Frequently Asked Questions

Professional students should consult with their college for specific guidance and actions.



I’d like to get tested for COVID-19; where can I go for a test?

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 and more straightforward. 

Students and employees should visit, open and fill out the short screening questionnaire and schedule a test. It’s that easy.

Locations will be available for next day or same-day testing until appointments fill. Results are emailed back to your UF email address within 24 to 48 hours. 

If your symptoms concern you and you think you need to see a doctor, just click the designated box on the questionnaire and you will be given instructions on how to be seen at the Student Health Care Center or, if you are a UF employee, through your primary care provider. 

If you have additional questions or need to reset your screening questionnaire, email if you are a student or if you are an employee.

Where can I find hours for campus facilities?

Facilities are adjusting hours of operation as needed.

For Reitz Union hours, please visit:

For Student Health Care Center Hours, please visit:

For Newell Hall hours, please visit:

For Recreation Sports hours, please visit:

For library hours, please visit:

For dining hours, please visit:

To check the status of your local UF/IFAS Extension office, research center or 4-H Camp, please visit

Will it be safe to return to face-to-face classes in Summer B?

The safety of our campus and our community is our first priority. Guided by UF Health and CDC guidelines, UF is taking appropriate precautions to create a safe environment and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To date, we have not had any transmission of COVID in classrooms or laboratories.  We continue to take precautions to avoid this.  However, if there is an unexpected resurgence in cases and our doctors at UF Health advise us that we must change our plans, we will.

Will most students, faculty and staff be vaccinated by the summer and fall semesters?

As summer B approaches, we expect vaccines to be even more widely available.  There are now three approved vaccines with substantial availability forecast over the next several months. 

Will UF continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff during the summer and fall semesters?

Voluntary testing will remain available for all students, faculty and staff through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. 

Do I have to wear a mask during the summer and fall semesters?

Most likely, yes. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings with the exception for children less than 2 years old.

Am I able to take classes online if I am not comfortable returning to campus for the summer and fall semesters?

Select online courses will be available for those students who may prefer them.

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.

Will campus events such as football games, sorority and fraternity rush resume without physical distancing during the summer and fall semesters?

Assuming the pandemic continues to diminish, physical distancing requirements will be relaxed in summer B and in the Fall term for extracurricular events and in the classroom. 

Will outdoor physical distancing and mask requirements be eased for the summer and fall semesters?

It may be necessary to continue wearing masks in the Fall, since we do not yet know if fully vaccinated individuals can continue to harbor and transmit the virus.

Will travel restrictions be lifted for the summer and fall semesters?

There are currently no restrictions on travel, although permission for university-sanctioned travel must be granted by a dean (instead of the department chair) Restrictions on vehicle occupancy for those travelling by wheeled vehicles will be reviewed later

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.

What are masking and physical distance policies?

All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in UF and UF Health facilities, with an exception for children less than 2 years old. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask or cloth face covering.  Masks with exhalation valves or vents allow air to be expelled and are prohibited because they do not provide protection to others. In addition, neck gaiters and bandanas should not be worn unless no other face covering is available.

Face coverings are to be worn in all classrooms, in patient care areas and when in public/common areas, including lobbies, conference rooms, elevators, stairwells, bathrooms and lounges. Face coverings are also required on employee and visitor shuttles, and on RTS buses.

Exceptions include when in private offices, private workspaces with adequate physical barriers, and well-ventilated outdoor spaces where appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet or more can be maintained.

All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a face covering when outside on all UF and UF Health property unless a distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. 

Please refer to the masking and physical distance policy at

What behavior is expected on campus to prevent community spread?

Campus health guidelines are available at: Enforcement of behavioral expectations to abide by University regulations and policy, state and local law and the instructions of officials can be carried out by any designee of the Vice President of Student Affairs or other appropriate University Official. For more details, please visit the UF policy page for behavioral expectations.

How many employees have been tested? How many positive cases have there been?

For specific data, please visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website.

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 a UF student or employee experiences financial hardship can they get assistance?

UF’s Aid-a-Gator financial assistance program is available for students and employees. Visit the Aid-A-Gator website for more information. If you want to help students and employees with financial need, you can donate to these programs.

If you have a financial hardship and are struggling to purchase food, UF’s Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry is available for you.

Will athletic events continue to take place?

Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics pages.

Does the university have an emergency management plan?

The University of Florida has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which is publicly posted on our website. The purpose of this plan is to facilitate preparedness and actions for responding to a myriad of events that pose a threat to the safety and security of our students, patients, faculty and staff. These threats range from hurricanes to the challenges associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Our emergency management plan creates structures within the university, with dictated roles and responsibilities guiding the efforts of individuals in every facet of our large academic and healthcare communities. Leading the university’s emergency management response is a group of senior leaders and staff members representing our health colleges, hospitals, academics, and operational management, among others. Among the group’s primary responsibilities are actions currently taking place at UF:

  • Providing information and recommendations during this public health emergency, with the Student Health Care Center director serving as the university’s lead public health official.
  • Providing health services and resources, including medical and behavioral health, for UF students and employees. 
  • Coordinating operations and programs specific to public health such as mass vaccination clinics and alternate medical treatment sites, as evidenced by the recently opened COVID-19 testing facility in The Villages.
  • Facilitating information and education for the university community.

The university also has a more detailed plan that guides its response to infectious disease spread and pandemics. These documents are exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Florida Statute 1004.0962 (Campus emergency response) due to the fact that they contain sensitive information that, if publicly released, could create a security risk for the university’s students, faculty and staff.

The university is committed to transparency regarding its response to and management of campus operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

Please email for additional questions not answered here.


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. 

Is UF offering COVID-19 testing in the spring semester 2021?

Yes. UF will continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.

Is it mandatory to get tested for COVID-19 in order to be on campus?

Please visit our Spring 2021 page for how mandatory surveillance testing will work for specific groups, what exclusions may apply and consequences for students who do not comply.

Will I only get tested once or will I need to get tested again at a later date?

Additional testing opportunities are now available for students, faculty and staff, and we have introduced additional approaches to surveillance testing to identify areas where coronavirus may be spreading. For those whose test returns positive, UF Health will follow up using standard public health contact tracing procedures and may require further testing, as part of public health efforts to prevent and control the further dissemination of COVID-19 infection. Schedule a test today at ONE.UF by starting a new screening questionnaire.

Will masks and other personal protective equipment be 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. For employees, the university will provide UF-branded cloth masks and has a large amount of hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray that will continue to be distributed as needed to each college and unit. Additional N95 masks will also be provided to those who may need them for use in face-to-face settings.

If you have questions or are in need of supplies, you are encouraged to work with your area's HR liaison to make a request. Because central supplies are limited, specific quantities have been allocated for each area.

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

It is imperative that any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 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. Additionally, telehealth visits and phone triage are also available to assist patients with COVID-19 concerns. If you don’t already have a UFHealth MyChart account, you can register for one and activate it immediately by logging onto Download of the Zoom app is required for telehealth visits.

Where can I learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures?

You can learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures at UF on the Screen, Test and Protect page.

If I live off campus and test positive, what do I do?

The university has a plan to support students who need to quarantine or isolate. If a student lives off campus, they will need to quarantine in their residence (apartment, house, etc.). Please refer to our Student Quarantine and Isolation page for information on the process, including what to expect in the quarantine residence halls, meal options, and medical care.

Why is the university recommending the flu vaccine?

Individuals are strongly encouraged to get the annual flu shot, and it is required for health care workers and students who are in a health care environment.

Although the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has long recommended that everyone more than 6 months old get a flu shot annually, this year it is even more strongly recommended by health experts. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing and by some projections may reach a high enough level in some areas to overwhelm the available health care systems. If a maximum number of individuals get flu shots this year, there should be less demand on the health care systems due to flu and thereby decrease the chances of exceeding the capacity of our health care systems. 

Flu shots will be given to all UF students and employees who want one at multiple locations on campus this spring by the UF Student Health Care Center. Flu shots will be given by appointment only.

Does the university have a plan in place in the event of a campus or community outbreak of COVID-19?

Rooted in expertise from UF Health, university leadership has developed a range of contingency plans based on situations and circumstances that might occur.

The university is taking into careful consideration surrounding healthcare and treatment capabilities, on-campus testing capacities and back-up providers, and available isolation and quarantine capabilities on and around campus.

Contingency planning is also taking into account what is happening in the surrounding community, and federal and state guidelines.


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

Essential travel directly connected to assigned university duties will be approved by the Dean of a College (or analogous Director in certain units), a Senior Vice President, or Vice President. At this time and until further notice, Deans and Directors may not delegate this responsibility to Department Chairs. No travel reimbursements will be issued without that approval.

Employees are still strongly encouraged to minimize personal travel.

Employees who do travel should inform themselves about restrictions and quarantines either in the areas to which they travel or requirements of the State of Florida and the University of Florida in returning from certain locations. UF may require returning employees to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from certain destinations.

Employees are reminded that any international travel must be pre-approved by a Dean (or SVP or VP) and must be registered on the International Center International Travel Registration website. Employees are further reminded that they could find their movements severely restricted in international travel, including re-entry into the United States.

Are employees/students returning from international travel required to quarantine? Further, if someone travels after being cleared to work, must that person be re-cleared upon return?

UF will follow the applicable CDC travel guidance restrictions, and travel guidance as determined by the State of Florida, Department of Health.  COVID-19 testing remains available for all faculty, staff and students that return from travel, but it will not be required.  

Students & Families

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 Simply go to, complete the screening questionnaire again, and schedule the test within the next two days, and results will be emailed to you no later than 48 to 72 hours after your test.

What is the return-to-campus process if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Please see UF Health’s Screen, Test, Protect website for an updated matrix of the return-to-campus process.

How can I get academic advising during the Spring 2021 semester?

Each Academic Advising office will determine its mode of advising in Spring 2021. Most will likely provide a majority of advising sessions remotely. You can find contact information for advising office here:

What are the modes of classroom instruction for the spring semester?
  • Primarily Classroom/Traditional:  Face-to-face delivery (0-49% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both)
  • Hybrid:  Course requirements are met through a mix of online activities/assignments and in-class activities/assignments.  (50-79% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.)
  • Online (80-99%):  Mostly online, but there is a requirement for the student to attend campus or another explicit geographic location for a portion of the course. (80-99% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.) 
  • Online (100%):  Completely online. If included with a section that is labeled "Primarily Classroom/Traditional," the course will be delivered in "Hy-flex" format where "Primarily Classroom/Traditional" group of students are in person in the classroom, while the online students participate in the live lecture remotely. (100% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.)
Am I able to take all of my classes online if I am not able to come to campus?

Aademic programming will be designed to accommodate remote instruction for as many students who desire it as possible.

What does “hy-flex” classroom delivery mean?

Students will be enrolled in sections that are face-to-face and online.  Students in the face-to-face section will come to class in person, while students in the online sections will participate in live lectures remotely. 

Why do some colleges have mostly hy-flex classes and others mostly face-to-face? Why isn’t there consistency across all UF classes?

Based on CDC and UF Health guidelines, each College was given the ability to provide the modalities for its courses that best meet the needs of the course, the students, and their faculty.

Why isn’t there consistency across all UF classes?

Based on CDC guidelines, each College was given the ability to provide the modalities for its courses that best meet the needs of the course, the students, and their faculty.

If I am registered in a face-to-face section of a hy-flex class, will my exams be in person or will I take them online like the rest of the class?

Instructors will determine how their face-to-face sections’ exams will be administered.

If I am registered in a face-to-face section of a hy-flex class, can I not come to the live lecture and participate remotely as if in an online section?

Please consult with your instructor before you decide to participate in an online section.  Take caution with this approach.  Review the grading rubrics for participation in your syllabus closely, and ask your instructor if attending online is allowed. 

If I am registered in an online section of a hy-flex class, can I show up to the face-to-face lecture classroom?

No.  Your participation is limited to only distance modality.  This is because the classrooms have limited capacity because of social distancing and cannot safely accommodate additional students.

What if I have only one face-to-face class? Does that mean I have to return to Gainesville?

 If your one face-to-face class is required, necessary for you to complete in Spring 2021, and is not offered in an online modality, you must be present to participate in the class.  However, if these conditions do not apply to your face-to-face class, you should be able to choose another class that is online to replace your face-to-face class if you desire to be remote from Gainesville in the Spring 2021 semester.  Before you choose your final set of classes for Spring 2021, consult with your academic advisor to make sure that these courses will keep you on track to graduate on time. 

Will I pay the same student fees regardless of online or in-person instruction?

Please visit UF’s Cost of Attendance page to learn more.

How will disability accommodations work for online classes?

The Disability Resource Center is working closely with faculty members to support student accommodations whether their class is in-person or online.   

Where can we go (or not go) on campus? Will there be places for studying and socializing outside of classrooms and residence halls?

Spaces for study and student life activities are available. De-densification will be necessary for safety reasons in libraries, computer labs, dining halls, and other group gathering spaces.

Will there still be capacity limits in study areas (libraries, Newell Hall, Union, etc)? What are the hours?

Capacity limits will still be in place for UF facilities to promote physical distancing. Hours for facilities can be found on their websites.

Will the recreation center be open? Will there be intramural sports/events on campus?

Southwest Recreation Center and Lake Wauburg are currently open. For adjusted hours and guidelines, please visit UF Rec Sports.

Will I be able to participate in student organizations and other co-curricular activities and events? How will I know what is available?

Yes, students will have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities in Spring 2021. 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 that are safe, physically distanced, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, 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

How long does the housing contract run?

Contracts Spring 2021 will end on May 1, 2021 at noon. 

If the university must shift and go entirely virtual in the spring, will there be refunds or can students get out of their contracts?

Regardless of course delivery, students are obligated to the terms and conditions for spring once a contract is complete. There is no cancellation period for Spring 2021 housing agreements.

Will students who cancelled their housing contracts be able to recontract for spring only?

Yes. For more information, visit: 

In the spring semester, what residence halls are students being quarantined in? Are students being quarantined in Graduate Villages?

Most quarantine spaces are in vacant residence halls and a few are in Graduate and Family Housing, or GFH. The residence halls are:

A temporary housing assignment within GFH is not a primary option, and if used, would only be used for students who are in quarantine and withheld from campus for being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. 

It is important to note that each apartment in GFH has its own bathroom and air-conditioning unit. Students in temporary assignments will not have access to common areas or laundry facilities. Staff will be providing students contactless food delivery and a clear list of instructions regarding expectations for quarantine/isolation. In addition, students will receive regular check-ins and support from Student Affairs staff to promote the adoption of healthy behaviors.  

Will there still be isolation and quarantine spaces available in the residence halls?

If you live on campus in a residence hall, we have quarantine and isolation spaces held for you on campus. Students who test positive will stay in a different campus location than students who had close contact with someone who tested positive. If a student staying in quarantine status tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be moved to an isolation space. Student Affairs staff will reach out to check on you and provide any additional support, including academic assistance, if needed. You will have a Student Affairs point of contact for questions throughout your temporary assignment.

What about food and transportation resources for those in isolation/quarantine?

UF will continue to provide food and transportation support for students needing to isolate or quarantine. For more information on this process and the options, please visit:

If the university must shift and go entirely virtual in the spring, will there be housing refunds or can students get out of their contracts?

Regardless of course delivery, students are obligated to the terms and conditions for spring once a contract is complete. There is no cancellation period for Spring 2021 housing agreements.

Will UF still be quarantine/isolating students if they live in residences halls and test positive?

Yes. Support for students needing to quarantine/isolate will continue through spring semester.

When can I move in or return to my room for Spring 2021 semester?

Students will be able to move in or return to campus the week of January 3, 2021. For more information, visit:  

How are UF Housing and other campus facilities being cleaned?

UF’s custodial team is conducting their usual, daily, disinfecting cleaning in areas such as public restrooms along with doing a deeper disinfectant cleaning in all common/lobby spaces. They are increasing the daily wiping down of high touch surfaces in all residence halls to include:

  • Doors doorknobs, handrails, elevator push buttons
  • Desks, tables, chairs, arm rest of chairs
  • Counters, offices, phones, keyboards, laptop keypads in common spaces
  • Bathroom fixtures, toilets, sinks
  • Water fountain push buttons

Areas are being cleaned using microfiber cleaning cloths which are frequently changed and being disinfected using Diversey Oxivir TB.

Supervisors are monitoring desk area locations to ensure hand sanitizer bottles are kept replenished at the desk and not allowed to run low.

Staff are focusing on after-hours cleaning for areas that are visibly soiled and immediately cleaning those locations.

As normal if students have a cleaning concern, they can submit an iService ticket.

Throughout campus, in addition to their normal operations, custodial staff have increased disinfecting activities in all campus buildings they serve. Special attention is being given to bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and common areas.

Will there be an adjustment to the price of tuition/housing/dining for students who go home at the end of in person instruction?

No. The university plans to remain open and operational for the entire spring semester.  

Who do I contact if I have questions about my housing account?

All housing account questions can be directed to the Housing Accounts Receivables team at

Are campus tours available?

Campus tours and visits are cancelled. For updates, please visit UF Admissions.

What will orientation be like?

Although the purposes of these programs will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to support our COVID-19 Protection Plan. The Preview program for undergraduate students is being offered virtually.  

I have questions related to admissions. How do I contact them?

Contact information is available at UF’s Admissions Office web page.

Will PACE students who have met the 60-credit requirement be able to enroll in face-to-face courses later than normal once they know which of their classes will be online?

PACE students who are ready to transition from UF Online to the residential campus and face-to-face course offerings will select courses no differently than any other residential student (as described above).  

I’m an international student and have a visa question. Whom do I contact?

Advisors are available to help answer visa questions at the University of Florida International Center.

I have questions related to financial aid. Where do I go?

Information related to financial aid, including contact information for questions, can be found at the UF Office of Financial Affairs.

How will I know whether my on-campus job will be running through the semester?

Students are encouraged to reach out to their supervisor about the status of their on-campus job.

Can I still participate in career fairs?

Yes, career fairs will have a hybrid option following health and safety guidelines.  For more, visit the Career Connections Center.

What is the new schedule for commencement?

For information about commencement, please visit

How will campus health and safety policies be enforced?

UF has a three-tiered approach to enforcing behavioral expectations regarding keeping our campus community healthy and safe: Education, engagement and enforcement.

  • Education takes place at all levels of the University and may include informing others of regulations, policies and guidance.
  • Engagement reinforces education and provides direction to correct behavior, clarify enforcement mechanisms and end behavior that poses an immediate threat to the health, safety and welfare of community members.
  • Enforcement of behavioral expectations to abide by University regulations and policy, state and local law and the instructions of officials can be carried out by any designee of the Vice President of Student Affairs or other appropriate University Official. For more details, please visit the UF policy page for behavioral expectations.

Graduate Students

I’m a graduate research assistant. Where do I go for information about my research assignment?

If you know the faculty member with whom you will be working as a research assistant, contact him/her.  If you have not yet been assigned to a specific faculty member, contact the department (probably the Graduate Coordinator) in which you are appointed.  You may also want to read UF’s Research Resumption Plan for further detail.

Where do I go with questions about graduate level courses, registration, fees and similar issues?

Contact your department, beginning with the Graduate Coordinator.

How do I arrange for completing my final defense and submitting my thesis?

Work with your supervisory committee chair to arrange for the final defense.  Contact the Graduate School Editorial Office for help with preparing, submitting and uploading your thesis.

What should I do if COVID-19 has disrupted my research plans or progress toward graduation?

We encourage all graduate students to have a conversation with their Supervisory Committee Chair or their department’s graduate coordinator to discuss revising their Individual Development Plan, or other plan of study as necessary.  Credits in supervised (thesis or dissertation) research may be accomplished remotely in some circumstances.  If they involve laboratory or other “in person” activities, see UF’s Research Resumption Plan. Most requirements as to minimum or maximum numbers of such credits are determined by the department and can be modified at the department level. The Graduate School will assist with petitions in situations that require adaptation or waiver of Graduate School policies.

Faculty & Staff

What accommodations will be made for employees who have an underlying health concern?

HR and the Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity have developed a process to evaluate appropriate accommodations for faculty with disabilities. More information can be found on the Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity's website.

Supervisors: We have employees asking if they can work from home. Where can I find more information?

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

What resources are available for faculty to support their mental health and well-being during this stressful period?

Our UF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost.

Can I continue my research?

For information about research, please visit the Office of Research COVID-19 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.

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.