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Updated: Aug. 31, 2012

RNC 2012 is nearly history, and on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 a.m. we will resume normal access to campus and gate closure procedures.

You no longer will be encouraged to wear your lanyard, although many have found them helpful in recognizing other UT community members. You may want to save it for a souvenir! Please know that it is always good to carry your Spartan Card while on campus.

Preparing for RNC 2012 was unprecedented in our recent history as a University. Please join Linda Devine, vice president for operations and planning, in thanking the following colleagues for leading this effort, including Bob Ruday, Brent Benner, Catherine Chastain-Elliott, Dave Ramsey, Edesa Scarborough, Eric Cardenas, Joe Sclafani, Kevin Howell, Kevin Lafferty, Krystal Schofield, Larry Marfise, Michael Gilmer, Monnie Wertz, Stephanie Russell Krebs, Tim Harding, Donna Alexander, Maria Quillen, Amy Beam, Andrew McAllister, Jonathan McKeown, Jay O'Sullivan, Judy Washburn and Joy Harris.

This page will list announcements that will specifically affect faculty and staff as related to the upcoming Republican National Convention being held in downtown Tampa on Aug. 27-30, 2012. Please check this Web page often as it will be updated with the latest RNC information as it becomes available.

  • The University is continuing with its regular Fall 2012 academic schedule.
  • Faculty preparations for RNC (PDF)
  • Staff guidelines for RNC (PDF)
  • Read a message from the Provost concerning classes during RNC.
  • The Office of Public Information has published a special RNC edition of the Insighter.
  • A representative from the Supervisor of Elections Office will be in the Vaughn Center lobby on Aug. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. explaining the voter registration process and distributing and collecting voter registration forms. Around campus, the University’s plasma screen system will have directions on the voter registration process posted, starting the first week of classes through Oct. 9. For additional voter registration information, visit
  • The city of Tampa RNC Call Center is available to provide up-to-date information on any additional, temporary street closures, downtown parking options, basic directional assistance and hospitality information for visitors. The call center number is (866) 762-8687 and is operational 24 hours a day through Aug. 31. Spanish language speakers available.
  • PBS NewsHour invites members of the UT community to attend a convention newsmaker breakfast hosted by Judy Woodruff and featuring the Republican Party's next national stars. The event is on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the Plant Hall Music Room at 9:30-11 a.m. Space is limited, and breakfast will be served. For more information, or to register, click here. Or RSVP to Debbie Boylan at
  • The Huffington Post invites interested faculty/staff to the Entrepreneurship Expo, a first time event intended to showcase startup companies and other innovative job development organizations and enterprises. The expo's goal is to underscore that there are scalable solutions to joblessness in America. The expo will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. See invitation.
  • The Washington Post has invited faculty and staff to attend its "Politics and Pints" team trivia event at Stumps Supper Club in Channelside on Monday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. See invitation.

The circle around the Plant Hall fountain (on the east side of Plant Hall) has been designated as the official drop-off and pick-up location for those students, faculty and staff who will get a ride to and from campus during the RNC. This location allows for the easiest access from Kennedy Boulevard. Please remember that you must have a valid SpartanCard to enter campus.

The detailed plan for road closures during the RNC, as well as parking, pedestrian, boating and other restrictions, is available online. A couple of highlights: 

  • The Selmon Expressway between Willow Avenue and 50th Street will be closed. However, the Selmon Reversible Elevated Lanes (REL) will remain open and will operate as normal.
  • Bayshore Boulevard northbound between West Swann Avenue to West Platt Street will be closed. 
  • The Platt Street Bridge will be closed.

The Cass Street entrance to campus will be closed each evening at 7 p.m. and reopened at 5:30 a.m. from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31. 

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) has created a "Commuter Solutions" website that provides residents and visitors with links to important transportation information related to the event. Located at, the site includes maps of available parking, planned road closures, transit detours and current traffic conditions.


In order to ensure the safety of our UT community, staff, faculty and students will need to be ready to present their Spartan Cards as ID at anytime during the RNC. The University will provide each UT community member with a lanyard and ID holder to make identification easier. Faculty will receive their lanyards at their college meetings or the new faculty orientation. Department representatives will provide staff with their lanyards.

UT Lanyard
Faculty and staff who do not have SpartanCards can obtain one by going to Vaughn Center, Room 235A. The office is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4p.m.