Universities across Florida plan to transition to online classes due to coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 10:59:00-04

FLORIDA — All Florida universities are making plans to transition to online courses as soon as possible due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Florida Board of Governors announced Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release, "state university campuses will remain open, and operations will continue, although some adjustments may be made as determined by each university."


Below is a breakdown of each university in the Sunshine State:

Florida State University

Florida State University is directing faculty to switch to online instruction for all classes on March 23 for a period of at least two weeks.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is "working with local and state health departments and taking proactive steps to help our community be prepared, including moving our courses online effective March 16," according to their website.

University of Florida

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida announced all classes on all campuses will be given remotely from March 23 to April 5.

While classes are moving to remote delivery, USF's campuses will remain open and many normal university operations will continue. Residence halls will also remain open, however, students are encouraged to remain off campus during this time.

For the next 30 days, all university-sponsored events on campus, at other USF instructional sites or off campus will be postponed or canceled.

USF Athletics is conducting all upcoming home competitions with only teams, essential staff and limited family attendance.

St. Leo University

Saint Leo University will move to online classes to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. At its residential campus in Pasco County, students now are on spring break and instructed not to return. Online classes will begin March 23 for those students who attend at the main campus.
Education center students at Saint Leo’s Tampa (Channelside); MacDill Air Force Base; Pasco-Hernando State College sites in New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Brooksville; and Lakeland locations will begin online classes March 16.

Effective immediately, the university is canceling all large group events. Additional details about individual cancellations will be shared by event organizers. All sports activities are suspended indefinitely. In addition, no fans will be permitted at the Acrobatics & Tumbling home events.