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Fall 2020 Q&A

In early September, we asked students for their biggest questions about the fall 2020 semester and got answers from all across campus.

2020-21 Academic Year

When did the 2020-21 academic year begin and when does it end? 
The first day of the fall term for students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Hamilton Holt School was September 14. The last day of finals will be December 18. We will not have a traditional fall break in October and will celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the day after as a break. We ask that our residential students stay on campus as much as possible and are welcome to do so over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our faculty have contingency plans for both on-campus and online completion. We are looking at risk assessment and factors for COVID-19, and how we will pivot if needed. 

Our spring semester will be similar to the fall, with multiple modalities of teaching and learning available. Students will be able to register knowing which courses will be offered as fully in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual. Students will have the option of being an in-person or virtual learner. Students who elect fully remote learning may be eligible for a grant. Once you complete the form, the Financial Aid Office will respond to you within three business days of your specific financial circumstances.

What is the schedule for the spring term? 
Our spring semester will be similar to the fall, with multiple modalities of teaching and learning available. Students will be able to register knowing which courses will be offered as fully in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual. Students will have the option of being an in-person or virtual learner. Students who elect fully remote learning may be eligible for a grant. Once you complete the form, the Financial Aid Office will respond to you within three business days of your specific financial circumstances. 

Can I keep my on-campus residence for spring? 
Students currently living on campus may remain in their current housing. For the spring semester, we will continue to house all students in singles, and we will not shift living arrangements for current students. We will also have room for additional students to live on campus with the completion of our third Lakeside neighborhood residence later this fall. Room rates will continue unchanged from the fall. If you are currently a virtual student and wish to reside on campus, please fill out these forms. 

Will the College have Spring Break? 
For CLA and Holt students, we are eliminating Spring Break from our calendar to mitigate the influx of COVID-19 into our community that might result from a traditional break. This will allow us to end the academic year a week earlier, and we will shift graduation to May 2 for CLA students and May 1 for Holt students. 

Will Maymester take place? 
Maymester will begin May 10 as currently scheduled. Courses will be offered in different modalities – in-person, hybrid, and virtual – as determined by the instructors learning goals and optimal pedagogical approach. Separate housing and tuition costs apply. For more information, contact the Residential Life & Explorations office. 

Will students need to undergo a wellness screening when returning or moving onto campus? 
Maymester will begin May 10 as currently scheduled. Courses will be offered in different modalities – in-person, hybrid, and virtual – as determined by the instructors learning goals and optimal pedagogical approach. 

What is the College recommending for the Thanksgiving holiday break?   
Rollins asks students who live on campus to remain in residence over Thanksgiving break to mitigate the risk of COVID transmission. In addition, students living off-campus but attending classes on campus are also asked to remain.  

My family lives in the Orlando area, can I see them for Thanksgiving? 
Parents and family members are welcome to visit Winter Park to spend Thanksgiving with their students, however, we ask that you enjoy the holiday and time together away from the Rollins campus. If a student chooses to visit a small family or friend group within the Orlando area, we stress that the Tars Promise must be followed, as it should be any time you leave campus, and you are expected to wear masks and avoid large gatherings in public or at home, especially in cases where mask wearing and social distancing are not being observed.  

My family resides outside of the Orlando area and wants to travel to Rollins for Thanksgiving. Can they do so?  
Again, parents and family members are welcome to visit Winter Park to spend Thanksgiving with their students, however, we ask that you enjoy the holiday and time together away from the Rollins campus. 

I want to travel to see family that lives outside of the Orlando area for Thanksgiving. Can I do so?  
If a student chooses to fly or travel outside of the Orlando area, we require that you continue and finish your semester virtually.   

If I decide to stay on campus for Thanksgiving, what is the College offering? 
We are making plans for a festive Thanksgiving meal and a program of activities for students. We will share more in the coming weeks. 

If I choose to travel for the holiday, can I come back to the Rollins campus and finish the semester?  
If you choose to travel for the holiday, leaving campus or your local residence, we will require that you continue your learning virtually after Thanksgiving. Room and board fees for residential students will not be refunded if you opt to leave the campus community for Thanksgiving, and a pro-rated tuition grant for virtual learning will not be available.   

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