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Frequently Asked Questions

Events

Student Gatherings

The Division of Student Affairs has limited student gatherings to 10 persons in a good faith attempt to reduce the number of contacts and exposures that can place our community at risk of spreading the contagion of COVID-19.

  • A planned or spontaneous gathering of a group of individuals or organization that is not sponsored by a University department and does not have University representatives planning and executing the event or gathering.
  • A gathering or event has a duration of longer than 15 minutes.
  • An event that is sponsored by a University department or campus ministry with oversight from University employee(s) or individuals with a courtesy University appointment to ensure proper social distancing, face coverings, and other guidelines outlined in the Return to Student Life Guide and Guidelines for Events and Gatherings.
  • A spontaneous gathering of individuals in an area, including a residential facility, necessary to enter or exit a building, obtain goods or services, access meals, belongings, or other needs.
  • Attendance in a class or University facility with proper social distancing and face coverings.
  • If a gathering exceeding the 50 person limit is reported to the University in real time, efforts will be made to educate the individuals involved, disperse the group, and mitigate contact and risk of exposure if necessary through alternative resolution. In cases of repeated or egregious behavior, individuals may be referred for action through the student conduct process.
  • If a gathering exceeding the 50 person limit is reported to the University after the gathering, efforts will be made to educate the individuals involved and mitigate contact and risk of exposure if necessary through alternative resolution. In cases of repeated or egregious behavior, individuals may be referred for action through the student conduct process.

General Events

The Return to Campus Life guide outlines programs and services being offered this fall. Overall, we will continue to provide the majority of events, programs, and services virtually. There are several reasons for this. First, we have a number of students whose course loads are entirely online, meaning they may not be living in Tallahassee. We want these students to also have opportunities to engage, connect, and access services. Second, there will be limited indoor space available for meetings and events. Third, medical experts state that virtual events are the safest way to reduce risk. However, we know not all events translate well to online formats, and therefore there will be limited opportunities for in-person events.
FSU encourages virtual gatherings via Zoom and other platforms whenever feasible in order to minimize the risks of COVID-19, however, some in-person indoor and outdoor events will resume with a measured and controlled approach. In-person events should be limited; those events that take place should adhere to Guidelines for Events and Gatherings whether events are on or off campus.
  • Effective Oct. 7, 2020, no gatherings or events of greater than 50 persons will be allowed.
    • The maximum capacity for outdoor events and gatherings is 50 people.
    • The maximum capacity for indoor events and gatherings could be up to 50 people. This includes large meeting and event space. Depending on the venue layout and space available, the maximum attendance for the event could be set at less than 50 persons in order to ensure the minimum prescribed physical distancing requirement is met.
      • Look for signs with room capacities both online and outside of the physical meeting/event space (ex. "In order to maintain appropriate safe-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the maximum safe capacity of this room is XX persons.").

FSU student organizations and recognized groups will not be permitted to travel outside of the Leon County area to attend an event or otherwise represent Florida State University in any event or competition through December 31, 2020. Any such travel, regardless of funding source (University, organization, or personal funds), is not permitted for group travel.

Requests for exemption for essential travel for individual students in accordance with University-wide travel guidelines, shall be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Florida State University will continue to monitor conditions and will determine the viability of student organization travel during the spring semester at a later date.

FAQs were last modified on: 10/07/2020 at 2:22PM

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