Campus Health Requirements  

When returning to campus, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to adhere to the following practices.

Physical Distancing
Whenever possible, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others while on the University of Florida properties and in common spaces until further notice.

Face Coverings

Every university student and members of student organizations must:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering in UF and UF Health facilities as required by the University’s Masking and Physical Distancing policy.
  • Wear a face covering in UF outdoor spaces when the space does not allow for appropriate physical distancing as required by the University’s Masking and Physical Distancing policy.
  • Unapproved face coverings include masks with exhalation valves or vents, which allow air to be expelled and do not prevent the person from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Examples of face coverings that help our campus community stay safer are available at UF Health.
  • All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a face covering when outside on all UF and UF Health property unless a distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. 

Reusable, disposable, N95 and KN95 masks are available for purchase at the UF Bookstore. Disposable and reusable masks are available for purchase at all Gator Dining locations. Additionally, masks are available for purchase from 50 vending machines across campus. 

Learn more about behavioral expectations, including guidelines for gatherings, on the UF Policy Hub page.

Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes are available for purchase at the UF Bookstore and in 50 vending machines across campus. 

Stay Home When Sick
If you are sick, please stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


Policy Enforcement

Behavioral expectations are reinforced through the University of Florida’s three-tiered approach: 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.  Enforcement of behavior found to be a violation of the Student Conduct Code may result in sanctions such as loss of privileges associated with being a University of Florida student or student organization, including suspension and expulsion.​

Health and Safety Standards

Informed by guidance from UF Health, members of the UF community have a big role to play in ensuring a successful return to campus. Each of us has a responsibility to understand and act on the standards and policies that allow us to maximize health and safety while teaching, working and learning. As Gators, we crave connection with each other, and we come together to seek opportunity and to make a difference. Now is a great time to show in ways big and small how we care for everyone who is part of our campus community.

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect
UF Health has implemented a comprehensive Screen, Test & Protect initiative to help support a safer return to work and school. Please visit UF Health to learn more about this important public health effort as well as what will be expected of you as you return to campus.

Prevention and protection
It is important to adopt healthy habits that will help all of us continue to enjoy what we value most about our connections to campus. 

Guidelines for students
All students are required to complete a mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire. Screening is fast and begins with answering some simple questions. As part of this process, you will have the opportunity to complete in-person COVID-19 testing. Additional student screening and testing information is available on the Students page of the Screen, Test & Protect website.

Protecting our community
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect uses public health guidance and best practices aimed at fostering a culture of care for our community while taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All of us are expected to understand what is required from each of us to ensure a safer environment and that together we will all embrace healthy habits and follow posted guidelines. We aim to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through thorough screening, testing, education and communication. University and Department of Health officials may follow-up to ensure individuals are adhering to applicable laws and regulations, as well as the policies and guidelines established as part of this public health initiative.

We are asking all members of our community to help in this process and to do your part in making the return as safe as possible. By all of us making a commitment to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable to serious illness, we can be a model for other institutions and communities across the country.

Learn more about the ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Resources

UF and UF Health are working together to gradually return faculty, staff and students to campus. This effort is guided by the world-class physicians and epidemiologists at UF Health with everyone’s health and safety as our top priority. To support you, we have prepared a variety of resources.

We understand these are unsettling times and you may have questions, concerns or even some fears. Please know that our approach to returning UF to more normal operations is based on scientific evidence and modeling that show new infections can be controlled and reduced to manageable levels by screening and testing and then quickly isolating those who are infected by the coronavirus. While this is an evolving situation, we are devoted to putting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff first.

UF also offers the following additional resources.

Counseling and Wellness Center
To support students where they are, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) offers remote mental health counseling services for students. If students need extra, short-term support, please call the CWC at (352) 392-1575 to schedule a brief consultation appointment to discuss eligibility to receive remote mental health counseling. Additionally, the Counseling & Wellness Center offers online webinars and group support to provide mental health information to UF students on various topics including managing anxiety.

GatorWell Health Promotion Services
Creating balance can seem like a daunting task when there is so much uncertainty swirling around. However, there are virtual resources available to help students set a plan for success. The staff in GatorWell Health Promotion Services offers certified wellness coaching to assist students in setting priorities and identifying specific changes they want to make to improve their academic performance and manage stress.

Student Health Care Center
The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is available in-person and virtually to support students’ health care needs. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the SHCC to set an appointment for testing. 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 their 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. Students who do not already have a UFHealth MyChart account can register for one and activate it immediately by logging onto mychart.shands.org. Download of the Zoom app is required for telehealth visits. Please call for additional assistance. SHCC business hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the university recommending the flu vaccine? (7/10)

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 fall by the UF Student Health Care Center. Flu shots will be given by appointment only.

Information regarding flu shot scheduling and locations is forthcoming.

How will campus health and safety policies be enforced? (8/11)

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? (8/26)

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/.

Are employees/students returning from international travel required to quarantine? Further, if someone travels after being cleared to work, must that person be re-cleared upon return? (7/29)

UF will follow the applicable CDC travel guidance restrictions, and travel guidance as determined by the State of Florida, Department of Health.  COVID-19 testing remains available for all faculty, staff and students that return from travel, but it will not be required.  

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.  

If a UF student or employee experiences financial hardship can they get assistance? (6/30)

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 masking and physical distance policies? (9/16)

All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in UF and UF Health facilities, with an exception for children less than 2 years old. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask or cloth face covering.  Masks with exhalation valves or vents allow air to be expelled and are prohibited because they do not provide protection to others. In addition, neck gaiters and bandanas should not be worn unless no other face covering is available.

Face coverings are to be worn in all classrooms, in patient care areas and when in public/common areas, including lobbies, conference rooms, elevators, stairwells, bathrooms and lounges. Face coverings are also required on employee and visitor shuttles, and on RTS buses.

Exceptions include when in private offices, private workspaces with adequate physical barriers, and well-ventilated outdoor spaces where appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet or more can be maintained.

All visitors, faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and vendors are required to wear a face covering when outside on all UF and UF Health property unless a distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. 

Please refer to the masking and physical distance policy at https://policy.ufl.edu/policy/masking-and-physical-distancing/.

How many cases of COVID-19 are in Alachua County? (8/25)

For information about cases in Alachua County, please see the county's  COVID-19 recovery dashboard.

When can I move in or return to my room for Spring 2021 semester? (10/13)

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/  

Will masks and other personal protective equipment be available on campus? (8/13)

Masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in the UF bookstore, Gator Dining, and in 50 vending machines across campus. 

If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?

Please email reopen@ufl.edu 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? (7/10)

This fall, additional spaces for study and student life activities will be available. De-densification will be necessary for safety reasons in libraries, computer labs, dining halls, and other group gathering spaces. Plans are still being developed and more information will be available this summer in time for students coming back to campus for the fall semester.

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. 

How many employees have been tested? How many positive cases have there been? (6/30)

For specific data, please visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website.

Will UF services and buildings be available after Thanksgiving? (10/13)

Yes. Campus will remain open.

Can I get a contract to live on campus for the Spring? (10/13)

Almost all students living on campus for the fall already have a contract that covers the Spring 2021 semester. New and current students with an active housing application should visit https://hms.housing.ufl.edu. On the home screen, there will be an option to express interest in Spring 2021 housing. All you need to do is click the button, and our staff will send out Spring 2021 housing agreements starting in November on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

How long does the housing contract run? (10/13)

Contracts for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 and contracts for Spring 2021 will end on May 1, 2021 at noon. 

Does the university have a plan in place in the event of a campus or community outbreak of COVID-19? (7/10)

Rooted in expertise from UF Health, university leadership has developed a range of contingency plans based on situations and circumstances that might occur.

The university is taking into careful consideration surrounding healthcare and treatment capabilities, on-campus testing capacities and back-up providers, and available isolation and quarantine capabilities on and around campus.

Contingency planning is also taking into account what is happening in the surrounding community, and federal and state guidelines.

Where can I go for reliable health information and updates on COVID-19? (6/30)

For the most up-to-date information about health, wellness and prevention of COVID-19, please visit

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.

Do I get to pick my room? What halls are available? (10/13)

Most students moving in this Spring will get to pick their room. To learn more about availability, visit: https://www.housing.ufl.edu/stay-all-in/  

Does the university have an emergency management plan? (6/30)

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.

I’d like to get tested for COVID-19; where can I go for a test? (9/24)

Have symptoms? Or just want to get tested because you are worried you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19? We have made scheduling testing easier and more straightforward. 

Students and employees should visit One.UF.edu, open and fill out the short screening questionnaire and schedule a test. It’s that easy.

Locations will be available for next day or same-day testing until appointments fill. Results are emailed back to your UF email address within 24 to 48 hours. 

If your symptoms concern you and you think you need to see a doctor, just click the designated box on the questionnaire and you will be given instructions on how to be seen at the Student Health Care Center or, if you are a UF employee, through your primary care provider. 

If you have additional questions or need to reset your screening questionnaire, email student-screening@ufl.edu if you are a student or UFReturnToWork@hr.ufl.edu if you are an employee.

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.

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.

What should I do if I am a student and do not feel well? (7/10)

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.

Where can I learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures? (9/9)

You can learn more about isolation and quarantine procedures at UF on the Screen, Test and Protect page. 

https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/screen-test-protect-2/students/student-quarantine-and-isolation/

What behavior is expected on campus to prevent community spread? (8/10)

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? (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.

What is the return-to-campus process if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19? (8/18)

Please see UF Health’s Screen, Test, Protect website for an updated matrix of the return-to-campus process.

Will UF still be quarantine/isolating students if they live in residences halls and test positive? (10/13)

Yes. Support for students needing to quarantine/isolate will continue through spring semester.

How are UF Housing and other campus facilities being cleaned? (7/10)

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.