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College Update on Fall 2021 Term



A hallmark of a Rollins education is the deep immersion in the residential experience where learning occurs in and out of the classroom. We anticipate welcoming you to campus in August and celebrating the value of human relationships.

Rollins will return to fully in-person classes, full occupancy residential living, athletic competitions, and the range of engaged experiences a residential campus affords. To maximize the opportunities at Rollins, we strive for a fully vaccinated community. We are asking all Rollins students who have been vaccinated to voluntarily provide proof of vaccination using the form in Foxlink. We will continue to follow CDC guidance to keep our campus safe for everyone. The guidance is continually changing, and we will adapt and communicate our approaches as indicated.

Fiat Lux,
Provost Singer

Voluntary Reporting of COVID-19 Vaccinations

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  • If you have received a vaccine, we ask that you voluntarily upload your information, including a photo of your CDC vaccination card, in Foxlink (find the "Student Vaccination Reporting Form" under the Community or Explorations tab). Only health professionals will have access to this information. If you have been vaccinated on campus, your data will upload automatically, so there is no need for you to self-report.
  • Providing documentation of your vaccination status will provide you with the following benefits:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals will NOT be required to quarantine for 10 days if they are directly exposed
    • Fully vaccinated individuals will be exempt from regular COVID testing on campus (see below).

We will follow CDC guidance and fully comply with Florida law, including Senate Bill (SB) 2006, signed into law by Governor DeSantis, which states that an educational institution may not require students to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination; we are asking you to do so voluntarily so we can track and assess vaccination coverage as a public health matter for the Rollins community.

Voluntarily report your vaccine in Foxlink (in the community tab)

Obtaining the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • We strongly encourage all new and returning students to arrive on campus fully vaccinated with an FDA-or WHO-approved vaccine.
  • Rollins will continue to offer vaccinations to new and returning students who are in the area each Wednesday this summer (except the week of July 4). Currently, we are able to offer the Moderna vaccine, and anticipate all vaccination types (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) will be available to our community this fall.
  • Our vaccine clinic will be available for students seeking a COVID vaccine upon their arrival on campus. We will also offer the flu vaccine.
  • We will resume sharing COVID-related data on our campus dashboard beginning August 10, 2021, including data on progress toward a fully vaccinated campus.
    • By August 20, if 70 percent of our campus is fully vaccinated, we will no longer require daily reporting on the #CampusClear app.
    • By September 3, if 80 percent of our campus is fully vaccinated, we will no longer require masks indoors, noting that individuals with health concerns should consult with their health care provider before electing to not wear a mask. (CDC guidance now provides for vaccinated individuals to not wear masks in less crowded indoor settings, but we are unable to identify who is and isn’t vaccinated in a classroom.)
    • By October 1, if 90 percent of our community is fully vaccinated, we will celebrate with a first-ever Fall Fox Day.

Click here to schedule a vaccine appointment

Testing and Contact Tracing

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  • Regular rapid COVID testing will be required for students who do not provide documentation of vaccination.
  • We will continue with contact tracing to identify anyone who has been directly exposed to COVID.
  • Anyone who contracts COVID will be isolated for 10 days.
  • Anyone who is not vaccinated and is directly exposed to COVID will be quarantined for 10 days.
  • For student-athletes, we will follow NCAA guidance, which currently exempts vaccinated athletes from testing.
  • To follow the ever-changing viral variants, we continue to work with Biobot to test residential hall wastewater effluent. This will allow us to align our COVID mitigation strategies with what is known about the different variants of the virus.

Residential Living

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  • We anticipate full occupancy in our residential halls, including roommates in doubles.
  • Masks will be required in residence halls until 80 percent of our campus is vaccinated.
  • We have reserved space for isolation (for residential students ill with COVID or other communicable illnesses) and quarantine (for students with direct exposure to COVID).
  • Florida law prohibits mandating COVID vaccinations, and we will be unable to use that as a criterion for assigning rooms.
  • Dining will be in-person in all of our venues. Look forward to the Fox Lodge, the new dining and market in Lakeside Neighborhood.
  • Our popular dining app will allow students to have food and drink delivered to numerous spots on campus.
  • Our new commuter space provides access to a refrigerator and microwave, and will be open to all commuter students.

Campus Activities

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  • Recreational spaces will open and other in-person activities will resume. Group size for indoor gatherings will be informed by CDC guidance. Currently both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should wear masks in large groups.
  • Athletics will resume, using NCAA COVID guidelines for practice and competition.

In the Classroom

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  • Based on current CDC guidance, we will be teaching in classrooms with 3-foot distancing between students.
  • Most likely, we will continue to wear masks indoors until 80 percent of our community is vaccinated, but masks will not be required outdoors.
  • We will have one outdoor classroom on the patio behind the Museum.
  • Our courses will be offered fully in-person.
  • Based on current conditions and CDC guidance, we will not offer a virtual learning option.
  • We will make limited accommodations for students who miss class due to illness or quarantine.

As with all things through this pandemic, our policies and protocols may change in response to changing conditions, changing CDC guidance, or changing Florida law. We will be back in touch with further updates as we approach the fall semester. In the meantime, I encourage you to continue to visit our FAQ page, which has the most up-to-date information.