Guide to In-Person Classes During Spring 2021 

PPE 

  • All faculty who are teaching face to face are being provided with N95 masks (five per instructor) for use in the classroom. Instructors should contact their college or unit HR liaison or administration for details on how these masks will be distributed. 
  • Students are expected to wear a mask at all times in the classroom. Classrooms will be stocked with disposable masks to offer to any student who comes to class without a mask. Facility Services will monitor the supply and replenish as needed.

STUDENTS 

  • If students refuse to wear a mask, instructors may ask them to leave class. If a student refuses to leave, the instructor may adjourn class or, if a student becomes disruptive, may call UPD for assistance at 352-392-1111. 
  • Instructors can access their class roll on my.UFL.edu at any time to determine whether students are cleared to attend class in person.

CLASSROOMS 

  • Students will be seated in classrooms 6 feet apart to maintain physical distancing from each other and from the instructor. 
  • Classrooms will be cleaned each morning prior to the start of classes. UF’s custodial workers will follow UF Health expert guidance and CDC guidelines, using chemicals approved by the CDC, to clean and disinfect surfaces and touchpoints in classrooms, offices and restrooms before the start of each academic day. 

Help is available to get you up to speed on HyFlex:

Additional information can be found at

Campus Health Requirements 

When returning to campus, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to adhere to the following practices.

Physical Distancing
Whenever possible, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others while on the University of Florida properties and in common spaces until further notice.

Face Coverings

Every university student and members of student organizations must:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering in UF and UF Health facilities as required by the University’s Masking and Physical Distancing policy.
  • Wear a face covering in UF outdoor spaces when the space does not allow for appropriate physical distancing as required by the University’s Masking and Physical Distancing policy.
  • Unapproved face coverings include masks with exhalation valves or vents, which allow air to be expelled and do not prevent the person from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Examples of face coverings that help our campus community stay safer are available at UF Health.
  • 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. 

Reusable, disposable, N95 and KN95 masks are available for purchase at the UF Bookstore. Disposable and reusable masks are available for purchase at all Gator Dining locations. Additionally, masks are available for purchase from 50 vending machines across campus. 

Learn more about behavioral expectations, including guidelines for gatherings, on the UF Policy Hub page.

Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes are available for purchase at the UF Bookstore and in 50 vending machines across campus. 

Stay Home When Sick

If you are sick, please stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


Policy Enforcement

Behavioral expectations are reinforced through the University of Florida’s three-tiered approach: 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.  Enforcement of behavior found to be a violation of the Student Conduct Code may result in sanctions such as loss of privileges associated with being a University of Florida student or student organization, including suspension and expulsion.​

 

Health & Safety Standards

All UF, University Athletic Association and Extension staff and faculty, regardless of location, are required to be screened prior to coming back on campus, and testing is strongly recommended. Faculty and staff who work in health care or on campus and who have been working since the beginning of the state shelter-in-place orders are strongly encouraged to be tested.

Learn more about UF Human Resource’s Return to the Workplace initiative.

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect
UF Health has implemented a comprehensive Screen, Test & Protect initiative as a part of our measured initiative to ensure a safer return to work and school, including guidance about what will be expected of you as you prepare to return to campus.

Prevention and Protection
As Gators, we are adopting healthy habits that will help us continue to enjoy what we value most about our connections to campus. To ensure expectations are clear, UF Health has prepared resources to increase understanding about how the virus is transmitted and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Campus Safety Measures
Learn more about the measures we are putting in place to protect faculty and staff upon reopening.

Resources
The resources below will help answer additional questions and concerns you may have about returning to campus.

We understand these are unsettling times and you may have questions, concerns or even some fears. Please know our approach to returning UF to more normal operations is based on scientific evidence and modeling that show new infections can be controlled and reduced to manageable levels by expanding screening and testing and then quickly isolating those who are infected by the coronavirus.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 requirements will be relaxed in Summer B and the Fall term for extracurricular events. Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics page.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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 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.

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 results will be emailed to you no later than 48 to 72 hours after your test.

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 https://policy.ufl.edu/policy/masking-and-physical-distancing/.

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. 

https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/screen-test-protect-2/students/student-quarantine-and-isolation/

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. 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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

Subject to guidance from UF Health, we will relax the physical distancing requirements that have been in place.  Whether or not we can relax the use of masks in the classroom remains to be seen.  A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others. However, further investigation is ongoing. 

Further, UF will maintain its routine testing plan for students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk of contracting and transmitting the virus. Students who are 14 days from their first dose of the vaccine will not be included in the routine testing plans. Students who have been vaccinated may attain exemption from routine testing by uploading their CDC vaccination card to the UF Health portal.

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.

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. Physical distancing will be relaxed, although mask wearing may still be required.

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.