Guidelines for Being on Campus 

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:

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

Does the university have a plan in place in the event of a campus or community outbreak of COVID-19? (7/10)

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.

Must people wear masks when they are in a public setting but more than 6 feet apart? Further, may employees who work in an open area decline a mask so long as they put one on when someone approaches?

Please refer to the masking and physical distance policy at https://policy.ufl.edu/policy/masking-and-physical-distancing/

The policy states:

“All patients, visitors, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in UF and UF Health facilities, with only a few exceptions for children less than 2 years old or those who are ill. For those who are unable to wear a face covering, face shields will be an acceptable alternative, except as noted in the next paragraph.

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. Exceptions include when in private offices, private work spaces with adequate physical barriers, and well-ventilated outdoor spaces where appropriate physical distancing can be maintained.”

Where can I go for reliable health information and updates on COVID-19? (6/30)

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

I have plans to work or travel prior to the start of the fall semester. Do I need to self-quarantine before I arrive on campus? (8/7)

For at least 10-14 days prior to arrival to campus, we strongly encourage you to limit your exposure to people who do not live in your household to the greatest extent possible. 

If you must travel or work, or otherwise share common spaces with people who don’t live in your household, please adhere to UF’s behavioral guidance and make sure you are in the habit of these best practices before you arrive to campus.

Will masks and other personal protective equipment be available on campus? (8/13)

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

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

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

What resources are available for faculty to support their mental health and well-being during this stressful period? (7/10)

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

Why is the university recommending the flu vaccine? (7/10)

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 fall by the UF Student Health Care Center. Flu shots will be given by appointment only.

Information regarding flu shot scheduling and locations is forthcoming.

My question is not addressed here. Where can I learn more? (7/10)

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? (8/11)

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.  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.

I’d like to get tested for COVID-19 and have either already been tested via UF Health or opted out. Where can I go for a COVID test not affiliated with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect? (7/10)
  • If you are faculty or staff, please either call your primary care provider or your county’s Department of Health for testing options. If you are a not a health profession student, call the UF Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161. If you believe you have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive person, you may call UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, 352-273-9790, for guidance on getting tested for COVID-19.
  • If you are a health care worker or student (clinical/non-clinical UF Health Shands employee, clinical faculty/staff member, housestaff or clinical-facing student), call the UF Health Health Care Worker hotline at 352-265-5550 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) if you believe you have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive patient.
  • If you are a faculty member who opted out of testing during the screening process but would like to be tested, please notify UFReturntoWork@hr.ufl.edu to request a COVID-19 test.
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? (7/29)

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.