Frequently Asked Questions

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General

During Summer A, is physical distancing still expected in campus facilities? As an example, are employees at the dining halls, libraries, etc. still expected to enforce physical distancing protocols?

Consistent with CDC guidelines, we recommend (but do not require) maintaining physical distancing for those who have not been vaccinated. We encourage everyone to be mindful that this is a time of adjustment and to be considerate and respectful of others’ personal space. Further, we ask everyone to be patient as we gradually transition campus physical spaces to accommodate pre-pandemic capacities.

Will UF resume full, normal operations for the Summer B and Fall semesters?

Yes. Pending any unexpected developments, activities will accelerate in areas previously impeded by the pandemic. In-person classes will be at pre-pandemic capacities, employees will travel more on university business, students will resume study abroad experiences, laboratories and libraries will operate at full throttle, purchasing of supplies will increase, performances and other cultural experiences will blossom, etc.  In short, we will resume UF’s rich academic, cultural, and athletic lifestyles.

What health and safety precautions will remain in place for the Summer semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance. 

Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required.

UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. To learn how and where to receive the vaccine, visit: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/vaccinations/vaccine-availability/

What resources are available for students, faculty or staff who are experiencing stress during this time?

The UF Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of mental health services and resources. Our UF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost.

How can I learn more about what to expect for the Summer and Fall semesters?

UF will continue to communicate proactively about the expectations for students, faculty and staff in the fall semester. Additionally, please visit this site regularly for the latest information.

Will increased sanitation services continue?

Increased sanitation and disinfecting services in UF facilities will continue through Building Services. These enhanced measures are integrated and incorporated into our standard operating procedures.

If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?

Please email reopen@ufl.edu for additional questions not answered here.

Health

How can I be tested for COVID-19 if needed?

If you have symptoms or just want to get tested because you are worried you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we have made scheduling testing easier using one.uf.edu. Simply go to one.uf.edu, complete the screening questionnaire again, and schedule the test within the next two days, and the results will be emailed to you no later than 48 to 72 hours after your test.

Where can I go for reliable health information and updates on COVID-19?

For the most up-to-date information about health, wellness and prevention of COVID-19, please visit

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

The most up-to-date information related to the COVID-19 vaccine is available at UF Health. 

Will UF continue to offer vaccinations?

UF will continue to offer many opportunities for people to get vaccinated. For information on where and how to receive a vaccine, visit: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/vaccinations/vaccine-availability/.

To increase convenience, UF will stand up pop-up vaccine sites at locations around campus starting June 28, which marks the start of Summer B.

What should I do if I am a student and do not feel well?

Any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Care Center at (352) 392-1161 to discuss symptoms with a nurse or medical provider before your visit to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.

How many cases of COVID-19 are in Alachua County?

For information about cases in Alachua County, please see the county's  COVID-19 recovery dashboard.

If cases increase on campus, how will this be handled?

UF has a medical policy group that meets weekly to monitor COVID-19 trends and will make adjustments as necessary based on the trajectory of the pandemic.

What are UF’s masking and physical distancing policies?

Given national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make face coverings optional rather than required for our students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community on UF property and facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue to wear masks.

As previously announced, classrooms will transition to pre-COVID capacities starting June 28, which marks the beginning of Summer B. University policies, event guidance, communications and signage as well as adjustments to physical space will be transitioned over the next few weeks to reflect the return to pre-pandemic ​activity.​

Within our UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including our dentistry practices and our veterinary hospitals, face coverings and physical distancing will continue to be required.

Do I have to wear a mask while on RTS buses?

Due to required adherence to Federal Transit Administration regulations, masks are required for all people on board RTS buses.

For UF-specific transport such as GatorLift, Campus Cab, SNAP, and the Campus Connector, passengers are not required to wear masks.

Are masks and other personal protective equipment available on campus?

Masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in the UF bookstore, Gator Dining, and in 50 vending machines across campus.

Students & Families

Will I be able to participate in student organizations and other co-curricular activities and events?

Yes, students will have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities. The range of opportunities are broad and deep, including student activities and organizations, career success services, health and wellness, and inclusion and multicultural development. Students can engage in a variety of in-person events, along with continued virtual programming so all students can participate. Follow UF Student Life on Instagram and Twitter @UFStudentLife and visit the virtual student union at https://ufsa.ufl.edu/virtual-union/.

What is the university’s events and gatherings policy?

UF’s existing policy on indoor events and gatherings will remain in place until June 28, which marks the start of Summer B. Current restrictions are lifted for outdoor events. 

Will study abroad resume during the Summer and Fall semesters?

From UF’s point of view, study abroad will resume but will likely continue to be affected by any pandemic-related restrictions in foreign countries related to travel and quarantine. Please contact the UFIC Study Abroad office for more information.

Are students able to take classes online if they are not comfortable returning to campus for the Summer or Fall semesters?

Select online courses will be available for those who prefer them, but not all classes will be available online.

Will campus events such as football games, sorority, and fraternity rush resume without physical distancing for the Summer and Fall semesters?

Assuming the pandemic continues to diminish, physical distancing will be relaxed in Summer B and the Fall term for extracurricular events. Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics page.

Faculty & Staff

What workplace flexibility will be available for employees?

There will continue to be options for a flexible work schedule, as there have been in the past. But the majority of UF’s employees stationed at the main campus and statewide should plan to work at their normal work locations beginning Summer B if they have not already done so. 

More information on working remotely may be found on the UFHR website.

What accommodations will be made for employees who have an underlying health concern for the summer and fall semesters?

The Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity in tandem with Human Resources and UF Health have developed a process to evaluate appropriate accommodations for faculty with disabilities. For more information, please visit Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity’s website.

Are individuals placed in quarantine required to use sick leave?

Individuals who have been placed in quarantine but are feeling well may work remotely if they are able to complete their duties and their supervisor approves their working remotely. Those unable to work remotely or who are not feeling well may use emergency medical leave or sick leave. For more information, please visit the Guidance on Taking Leave section of the UFHR website.

How do I receive approval for university-related essential travel?

For all travel, Dean's approval and the requirement for all travel to be essential are no longer required. The UF Travel Office also has shared https://need2know.tripsource.com/international/usa, which is a COVID-19 information hub to help UF faculty/staff make informed decisions concerning travel restrictions.  The Travel Office is located in Elmore Hall and can be reached at (352) 392-1241 or travel@ufl.edu

Are instructors permitted to enforce physical distancing in their classrooms?

No, they may not enforce it. Summer A classes will retain their initial capacities, and classes are configured to accommodate physical distancing. But students may decide whether to continue distancing in the classroom. 

May employees ask one another to wear masks? May instructors ask their students to do so?

All people are asked to be considerate and respect others’ personal space – particularly during this time of transition. However, since mask-wearing is optional, employees should not ask others to do so.

My question is not addressed here. Where can I learn more?

UF Human Resources has assembled a comprehensive webpage of resources to support faculty and staff during this time.