Informed by guidance from public health experts at UF Health, we are adjusting the fall calendar to mitigate the potential impact of a surge in COVID-19. The university leadership and health experts are closely monitoring the evolving disease patterns, and plans and strategies are in place to guide changes in campus activity as needed.
Our first day of class will be August 31, final exams will be completed by December 18, and instructors are encouraged to allow course and exam completion remotely after Thanksgiving break. The university will observe the following holidays (no classes):
Students in professional programs may operate on a different calendar and should defer to their specific college.
Professional Program Calendars
- College of Medicine (Medical Students)
First Year: August 3 – December 18, 2020 / January 4 – June 4, 2021
Second Year: August 10 – December 18, 2020 / January 4 – March 5, 2021
Third and Fourth Years: Began rotations at different times in May and June, 2020.
- College of Medicine (PhD and MS Students)
Most graduate students have already begun working with their mentors, groups, or in independent study.
- Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine Freshman orientation for the class of 2024 is August 10, 2020.
Classes begin August 17, 2020.
We remain committed to educating our students to be the next generation of leaders. Our primary goals are to ensure our students make appropriate academic progress toward graduation and to safely deliver high-quality curricular coursework and co-curricular activities while minimizing the risk of a significant flare-up of COVID-19. 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), and their academic needs must be met as well.
Consequently, we will be using several time-tested, successful instructional delivery methods for the fall. On-campus face-to-face, hybrid and synchronous and asynchronous online instruction will be provided. The specific delivery method chosen for each course has been made by the faculty in consultation with their department chairs and deans, prioritizing experiential classes, such as labs, for face-to-face instruction.
Please review your fall schedule at https://one.uf.edu/ and review fall course offerings at https://one.uf.edu/soc/. As usual, you can adjust your class schedules during the schedule adjustment period, which extends to the end of drop/add on September 4. Students who prefer to be fully online for the fall semester and can do so while staying on track to graduate on time are encouraged to configure their schedules accordingly.
Planned Delivery Methods
A course held in-person and comprising regularly scheduled face-to-face sessions. Face-to-face offerings will be held in instructional environments that meet physical distancing requirements recommended by UF Health. Face masks/cloth face coverings are required to be worn at all times during in-person sessions. Courses have been assigned a physical classroom with capacity to allow for physical distancing.
Instruction will be delivered online, either synchronously or asynchronously.
Visit UF's Center for Online Innovation & Production on YouTube for more information on UF’s online instruction.
A course that requires both in-person and online instructional activities. In-person portions will be held at scheduled times in instructional environments that meet physical distancing requirements recommended by UF Health. Face masks/cloth face coverings are required to be worn at all times during in-person sessions. The online portions may be synchronous or asynchronous.
UF delivers instruction through these various delivery methods every semester, and UF has invested heavily over several decades to build its online and hybrid education infrastructure at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. UF is a national leader in this area and emphasizes quality in its creation and delivery of course material. This breadth of delivery options is crucial to our ability to ensure the academic and health needs of students are met and to ensure inclusion of all members who would not otherwise be able to participate and make timely progress toward their degree completion.
In the event of a sudden increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, UF faculty have been encouraged to have a continuity of education plan to maintain course delivery and student instruction to the extent possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I do if COVID-19 has disrupted my research plans or progress toward graduation? (7/10)
We encourage all graduate students to have a conversation with their Supervisory Committee Chair or their department’s graduate coordinator to discuss revising their Individual Development Plan, or other plan of study as necessary. Credits in supervised (thesis or dissertation) research may be accomplished remotely in some circumstances. If they involve laboratory or other “in person” activities, see UF’s Research Resumption Plan. Most requirements as to minimum or maximum numbers of such credits are determined by the department and can be modified at the department level. The Graduate School will assist with petitions in situations that require adaptation or waiver of Graduate School policies.
- I have questions related to admissions. How do I contact them? (7/2)
Contact information is available at UF’s Admissions Office web page.
- I’m an international student and have a visa question. Whom do I contact? (7/10)
Advisors are available to help answer visa questions at the University of Florida International Center.
- How will I know if my classes will be fully online after Thanksgiving? (10/13)
Faculty should provide students direction regarding changes to courses after Thanksgiving (it should be in your course syllabus as well). If you have not yet received this information, please contact your faculty member.
- How can I get academic advising during this period? (6/30)
Academic Advising in each college is providing advising services remotely. Please contact academic advising within your college to schedule a virtual appointment.
- How do I arrange for completing my final defense and submitting my thesis? (7/10)
Work with your supervisory committee chair to arrange for the final defense. Contact the Graduate School Editorial Office for help with preparing, submitting and uploading your thesis.
- Is UF shut down following Thanksgiving break until spring 2021 semester? (10/13)
The University of Florida is not shut down after Thanksgiving. Faculty are encouraged to shift their classes to an online format after the holiday to give students the option to stay home if they so choose. Most courses will not have a face-to-face requirement after Thanksgiving, but some will.
- I'm an incoming or returning international student. Will I be able to stay in the U.S. even if I'm only taking online classes? (7/27)
Students with an active SEVIS record during spring 2020 continuing their education through F-1 visas may take classes in any modality offered by the university, according to federal guidance. New students with an initial I-20 on F-1 visas must take at least one course with a physical presence requirement. Should COVID-19 circumstances result in courses transitioning to fully online mid-semester, current guidance states that students can stay in the U.S. to continue their studies.
For more complete guidance on guidelines for international students in the Fall 2020 semester, please consult the FAQ document prepared by the UF International Center https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/updated-information-international-students-fall-2020-frequently-asked-questions
- Why is UF expanding its number of in-person classes in the Spring semester? (10/14)
UF is a residential university and is working to return to an environment of normalcy to the extent possible. Further, a substantial segment of students has indicated they would like to return to in-person settings.
- 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.
- What is the class schedule for the end of the fall 2020 semester? (10/13)
The fall class schedule can be found a https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/dates-deadlines/2020-2021/#fall20text.
- 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.
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions not answered here.
- When do I have to move out of on-campus residence halls for the fall semester? (10/13)
Students staying for the spring semester do not have to move out. However, the residence halls close on Saturday, December 19, 2020, and students must leave unless they have paid for intersession housing.
The only exception to this is Infinity Hall will remain open to residents throughout the winter break.
- With the number of class sections increasing, how will UF minimize the spread of Covid-19? (10/14)
UF will strictly adhere to CDC physical distancing guidelines, and mask wearing will be mandatory. Additionally, classrooms will be configured to allow 8 feet of distancing between each student, and many face-to-face class sections will be accompanied by a hyflex section — which streams simultaneously over the internet — to allow for decreased classroom capacity as a result of distancing requirements. Additionally, UF Health will continue its vigorous contact tracing program in partnership with the Department of Health. UF Health’s Screen, Test, & Protect initiative has also developed new tools to monitor classrooms to minimize in-class transmission. Surveillance testing will be scaled up with mandatory regularly scheduled testing of students and others at high risk of COVID-19 infection. Additionally, wastewater testing is in full swing and will enhance the overall monitor and control efforts.
- 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 services and buildings be available after Thanksgiving? (10/13)
Yes. Campus will remain open.
- Where do I go with questions about graduate level courses, registration, fees and similar issues? (7/10)
Contact your department, beginning with the Graduate Coordinator.