Hurricane Irma Update From President Cornwell

The most important news is good: all of our students and support staff sheltered safely through the storm, we never lost power on campus, and there is no structural damage to any of our beautiful buildings.

That said, all of Florida is in some state of disaster recovery. Today has been an assessment day for our Campus Safety and Facilities staff. Though the College has fared well during the storm, tree limbs and power lines are currently being fully evaluated. There remains a curfew in Orange County and only essential personnel are to be out on the streets.

The City of Winter Park still has significant power loss, with trees down and roads blocked. The shelter is currently open and we ask that students remain in the shelter tonight and into tomorrow morning. We plan to conclude shelter operations at noon on Tuesday. Lunch, at that time, will be served at the Marketplace at Cornell Campus Center. Pending a full safety review and assessment that all residence halls have power, we will then reactivate R-card entry into rooms. Food service will be provided at the Marketplace at the Cornell Campus Center starting at lunch tomorrow and through the weekend.

Starting tomorrow, September 12, at 8 a.m., students with questions, concerns, or needs should call 407-646-2345 or come to the Student Affairs office. You can also email

On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 13, we will be holding a campus clean-up post-hurricane SPARC day. We invite those on campus to take part in this volunteer campus community event. Together, we can clean up the hurricane debris and restore our campus home to the beauty we all cherish.

We will also host a welcome back reception in the Cornell Campus Center on Sunday. The College and Sodexo are planning a brunch and dinner at no charge to you. We hope all will gather, share Irma stories, and take joy in our reunion.

Classes will resume on Monday, September 18. We ask that students return on Saturday and Sunday. If your travel arrangements require you to arrive earlier than those days, we will certainly accommodate you and you will be allowed to move back into your rooms.

Please continue to monitor for the latest updates.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We will continue to do everything we can to have Rollins resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Fiat Lux!

President Cornwell