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Hurricane Irma: Updates for USF System

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Sept. 12, 2017, 12:30p.m.

RETURNING AFTER HURRICANE IRMA:FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The University of South Florida and the Tampa Bay area is fortunate that Hurricane Irma passed through the Tampa Bay region in a weakened state and did not inflict as much damage as we had initially anticipated. If you took shelter off campus, out of state or even out of the country, the imminent danger once posed to USF, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee has passed.  The same may not be true in other parts of the state or country where our students, faculty, and staff took shelter, so please be cautious as you make plans to return to Tampa Bay. 

Safety inspections of all buildings on campus have been completed. The damage to the campus was minimal.  Given these fortunate findings, we are preparing to resume normal operations. The University of South Florida Tampa and University of South Florida St. Petersburg will reopen on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017.  However, the NORMAL class schedule will resume on Thursday, September 14th. 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is currently without electricity so its reopening will be delayed.  Please stay tuned for future announcements.

The University of South Florida is a strong community.  We have all been through a trying ordeal, but it is in our best interests to resume a normal schedule of work and study as soon as possible.  People are already returning to their homes, picking up debris, and moving forward. There will, of course, be further challenges ahead, so in anticipation of your questions, please review our frequently asked questions page. 


Sept. 11, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Dear USF System Students, Faculty and Staff,

As always, we remain very focused on the safety of the entire USF community. We are very proud and grateful that our students, faculty and staff have gone to great lengths to ensure their own safety as well as that of each other and their families. It’s just the USF way.

Now that Hurricane Irma has passed through the Tampa Bay area, our teams are completing a comprehensive assessment of each USF System campus to identify any unsafe areas, and confirm that our facilities did not suffer any major structural damage.  

As a result, we’ve established an updated timeline for returning to normal business operations. 

Provided you can safely return to campus, USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg will resume classes on Thursday, September 14. USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg faculty and staff should report to work as scheduled on Wednesday, September 13. 

Unfortunately, USF Sarasota-Manatee remains without power and a reopening time is still to be determined. As soon as power is restored, USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty and staff will be updated regarding plans to reopen.

Please be assured, students will not be considered absent this week when classes resume if they are still returning from evacuating or dealing with impacts from Hurricane Irma. To be clear, no student assignments will be due and no quizzes or exams will be administered before next week. Students who are unable to return for classes on Thursday because of a storm-related hardship should notify their instructors as soon as possible. Employees unable to return to work because of a storm-related hardship should notify their supervisor as soon as possible. Faculty members and supervisors are asked to be patient and understanding with their students and staff during these unique circumstances.

At USF Tampa, the Marshall Student Center, USF Library, Campus Recreation Center, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. USF St. Petersburg residence halls that were evacuated during the storm will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. USFSP students can contact Dean of Students Jacob Diaz with any questions at (727) 873-4826 or jacobdiaz@mail.usf.edu.

All USF Health clinics will reopen on Wednesday. Clinical staff will receive additional guidance in a separate communication.

We have established two toll-free phone numbers for anyone with questions about the reopening schedule:

USF System students or parents can call 1-855-382-5049.

USF System faculty or staff can call 1-855-456-0649.

Both phone numbers will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. beginning on Tuesday.



Sept. 9, 2017, 1:25 p.m.

Dear USF System students, faculty and staff –

The USF System will remain closed through Tuesday, September 12.

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, the storm’s projected path and magnitude is becoming more clear. It’s very important that all our students, faculty, and staff remain safe.

Only USF System employees who are classified as essential personnel and those identified by their supervisors as vital to campus operations should report to work on Tuesday.

We anticipate inspection of over 350 buildings across our campuses by damage assessment teams once conditions are safe. Based on these inspections, if it is determined that additional closures are needed beyond Tuesday, updates will be posted on the university’s website, official social media channels, MyUSF and shared through email. 

All USF System students, faculty, and staff are urged to plan carefully, follow local weather reports, stay informed through updates from county and state emergency management officials and take all precautions necessary to remain safe.


Sept. 8, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

USF System new hires with a Monday, Sept. 11, start date should report to their institution’s Human Resources Office on the morning the campus reopens to complete new hire paperwork, unless previously completed. New hire orientations for Staff and Administration employees will be rescheduled.


Sept. 7, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Dear USF System students, faculty and staff –

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, the storm’s projected path and potential danger to our state is becoming more clear.  Governor Scott has directed that all state universities will close effective Friday through Monday, as part of an effort to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging.

It’s very important that all our students, faculty and staff remain safe. Only USF System employees who are classified as essential personnel and those identified by their supervisors as vital to campus operations should report to work during this time period. 

If it is determined that additional closures are needed beyond Monday, updates will be posted on the university’s website, official social media channels, MyUSF and shared through email. 

At this time, residence halls and dining halls at USF Tampa will remain open, although the Marshall Center and Library in Tampa will close. USFSP residence halls will remain open pending a scheduled mandatory evacuation at 0600 tomorrow.

All USF Health Residents and Fellows should follow the guidance of their clinical programs.

All USF System students, faculty and staff are urged to plan carefully, follow local weather reports, stay informed through updates from county and state emergency management officials and take all precautions necessary to remain safe.


Sept. 7, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

A decision about whether to open USF in Tampa on Monday will be made by 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.


Sept. 6, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

The University of South Florida System will close beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10 to allow time for the entire USF family to prepare for Hurricane Irma. All classes on those dates are cancelled. USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee will also be closed and classes will be cancelled on Monday, Sept. 11. A decision about whether to open USF in Tampa on Monday will be made later this week.

With all of Florida now under a state of emergency, our entire state faces an unprecedented threat from Hurricane Irma.  In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our 50,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University of South Florida System will close beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10 to allow time for the entire USF family to prepare.  All classes on those dates are cancelled.  USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee will also be closed and classes will be cancelled on Monday, Sept. 11.  A decision about whether to open USF in Tampa on Monday will be made later this week.  This announcement will be made on the university’s website, official social media channels, MyUSF and via email.

On Thursday and Friday, only USF System employees who are classified as essential personnel and those identified by their supervisors as vital to campus operations, should report to work.  Employees who are unsure if they need to come in to work, should contact their supervisors by close of business today, Wednesday, Sept. 6, to confirm.

Residence halls and dining facilities at USF Tampa will remain open.  The Marshall Student Center, USF Library, Campus Recreation Center, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center in Tampa will remain open through 6 p.m. Friday, but will close on Saturday and Sunday.  

All USF Health clinics will remain open through Friday.  Third and fourth year medical students should continue their rotations as scheduled through Friday. 

The USF Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 at USF St. Petersburg has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

USF System students, faculty and staff who need assistance, including the possibility of finding shelter or other accommodations, should contact the following individuals at each institution by Thursday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. to ensure services can be provided to everyone who needs them:

USF Tampa students: Danielle McDonald – (813) 974-6677 or dmcdonald@usf.edu.

USF Tampa faculty and staff: Dwayne Smith – (813) 974-3151 or mdsmith8@usf.edu.

USF St. Petersburg students, faculty and staff: Jacob Diaz – (727) 873-4826 or deanofstudents@usfsp.edu or jacobdiaz@mail.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty and staff: Amy Farrington – (941) 993-3194 or afarrington@sar.usf.edu.

 

All USF System students, faculty and staff are encouraged to plan carefully and take all precautions necessary to remain safe. The USF community is strongly encouraged to review the official USF Hurricane Guide and other resources available on the USF Emergency Management website.


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