USF released a statement Friday afternoon that the university will close and classes will be canceled, effective Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m., through at least Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to Hurricane Dorian. An update will be issued Sunday regarding any changes beyond Tuesday.
Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 2 and is expected to make landfall in Florida late Monday or early Tuesday as a Category 4.
USF shared the announcement to students and faculty on its official social media channels, the MyUSF page and by email.
Even though classes are canceled Tuesday, the USF-Wisconsin football game was still scheduled to be played tonight at 7 at Raymond James Stadium.
Residence halls and dining facilities will remain open until further notice. However, USF Health clinical operations will be canceled on Tuesday.
University spokesperson Adam Freeman said USF’s Emergency Management team is monitoring the latest information from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service regarding the storm’s projected path and intensity.
“They are also in close contact with state and local emergency management officials regarding the potential impact to our area,” Freeman said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared a state of emergency Aug. 28 to “ensure local governments and emergency management agencies have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared,” according to flgov.com.
Information on how to make a hurricane kit, a personal plan and how to stay informed can be found on the 2019 USF Hurricane Guide.
Freeman said even with campus closed, residence halls are expected to remain open. In some situations, Hillsborough County may choose to open shelters at various locations to all county residents.
“If it was determined that residence halls need to be evacuated, housing staff would communicate those plans directly to students living on campus,” Freeman said.
Updates to come if information changes.