Fall 2020

COVID-19 Case Statistics

The University is highly encouraging all individuals who will be present on campus to undergo testing for COVID-19. In addition, all students, faculty, and staff are provided an opportunity to notify the university if they have tested positive for COVID-19 through the FSU Daily Wellness Check App. These numbers reflect data collected August 2 through October 17. Numbers will be updated weekly.

Total Number of Tests at FSU


Positive Tests

(1,549 students, 36 employees)

Positivity Rate


Date Range Total number of tests at FSU Students Employees Total Positive Positivity Rate
October 11 - October 17 2,031 26 1 27 1.33%
October 4 - October 10 2,281 23 3 26 1.14%
September 27 - October 3 2,620 52 1 53 2.02%
September 20 - September 26 2,072 46 5 51 2.46%

Florida State University's top priority is the health and safety of the campus community. "Stay Healthy FSU" is a public health portal for individuals living, working, or studying on the FSU campus.

June 12

Draft of proposed Fall 2020 Plan posted for input and feedback

June 18

Proposed Fall 2020 Plan presented to the FSU Board of Trustees for review and approval

June 23

Proposed Fall 2020 Plan has been approved by the Florida Board of Governors

Week of August 10

Move-in process begins and will continue until the start of classes

August 24

Fall Semester begins at Florida State University

Fall 2020 Plan

Florida Board of Governors Approves FSU’s Fall 2020 Plan

June 23, 2020

The Florida Board of Governors approved Florida State University’s plan for Fall 2020 during its June meeting the University of Central Florida in Orlando. FSU faculty, staff and administrators consulted with state and local authorities and health experts to develop a detailed but flexible plan that allows the university to adjust its strategy if the situation in the community changes in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan follows the guidelines set forth in the State University System of Florida’s blueprint for reopening campuses. Syd Kitson, chair of the Florida Board of Governors, applauded FSU’s Fall 2020 plan. The plan outlines new policies, procedures and oversight for teaching, learning and working, including strategies to protect individuals at a higher risk for developing adverse outcomes for COVID-19. “This plan has incredibly impressive detail and answers a lot of questions,” he said. During their presentation, President John Thrasher and Provost Sally McRorie both emphasized the importance of being able to adjust the plan if the circumstances dictate but said their goal is to offer as many face-to-face classes as is safely possible. “We’ve talked about flexibility numerous times … I’m very appreciative of that because as you know, things are changing on a daily — and sometimes hourly — basis,” Thrasher said. “What we’re talking about today in our Fall 2020 plan could obviously be very different than when we start at the end of August.” Thrasher also called on members of the campus community to do their part by following social distancing guidelines, wearing face masks or coverings and getting tested for COVID-19. He also said that FSU will launch a public health education campaign, “Stay Healthy FSU,” to reinforce messaging with students and the community. “I’m a big proponent of individual responsibility, and I’m going to really focus on that with our students when they come back,” Thrasher said.

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