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When Governor Ron DeSantis cut $1 billion from the state's budget earlier this week, included in his vetoes was just over $800,000 for a trio of University of South Florida projects.

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University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is rolling out its plan to reopen its campuses.

Phase one of a four phase plan approved last week by the Board of Trustees goes into effect Monday.

Steven Currall speaks in Tampa shortly after being voted the next USF System president.
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The University of South Florida received approval Friday for its academic plan to consolidate its three campuses under one umbrella - a "historic milestone," according to USF System President Steven Currall.

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Because of COVID-19, the University of South Florida has been closed to all but essential personnel since March, with classes in the last half of the spring and all summer being held online.

That will soon change, as trustees approved a plan Tuesday that gradually reopens the school for the fall semester.

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The Florida Board of Governors released its student success-based metrics last week, and the University of South Florida came out on top of the state’s twelve public universities.

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University of South Florida

The Florida Board of Governors is scheduled to talk about plans for reopening the state's twelve public universities Thursday.

The University of South Florida released a revised calendar for the fall semester ahead of that meeting.

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A new survey shows one out of four people in the state have had their work hours cut because of the pandemic - and nearly 18 percent have been laid off from work.

The Sunshine State Survey of 600 people was done by Nielsen and the University of South Florida. According to USF assistant professor Joshua Scacco, six out of 10 respondents said they are concerned about the effect the economic shutdown is having on their finances.

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With summer classes starting online Monday, University of South Florida officials continue to work on plans for the fall – and there is at least one surprising statistic they are keeping in mind when making any decisions.

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A new survey shows a majority of respondents favor requiring people to wear face masks in public. But a large portion says the responses to the pandemic could be worse than the disease.

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This weekend, more than 7,000 University of South Florida students joined the ranks of the school's alumni. But they did it in a way that had not been done before.

Students in graduation regalia on the floor of the Yuengling Center.
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The University of South Florida is holding perhaps the most unusual commencement in the school’s more than 60-year history this weekend.

At the same time, there will be gestures of support for the class of 2020 around the Tampa Bay area.

Bull statues on USF Tampa campus
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While Florida businesses and institutions are trying to figure out how - and how fast - they'll reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan, universities are also discussing how they will bring students back to campus.

Like many others, the University of South Florida is looking at a phased approach.

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The transition from classroom to virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many student veterans, and the worries may not end with the spring semester.


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Vinik Family Foundation

Jeff and Penny Vinik, through their Vinik Family Foundation, are giving $50,000 to the University of South Florida United Support Fund.

The initiative provides financial relief to students who are facing economic need – rent, food, and other unexpected expenses – due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The University of South Florida is announcing plans for the thousands of students whose traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for May have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A member of the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center in Tampa has tested positive for coronavirus.

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Commencement ceremonies at the University of South Florida and other state universities will be postponed indefinitely.

The Voices Of Florida's Early Voters

Mar 17, 2020

Students in the Political News Reporting class at the University of South Florida were sent into the field to ask early voters in the Tampa Bay area, what issues are driving you to vote?

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The University of South Florida, along with the rest of the American Athletic Conference, is suspending all spring sports competitions until further notice.

Earlier Thursday, USF said it would be closing all future home sports competitions to fans because of the coronavirus.

It also comes as the NCAA cancelled both its Division I men's and women's college basketball tournaments.

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Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital and the USF Morsani College of Medicine are joining forces to create one of the largest academic medical centers in the state.

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All Florida public universities, including the University of South Florida, will transition to online course instruction to lessen the risk of coronavirus.

The Florida Board of Governors announced the change will take place “as soon as possible.” At USF, classes will meet as scheduled through Friday. Then, students go on spring break before returning to a lot of changes.

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Health officials say COVID-19 is spread person to person through close contact -- people who are indoors and in close proximity with others for extended periods of time.

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Hillsborough County

After two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Hillsborough and Manatee counties, governmental agencies, universities, and private companies are stepping up their response.

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A decade ago, if a Floridian wanted extra cash to replace a roof, install solar panels or a brand new air conditioner, the most common choice was a bank loan. But for the last few years, homeowners also have had a controversial new option.

When students at the University of South Florida return to school Monday, most members of the Morsani College of Medicine will no longer be attending classes on the Tampa campus.

Instead, they’ll be learning in a new state-of-the-art facility downtown.  

Commencement ceremony
University of South Florida

More than 5,000 students will receive their degrees during the University of South Florida’s 119th commencement convocation.

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people in the region are food insecure, which means they don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

Some believe that food sovereignty is the answer.

Canned foods line the shelves of the food pantry on the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Delaney Brown

When Heather Howard cut ties with her parents last year, the University of South Florida senior suddenly found herself wondering where she would find her next meal.

“I had like a survival mindset. I felt like I had just been abandoned in the woods, and I had to just make do with what I had,” she said. “I was looking up plants I could forage. I was desperate.”

University of South Florida President Steven Currall is looking forward to his inauguration Thursday, as much for the USF community as for himself.

The origin of the University of South Florida Jabil Innovation Institute is like that of many great ideas thoughout history – drawn up on a cocktail napkin by two people talking over drinks.

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