Encampment Information

This page contains messages to the university community from the USF administration related to the encampment erected on Welch Field by student demonstrators April 29.

Check back frequently for updates.

May 21: Update on Welch Field Encampment and Moving Forward

We write to share an update that the Welch Field encampment has disbanded. The following is a summary of events that led to the demonstrators vacating the field.

Read the May 21 communication

May 13: Message to the Community re: Encampment

In my continuing efforts to provide timely and transparent updates regarding the encampment on Welch Field, I am sharing with you information regarding a meeting this morning that I held with several members of my administration and several student leaders of the Welch Field encampment.

Read the May 13 Communication

May 8: A peaceful path forward; responding to recent demands

In line with our institutional commitment to transparency and partnership, I write to update you on recent events on USF’s campus and provide you with the administration’s response to requests from student representatives.

Read the May 8 Communication

May 3: A Peaceful Path Forward

To echo what Fr. Fitzgerald said in his recent message, we know it has been difficult to watch how events are unfolding on university campuses across the country — especially when situations and emotions escalate and cause harm to peaceful protesters.

Read the May 3 Communication

April 30: Encampment on Welch Field

As some of you may know, yesterday afternoon a number of our students walked out of classes and joined other members of our community and individuals not affiliated with USF to create a tent encampment on Welch Field. Our students and community members are protesting the devastation being caused by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Read the April 30 Communication