Informed by guidance from public health experts at UF Health, we are adjusting the spring 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 January 11, final exams will be completed by April 30, 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: January 4 – June 4, 2021
Second Year: January 4 – March 5, 2021
Third and Fourth Years: Began rotations at different times in May and June, 2021.
- 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 spring 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 spring. 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 spring schedule at https://one.uf.edu/ and review spring 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 January 15. Students who prefer to be fully online for the spring 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?
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.
- Why isn’t there consistency across all UF classes?
Based on CDC 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.
- I’m an international student and have a visa question. Whom do I contact?
Advisors are available to help answer visa questions at the University of Florida International Center.
- How will the university determine who must attend classes in person and who will be online synchronous? Can I register for online classes solely?
Students will choose sections as followed by normal registration procedures, following their assigned registration times. It is possible for students to register solely for online courses as long as the courses they need to take have an online option. The majority of courses in Spring 2021 will have online options.
- How do I arrange for completing my final defense and submitting my thesis?
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.
- Will all of the libraries and on-campus study spaces resume their normal pre-coronavirus hours?
Most of the Libraries' hours will not match pre-COVID hours. Please check https://ufl.libcal.com/hours frequently for hours, as the Libraries will monitor demand and adjust hours accordingly." To see what the current occupancy counts are in each Library location, refer to http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/status/.
- How will I know which classes and sections are face-to-face and which are online?
The UF Schedule of Courses will note the modality of every available section of a course.
- 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.
- If I am registered in a face-to-face section of a hy-flex class, can I not come to the live lecture and participate remotely as if in an online section?
Please consult with your instructor before you decide to participate in an online section. Take caution with this approach. Review the grading rubrics for participation in your syllabus closely, and ask your instructor if attending online is allowed.
- 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.
- 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.
- When will students be made aware of which classes include an in-person option? Will there be in-person options for our students at satellite campuses, or just the Gainesville campus?
The Spring 2021 Schedule of Courses, which will include the delivery of instruction of each section, will be made available to students on Friday, October 30, 2020.
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions not answered here.
- Will I pay the same student fees regardless of online or in-person instruction?
Please visit UF’s Cost of Attendance page to learn more.
- 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.
- Where do I go with questions about graduate level courses, registration, fees and similar issues?
Contact your department, beginning with the Graduate Coordinator.
- 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.
- What if I have only one face-to-face class? Does that mean I have to return to Gainesville?
If your one face-to-face class is required, necessary for you to complete in Spring 2021, and is not offered in an online modality, you must be present to participate in the class. However, if these conditions do not apply to your face-to-face class, you should be able to choose another class that is online to replace your face-to-face class if you desire to be remote from Gainesville in the Spring 2021 semester. Before you choose your final set of classes for Spring 2021, consult with your academic advisor to make sure that these courses will keep you on track to graduate on time.
- What will the capacity be in classrooms?
In accordance with CDC Guidelines and UF Health guidance, all seating in our classrooms will be physically distanced, dramatically reducing class capacities.
- I have questions related to admissions. How do I contact them?
Contact information is available at UF’s Admissions Office web page.
- If I am registered in an online section of a hy-flex class, can I show up to the face-to-face lecture classroom?
No. Your participation is limited to only distance modality. This is because the classrooms have limited capacity because of social distancing and cannot safely accommodate additional students.
- How can I get academic advising during the Spring 2021 semester?
Each Academic Advising office will determine its mode of advising in Spring 2021. Most will likely provide a majority of advising sessions remotely. You can find contact information for advising office here: http://undergrad.aa.ufl.edu/for-students/remote-academic-advising-college-contacts-at-uf-/.
- Why is UF expanding its number of in-person classes in the Spring semester?
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.
- I am in a mandatory testing group: How do I get cleared for campus?
As students and faculty prepare to return to campus for the spring semester, the University of Florida will initiate return-to-campus protocols based on demographic.
- On December 21, all students will be marked “not cleared for campus.” They will then have until Jan. 10 to complete an initial health screening questionnaire for the spring semester. The health screening questionnaire is available at one.ufl.edu.
- After the initial return-to-campus screening, all students will begin to receive a weekly health screening questionnaire and those students determined by UF Health experts to present a high-risk for contracting or transmitting the virus will be included into the routine testing plan, where they will be tested every two weeks beginning the week of Jan. 11.
Groups currently included in the high-risk student population and the routine testing plan include:
- students in face-to-face classes
- students who live in undergraduate residence halls
- active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence
Students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk for contracting and transmitting the virus — those living in residence halls and/or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction — must complete the health screening questionnaire and schedule a test by Jan. 10 to be cleared for campus.
After the initial return-to-campus testing, UF will transition to the routine testing plan, where high-risk students will be tested every two weeks.
For more information, please visit the Health & Safety Guidlines page.
- 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).
- With the number of class sections increasing, how will UF minimize the spread of Covid-19?
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.