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College roundup: As Hurricane Matthew approaches, colleges around Florida shut down their campuses



As Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida's Atlantic coast, colleges around the state have canceled classes and asked students to shelter in place or leave campus altogether, anticipating catastrophic damage. Here’s where schools stand at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Local schools:

  • The University of South Florida System hasn’t announced any closings in Tampa or St. Petersburg. Planned Homecoming activities will go on. USF is asking students, faculty and staff to keep an eye on forecasts. Check USF's homepage for details.

  • Both Hillsborough Community College and Pinellas Technical College will close Friday and reopen Saturday.

  • The University of Tampa has not announced any changes. Monitor updates on UT's site.

  • St. Petersburg College will remain open Friday, with proctored testing for online students to be held on SPC campuses as scheduled.

  • Eckerd College hasn’t announced closures.

  • Stetson University College of Law doesn’t plan to close its Gulfport campus or Tampa Law Center, though the university’s DeLand and Celebration campuses are closed through Sunday.

  • New College in Sarasota doesn’t foresee any closures, but is monitoring the storm.

Throughout the state:

  • The University of Florida will close its main Gainesville campus Friday. Campus bus service will be suspended during sustained winds of 35 mph. Students were warned to stay inside and keep their devices charged. They were also told to move valuable items away from windows and off of the floor in case of rain or wind damage. UF is posting updates here.

  • The University of North Florida in Jacksonville has consolidated all 450 students who chose to remain on campus into one residence hall. They have an emergency generator, food and several rooms without windows. Students are being told to bring bedding, medications and personal items to last through the storm. The school isn’t in an evacuation zone, but if a campus evacuation is ordered, Residence Life staffers will stay with the students as long as is necessary. Classes and student activities will be canceled through Saturday. Find updates here.

  • The University of Central Florida’s campus is closed through Saturday, as are parts of its downtown Orlando campus. UCF encouraged students to get off-campus. Remaining students, if their dorms are closed, have been assigned places to ride out the storm, bringing bedding, food, medications and clothing for as long as three days. For example, students who live in Greek housing and in Neptune and Apollo dorms will be staying in the rec center. Get more information on UCF’s plan here.

  • Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has canceled classes and student activities on campus through Sunday, with fall break on Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume Oct. 12. FAU dorms remain open in Boca Raton, but the Honors College dorms in Jupiter are closed. Updates are available here.

  • Florida International University in Miami remains closed through Friday, with no classes, activities or home games. Some libraries and campus rec centers may stay open. Students and staff were told to back up data and guard against flood damage. FIU students are allowed to ride out the storm on campus. Find updates here.

  • Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland is closing the university on Friday.

  • Florida Gulf Coast University, despite being outside of Matthew’s range, is closing its main Fort Myers campus on Friday, expecting heavy rain. FCGU expects to be back to normal Saturday.

  • Florida State University said it doesn’t expect inclement weather in Tallahassee but is posting updates with shelter information and other resources here. Its main campus remains fully operational, but regional medical campuses in Orlando, Daytona Beach and Fort Pierce have been closed. Also on the Panhandle, the University of West Florida and Florida A&M University remain open, though FAMU’s Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa campuses will be closed through Sunday.

  • The University of Miami has closed its Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses through Friday, as well as its Miller School campus and UHealth facilities. Students were asked to shelter in place starting at noon Thursday.

  • Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne has suspended all classes and activities through the weekend. Normal operations are expected to resume Tuesday, after a Columbus Day holiday. On-campus students were advised to follow the directions of Residence Life and Campus Security personnel. 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:42pm]


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