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Update to the 2020-21 Academic Year

A Message from President Cornwell

Dear College of Liberal Arts Students & Families:

In this year like no other, I am proud of how we are pursuing our mission with such vigor and resilience. Collectively, we are mitigating the risk of COVID and focusing on delivering a high-quality Rollins education for everyone, across all modes of learning. Looking ahead, we have come to realize that late fall, winter, and spring most likely will continue to present us with the challenges of the pandemic. With that recognition, we are sharing the following plans so we can all concentrate on having the best Rollins experience for our community.
I believe I speak for every member of the Rollins community when I thank each of you for doing your part to mitigate COVID risk on campus and permit us to continue our purpose of educating global citizens and responsible leaders. Never has our mission been more important.

Fiat Lux!

President Grant Cornwell

COVID-19 Testing

We continue to moderate risk to our campus community with a multi-pronged approach to testing, contact tracing, quarantining, and isolating students who test positive for COVID-19. Our community testing strategy will expand when our partnership with Protean Biodiagnostics for asymptomatic testing concludes in mid-October. Our Wellness Center will increase COVID-19 testing capacity up to 250 tests per week for symptomatic, potentially exposed, and asymptomatic individuals, complemented by Saturday testing offered through our AdventHealth partnership. We will continue weekly wastewater effluent testing of our residence halls, use of #CampusClear, timely contract tracing, and consistent quarantine and isolation protocols both on and off campus.

Campus Absences to Attend Events

During the entire 2020-2021 academic year, we remind you of your commitment to following the Tars Promise, including these elements:

  • Refrain from organizing, hosting, or attending large gatherings that are likely to increase the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19;
  • Comply with the personal protective measures laid out by the College, including wearing a mask, maintaining at least six feet of physical distance, and washing your hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.

If you attend classes in person, please check with the Wellness Center before deciding to attend a large gathering off campus, including weddings and other important life celebrations. Should you attend a large, off-campus event, please check with our Wellness Center staff upon your return.


All students who are 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 festive 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. As we approach final exams, we are committed to optimizing the safety of all students, faculty, and staff.

Details about our Rollins Thanksgiving celebration will be forthcoming.

Winter Break

Should you be ill or quarantined at the end of the fall semester and unable to return home via private transportation, we will work with you to maintain your campus residence. Ill or quarantined students should not risk spreading COVID-19 by using public transportation, and we will do our part to keep our broader communities safe.


Intersession offers an excellent opportunity to catch up on credit hours for graduation. In 2021, Intersession courses will be offered virtually, at a cost of $503 per credit hour. Intersession will be offered from Monday, January 11, to Friday, January 15.

Spring Semester

Spring semester will begin on Tuesday, January 19, for both CLA and the Holt School, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Monday, January 18. All students will participate in a wellness check-in, with additional details announced in December.
Our spring semester will be similar to the fall, with multiple modalities of teaching and learning available. Once again, students will be able to register knowing which courses will be offered as fully in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual. Students will have the option of being an in-person or a virtual learner. (This is an either/or, rather than a mix-and-match option.) We will again offer a $2,500 tuition grant to our virtual learners in the College of Liberal Arts who qualify based on federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies.
Students who wish to request virtual learning will be able to do so through FoxLink after October 21. (Log in to FoxLink, select the “Student” tab, and follow the link under “Registration and Registrar.”) Requests for virtual learning must be made by December 1.

Study Abroad and Field Studies

All College international courses and international and domestic field studies in January and February are cancelled. CLA international and domestic field studies in March are also cancelled.


For the spring semester, we will continue to house all students in singles. Students who are living on campus this semester may remain in their current housing. Fall housing assignments and dining plan selections will roll automatically from fall to spring semester. If you would like to cancel your housing and/or dining contracts for spring 2021, contact by December 1.
Students who are planning on leaving their residences for Thanksgiving break and will not return until spring semester, or are not returning to housing in spring 2021, should complete a check-out with their RA. Returning students may leave personal belongings in their residence. More information regarding the winter break check-out process will come from the RLE office in the coming weeks.
With the completion of our third Lakeside Neighborhood residence hall later this fall, we will have room for new and currently virtual students to live on campus in the spring. Room rates will continue unchanged from the fall. The meal plan exemption for students living in Sutton and Lakeside will remain in place.
Students who currently live off campus and would like to live on campus for the spring semester, as well as students who would like to switch housing assignments, should complete the spring housing application. Students currently residing on campus who do not wish to change rooms do not have to complete the spring housing application. The housing application will open on October 15, 2020. More details to come.

Spring Break

We are eliminating spring break from our calendar to mitigate the influx of COVID-19 into our community that might result from a traditional break.

Spring NCAA Sports

Plans for the winter and spring seasons are still being developed. We will share information as it becomes available.


The revised academic calendar moves graduation to Saturday, May 8, for College of Liberal Arts and Holt School students. It is uncertain at this time whether commencement exercises will be in person or virtual. 


Maymester will begin on May 10 as currently scheduled. Courses will be offered in different modalities — in-person, hybrid, and virtual — as determined by the instructor’s learning goals and optimal pedagogical approach.