Since UF Research began implementing a multi-stage research resumption plan on May 18, thousands of faculty, staff and graduate students have been cleared to return to research facilities on campus and around the state, and more are being added daily.
The UF Research Resumption Plan employs a phased reentry strategy that balances the need to resume research activities, the type of research environment and the density of research personnel, while keeping the health and safety of faculty, staff and students paramount. The goal from the beginning has been to secure a fully reconstituted research enterprise, akin to that which existed prior to the onset of the pandemic, while minimizing the risks of coronavirus transmission in the workplace.
UF Research is working closely with the colleges, centers and institutes, and Environmental Health & Safety to ensure that researchers have all the guidance and materials they need to conduct their activities in the safest possible environment.
Safety Guidelines and Protocol
The following practices must be adhered to at all times when conducting research.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions not answered here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.