The Florida Gulf Coast University Class of 2024 is starting their college journey a bit differently than previous crops of freshmen. Although COVID-19 canceled their high school proms, graduations and other traditional senior-year celebrations, these incoming FGCU students are being given the opportunity for some “normalcy” during these uncertain times. Students are moving into their dorms as planned, while following new guidelines to protect their health. One of the new precautions FGCU is taking against COVID-19 is an “FGCU Daily Health Screening” mobile and desktop app. All university students, faculty and staff are required to report health symptoms on the app every day before entering campus.
“Our commitment is to maintain the high-quality academic experience for which FGCU is known while operating under unique challenges presented by a global pandemic that touches us all,” says Susan Evans, FGCU’s vice president and chief of staff. Further precautions include requiring masks on campus and delivering courses in a variety of options, including more online and hybrid courses, while still offering some face-to-face. “Once again, the FGCU Eagle spirit has risen to the challenge,” says Evans, “and we’re proud of our faculty and staff for finding creative and innovative ways to deliver education to our students.”
One of these students, Ashley Shellenbarger, is an incoming freshman moving into her dorm with the help of her mom (pictured). “I’m very excited! I feel the campus is taking very good precautions,” she says. “The weekly updates the campus sends out put my family and I at ease.” For more information about the COVID precautions FGCU is taking, visit www.fgcu.edu/coronaupdate.
Photo by Victoria Kinley