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.
UFIT has installed HyFlex technology in most registrar-controlled classrooms, which enables instructors to simultaneously deliver lessons in person and online. For more on how to use this technology effectively, visit: https://elearning.ufl.edu/keep-teaching/preparing-for-spring/
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.
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
- What are the modes of classroom instruction for the spring semester?
- Primarily Classroom/Traditional: Face-to-face delivery (0-49% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both)
- Hybrid: Course requirements are met through a mix of online activities/assignments and in-class activities/assignments. (50-79% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.)
- Online (80-99%): Mostly online, but there is a requirement for the student to attend campus or another explicit geographic location for a portion of the course. (80-99% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.)
- Online (100%): Completely online. If included with a section that is labeled "Primarily Classroom/Traditional," the course will be delivered in "Hy-flex" format where "Primarily Classroom/Traditional" group of students are in person in the classroom, while the online students participate in the live lecture remotely. (100% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both.)
- What does “hy-flex” classroom delivery mean?
Students will be enrolled in sections that are face-to-face and online. Students in the face-to-face section will come to class in person, while students in the online sections will participate in live lectures remotely.
- Will PACE students who have met the 60-credit requirement be able to enroll in face-to-face courses later than normal once they know which of their classes will be online?
PACE students who are ready to transition from UF Online to the residential campus and face-to-face course offerings will select courses no differently than any other residential student (as described above).
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions not answered here.
- What behavior is expected on campus to prevent community spread?
Campus health guidelines are available at: https://coronavirus.ufl.edu/resources/health-guidance/. 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.
- 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.
- Am I able to take all of my classes online if I am not able to come to campus?
Aademic programming will be designed to accommodate remote instruction for as many students who desire it as possible.
- How will disability accommodations work for online classes?
The Disability Resource Center is working closely with faculty members to support student accommodations whether their class is in-person or online.
- If I am registered in a face-to-face section of a hy-flex class, will my exams be in person or will I take them online like the rest of the class?
Instructors will determine how their face-to-face sections’ exams will be administered.
- Why do some colleges have mostly hy-flex classes and others mostly face-to-face? Why isn’t there consistency across all UF classes?
Based on CDC and UF Health guidelines, each College was given the ability to provide the modalities for its courses that best meet the needs of the course, the students, and their faculty.