COVID-19 – Information & Resources

Full Sail University continues to closely monitor updates related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please continue to check back for regular updates.

UPDATE: March 25, 2020

Orange County Mayor Executive Order

Full Sail Students:

On Tuesday, March 24, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued an Executive Order to all Orange County residents regarding the coronavirus which can be found here.

In an effort to avoid confusion for our students we have provided the following section from the Executive Order below:

In the interest of preserving the public health and safety, individuals are ordered not to leave their primary residence except to conduct certain necessary activities, while practicing social distancing where practical, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Section 1 (a) Basic Needs. Visiting a health or veterinary care professional, obtaining medical supplies or medication, obtaining financial or legal services, obtaining food, grocery items or other household consumer products and products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or buildings (whether commercial, office or industrial), for personal use or for use by others, including, without limitation, services related to providing food, groceries, household products, health services, shelter, care or assistance to minors, the elderly, dependents, persons with disabilities, other persons needing assistance, friends, family members, pets or animals; attendance at public meetings or other government purposes; and for other like or similar purposes related to any of the foregoing.

This order will take effect Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m. and will remain in place for two weeks, until April 9 at 11 p.m. In line with the Mayor’s Executive Order above Full Sail students are still permitted to pick up living expense checks from campus during this time.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your student advisor.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020

A mandatory curfew will be in effect beginning Friday, March 20, 2020.

In an effort to ensure safety, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced a mandatory countywide curfew for the hours of 11:00 pm to 5:00 am to be in effect beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice.

This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities, and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services.

Full Sail University is communicating with our community through the following channels:

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

At this time, we are postponing the currently scheduled April 2020 graduation ceremonies. While we understand that taking part in the graduation ceremony is a momentous occasion for both our students and their families, we can assure you that this decision was not made lightly, and we have assembled teams to review how and when we can best provide this experience to our students at a later date. More information will be provided in the coming weeks to those students and their families who were preparing for the April ceremonies, however we encourage anyone with immediate questions to contact: studentsupport@fullsail.com

To our students and families - we extend our sincere thanks for your understanding, and more importantly, for continuing to have a dialogue with us as we work together to best serve you and our communities. We understand that this is an uncertain time for many but know that we are working diligently to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

With sincere appreciation,
Full Sail Administration

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

Full Sail students:

After careful review of current news regarding the COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, and an assessment of the needs and health concerns of our staff, faculty, and campus students, we have decided to suspend classes and labs for campus students as of Monday, March 16, and move all students in campus programs to online versions of their courses as of Wednesday, March 18. All campus students will then continue to attend online through the remainder of March and all of April. We understand that you are in the middle of a course currently, and your educators are working on a course-by-course basis to address your educational needs.

In addition, all group events on campus will be suspended through the end of April, and you will receive an update about April’s graduation event in the coming days.

Although there have been no confirmed cases or immediate concerns at Full Sail University, our monthly educational cycle makes it easy to adapt quickly for the benefit of our students. With that in mind, we will continue to evaluate the situation throughout the next six weeks, and our sincere hope is that we will be able to welcome students back to campus for official course classes and labs on May 4. However, at this time we understand the need for responsible action and decision-making to minimize community spread of the virus, and feel that this course of action will be the best for our students, staff, faculty, and community as a whole.

We realize you may have questions or concerns regarding subjects such as classes, coursework, and financial aid, and our faculty and staff stands ready to assist you during this time. You will be receiving more specific information about the course that you’re currently in and next month’s course by Tuesday, March 17 via email – information and updates will also be available via Full Sail One, on all Full Sail’s social media channels, and here. Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to support you and keep you continuing to pursue your education and career goals throughout this time.

The situation of course remains fluid, and we will continue to communicate as further decisions are made.

With respect and appreciation,
Garry I. Jones
President
Full Sail University

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

Full Sail Student Community:

I wanted to correspond with you today regarding the COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, as we continue to have your health top-of-mind.

As previous correspondence has been shared regarding the measures to increase hygiene awareness and cleaning protocols across the campus, as well as guidance and protocols our students and staff should follow when entering the country, my correspondence this morning is in regard to the subject of any potential future campus closure.

Following yesterday’s announcement from the Florida Public University system, which required students to go home and take online courses during a period that would then lead into their currently scheduled spring break time off, we wanted to make you aware of our continued evaluation of COVID-19 and our current and evolving operational plan.

Many of the state campuses are staying fully open to staff and we are currently doing the same but remain in close contact and coordination with local public health officials.

At this time, both campus and online classes are continuing as usual and Full Sail’s campus will continue to remain open and fully operational to our campus students as we are in the process of a transition to all online.

We understand that you will have escalated concerns about the news permeating the country. I also know that as students, you may wonder what would evolve into some or all of you continuing your studies online, and when might that happen.

What might trigger a decision to either keep students off campus is multi-faceted and could include a mandate from federal, state, or local government, a confirmed case or more in our midst, Orange County and adjacent public schools requiring kids to stay home (similar to when we have tropical weather-related school cancelations), or an escalation of cases in Orange County. And there are certainly other factors that could affect the decision. The timing of any such decisions is not easy to speculate because this is a fluid situation, which comes on the heels of these multiple factors that could affect our decision.

In an effort to keep you informed of our planning and potential next steps, I wanted to give you a sense of just some of the key measures that are being undertaken in preparation, should some or all individuals be asked to stay off campus.

Regarding planning for potential online attendance for campus students:

We are going to continue to provide education while we monitor the situation very closely. We are lucky enough to have the vast majority of our classes available online, which will allow us to react very quickly if needed as the situation unfolds.

While we are not suspending campus classes and not asking students to take courses fully online at this time, our Education Department is actively evaluating every campus degree program and coming up with solutions on a degree-by-degree basis should we need to ask our campus students to go online for a period of time. If you are a campus student you already have access to online curricula and the online platform; however, education leadership is reviewing options to ensure the best possible transition on a degree-by-degree basis should we need to exercise this course of action. Our education team is doing an excellent job in this evaluation and we look forward to their final recommendations.

While campus classes continue as usual, any student who has an immediate concern is encouraged to contact Student Advising and their instructors.

In summary:

We are working to maintain a strong educational experience for you, our students. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid and in the coming days, we expect our decisions, plans, and timing will evolve based on impact to the health and safety of our community. We will continue to provide more updates as decisions are made and processes are developed.

We share our community and nation’s concerns and deeply understand the need for responsible action and decision-making to minimize community spread of the virus. We stand ready to serve you and know we can meet this challenge as a unified Full Sail family.

With respect and appreciation,
Garry I. Jones
President
Full Sail University

UPDATE: March 4, 2020

As recommended by Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, we request that all faculty, staff, and students returning from travel from the affected countries: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, self-quarantine and not return to campus for fourteen days (14) after their return. Please reach out to your supervisor or academic advisor at 407-679-0100 to make any necessary arrangements.

The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for those who must self-quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

Full Sail University is continuing to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to provide updates from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC as they are made available. Any staff member or student with immediate concerns or questions are encouraged to contact their supervisor or student advisor.

Download the COVID-19 Travel Guidance Document.


In an effort to minimize impacts of the virus we encourage all students, staff and faculty to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Prepare to have items at home including clear liquids, canned soups and any required medications.


Additional Information and Resources:

More information can be found at the CDC website and World Health Organization website.

UPDATE: February 27, 2020

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

To date, no cases have been reported at Full Sail or elsewhere in our State/County.

As our university remains in contact with national and local agencies to stay up to date on planning and guidance from state and federal health officials, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are providing the latest information below for the awareness of our students, staff and university community:

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Note - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Note – This was updated by the CDC on February 25, 2020
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

FAQ’s & Answers According to the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Prevention & Treatment
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

The university will continue to perform routine environmental cleaning as recommended by the CDC.

UPDATE: February 11, 2020

Today, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. CDC will be updating its website and other CDC materials to reflect the updated name.

UPDATE: January 30, 2020 – 4 p.m.

This afternoon the World Health Organization announced that it has declared the coronavirus to be a global public health emergency. For more information and to learn more about this latest announcement, please visit:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov

The World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Of the limited confirmed cases in the U.S., none have been reported at Full Sail or elsewhere in our state/county. The university remains in contact with national and local agencies, as well as neighboring colleges/universities to remain up to date on planning and guidance from state and federal health officials, including the World Health Organization and the CDC.

According to the CDC, this new virus is a public health concern based on current and emerging details, however the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time.

Below is a list of additional information and suggested resources regarding the coronavirus:

Stay Up to Date

For anyone concerned that they may have novel coronavirus, contact your health care provider immediately.

According to the CDC, patients with the coronavirus have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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