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Update: Hurricane Ian
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m.

The University of Tampa Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which is now a category 4 storm. According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian has jogged a little to the left this morning, but the longer-term motion remains north-northeastward. The hurricane should continue moving north-northeastward through Thursday. This motion is expected to bring the center of Ian onshore along the southwestern coast of Florida later today, and over central Florida tonight and Thursday. Ian is expected to turn northward along coast of northeastern Florida and Georgia Thursday night and Friday. Potential rainfall forecasted up to 24” in west central Florida through Friday could lead to flash flooding and extended periods of river flooding. This is no time to see what high wind, the beach, the river or anything outside feels like.

Given the expected high winds across the region and potential flooding that may occur along Tampa Bay’s coastal areas due to the storm, the University remains closed for all classes, activities, events and non-essential services with the expectation of resuming full campus operations on Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center issued a mandatory evacuation of Evacuation Zones A and B, which remains in effect today. The residence halls remain closed and there will be no entry allowed until the halls are reopened following the storm.

The mandatory evacuation orders will be enforced by the City of Tampa. Only Campus Safety and Facilities Management will be permitted on campus until Hillsborough County has lifted the evacuation order and the University has given an “all clear” to return to campus.

When the storm passes, the EOT will ascertain if plans for Monday resumption of operations remain in place. We will update this web page and advise you of any changes.

Please check the UT website, social media and the local media. Use caution and make decisions to ensure your personal safety. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911.

Update: Hurricane Ian
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12:15 p.m.

The following message was sent to residents of the Barrymore Hotel.

In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian, TECO Energy will be shutting down all power to The Barrymore Hotel starting at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 27. TECO is unable to share the exact time that power will be restored but will work to return service to normal when deemed safe to do so.

Due to the power shutting down for multiple days, a team of staff members will be entering resident rooms to remove perishable items from refrigerators. This is intended as a precautionary measure to prevent any food spoilage. Non-perishable items will remain in fridges, and rooms will be securely locked following their departure. We will not accept requests for reimbursement for perishable foods.

We apologize for this inconvenience and wish everyone safety through the storm.

Sincerely,
The Office of Residence Life

Update: Hurricane Ian
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.

The University of Tampa Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor Hurricane Ian. According to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening storm surge is possible along much of the Florida west coast, with the highest risk from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay region. Tropical storm conditions are possible later today, and hurricane-force winds are possible beginning Wednesday morning.

Heavy rainfall will increase across the Florida Keys and South Florida today, spreading into central to northern Florida Wednesday and Thursday, and the Southeast by Friday and Saturday, likely causing flash, urban and small stream flooding. Please be mindful of your personal safety during this time and remain indoors for the duration of the storm. This is no time to see what high wind, the beach, the river or anything outside feels like.

Given the expected high winds across the region and potential storm surge that may occur along Tampa Bay’s coastal areas due to the storm, the University remains closed for all classes, activities, events and non-essential services with the expectation of resuming full campus operations on Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center today announced a mandatory evacuation of Evacuation Zone B, along with the mandatory evacuation of Evacuation Zone A, which was announced yesterday. As all UT residence halls are located in evacuation zones A and B, the University is evacuating all residential students today. The residence halls will be closed after the evacuation concludes, and there will be no entry allowed after that point until the halls are reopened following the storm. All residential students received specific communication yesterday about the evacuation procedure and timeline.

The mandatory evacuation orders will be enforced by the City of Tampa, beginning at 9 p.m. today. Please plan to retrieve any items from campus prior to that time. Ultimate Dining will close all operations at 2 p.m. today. Only Campus Safety and Facilities Management will be permitted on campus after 9 p.m. today until the conclusion of the storm. Shelter information may be found here for those needing an emergency evacuation site.

When the storm passes, the EOT will ascertain if plans for Monday resumption of operations remain in place. We will update the Tropical Weather web page and advise you of any changes.

Please check the UT website, social media and the local media. The University will regularly post updates to the Tropical Weather web page, which also has a variety of weather-related links.

Use caution and make decisions to ensure your personal safety. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911.

Update: Hurricane Ian
Monday, Sept. 26, 2:15 p.m.

The University of Tampa Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor Hurricane Ian. According to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening storm surge is possible along much of the Florida west coast, with the highest risk from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay region. Hurricane-force winds are possible in the hurricane watch area in west-central Florida beginning Wednesday morning with tropical storm conditions possible by late Tuesday. Heavy rainfall will increase across the Florida Keys and south Florida Tuesday, spreading to central and northern Florida Wednesday and Thursday, potentially causing flash, urban and small stream flooding.

Given the expected high winds across the region and potential storm surge that may occur along Tampa Bay’s coastal areas due to the storm, the University is closed for all classes, activities, events and non-essential services beginning today with the expectation of resuming full campus operations on Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center has called for a mandatory evacuation of Evacuation Zone A and a voluntary evacuation of Evacuation Zone B. As the majority of the residence halls are located in Evacuation Zone A, the University is working to evacuate all residential students by 11 a.m. tomorrow. The residence halls will be closed after the evacuation concludes and there will be no entry allowed after that point until they are reopened following the storm. All residential students have received specific communication about the evacuation procedure and timeline.

The mandatory evacuation order will be enforced by the City of Tampa, beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Please plan to retrieve any items from campus prior to that time. Only Campus Safety and Facilities Management staffs will be permitted on campus after 9 p.m. on Tuesday until the conclusion of the storm. Shelter information may be found here for those needing an emergency evacuation site.

When the storm passes, the EOT will ascertain if plans for Monday resumption of operations remain in place. We will update this page and advise you of any changes.

Please check the UT website, social media and the local media.

Use caution and make decisions to ensure your personal safety. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911.

Update: Hurricane Ian
Monday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.

The following email was sent to all UT residential students at 11:15 a.m.

Hillsborough County has issued an order for a Zone A evacuation effective at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 26. This order is issued ahead of Hurricane Ian, a significant weather event that will bring high winds across the city and potential storm surge that may occur along the city’s coastal areas.

Since the majority of UT’s residential campus is located within Zone A, all residence halls will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 27. All residential students must evacuate the residence halls by that time.

Please note this is a mandatory evacuation. As a residential student, you have two options:

  1. We strongly encourage you to relocate off-campus with friends and family outside of Zone A for the entirety of the storm and return to campus when the residence halls reopen. Evacuation zone information can be found here.
  2. As a secondary option, we will provide transportation on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. for any remaining residents to UT’s assigned shelter location at Jennings Middle School. However, you must register to reserve your space at the shelter by using the “Hurricane Ian Residential Student Location Form” below. This shelter site is managed by Hillsborough County, has limited capacity, and is also open to the general public. UT residential staff will also be onsite. See more information about this option below.

Once you have determined your evacuation location, you must notify UT by logging into Residence by Symplicity and completing the “Hurricane Ian Residential Student Location Form.” It is imperative that you complete this form as soon as possible.  All forms must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 so university staff is aware of your location.

All residents must evacuate their residence hall rooms by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Residence Life and Campus Safety staff will walk through the residence halls after all residents leave. They will physically enter all rooms to ensure students have evacuated and will secure and physically lock the residence halls after safety walkthroughs have been completed. You cannot remain in the residence hall. Animals of any kind cannot be left unattended in the residence halls.

Please note that the Student Code of Conduct applies on and off-campus. Referrals for behaviors violating the Student Code of Conduct that occur off-campus or at any Hillsborough County shelter will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

A communication will be sent to confirm residence hall reopening, which is anticipated for noon on Friday, Sept. 30.

Students Registering for the Shelter 

If you register to stay at the evacuation shelter, you must meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the front lobby of the Vaughn Center. Residence Life staff members will meet all residents at that time, and they will proceed to Jennings Middle School. For students evacuating to Jennings Middle School, each student should plan to pack one overnight bag. The bag should be small in size due to limited space. Suggested items include:

  • Two or three changes of clothing;
  • Layered clothing to adjust to cooler or warmer temperatures;
  • Essential toiletries and medications;
  • A blanket/comforter and pillow;
  • Personal identification, important documentation, and your room key;
  • Snacks and water (meals are provided by the shelter);
  • Small entertainment items, including chargers.

It is important to note that emotional support animals are not permitted in shelter locations. To learn more about shelter accommodations, please visit the Hillsborough County Shelter website. Service animals are permitted at Jennings Middle School.

The University of Tampa and the Office of Residence Life will provide updates via your Spartan email as they become available. Updates will also be posted on www.ut.edu/weather.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and wish you safety throughout the storm. 

The Office of Residence Life

Hurricane Ian
Monday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.

The following message was sent to all UT students on Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:50 a.m.

Dear Students,

As Tropical Storm Ian approaches, The University of Tampa Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor the storm and provide you with the most updated information on university operations and services.

We are encouraging all students both on and off-campus to find safe shelter by relocating to the homes of friends and family outside of Evacuation Zone A or returning home.  We anticipate, with current weather predictions, that a mandatory evacuation of this zone may be called by the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center. Hillsborough County will be opening shelters for commuting students needing emergency housing.

Please read below for academic and student services updates:

Academic Assignments and Communicating with Faculty:
All classes are cancelled beginning Monday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Sept. 30. Events and other activities are cancelled until Monday, Oct. 3. We anticipate that classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 3.

Please look for communications from your course instructors. This may be through email, via Blackboard, or texting. You may find information on your course syllabi about what you should expect for each course.

During the coming week when we are closed, you are not expected or required to submit work or participate in classes.

Medical and Counseling Services:
Medical Services will stay open during business hours while residence halls are occupied. In the case of an evacuation, Medical Services will remain open until all residential students have been evacuated and will officially reopen for regular business hours when residence halls reopen. During the closure period full-time undergraduate and international graduate students can get immediate consultation and treatment of acute illnesses by utilizing HealthiestYou, a nationwide telehealth service provided by your student insurance. This service gives you access to board certified physicians via phone and/or video where permitted. If you remain in the Tampa Bay area, TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track and CVS are available. In case of emergency, call 911 to dispatch rescue personnel immediately.

Counseling Services will continue operations during the university closure. Students who remain in the state of Florida may be seen by their counselor via Zoom or may be seen in crisis by a counselor also via Zoom as long as internet services are still in place.  Please contact Campus Safety at 813-257-7777 for a crisis session.  Full-time undergraduate students who return home and are outside of the state of Florida may receive services through HealthiestYou telecounseling services, which are covered by student insurance. For questions about counseling or non-crisis scheduling please email counseling@ut.edu.

Campus Recreation
The Riseman Fitness and Recreation Center will be closed effective immediately and anticipates reopening on Monday, Oct. 3.  Pending residential opening and staffing availability, the fitness center may be able to open over the weekend. A notice will be sent if this occurs.

Please remember if the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center calls for an evacuation later today, the institution will begin evacuating the campus, including all residence halls. In the event of an evacuation, important information will be communicated to residential students via email from the Office of Residence Life.

We encourage all students to regularly check their Spartan email and the UT website at www.ut.edu/weather throughout the storm for University updates. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911. 

As a reminder, the Student Code of Conduct applies on and off-campus.  Referrals for behaviors violating the Student Code of Conduct will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Stay safe and take care of yourself and others during the storm.

Jennifer Scaia, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

David S. Stern, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Update: Tropical Storm Ian
Sunday, Sept. 25, 6:40 p.m.

The University of Tampa Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian, and is in regular communication with the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center. Given the expected high winds across the region and potential storm surge that may occur along Tampa Bay’s coastal areas due to the storm, the University will be closed to all classes, activities, events and non-essential services beginning Monday, Sept. 26, with the expectation of resuming full campus operations on Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center may call for an evacuation, starting as early as tomorrow afternoon. If so, the institution will begin evacuating the campus, including the residence halls, at that time.

lan is expected to be a major hurricane in the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the middle of this week, but uncertainty in the track and intensity forecasts remains higher than usual. Regardless of lan's exact track and intensity, there is a risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of this week.

Residential students will receive a separate communication from the Office of Residence Life with information specifically about residence halls, evacuation planning, and shelter location and transportation, if needed. A general student communication will also be sent from the Dean of Students tomorrow outlining information and resources during this period.

The Provost’s Office will communicate additional information to faculty addressing academic expectations during this period. Staff members should confer with their supervisors on remote working plans, as well as forward phones as necessary and issue out of office messages.

When the storm passes, the Emergency Operations Team will ascertain if plans for Monday resumption of operations remain in place. We will update this webpage and will advise you of any changes.

The Emergency Operations Team is composed of the senior leadership team and key University members whose focus is on UT community safety. This group is monitoring the storm and meeting regularly to prepare the UT community for Tropical Storm Ian. Essential services are in continuous operation. This includes Campus Safety and Facilities Management.

Use caution and make decisions to ensure your personal safety. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911.

Update: Tropical Storm Ian
Sunday, Sept. 25, 10:45 a.m.

The University’s Emergency Operations Team met this morning to discuss the current status of Tropical Storm Ian and to evaluate potential changes to University operations based on the progress of the storm. We would encourage University community members to continue to monitor the UT website, social media and the local media for updates as this is a dynamic situation. The University will regularly post updates to the Tropical Weather page, which also has a variety of weather-related links. 
 
Meetings are occurring this afternoon with the county emergency operations staff and others to determine next steps. The National Weather Service provides periodic summaries of the storm’s progress and key points.
 
Currently the track forecast remains unchanged. Ian is forecast to turn northwestward later today, passing near or southwest of the Cayman Islands on Monday, and approach western Cuba on Monday night or early Tuesday. While the models agree on the overall scenario, there are still significant differences regarding the exact track of the storm, especially after 72 hours.
 
Please ensure that your hurricane plans are in place and continue monitoring forecast updates through the weekend.

Update: Tropical Storm Ian
Saturday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.

The University of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Team is monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Ian. At this point, there are no plans for operational changes at UT. Please check the UT website, social media and the local media for updates as this is a dynamic situation. The University will regularly post updates to the Tropical Weather page, which also has a variety of weather-related links.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a generally westward motion is expected through tonight and then Ian is forecast to turn northwestward on Sunday and north-northwestward on Monday as it moves across the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The NHC track forecast has been adjusted slightly south and west of the previous ones. Beyond 72 hours, there is still a large amount of variation in the guidance as Ian emerges into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and approaches Florida.  Ian is expected to strengthen over the next few days and to become a major hurricane by late Monday.

Please ensure that your hurricane plans are in place and continue monitoring forecast updates through the weekend.

Tropical Storm Ian
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, 11 a.m.

The University of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Team is monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Ian. At this point, there are no plans for operational changes at UT.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), early next week, TS Ian is forecast to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane and then approach the Florida peninsula at or near major hurricane strength, with the potential for significant impacts from storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall. The NWS discussion also cites a window of 150-200 nautical miles east and west of the current forecast.

While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, the UT community should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and closely monitor forecast updates through the weekend. Check the Hurricane FAQ page for educational and resource information.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center is currently monitoring the storm, and UT is in communication with them.

Please check the UT website, social media and the local media for updates. The University will regularly post updates to this page, which also has a variety of weather-related links. In the event of an emergency, please contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911.

Update: Tropical Depression 9
Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

The Emergency Operations Team continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression Nine (TD9). At this time, there are no plans for operational changes at UT.

The center of TD9 is located over the central Caribbean Sea. A westward motion is expected to begin later today and continue through Saturday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest and northwest on Sunday and Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the weekend, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight. More significant intensification is forecasted on Sunday and Monday.

Please check the UT website, social media and the local media for updates. In the event of an emergency, contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777, or dial 911. 

Tropical Depression 9
Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, 9 a.m.

UT’s Emergency Operations Team is monitoring the progress of Tropical Depression 9 (TD9). TD9 is currently in the central Caribbean Sea, well south of Puerto Rico. The system is expected to turn northwest this weekend and intensify as it enters the southeastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Uncertainty remains fairly high regarding the track and intensity forecast, but forecast confidence should begin to increase this weekend.

At this time there are no plans for operational changes at UT.

The University will post periodic advisories at www.ut.edu/weather, which also has a variety of weather-related links.

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