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College Update on Fall 2021 Term

President Cornwell

Dear Campus Community:

With the welcome news this week that college faculty and staff are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, I write you today with a renewed sense of optimism. I have such gratitude for your diligence in helping manage COVID at Rollins. It is clear members of our campus community care deeply about turning around last month’s COVID positivity rates on campus, and I am encouraged about our ability to finish the semester successfully.

With this in mind, I am excited to announce our plans for the 2021-22 academic year. While these plans may change, I share with you the following goals, as we know you are eager to start thinking about the academic year ahead.

  1. We would like to have a fully vaccinated campus.
  2. We would like to offer a full return to in-person learning.
  3. We would like our student residences to be fully occupied.

In the coming weeks and months, you will hear more about this coming fall. I understand that you will have many questions moving forward. More details are forthcoming, and they will be shared as soon as plans are finalized.

Returning to Campus: Fall 2021

The first day of the fall term for the College of Liberal Arts and the Hamilton Holt School is August 23, 2021. Crummer Graduate School programs start beginning August 22. Crummer students can check the Crummer website for specific information about their program.

In the Classroom

After the campus community is vaccinated, we will resume fully in-person instruction. We expect that our other health measures – such as wearing masks, hand washing and increased cleaning – will carry forward this fall, but as with all things COVID, we will track changes and follow CDC guidelines.

 Rollins will continue to carefully monitor public health conditions and maintain regular communication with health officials. Although we hope it won’t be necessary, we have the experience and capacity to rapidly pivot to remote or hybrid instruction if necessary. 

Housing Selection and 3-Year Live-On Requirement

Come fall, we will reinstate the 3-year live-on housing requirement. All full-time College of Liberal Arts students who have not completed an AA degree or lived on campus for two years at another institution, or have an approved exemption, are required to live on campus for three years. For Fall 2021, this includes students who entered Rollins during the following semesters: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021.

You will receive more information this week on housing selection from the Residential Life & Explorations office.

Lakeside Neighborhood

We are excited to share updates on Lakeside Neighborhood. We expect the common areas, Anchor Club (fitness center and movement studio), Student Affairs offices (Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement and Residential Life & Explorations), Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies, and pool will be open by the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The Fox Lodge (C-Store) will open this fall for your return to campus.