No independence for USF St. Pete anytime soon as Board of Govs approves moratorium

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Just after the State University System Board of Governors voted Wednesday to allow the University of South Florida Polytechnic to eventually become an independent university, the board quickly passed a motion to prevent future branch campuses from splitting off reports the News Service of Florida. The motion, approved on a voice vote, would put a moratorium on other branch campuses from splitting off for five years, or until USF Polytechnic has finished its transition to independence. The primary beneficiary is the USF System, which has several branch campuses, including the main campus in Tampa, one in St. Petersburg, one in Sarasota, and USF Polytechnic in Lakeland, which is now in the process of becoming its own university.

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