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Students

Updated: Aug. 30, 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. 
 

This page will list announcements that will specifically affect current UT students 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 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.

Academics
  • The University is continuing with its regular Fall 2012 academic schedule.
  • Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 27. There will be no cancellations. All students are expected in class but should check Blackboard and UT email to see if an online delivery will be offered for the RNC week.
  • During the week of Aug. 27, all business graduate programs’ evening courses will be delivered on-line using technology available to UT students. Day courses in the business graduate programs and all undergraduate courses may or may not be virtual, depending upon the discretion of the instructor. Instructors will contact students prior to the beginning of the semester to communicate meeting plans.  
Fall 2012 Move-in
  • Continuing Student Check in will be on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.
  • Returning students, and their families, are encouraged to make plans for their return to campus in Fall 2012 as early as possible. Due to the RNC, hotel space in downtown Tampa will be at a premium. However, lodging in the surrounding areas — including Brandon, the USF area, Wesley Chapel, Plant City and Sarasota/Bradenton — may be available.
  • Residence hall guests will not be allowed until after the first week of classes.
  • The PEACE Volunteer Center has rescheduled Into the Streets for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The event is open to all students (not just new first-year and transfer students), and an entire student organization can involve its members in service for that day. Registration will be available through PEACE’s events listed on Hire-UT. Questions may be directed to peace@ut.edu.   
Safety
  • View RNC Safety Video.
  • If a student organization is planning any type of demonstration, we ask that they notify the Office of Student Leadership Engagement so that the University has contact information in case of emergency or needs to communicate safety information to the organization.
Participate
  • Students who would like to review and apply for volunteer and internship opportunities during the Republican Convention can find them listed on HIRE-UT. Login to your HIRE-UT account and scroll to the One-Click Searches on your landing page to find the Republican National Convention Opportunities link.
  • RNC officials have invited the public to participate in the convention virtually at www.ConventionWithoutWalls.com.
  • 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. On Sept. 4 at the first Student Government meeting of the year, a representative from the Supervisor of Elections Office will speak to all student organizations about the voter registration process and will have voter registration forms available. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement will provide voter registration forms and pre-paid envelopes to students who wish to mail in their voter registration form. 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 www.ut.edu/civic/vote/
  • 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 debbie.boylan@eastcapitol.net.
  • The Huffington Post invites interested students 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.  
  • There will be many opportunities to be engaged on campus with a full lineup of events from Aug. 26-Sept. 3. For a complete listing, click here. 
  • UT students were interviewed on Hardball with Chris Matthews and on BET.com on Aug. 28, and the Spartan Band performed live on Fox News on Aug. 29.
Transportation

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 www.RNC-Traffic.com, the site includes maps of available parking, planned road closures, transit detours and current traffic conditions.

UT ID

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. A draft sample of the lanyard is pictured below.

UT Lanyard

Continuing residential students will receive their lanyards when they check into their residence halls. Commuter students (all levels and programs, with the exception of continuing international students), if registered for classes by Aug. 8, will  have their lanyards mailed to their permanent home addresses. Continuing commuter students, who register after Aug. 8, will receive instructions via UT email as to how to pick up their lanyards. Continuing international students who commute to campus can pick up their lanyards at the Office of International Programs, Plant Hall 302, during regular business hours beginning Aug. 15.

Spartan Cards may be obtained by going to the Spartan Card office in the Vaughn Center, Room 235A, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4p.m.