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Student Life FAQs

In the single occupancy model, what will the new housing rates be?
Students will be charged the double rate, with the exception of Lakeside Neighborhood and Sutton Apartments. Please see below for the 2020-21 housing rates: 

  • Traditional double room rate (excluding Lakeside Neighborhood and Sutton Apartments): $4,625 
  • Lakeside Neighborhood double rate: $5,750 
  • Lakeside Neighborhood single rate: $6,250 
  • Sutton Apartment double rate: $4,875 
  • Sutton Apartment single rate: $6,250 

In the single occupancy model, how are meal plans affected?
In an effort to also de-densify the dining halls, we are waiving meal plan requirements for students in Lakeside Neighborhood and Sutton Apartments for the fall semester. All other housing types will still have the traditional meal plan requirements. For a full breakdown of 2020-21 meal plans, visit the Residential Life & Explorations website.

Is there a visitor policy in residence halls?
We are revisiting this policy now. We will likely allow Rollins students to visit each other while limiting non-Rollins visitors. 

What if a student does not feel safe living in the residence halls?
While we believe our protocols and safety precautions provide a cautious approach to support the wellbeing of our community, we are offering students the option to waive the requirement of living in the residence halls this fall; you may also choose to participate in classes virtually. 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. 

  • Students who shift from residential to off-campus status are advised to speak with a Financial Aid advisor to determine the impact of this choice on their financial aid and college expenses. 
  • Students who wish to waive the residency requirement and participate virtually must submit a request. 
  • Students may elect to attend class in person but request to live off campus rather than in Rollins residence halls. For the fall semester, we will waive the residency requirement for those electing this option. 

Are residential students guaranteed or required to take an in-person class?
In-person classes are not guaranteed if you are living on campus due to faculty choosing to teach virtually (only). However, residential students are not required to take an in-person class and may choose all virtual classes. 

What about community bathrooms? Are they safe?
Our dedicated Facilities Services team is practicing enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures throughout campus. Housekeeping will be cleaning and disinfecting the communal restrooms multiple times daily, with an EPA registered disinfectant. Additionally, we will encourage physical distancing all the time and mask wearing when possible. 

If the College is required to go fully virtual during the semester, would Rollins offer housing for students who are unable to return home?
We will likely enact a similar plan as we did last year. We know there are sometimes unique situations that do not allow students to leave campus. 

Lakeside Neighborhood Residents 

What type of construction, disruption and noise can I expect throughout the semester? 
As we work to complete the Lakeside Neighborhood, we will continue to work on the common spaces, courtyard, walkways and greenery. Construction will occur 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week. 

Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) 

What about Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations? 
There will not be traditional organizational housing for the 2020-21 academic year, but we are committed to continuing to facilitate student organization meetings virtually or in spaces that enable physical distancing. Student groups should check with their staff/faculty advisor for further guidance and available spaces. 

Are only Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) students permitted to live in FSL housing? 
Only FSL students (for now) will be permitted to live in the FSL spaces. 

What will happen to chapter composites, and other items in the ROs?  
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (OFSL) will work with each organization to identify storage solutions for chapter items. 

Will this FSL housing change be permanent?  
No, as soon as the College can resume our previous residential structure, we will return to the individual organizational RO model. 

Spring 2021 Housing 

Are students required to empty their residential rooms during winter break? 
Students currently living on campus may remain in their current housing, and do not need to empty their rooms during winter break.

Fall 2020 Student & Family Events 

When is Family Weekend? 
This year, Family Weekend will take place virtually October 23-25. In August and September, the Student Affairs office will share more information on the event schedule and parent/family focused programming. 

How is Rollins supporting the health (mental and physical) of our students?
The Wellness Center offers physical health appointments and mental health counseling that is confidential and free. We are also developing additional programming to continue to safeguard the mental health of students. 

What are the College’s care/accommodation options for students? 
If your student needs assistance with arranging accommodations, please connect with the Office of Accessibility Services at access@rollins.edu. We understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation and want to support your student’s continued well-being and success. 

Is there an option to attend classes virtually in the spring?
While we believe our protocols and safety precautions provide a cautious approach to support the wellbeing of our community, we are offering students the option to participate in classes virtually. Students who elect remote learning may be eligible for a grant from the Financial Aid office.  

The COVID-19 Student Support Team will notify the students’ faculty members. 

Is there an option for flex learning (online classes and in-person labs), or choosing by class which classes to be virtual or in-person? 
If you are on campus and have decided that the virtual option will be best for you, you can do so. Starting virtual and returning to in-person classes, mid-term is more difficult. We cannot guarantee there will be a physical space in classrooms, once the semester begins. Unfortunately, flex learning (online classes and in-person labs or vice versa) is not possible at this time. 

International Students: After working with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, international students may start virtually, then join class in person, after visa or other issues are cleared. 

What if a student becomes ill and cannot attend classes? 
Any student who becomes ill for any reason, is quarantined due to exposure, is awaiting test results, or tests positive for COVID-19 during the year may attend virtually through these time periods. Students in these situations should immediately provide the COVID-19 Student Support Team (care@rollins.edu) with medical documentation and refrain from attending class in person. The COVID-19 Student Support Team will notify the students’ faculty members. Our class attendance policy was being modified to encourage students who are ill to not come to class. 

How will students in music, creative arts, and sciences courses and labs take place? 

Almost all laboratory classes are face-to-face. For those choosing to attend virtually in sciences or arts, faculty will be working with students (in those classes) to provide interactive learning experiences. For in person, we’re working hard to incorporate CDC guidelines into both lab and arts courses. 

Will theater performances take place in the fall? 
Yes, the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will offer production opportunities this fall. The four plays in October will not be open to the public, will include fewer than 30 people, be socially distanced, and be primarily composed of Rollins students, faculty and staff. In November, an outdoor play will be open to the public in a public seating configuration that allows for physical distancing. Masks will be worn by actors, technicians, and patrons at all times for fall productions. Auditions will take place during the first week of classes. For more information, email chilend@rollins.edu. 

How can I work with my classmates virtually? 
You can set up your own personal Webex room which will allow you to work with other students, or simply chat and catch up virtually. Here’s how to get your own room launched: 

  • Log into Webex on your laptop. If you are using a tablet or mobile device, access Webex via the mobile app. 
  • Locate the URL for your personal meeting room, which is located above the “Start Meeting” button. This is the link you will share with others to access the meeting. 
  • In addition to attending classes, what else can students expect to use Webex for? 
    Webex will work for office hours, library consults, and many other interactions with campus offices. 
     

What will the changes to the classrooms look like? 
The classroom environment will be different when you return to campus, and changes will require everyone to be flexible and accommodating. All classrooms will have a minimum of six feet between students (on center) and a nine-foot separation for the instructor, including outdoor classrooms. 

Every student will have assigned seating and must not change seats during class. This is to minimize the need to quarantine and expedite contact tracing. 

Students who choose not to wear a mask in class will have the opportunity to participate virtually, but may not join the face-to-face class. 

Will students need any special equipment to access classes remotely? 
This fall, we will leverage videoconferencing software to engage students both in and out of the classroom. All students will need a videoconference-capable device (e.g., laptop with camera, tablet, smart phone) and some type of headphones or earbuds that include a microphone for classes. This solution will allow both in-person and remote students to actively and equally participate in class with their faculty and—importantly—with each other. If you foresee having a technological barrier for this type of classroom engagement, please email helpdesk@rollins.edu with the subject “Technology Barrier Fall 2020.” 

What is the College recommending for the Thanksgiving holiday break? 
All students learning in person are asked to stay on campus or in their off-campus residences for our four-day Thanksgiving holiday. We are making plans for a festiva Thanksgiving meal and program of activities for students. If your family wishes to come to Winter Park to celebrate with you, you are welcome to share time together off campus. 

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. 

In the event of a major outbreak are there specific measures in place to adopt online learning campus wide? 
Should we need to shift to all online learning, we are confident that we could do this quickly and well. We were quite successful making that shift in March and we have had so much professional development and deployment of new tools since then that it should go well. 

Will classes be pass/fail like last semester? 
You may take advantage of our pass/fail option, allowing you to choose a course to take pass/fail. Unlike last fall, it will not be an option for all your courses. 

Course Modality 

Is there a difference in the content taught online vs. in person? 
All students have access to the same courses. Those that participate as virtual students will simply join the course remotely. Our faculty are fully prepared to integrate virtual learners into the classroom. 

How do I find out whether the courses I registered for will be in person or online? 
Check our course schedule website in the “Mode” column. Students should check their Rollins email from their faculty, too. 

Can faculty switch to a virtual mode of teaching after they have communicated their plans to teach in person or hybrid? Are they committed to an in-person experience (unless Rollins needs to go all virtual)? 
We do not anticipate changes in our faculty teaching plans at this point. They are working hard to prepare for the fall semester. Exceptions to this will be minimal, but could include, for example, a faculty member becoming ill or needing to quarantine or having a family member become ill. We want to be sure to protect our students. 

If a course is listed as virtual will it be virtual for the entire semester? 
Yes, a virtual course will be virtual all semester, unless COVID related conditions change dramatically. 

If all my classes are listed as virtual does that mean I have to take all my classes from my residential room? 
It’s rare that all classes in a student’s schedule would be virtual. You may want to talk to your advisor about shifting your classes to include some face-to-face or mixed mode sections. 

Students who are on campus and taking one or more virtual courses, will be able to reserve study rooms if they would like to take their course someplace other than their residence. We also have strong WiFi in many outdoor spaces across campus and that might be an enticing option on a nice day. 

What do MX, FF, and V represent under the “mode” column of the course schedule? 
MX is mixed-mode; FF is face-to-face, and V is virtual. You’ll find much greater detail in your professors’ communications. 

If numbers improve, will a shift to in-person classes occur during the fall term? 
If we see a sustained improvement in conditions during the fall, we will slowly ease restrictions on in-person meetings, always following CDC and Florida Department of Health Guidance. We will be cautious and deliberate in making any shifts. Once a novel coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available or a highly effective treatment is available, we will slowly begin our return to campus. 

Outdoor Classrooms 

Will students need to provide their own seating for outdoor classes? 
The College will utilize our outdoor event chairs for all outdoor classroom locations. Trays will be available for desk surfaces if needed. 

How will outdoor classes be held in the Florida heat and thunderstorms? 
We have indoor spaces available should the weather become problematic. We are also covering all outdoor classrooms with a tent top (no sides so there is good airflow). Tents do a lot to keep spaces cool in the Florida heat. 

Will construction noise affect outdoor classes? 
We are not anticipating much construction noise in the fall. In the first few weeks, we’ll be finishing up the third building of the Lakeside Neighborhood and that will be primarily indoors. There may be a bit of work on the Lakeside pool and landscaping and most classrooms are far away from that. 

Rollins College Conference courses 

How will Rollins College Conference’s (RCC) handle virtual students? 
Your professor will integrate virtual students into the classroom using Webex and possibly Microsoft Teams for breakout groups. Some may have remote and in person buddies so that nobody misses your contribution or question. Reach out to your RCC professor and learn more about how the two of you can partner to make this a great learning experience for you. 

Are RCC trips cancelled? 
We are reimagining how we integrate community engagement into our RCC courses to minimize travel and risk. 

What plans are being made for student organizations and their events in the spring? 
Student organizations will be able to gather and plan events in accordance with CDC guidelines. All events will follow the standard Get Involved Risk Assessment as has been the practice in the past. 

For Fraternity & Sorority Life, we are finalizing an FSL-specific guide and will share that with the community soon. 

Where will FSL students host chapter meetings and events?  
Organizations will be able to reserve spaces on campus for chapter meetings and events in accordance with current event registration policies and procedures. 

Where will FSL recruitment events be held?  
Due to the ongoing evolution of the pandemic, no formal decisions have been made about formal recruitment. We can, however, make an informed assumption that recruitment will look different than it has in the past. OFSL will work closely with recruitment teams and other stakeholders to develop a formal recruitment plan that supports the continued growth of our community. 

International Students

As an international student, who is my point of contact? 
International students with travel questions can contact the Jenifer Ruby and Megan Kohr in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at jruby@rollins.edu or mkohr@rollins.edu 407-691-1158. More information is available here. 

Are international students allowed to begin classes on-campus when their visa is approved, including if that is mid-term? 
After working with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, we are happy to welcome those international students who start virtually, but can then join after visa or other issues are cleared. 

Are international students required to quarantine upon entry to the U.S.? 
The CDC is no longer recommending the 14-day quarantine for all international visitors to the U.S. from abroad.  Therefore, Rollins will not be requiring this for international students.  We ask that you proceed with planning your arrival to campus based on your original plans to accommodate participation in International Student Orientation.

What advice is there for international students who are traveling from countries with travel restrictions? 
Please review both travel and immigration-related information for international students available here.

What are the recommendations for international students? 
Due to various travel restrictions and the suspension of U.S. embassy visa services or wellbeing concerns, students outside the U.S. should consult with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (Jenifer Ruby, jruby@rollins.edu) to determine if virtual learning is recommended or desired. Students can also obtain advice on the process for maintaining or regaining their immigration status. If students choose to take fully remote classes, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will work with the student and will notify the students’ faculty members. When possible, such requests should be made as soon as possible and not later than August 15, 2020.

Will international students be permitted to stay on campus if classes become fully virtual? 
We hope to accommodate those who cannot travel home, or have extenuating circumstances.

Study Abroad

Has the College suspended travel to certain locations, or canceled any study abroad programs?The College has canceled the following: fall 2020 and spring 2021 Rollins Approved Semester Programs outside the U.S.; short-term international travel sponsored by or subsidized by the College through the end of December 2020; All College international courses, and international and domestic field studies through April 2021. This is a continually evolving situation and we are closely monitoring the situation through a number of channels and consulting regularly with our Travel Risk Committee and others on campus. The position of the College in regards to international programs may change as we continue to assess the potential risks to our students.

What if I am in a major that requires a global or field experience?
Students in majors with required global or field experiences who are scheduled to graduate in May 2021 can opt to complete department-defined alternatives to the global or field experience. International Business and Business Management majors can fulfill the requirement by taking INT295 Global Citizenship: No Passport Required: a 1-credit course that will be offered during intersession and in the spring semester.

What factors is the College considering when making decisions about international travel?
U.S. State Department and CDC travel notices; restrictions on entry to many countries for US citizens; mandated quarantines and other restrictions in place in many countries around the globe; limited international flights; restrictions on entry back into the U.S.; potential risks to the College community and our host communities and partners abroad; and the high-level of continued uncertainty surrounding the virus and the state of international travel.

Which sports are affected by the postponement of the fall/winter sports season? 
Men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s basketball, and waterski will be postponed. Fall competition schedules for the spring sports of men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, baseball, softball, and rowing will also be postponed. Will the fall sports season be played later? 

The Sunshine State Conference is planning on conducting competition for the fall sports and the spring sports in the spring 2021 semester. 

Are masks required for athletes? 
We are carefully monitoring the NCAA guidelines and are working with medical staff to develop a return to practice model. In the early phases, masks could be required. As you can imagine, the health and safety of our student-athletes remains our priority. 

Will the Alfond Pool be open? 
We plan to open the pool and begin practicing as soon as it is safe to do so. We are carefully monitoring the NCAA guidelines and working with our team physicians to develop a return to sport plan. 

As a Crummer student, who do I contact for questions or concerns?
Contact the Crummer Student Success office at 407-646-2210.

As a Holt student, who do I contact for questions or concerns?
Please contact Dean Rob Sanders at rsanders@rollins.edu or 407-646-1349.