We will encourage student access to our campus traditions, making necessary modifications to promote student safety and well-being while fostering community and connection.
Whether in-person or virtually, students and their organizations will be supported as they engage each other in various activities. Training, resources and technology support will be provided to ensure that student leaders and organizations can flourish.
The Care Team in the Dean of Students Office is available to provide resources, from Success Plans to medical withdrawal, to all students. UF’s Counseling and Wellness Center also offers a range of counseling and other services.
Faculty and staff will check-in with students to ensure they are supported and take advantage of all opportunities as well as to recognize and resolve any concerns.
Parents and Families
Parents and families will be made aware of any changes to the overall roadmap as any adjustments or news arises.
More student offerings will be announced as fall approaches. For more on the student experience, as well as related resources, visit: UF's Division of Student Affairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will I know whether my on-campus job will be running through the semester?
Students are encouraged to reach out to their supervisor about the status of their on-campus job.
- 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.
- 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/.
- Is UF offering COVID-19 testing in the spring semester 2021?
Yes. UF will continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.
- Why is the university recommending the flu vaccine?
Individuals are strongly encouraged to get the annual flu shot, and it is required for health care workers and students who are in a health care environment.
Although the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has long recommended that everyone more than 6 months old get a flu shot annually, this year it is even more strongly recommended by health experts. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing and by some projections may reach a high enough level in some areas to overwhelm the available health care systems. If a maximum number of individuals get flu shots this year, there should be less demand on the health care systems due to flu and thereby decrease the chances of exceeding the capacity of our health care systems.
Flu shots will be given to all UF students and employees who want one at multiple locations on campus this spring by the UF Student Health Care Center. Flu shots will be given by appointment only.
- 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.
- Where can I find hours for campus facilities?
Facilities are adjusting hours of operation as needed.
For Reitz Union hours, please visit: https://www.union.ufl.edu/
For Student Health Care Center Hours, please visit: https://shcc.ufl.edu/
For Newell Hall hours, please visit: https://newell.ufsa.ufl.edu/
For Recreation Sports hours, please visit: https://recsports.ufl.edu/
For library hours, please visit: https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/
For dining hours, please visit: https://gatordining.com/
To check the status of your local UF/IFAS Extension office, research center or 4-H Camp, please visit https://ifas.ufl.edu/local-updates/.
- Will students be able to check out laptops from the library in the spring?
The Libraries discontinued laptop loans some time ago; however, you can check out an ipad for extended periods of time. Refer to each Library’s web site (e.g., https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/mslipad) for more details.
- Can I still participate in career fairs?
Yes, career fairs will have a hybrid option following health and safety guidelines. For more, visit the Career Connections Center.
- I have questions related to financial aid. Where do I go?
Information related to financial aid, including contact information for questions, can be found at the UF Office of Financial Affairs.
- Who do I contact if I have questions about my housing account?
All housing account questions can be directed to the Housing Accounts Receivables team at HREUAAccounts@ufsa.ufl.edu.
- 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.
- If a UF student or employee experiences financial hardship can they get assistance?
UF’s Aid-a-Gator financial assistance program is available for students and employees. Visit the Aid-A-Gator website for more information. If you want to help students and employees with financial need, you can donate to these programs.
If you have a financial hardship and are struggling to purchase food, UF’s Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry is available for you.
- 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 can I move in or return to my room for Spring 2021 semester?
Students will be able to move in or return to campus the week of January 3, 2021. For more information, visit: https://www.housing.ufl.edu/stay-all-in/
- 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.
- Will I be able to participate in student organizations and other co-curricular activities and events? How will I know what is available?
Yes, students will have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities in Spring 2021. 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 that are safe, physically distanced, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, 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/.
- Will there still be capacity limits in study areas (libraries, Newell Hall, Union, etc)? What are the hours?
Capacity limits will still be in place for UF facilities to promote physical distancing. Hours for facilities can be found on their websites.
- If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?
Please email email@example.com for additional questions not answered here.
- Where can we go (or not go) on campus? Will there be places for studying and socializing outside of classrooms and residence halls?
Spaces for study and student life activities are available. De-densification will be necessary for safety reasons in libraries, computer labs, dining halls, and other group gathering spaces.
- 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.
- Will the recreation center be open? Will there be intramural sports/events on campus?
Southwest Recreation Center and Lake Wauburg are currently open. For adjusted hours and guidelines, please visit UF Rec Sports.
- What will orientation be like?
Although the purposes of these programs will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to support our COVID-19 Protection Plan. The Preview program for undergraduate students is being offered virtually.
- Will athletic events continue to take place?
Updates on athletics are available on the university athletics pages.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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-/.
- Does the university have an emergency management plan?
The University of Florida has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which is publicly posted on our website. The purpose of this plan is to facilitate preparedness and actions for responding to a myriad of events that pose a threat to the safety and security of our students, patients, faculty and staff. These threats range from hurricanes to the challenges associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Our emergency management plan creates structures within the university, with dictated roles and responsibilities guiding the efforts of individuals in every facet of our large academic and healthcare communities. Leading the university’s emergency management response is a group of senior leaders and staff members representing our health colleges, hospitals, academics, and operational management, among others. Among the group’s primary responsibilities are actions currently taking place at UF:
- Providing information and recommendations during this public health emergency, with the Student Health Care Center director serving as the university’s lead public health official.
- Providing health services and resources, including medical and behavioral health, for UF students and employees.
- Coordinating operations and programs specific to public health such as mass vaccination clinics and alternate medical treatment sites, as evidenced by the recently opened COVID-19 testing facility in The Villages.
- Facilitating information and education for the university community.
The university also has a more detailed plan that guides its response to infectious disease spread and pandemics. These documents are exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Florida Statute 1004.0962 (Campus emergency response) due to the fact that they contain sensitive information that, if publicly released, could create a security risk for the university’s students, faculty and staff.
The university is committed to transparency regarding its response to and management of campus operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Will there be an adjustment to the price of tuition/housing/dining for students who go home at the end of in person instruction?
No. The university plans to remain open and operational for the entire spring semester.
- 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.
- Are campus tours available?
Campus tours and visits are cancelled. For updates, please visit UF Admissions.
- If the university must shift and go entirely virtual in the spring, will there be housing refunds or can students get out of their contracts?
Regardless of course delivery, students are obligated to the terms and conditions for spring once a contract is complete. There is no cancellation period for Spring 2021 housing agreements.
- What should I do if I am a student and do not feel well?
It is imperative that any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 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. Additionally, telehealth visits and phone triage are also available to assist patients with COVID-19 concerns. If you don’t already have a UFHealth MyChart account, you can register for one and activate it immediately by logging onto mychart.shands.org. Download of the Zoom app is required for telehealth visits.
- 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.
- Where can I learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures?
You can learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures at UF on the Screen, Test and Protect 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).
- Is it mandatory to get tested for COVID-19 in order to be on campus?
We plan to continue with the core strategy of targeted testing, but are adding mandatory surveillance testing at the start of the semester, continuing with testing every two weeks, for students living in residence halls and those participating in Greek life in Gainesville or in face-to-face classroom instruction. Adjustments will be made on the basis of needs that arise during the ever-changing pandemic.
- 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.
- 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.
- Will UF still be quarantine/isolating students if they live in residences halls and test positive?
Yes. Support for students needing to quarantine/isolate will continue through spring semester.
- What is the return-to-campus process if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Please see UF Health’s Screen, Test, Protect website for an updated matrix of the return-to-campus process.
- How are UF Housing and other campus facilities being cleaned?
UF’s custodial team is conducting their usual, daily, disinfecting cleaning in areas such as public restrooms along with doing a deeper disinfectant cleaning in all common/lobby spaces. They are increasing the daily wiping down of high touch surfaces in all residence halls to include:
- Doors doorknobs, handrails, elevator push buttons
- Desks, tables, chairs, arm rest of chairs
- Counters, offices, phones, keyboards, laptop keypads in common spaces
- Bathroom fixtures, toilets, sinks
- Water fountain push buttons
Areas are being cleaned using microfiber cleaning cloths which are frequently changed and being disinfected using Diversey Oxivir TB.
Supervisors are monitoring desk area locations to ensure hand sanitizer bottles are kept replenished at the desk and not allowed to run low.
Staff are focusing on after-hours cleaning for areas that are visibly soiled and immediately cleaning those locations.
As normal if students have a cleaning concern, they can submit an iService ticket.
Throughout campus, in addition to their normal operations, custodial staff have increased disinfecting activities in all campus buildings they serve. Special attention is being given to bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and common areas.