The primary goals of our fall plan are to ensure that students make appropriate and successful academic progress toward graduation and to deliver, as safely as possible, high-quality curricular coursework and co-curricular activities. We also recognize that some students and faculty may not be able to be present on campus in the fall for a variety of reasons (e.g., issues involving health, family needs, travel restrictions).
Consequently, we will be using several time-tested instructional delivery methods: face-to-face, hybrid and synchronous and asynchronous online instruction will be provided. Our faculty and our support infrastructure for online instruction are national leaders in this area.
In order to support faculty in online teaching and research, ongoing training and resources are available from the Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Instructional Technology and Training, Center for Online Innovation and Production and faculty peers.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Faculty and staff must wear face masks/cloth face coverings in all campus facilities unless they are isolated from other individuals. Faculty and staff who will interact directly with students in classrooms or the public will be provided with appropriate PPE. Face-to-face class offerings will be conducted in classrooms that meet physical distancing requirements.
The Provost’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs and campus partners have produced a comprehensive behavioral expectations plan to support and encourage students to adopt healthy and appropriate behaviors to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the campus community. Students will begin to see communications about expectations over the coming weeks.
New required syllabi language will be provided for in-person classes, laboratory and experiential learning experiences. In-class behaviors will remain governed by our classroom behaviors policy. Students who refuse to wear masks/cloth face coverings or adhere to physical distancing guidelines will be subject to progressive discipline.
Faculty are encouraged to design their fall course offerings to allow course and exam completion remotely following the Thanksgiving Break. Departments are expected to have a continuity of education plan in place in case an instructor is unable to continue delivering the course and/or students are unable to engage in class activities due to illness or quarantine/isolation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will online exams be handled? (7/10)
Faculty will use different approaches to online exams. The university is working on general guidelines (based on the experiences from the spring final exam period) for faculty in order to optimize the process and to foster student learning while being mindful of possible academic integrity concerns.
- If most of my classes will be online, am I entitled to reimbursement or a discount for tuition? (7/10)
No. UF is committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience, whether it is face-to-face, online, or hybrid. UF has assembled a world-class instructional faculty and has invested heavily in instructional design of courses, their delivery, and associated materials. In fact, UF is nationally recognized for its online programs, and instructors are continuously honing creative and innovative ways to ensure an effective learning environment no matter the format.
- What protocols should be followed for the cleaning of classrooms and laboratories after each use? (7/29)
In general, CDC recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfection should be followed. A full cleaning in between class sessions or after each use is unnecessary. However, common touchpoints, such as doorknobs, should be wiped down after each use. The university will provide a disinfectant bucket with wipes for each academic classroom and class lab and require users to maintain responsibility for wiping down individual areas. If a known COVID-19 case has been identified within a room or facility, Facility Services should be notified.
- What will lab classes look like for fall 2020? (7/10)
Lab-based courses on campus will be planned and implemented differently by different faculty. There are two possible approaches. One approach might be a reduction of the number of labs and rotation of students to participate in smaller groups to allow each student to experience each lab (e.g., students will be able to complete all labs offered). Another approach might be a reduction of the number of labs with a portion of students completing some labs in-person and another portion of students doing different labs in-person and/or supplementing with virtual labs or simulations.
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- Is UF open? (6/30)
Classes are being held online for summer sessions with some resources, such as dining halls, open for students who must stay on campus. UF expects to reopen in the fall.
- What behavior is expected on campus to prevent community spread? (7/2)
When returning to campus, all students, faculty and staff 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: 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. 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.
- 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.
- Stay Home When Sick: If you are sick, please stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
For more information, please visit the UF Health website.
- 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.
- Am I able to take all of my classes online if I am not able to come to campus? (7/10)
Fall academic programming will be designed to accommodate remote instruction for as many students who desire it as possible.
- Will UF cap the maximum number of people attending in-person lectures? (7/10)
UF has always capped the number of people attending in-person classes, usually due to room constraints. Because of the new requirements for physical distancing, classrooms accommodate fewer people than previously.
- How will disability accommodations work for online classes? (7/10)
The Disability Resource Center is working closely with faculty members to support student accommodations whether their class is in-person or online.