.
  • The library will remain open 
  • Face-to-face interactions, such as working with staff for research and individual meetings with professors will be maximized, for classes such as labs, senior research studies, and FSEMs
  • Regarding music performances, larger performances will most likely be streamed virtually. Smaller groups of less than ten individuals will be able to meet and be in compliance with the tiered system. 

 

Finances

Robert Huth, Executive Vice President of Finance, presented information regarding finances and deadlines for the Fall 2020 semester. 

  • The extended deadline to pay tuition is Nov. 15
    • This means, for the upcoming semester, classes will continue without being paid for.
  • There will not be any late fees for not paying tuition on time.
  • There currently are not any additional financial arrangements, but in the next several weeks, there may be. 
  • There are not any additional reductions in tuition because adjustments can be met and there is a $16.8 million budget cut for the 2020- 2021 fiscal year

 

Lua Hancock, Vice president for Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS), presented information regarding COVID-19 testing, concerns, housing adjustments, employment, dining, and meetings. 

COVID-19 testing

  • It is strongly recommended for all students, especially residential students, to get tested. 

 Pilot Testing Program

Family Health Source, a local medical-care agency, will be providing diagnostic nasal swab polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for students and faculty and staff. Be sure to pre-register, schedule an appointment, and find out more information visit the Family Health Source website

Testing will occur at the Rinker Fieldhouse: 

  •  Tuesday, July 21, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
  •  Wednesday, July 22, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Health concerns 

  • If someone tests positive for COVID-19, there will be email communication, they will be isolated and accommodated for, contact tracing 
  • There will be an app for contact tracing by providing a quick and efficient way of checking for symptoms. 

Changes in Residential Living and Learning (RLL)

  • Every student will be in their own room. 
    • Suites are being used as single rooms and charged as a suite-style room. 
  • Apartment-style residential halls are operating with normalcy.
  • Adjustments are still being made based on prioritization 

Major New information pertaining to housing: 

Larry Correll-Hughes, Assistant Vice President for CLaSS and Executive Director of RLL provided an email update regarding housing. 

  • All residential students should log in to Housing Central to resubmit a housing application by July 21 and sign up for an appointment time for checking-in
  • Housing assignments are rescheduled to be completed by July 31.
  • There will be further information sent to residential students regarding housing and arriving on campus. 

Campus

  • On Aug 3, the Hollis Center will be open for individual workouts. 
  • When campus first reopens, following the tiered system, clubs can meet in smaller groups and meetings will be virtual.

Student Employment 

Dining: Dining will provide more to-go options and there will be less stations for making your own meals. A new app, Boost, will be used for ordering and getting food delivered. Boost may be downloaded via the App Store or the Google Play Store.

 

Athletics 

President Roellke presented information regarding athletic programming. 

  • Florida’s current environment and the state of COVID-19 is not favorable for athletic programming so is difficult to make a unified decision for athletic programming 

 

Miscellaneous Information 

  • The Welcome back to Campus Guide has officially been published. 
  • For hurricane preparedness, it is beneficial to accommodate and plan for circumstances. 
  • To follow up on information regarding the recent Zoombombing incident, Stetson is working with the FBI to identify the suspect and Information Technology (IT) is in contact with the FBI for a further external investigation. 
    • The suspect is most likely an external participant that had anticipations to hack and provide dangerous imagery to the attendees of this webinar. 

Messages and information from President Roellke can be found here.

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Major Changes Coming to Fall 2020 Housing https://hatternetwork.com/8225/campus/major-changes-coming-to-fall-2020-housing/ https://hatternetwork.com/8225/campus/major-changes-coming-to-fall-2020-housing/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 22:40:05 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8225 Thursday afternoon Executive Director of Residential Living and Learning, Larry Correll-Hughes, Ph.D. sent out an email announcing the changes the Office of Residential Living and Learning are implementing to student housing as a result of the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida.

 

The most notable changes are that:

  • Students may now choose between a class schedule composed entirely of online classes, which they may take from anywhere, or “hybrid” classes, which are made up of both in-person and online elements.
  • Students who choose to return to campus to take hybrid courses and wishing to live on campus will be assigned new housing. The new housing guidelines require that only one student be assigned to each bedroom on campus. This means that there will be a limited number of students able to live on campus.

 

There will be a significant reassignment of housing spaces to allow for one student per bedroom. Priority against reassignments will be given to those students with accommodations, resident assistants, and students with pets.

 

If you would like to reapply for on-campus housing, applications have been reopened and the deadline to resubmit your housing application on Housing Central is end of day on Tuesday, July 21. New room assignments are projected to be released by July 31. For those students choosing not to return to campus, your housing contracts will automatically be canceled on July 22, with no further action required.

 

The sign-up for move-in check-in times is also currently available. Students must select a check-in time in order to move into their on-campus space.

 

The Office of Residential Living and Learning is also encouraging students to get tested for coronavirus seven to nine days prior to their scheduled move-in. Stetson is offering free COVID-19 tests on the DeLand Campus July 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

For more information on the ways Stetson is preparing for the Fall 2020 semester, check out the Safer Stetson webpage.

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Florida COVID-19 Updates – 7/14 https://hatternetwork.com/8205/news-features/florida-covid-19-updates-7-14/ https://hatternetwork.com/8205/news-features/florida-covid-19-updates-7-14/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:28:18 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8205 July 14 

1:30 p.m. 

Live recording from NBC 2 News Station 

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion on demographic data and updates pertaining to the educational recovery and economic recovery in relation to COVID-19 in Miami-Dade county. Miami-Dade mayors were part of this roundtable discussion. 

  • Pertaining to COVID-19, the number of visits to the emergency room and hospitalizations continues to increase.
  • There continues to be an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and a large increase in COVID-19 testing.
  • There continues to be an increase in positive asymptomatic cases across younger age groups. 
  • There has been an increase in the death rate. 
  • There are still available hospital beds. 
  • Statewide, there are currently fifteen long-term care facilities for just hospitalizing and treating COVID-19. 
  • Gov. DeSantis continues to collaborate with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to find a way to get results for COVID-19 faster and find ways to make contacting tracing more beneficial. 
  • Gov. DeSantis continues to advise avoiding close contact, close spaces, and areas of high exposure, to protect the most vulnerable. 
  • There may be possible immediate considerations for reopening the government and business, especially for Miami-Dade, Palm-beach, and Broward county. 
  • Across the roundtable, it was unanimous that getting data for positive COVID-19 cases faster would be beneficial for making economic and governmental decisions. 
  • Across the roundtable, it was unanimous that in-person classes would be risky and concerning, but beneficial for the learning component. The roundtable thinks hybrid classes would be the best decision. 
    • Precautions should be taken for reopening schools, especially universities. 
    • Reopening plans should be adjusted to accommodate for prevention and reducing the risk of exposure, even if the younger age groups are at minimal risk and mostly asymptotic. This is because faculty, staff, and essential workers need to be considered as well. 
    • For individual needs, if a student needs to continue virtual learning, technological accommodations should be planned with faculty and staff.
  • Gov. DeSantis mentioned that local mayors should be making their own decisions and not depend on just himself for support in decision making. 

5:05 p.m.

Information from Orlando Sentinel, Edgar Thompson

  • Scott Stricklin, athletic director for the University of Florida (UF) recently tested positive for COVID-19 and finished his quarantine. 
  • Stricklin got tested because he was experiencing mild symptoms and is now recovering. 
  • When speaking to a reporter earlier today, Stricklin said “college athletics [are] in serious jeopardy” and the COVID-19 virus is highly transmittable and contagious. 
    • Stricklin later mentioned it would be a challenge to ensure safety and protection however athletes should be in a safe competitive environment. 
  • At UF, 238 athletes were tested and 29 were tested positive (12.2% of tests were positive.)

6:52 p.m.

Information from The Daytona Beach News-Journal 

Data reported from the FDOH

Total tested in Florida: 2,688,366

Total cases in Florida: 291,629

Record: There were 15,300 new cases from July 11 to July 12

  • Florida residents: 287,789
  • Non-Florida residents: 3,840

Total hospitalizations in Florida: 18,881

Total deaths in Florida: 4,409

Record: There were 132 new deaths from July 12 to July 13 

 

Of the total cases in Florida: 

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Stetson COVID-19 Updates – 7/8 https://hatternetwork.com/8199/campus/stetson-covid-19-updates-7-8/ https://hatternetwork.com/8199/campus/stetson-covid-19-updates-7-8/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 21:30:37 +0000 http://hatternetwork.com/?p=8199
  • The entirety of the Stetson community is to prioritize health and safety by following public health measures, including face-covering policies from Stetson and DeLand, to ensure safety and protection.
  • Stetson is following a tiered system for different circumstances regarding COVID-19. 
  •  

    Message from President Roellke 

    On July 7, President Christopher Roellke sent his first email correspondence to the Stetson community to address clarity on current issues pertaining to COVID-19, diversity, and inclusion and returning back to campus for Fall 2020. 

     

    President Roellke also understands that is important to remain resilient and collaborative especially amid this period of discrimination and health risks to the Stetson Community. Because of this, President Roellke shared the short-term goals that he has developed with the Board of Trustees during a meeting on June 25. 

    These goals include: 

    1. Promoting health, safety, and well-being during a period of uncertainty, anxiety, and public health risks.
    2. Listening attentively to collect multiple perspectives of the Stetson environment, with a focus on public health, diversity and inclusion, and finances relating to the university.
    3. Developing and establishing a communication plan to provide information and updates.
    4. Collaboratively sustaining and enhancing connections with local communities by forming collaborations.
    5. Considering the appropriate and necessary mechanisms for productivity, efficiency, and sustainability among interactions.

     

    Webinars with President Roellke 

    With the intention of engaging the Stetson community in a consistent manner, President Roellke is administering a series of weekly webinars on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. called the “listening and learning tour.”

     To register for these webinars, click on the corresponding date and time: 

    These current messages and upcoming messages from President Roellke can be found here

     

    Athletics 

    For the next few weeks, there will be emergency meetings held by the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) and the Pioneer Football League (PFL) to address the athletic schedule for Fall 2020. 

     

    Updates from the Safer Campus Task Force (SCTF)

    The SCTF is currently

    Considerations for Traveling 

    Traveling increases the risk of getting exposed and spreading COVID-19. Because of this, the university will be following requirements for quarantine and isolation due to travels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and executive orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis

     

    When traveling, to prevent exposure of COVID-19, follow social distancing guidelines from the CDC, wash hands frequently, wear face coverings, and avoid close contact, crowded areas, and areas of high exposure. 

     

    Check Stetson’s COVID-19 website and the website’s FAQ webpage, and check your emails for updated information.

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