Traditions and Student Organizations
Campus traditions and student organizations, clubs and activities will be largely held in person.
For more on the student experience, as well as related resources, visit: UF's Division of Student Affairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will campus events such as football games, sorority, and fraternity rush resume without physical distancing for the Summer and Fall semesters?
Assuming the pandemic continues to diminish, physical distancing will be relaxed in Summer B and the Fall term for extracurricular events. Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics page.
- What should I do if I am a student and do not feel well?
Any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Care Center at (352) 392-1161 to discuss symptoms with a nurse or medical provider before your visit to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.
- Are instructors permitted to enforce physical distancing in their classrooms?
No, they may not enforce it. Summer A classes will retain their initial capacities, and classes are configured to accommodate physical distancing. But students may decide whether to continue distancing in the classroom.
- Will I be able to participate in student organizations and other co-curricular activities and events?
Yes, students will have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities. The range of opportunities are broad and deep, including student activities and organizations, career success services, health and wellness, and inclusion and multicultural development. Students can engage in a variety of in-person events, along with continued virtual programming so all students can participate. Follow UF Student Life on Instagram and Twitter @UFStudentLife and visit the virtual student union at https://ufsa.ufl.edu/virtual-union/.
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
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- How can I learn more about what to expect for the Summer and Fall semesters?
UF will continue to communicate proactively about the expectations for students, faculty and staff in the fall semester. Additionally, please visit this site regularly for the latest information.
- During Summer A, is physical distancing still expected in campus facilities? As an example, are employees at the dining halls, libraries, etc. still expected to enforce physical distancing protocols?
Consistent with CDC guidelines, we recommend (but do not require) maintaining physical distancing for those who have not been vaccinated. We encourage everyone to be mindful that this is a time of adjustment and to be considerate and respectful of others’ personal space. Further, we ask everyone to be patient as we gradually transition campus physical spaces to accommodate pre-pandemic capacities.
- What is the university’s events and gatherings policy?
UF’s existing policy on indoor events and gatherings will remain in place until June 28, which marks the start of Summer B. Current restrictions are lifted for outdoor events.
- What health and safety precautions will remain in place for the Summer semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.
Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required.
UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. To learn how and where to receive the vaccine, visit: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/vaccinations/vaccine-availability/
- What resources are available for students, faculty or staff who are experiencing stress during this time?
- 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.
- Will increased sanitation services continue?
Increased sanitation and disinfecting services in UF facilities will continue through Building Services. These enhanced measures are integrated and incorporated into our standard operating procedures.
- Will study abroad resume during the Summer and Fall semesters?
From UF’s point of view, study abroad will resume but will likely continue to be affected by any pandemic-related restrictions in foreign countries related to travel and quarantine. Please contact the UFIC Study Abroad office for more information.