In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby announced Thursday that face-to-face classes would end this weekend at the college.
The moves affect the university’s campuses in DeLand, Celebration and Gulfport.
As of 2 p.m. March 13, there were 45 cases of COVID-19 in Florida, with six non-Florida residents also infected in the state. Two deaths have been attributed to the disease.
Volusia has three cases: two women, 60 and 66 years of age; and a 70-year-old man. All Volusia cases are said to be travel-related.
In a letter posted Thursday night on the university’s website, Libby laid out the following timeline:
• Saturday, March 14, will be the last day for face-to-face classes for undergraduate and graduate students.
• In DeLand and Celebration, classes are canceled on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, to allow faculty and students to pause and prepare for the transition to online classes.
• In DeLand and Celebration, the university’s normal class schedule will resume via remote instruction Wednesday, March 18.
• All classes will continue in an online format through the end of the spring semester on all Stetson campuses.
• The ASUN Conference, in which the Stetson Hatters compete, is suspending athletics competition through April 5, and will make a decision regarding any further competition this semester on Friday, March 13.
• The university has not made a final decision on the handling of commencement and will continue to review and assess the situation, but will strive to provide a decision and announcement by March 31.
Many large universities around the country have made similar moves in recent days, including the University of Central Florida, which is suspending in-person classes for two weeks.
Daytona State College said classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled, resuming March 16, while face-to-face classes will be delayed for one week and resume as online classes March 23. The move includes hybrid courses, which will now be taught completely online.