Jacksonville Athletics coordinates very closely with the NCAA and other conference officials. We also closely follow recommendations and guidelines from the NCAA’s Sports Science Institute, which focuses on protecting the health and safety of college athletes. Our policies are continuously evaluated against these governing bodies to ensure alignment with the latest scientific research and public health guidance.
This fall, Division I athletics will look a little different as we focus on prioritizing the health and safety of our student-athletes. For students, faculty, staff, and fans, this means we will be cheering on the Dolphins virtually.
For the safety of our student-athletes, spectators will not be permitted in the stands at the beginning of the semester. Throughout the semester, as public health guidance allows for the safe return of spectators, we will allow a limited number of fans in the stands, in a phased approach and based on the capacity and layout of each athletics venue. While we understand this is disappointing for season ticket holders, it’s also disappointing for student-athletes who won’t have dedicated fans cheering for them, at least initially. We encourage fans to show their support in other ways -- by watching competitions via live stream and sharing words of encouragement via social media.
As permitted by conference officials, Jacksonville Athletics will allow student-athletes to return to campus beginning this summer for limited workouts and training. At this time, their return will not be required. Student-athletes, Athletics staff and coaches must follow University policies regarding social distancing and face coverings, with exceptions allowed during exercise activities.
Our student-athletes frequently travel to compete against other teams. For this reason, and in line with NCAA guidance, all JU student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 using the NCAA Point of Care Test recommended by the Sports Science Institute.
Our facility partners at Aramark will increase the frequency and level of cleaning within Jacksonville Athletics facilities and training areas, while Athletics staff will supplement with additional disinfecting throughout the day after heavy use/traffic. Whenever possible, teams will train and practice outside where they can maintain appropriate physical distance.