For the safety of everyone on our campus, Jacksonville University will begin the fall semester with a strict limitation on large events, in accordance with guidance from public health officials. Many of our traditional events will be reimagined in a virtual setting, such as New Student Orientation this summer. Others, including Matriculation, will be canceled for 2020. Tailgating also will not be permitted on campus under current guidelines.
Individuals who are not current students, faculty, or staff of Jacksonville University are not permitted at student events.
In September, as we approach Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Fall Planning Committee will work with University leadership to re-evaluate the policy on large events in light of any updated public health recommendations.
Our Performing Arts Series will be fully virtual through mid-October, and will include a combination of live-streamed and pre-recorded events from our performance and exhibition spaces. We hope to transition to live and socially distanced audiences with reduced hall capacities beginning in mid-October to continue through the Spring semester, while continuing select events virtually. We are making preparations to extend and/or expand the virtual delivery model as necessitated by COVID and University protocol for event gatherings.
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.