Frequently Asked Questions

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General

UF resumes full, normal operations for the Fall semester

In-person classes are at pre-pandemic capacities, employees are traveling more on university business, students have resumed study abroad experiences, laboratories and libraries are operating at full throttle, purchasing of supplies has increased, performances and other cultural experiences have resumed, etc.  In short, we have resumed UF’s rich academic, cultural, and athletic lifestyles.

What health and safety precautions have remained in place for the Fall 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 availble 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 Fall semester?

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

What are UF’s masking and physical distancing 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 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/.

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.

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/.

Has study abroad resumed during the Fall semester?

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.

Have campus events such as football games, sorority, and fraternity rush resumed without physical distancing for the Fall semester?

Campus events no longer require physical distancing regulations. Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics page.

Faculty & Staff

UF 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 Fall 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 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.