Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What health and safety precautions are in place for the Spring semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Masks are expected for students, faculty, staff and guests in UF facilities. Extra masks and hand sanitizer also are available in classrooms.

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 Spring semester?

UF will continue to communicate proactively about the expectations for students, faculty and staff in the Spring 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

What are UF’s masking policies?

Masks are expected inside all UF facilities for all students, faculty, staff and guests. 

What are my behavioral expectations in response to COVID-19?

Students must adhere to published university policies and regulations. Students and residents must remain informed concerning university policies, regulations, and guidelines; as well as laws, orders and community health needs which may change in response to COVID-19. 

For additional information concerning the university’s policy relating to behavioral expectations in response to COVID-19, visit the university’s policy hub page.

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

If you need to schedule a COVID test, please visit ONE.UF.

If you need to see a doctor, please visit the Student Health Care Center website to schedule an appointment.

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/.

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

If you are feeling under the weather, you should follow CDC guidance by limiting your contact with others and monitoring yourself. For additional guidance, please contact the Florida Department of Health at 352-273-9790.

If you need to schedule a COVID test, please visit ONE.UF.

If you need to see a doctor, please visit the Student Health Care Center website to schedule an appointment.

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 regularly to monitor COVID-19 trends and will make adjustments as necessary based on the trajectory of the pandemic.

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, but their use is recommended for anyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated.

Are masks and other personal protective equipment available on campus?

Masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are 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 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/.

Will I be able to participate in study abroad programs?

From UF’s point of view, study abroad has resumed but remains affected by pandemic-related restrictions in foreign countries related to travel and quarantine. Please contact the UFIC Study Abroad office for more information.

Faculty & Staff

UF is providing masks to faculty and staff. How can I access them?

UF is providing N95 and KN95 masks to colleges and units throughout the university for faculty and staff. To access these masks, please reach out to your area’s designated point of contact to make a request. UF will supply as many masks as needed, up to one per workday (20 per 4 weeks).

What workplace flexibility is available for employees?

Options for a flexible work schedule have continued, as there have been in the past. But the majority of UF’s employees stationed at the main campus and statewide are working at their normal locations. 

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

What accommodations are being made for employees who have an underlying health concern for the Spring semester?

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 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.