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Preparing for the fall at Rollins

Dear Rollins Students & Families:

At Rollins, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our mission. We believe strongly in our students and their ability to make choices that support not only their health and wellbeing, but the health and wellbeing of the entire community. On campus this fall, we will continue to stress the importance of a multi-layered approach to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19: receive the COVID-19 vaccine, physically distance, wash hands, and wear masks.

The Delta variant is more aggressive, more easily transmissible, and is currently circulating widely in Central Florida. Please read below for information on campus protocols and expectations so that we can have the safest semester possible. For further detail, please reference our campus COVID dashboard, which includes data on progress toward a fully vaccinated campus. It will be updated daily by 9:30 a.m.

We will host a student and family town hall this Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 1 p.m. We hope you will join us as we focus on navigating the Delta variant and discuss more about the fall term at Rollins.

Provost Susan Singer

Keeping Tars Safe: Health & Wellness

COVID-19 Dashboard

As mentioned above, follow our campus risk level and find COVID-19 related data on our dashboard. Next to the vaccine menu bar is the COVID-19 Indicators tab. On both tabs, scroll and see the latest data for Orange County and Florida.

Reporting your COVID vaccine, uploading your CDC card, and vaccine clinic

Obtaining accurate data on our campus community members’ vaccination status is critical in assessing our risk to campus this fall. Students this week were sent a simple text survey asking them to report their vaccination status by 5 p.m. Monday, August 16, so that we can monitor the public health risk for the campus community. The survey can be found here.

Residential students will be required to complete the survey prior to move-in.

Students can upload their COVID-19 vaccination card in FoxLink (find "Student Vaccination Reporting Form" under the Community or Explorations tab). Providing documentation of vaccination carries the following benefits:

  1. Fully vaccinated individuals will NOT be required to quarantine for 10 days if they are directly exposed.
  2. Exempt from regular COVID-19 testing.
  3. Eligible for $50 in TarBUC$ if uploaded by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 23, or have begun vaccination at Rollins’ vaccine clinic.

Vaccines are the best way to prevent severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Rollins continues to offer vaccines to all members of the Rollins community. Our vaccine clinic will be available for students seeking a COVID-19 vaccine upon their arrival to campus.

For questions or concerns contact the Wellness Center at

Mask Policy

Mask wearing is required in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Wearing face masks is one of the most important actions we can all take to eliminate the spread of the virus because face masks are useful in both preventing illness in healthy individuals and in preventing asymptomatic transmission. Wearing a mask is not only about self-protection; it is also about protecting others from infection. When a community wears face masks consistently, the number of COVID-19 cases is reduced.

Community Responsibility & Tars Promise

We are confident that each person in the Rollins community continues to take this pandemic seriously. Our plans for opening and keeping the spread of COVID-19 low on our campus will only be successful if everyone follows all protocols at all times.

We have revised our COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise for the 2021-22 academic year. All students will be expected to adhere to the Tars Promise and will be held accountable to its terms. The Tars Promise pertains to all members of our community, whether you live on or off campus.

View the COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise here.

Quarantine, Contact Tracing and Daily Wellness Screening

Students who have not uploaded their COVID-19 card in FoxLink and are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine in their assigned housing space, if students are unable to quarantine off campus or return home. Due to limited space, isolation and quarantine may have to occur off campus at the students’ expense.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, Rollins partners with Rapid-Trace, a local firm aiding business and institutions with contact-tracing services. With Rapid-Trace, we will be able to identify and inform people who have been in contact with confirmed cases so they can take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of this disease.

As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we continue to utilize #CampusClear, a daily self-screening app and campus “wellness pass.” It takes only a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms. If you develop symptoms after having completed the daily screening, please contact the Wellness Center.

Download the #CampusClear app here:

Contact the Rollins Help Desk at 407-628-6363 or with any questions downloading or accessing the app.

Services in the Wellness Center

Should a significant spike in COVID-19 cases occur, Health Services will stop offering routine care and will focus solely on COVID-19 risk mitigation including testing, vaccinations, and supporting the students in quarantine and/or isolation. The Wellness Center will provide a campus update should a shift in services be warranted throughout the academic year.


In the Classroom & Student Life

In the Classroom

Like last year, we have made changes in our classrooms to keep the health and safety of our students and faculty top-of-mind. Below are some changes you can expect:

  • All classes have been accommodated in rooms that have at least three feet between students and faculty, and include assigned seating to minimize the need to quarantine and expedite contact tracing, with masks being required indoors.
  • All faculty are expected to take attendance at each class meeting.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer across campus and encourage frequent handwashing.
  • If you are not registered for a class, it is up to the instructor if you can be seated, based on the availability of physically distanced seating and classroom capacity. Please reach out to the instructor via e-mail in advance to determine if you can sit in on the class before or if you become registered.
  • Music and theater faculty are continuing utilization of their learning and performing environments that reduce risk, following the best guidance available from their professional organizations and health care experts.
Move-in and Orientation (College of Liberal Arts students)

As you prepare for your arrival to campus, please make sure to adhere to your assigned move-in date and time, and complete your #CampusClear wellness screening. We have made adjustments to orientation and welcome week, keeping health and safety our priority. Check Guidebook or the Orientation website for the most updated information.

Indoor Group and Event Size

Please note the following changes to indoor and outdoor events and catering:

  • Classroom spaces are limited to 30 students, with a few exceptions in very large classrooms that are under 50.
  • Indoor events are limited to 50 people or less.
  • We request that masks be worn at larger outdoor group events.
  • If events will be catered, dining (eating and drinking without masks) must take place outdoors.
Dining Options

We have several dining updates to share. In order to provide more food offerings, Bookmark Café, formerly located in Olin Library, has been consolidated with other dining options into its new home...a single, larger location at Lakeside Neighborhood.

The C-store, previously housed in the Cornell Campus Center, is now part of Fox Lodge, in a bigger space that accommodates new products. The Fox Lodge additions include seasonal items, a fresh bakery display, and a sports nutrition section, as well as delivery options and extended hours of operation.

Please note that based on increasing COVID cases in Orange County and the College’s mask guidance, food should not be eaten indoors until further notice except at the following locations:

  • Cornell Campus Center – Skillman Hall
  • Dave’s Boathouse
  • Adjacent to the Fox Lodge at Lakeside Neighborhood

As much as possible, please dine outdoors. Beverages may be consumed from a covered cup or bottle under your mask anywhere on campus. Dining will follow the College’s COVID protocols and provide updates as necessary.

Learn more about Dining at Rollins.