October 21: UF application process update

Charles Murphy, Director of Freshman and International Admissions

We are writing to let you know that, given the current environment with the coronavirus pandemic, we are moving our application deadline to Monday, November 16. Previously, our deadline was November 1. We’ve heard from students, parents and high school counselors that additional time to apply will be helpful given all that you are juggling right now during the pandemic.

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October 11: President reaffirms commitment to health guidelines

UF President Kent Fuchs

The University of Florida remains fully and firmly committed to following CDC guidelines for every part of our campus from classrooms to athletic venues as well as the guidance of our own experts at UF Health and local and state health officials.

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October 9: Planning for the spring semester

UF President Kent Fuchs

“On behalf of students who will benefit from increased in-person classes, and on behalf of those whose jobs will be saved through sustained funding of our operations, I offer my deep and heartfelt appreciation,” said President Kent Fuchs in his video statement to faculty and staff.

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October 6: Preparing for Spring Semester 2021: UF and COVID-19

Michael Lauzardo, Director, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect

UF will expand its in-person class offerings during Spring 2021. The schedule of classes will be published Oct. 30.

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September 23: Spring Break announcement

University of Florida leadership has approved last week’s Faculty Senate vote for UF not to observe Spring Break 2021, which would have been March 6-13, and extend winter break by one week with the spring semester beginning Jan. 11.

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September 23: State University System directs universities to plan alternate fall commencement

The foundational priority of each university is the health and well-being of our university students, faculty and staff.  On March 17 and subsequently on June 4, we directed the state universities to develop an alternate schedule or method of delivery for spring and summer commencement. Based on that direction, some universities moved their traditional commencement dates to later in the year, while others scheduled virtual celebrations. 

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September 21: COVID-19 update: Saliva testing now available

Michael Lauzardo, Director, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect on Saturday began offering saliva coronavirus testing for UF students, faculty and staff, a method of detecting the virus that is expected to largely replace nasal swabs that are inserted deep into noses.

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September 18: Clarification of Attendance, Verification of Illness, and COVID Protocols for Face-to- Face Classes

The purpose of this message is to clarify the attendance/verification of illness/COVID protocols for your face-to-face classes this semester in order to clear up any confusion and, hopefully, decrease any undue stress.

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September 18: Communication to parents about quarantine

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Glover; Vice President for Student Affairs D’Andra Mull

As we collectively navigate the uncharted territory that this pandemic brings, we appreciate your voices, and we are constantly following the data and listening to your experiences to enhance communications and adjust processes.

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September 18: Spring Break announcement

University of Florida leadership is reviewing a Thursday Faculty Senate vote moving Spring Break from March 6-13 to Jan. 4-8, effectively extending winter break by one week. Spring semester, therefore, would begin on Jan. 11.
 
UF administration expects to make a final decision soon.
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September 17: Deans and department chairs information

Melanie Fridl Ross, Chief Communications Officer, UF Health

We are two weeks into the Fall semester and things have been moving quickly since we welcomed students back to campus. Below, please find a quick summary of some of the latest resources available to faculty and staff as well as information you may wish to share with your students.

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September 16: UF Masking and Physical Distancing Policy update

Our face-covering policy has been revised: Effective immediately, face coverings are now required outdoors on UF and UF Health property unless a physical distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. The full policy is available below. Please also see coronavirus.ufl.edu for more information.

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September 11: Student testing opportunities

Michael Lauzardo, MD, MSc Director, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect

It’s been inspiring to see how the campus community has pulled together amid this most unusual start to the academic year. The beginning of school is typically a fun and exciting time, and this year is no different, despite the unique challenges these historic times bring. We’re reconnecting with each other in creative ways. We’re making new discoveries and learning new things in the classroom. And each day we witness how students, faculty and staff — in ways big and small — are helping each other, demonstrating a true culture of caring and concern.

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September 6: Labor Day update

The increase in positive cases we are seeing on campus this weekend is in keeping with what the University of Florida and UF Health anticipated and planned for, and we have resources in place to address the uptick in numbers, which will likely continue for some time in the wake of the holiday weekend. 

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September 3: Gators announce stadium capacity and game day protocols for 2020 football season

Football in the Swamp is a month away, and in order to prioritize the health and safety of the Gator Nation, game days are going to be different in 2020. The University Athletic Association is announcing the first of several game day safety protocols and strategies, including a reduced fan capacity plan ahead of the Gators’ home opener against South Carolina scheduled for Oct. 3.

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August 18: Two important asks

UF President Kent Fuchs

We are eagerly preparing for the start of the academic year, and I am incredibly excited about all the experiences and accomplishments we will enjoy together.

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August 18: An open letter to the community

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie II Alachua County Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson City of Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe

As we welcome students back for the fall semester, the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are partnering to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible.

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August 18: COVID-19 Update: Our Data Dashboard

Michael Lauzardo

As the start of fall semester approaches, we are kicking off a new public dashboard that offers an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of COVID-19 trends among members of the university community — faculty, staff and students.

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July 30: SEC announces 10-game conference schedule

University Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference has established Sept. 26 as the new kickoff for the 2020 football season, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday. The 2020 SEC football season will be comprised of a 10-game Conference-only schedule.

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July 10: Reopening plan for Fall 2020

Joe Glover, Provost; Charles Lane, Chief Operating Officer; D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs

By now, you’ve likely heard about or seen UF’s Reopening Plan for the fall semester, which lays out how the university will move forward amid the ongoing pandemic. Our Plan Forward is a comprehensive guide for students, faculty, staff and our community on what the fall semester will entail. It is a living and flexible document as our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices to address the virus evolve.

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July 2: Open Message to University of Florida Students, Santa Fe College Students and Members of the Community

Dr. D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Florida; Dr. Naima Cherie Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe College; Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Gainesville; Michele Lieberman, County Manager, Alachua County

The health and safety of our students and our community is paramount. We each have a role to play in limiting the potential spread of this disease. 

With the Fourth of July holiday on the horizon, coupled with the reality of the impact of the virus, now is the time to band together to fight this global pandemic and collectively commit to do our part to promote a culture of care and compassion for one another.

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July 1: Campus Events and Gatherings Policies in response to COVID-19 effective July 1, 2020

While the university encourages organizers of events and gatherings to continue the pursuit of alternative virtual modes of participation as their primary method of conducting such activities, effective July 1, 2020, indoor and outdoor events and gatherings at all University-owned, -occupied, or -controlled lands and buildings (“University Properties”) located within the state of Florida will be allowed to resume on a gradual, controlled, and phased approach. 

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July 1: Reopening plan, fall schedule to be announced July 10

Joseph Glover, Provost; Charlie Lane, Chief Operating Officer; D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs

By now, you’ve likely heard about or seen UF’s Reopening Plan for the fall semester, which lays out how the university will move forward amid the ongoing pandemic.

We had planned to release it on July 2, along with the updated Fall Schedule of Classes, but given the current surge in cases statewide and in Alachua County, we are postponing their release to July 10 so that we can better understand the possible trajectory of the pandemic and provide you with more definitive guidance.

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June 10: VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND PLANNED FOR SUMMER GRADUATES; SPRING AND SUMMER GRADUATES INVITED TO ATTEND FUTURE IN-PERSON CEREMONIES

At the direction of the State University System due to COVID-19, UF will not hold in-person summer or in-person rescheduled spring graduation ceremonies in July and August as originally planned. The university will provide every spring and summer graduate an opportunity to participate in a future in-person commencement ceremony.

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June 4: State directs UF, other public universities to plan alternative summer commencements

The State University System today directed Florida public universities to plan alternatives to in-person commencement ceremonies due to continued COVID-19 health guidelines limiting gatherings.

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June 1: UF HAS CREATED A DRAFT PLAN FOR REOPENING THAT FOLLOWS THE SUS BLUEPRINT. WE WELCOME INPUT.

UF President Kent Fuchs

The Florida Board of Governors, the State University System’s governing board, has approved a broad SUS blueprint for reopening the state’s public universities this fall. The blueprint stresses as a foundational priority the health and welfare of students, faculty, staff and others while giving individual universities flexibility in their reopening rules, procedures and guidelines. Under the blueprint, universities are developing their own reopening plans.

The University of Florida’s draft plan outlines how UF will strive to create a safer, healthier campus environment and continue its research and education missions using screening and testing, enhanced protective measures, comprehensive communications and other tools.

We welcome input on the UF plan. Please send your comments to reopen@ufl.edu

The UF Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plan during its June 5 meeting. The plan will be submitted to the Board of Governors by the June 12 deadline. It is expected the plan will continue to evolve as circumstances with COVID-19 evolve globally and locally.

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May 19: STATEMENT REGARDING FLORIDA BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNOUNCEMENT OF FALL REOPENING

UF President Kent Fuchs

"I embrace yesterday’s announcement from the Board of Governors that the University of Florida and the rest of the State University System will reopen in the fall. The blueprint and timeline fit perfectly with the work happening at the University of Florida, where the process of returning our employees to the workplace is already underway."

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May 19: Coronavirus Taskforces' Work is Underway

Provost Joe Glover and Senior VP and COO Charlie Lane

UF has created eleven task forces, each of which is charged with addressing an important aspect of our recovery. Each task force is chaired by UF leadership, and their membership includes medical experts, deans and members of the president’s cabinet.

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May 12: Revised Travel Policy

On March 16, 2020, President Fuchs prohibited non-essential university travel. Travel that was deemed essential needed approval by a Senior Vice President or Vice President. Employees were strongly encouraged to minimize personal travel. This memo modifies that policy as follows.

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May 1: An end-of-academic-year video from President Fuchs

President Kent Fuchs

View an end-of-academic-year video from UF President Kent Fuchs.

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May 1: UF health to provide coronavirus test-and-trace program to help reopen university

University of Florida Health is rolling out plans for a rigorous “test-and-trace” program to support the staged reopening of UF, an expansive data-driven effort that will allow students, faculty and staff to return to campus as safely as possible while minimizing the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus.

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May 1: Next Steps for Our University

Joe Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As the spring semester nears its end, we would like to express our gratitude for all that you have done and continue to do in support of the University of Florida community.  While it will be some time until our campus returns to a more normal status, we will soon be taking the first steps in that direction, guided by the world-class physicians and epidemiologists at UF Health. 

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April 17: Acting and Deciding in Uncertain Times

A column by UF President Kent Fuchs in The Independent Florida Alligator discussing planning and decision-making for the fall semester.

With only two weeks left in the Spring semester, students and everyone in our university community are eager for information on what’s ahead. Hundreds of talented individuals across the university are working to plan and prepare the campus for a variety of possible scenarios. They are working to both model and control the future.

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April 15: April 2020 Parking Decal Refunds and Summer 2020 Parking Decal Requirements

Business Affairs VP Curtis Reynolds

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, UF Transportation and Parking Services will provide students, faculty, and staff parking decal refunds for the month of April 2020.

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April 6: Spring 2020 S/U Grading Option for UF Graduate Students

Over the past few weeks, the Graduate School has been reviewing policies to allow appropriate flexibility for Spring 2020. The Graduate School and several colleges will implement policy to provide an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) grading option to eligible, letter-graded graduate courses, as determined by your college and department, for Spring 2020. 

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April 6: Summer B Online / Revised Dates for Summer A, B and C

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover and Senior VP and COO Charlie Lane

UF will continue online delivery of coursework during the Summer B term, as has been announced for the Summer A and Summer C  terms. The Summer B term is being shifted to start one week later than had been previously announced in the academic calendar. This shift will also affect some Summer C dates as indicated below. Summer B Classes will begin on July 6 instead of on June 29. Other important dates to note:

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April 3: A Newsletter From Vice President for Student Affairs D'Andra Mull

Student Affairs VP D'Andra Mull

This week, state of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” executive order that addresses essential services and activities for the state of Florida, which went into effect today. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, UF has implemented a variety of measures to be responsive to the changing realities associated with the pandemic, and our community has already been operating in a manner consistent with this executive order as well as local county guidance since March 24.

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April 3: NOTE OF GRATITUDE TO FACULTY MEMBERS FROM PROVOST JOE GLOVER AND PRESIDENT KENT FUCHS

President Kent Fuchs and Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover

We want to take this time to extend our profound gratitude for your tireless work and resilience since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Three weeks ago you were asked to move all instructional activities online. We thank you for successfully and smoothly doing so, while helping students make the transition as they dispersed, many of them under considerable stress.

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March 30: UF President Kent Fuchs Update on COVID-19

UF President Kent Fuchs

A video message from President Kent Fuchs regarding UF community resilience and his four priorities for the coming weeks:

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March 27: Hiring Pause

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover and Human Resources VP Jodi Gentry

In response to the continuously changing circumstances involving the spread of COVID-19, the University of Florida is pausing faculty and staff hiring, including OPS jobs, effective immediately and until further notice, with a few exceptions.

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March 27: Partial Housing and Dining Refunds for Spring 2020 Semester

Business Affairs VP Curtis Reynolds and Student Affairs VP D’Andra Mull

The University of Florida and its Dining service provider Aramark plan to offer students partial refunds for those who left campus early this semester due to COVID-19.

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March 25: Message to Students on Spring 2020 S/U Grading and Drop Options

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover

In the past two weeks, our entire Gator community has faced unprecedented change in our work, study, and social lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UF Administration and Faculty are grateful for your resilience and flexibility in shifting your lives away from campus as a result of this pandemic. Many of you have shared your experiences with us as you make every effort to transition to a new place and a new way of learning, and we recognize the extreme disruption this shift has brought to your lives. In an attempt to help you continue to progress towards your degree and future career aspirations in a timely manner, the UF Administration and Faculty have approved a change in the current UF S/U Grading and Drop Policies for Spring 2020 courses.

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March 24: UF TO REMAIN OPEN, BUT WILL LIMIT ON-CAMPUS WORK TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES, STARTING TODAY

Senior VP and COO Charlie Lane and Human Resources VP Jodi Gentry

Alachua County mandated emergency "stay at home" orders effective at midnight, Monday, March 23. UF is reducing on-campus personnel to those identified as essential, starting today. If you are unsure about whether this includes you, your manager will be able to provide you with guidance and more details about what this entails. If you have been approved to work from home, please do so. If you have been identified as essential and your job requires you to remain on campus, please practice social distancing, maintaining at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others whenever possible. The University of Florida is firmly committed to prioritizing our community’s health and safety to the greatest extent possible.

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March 20: FITNESS CENTERS, DORMS AND MEAL PLANS

Student Affairs VP D’Andra Mull

Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order (No. 20-71) regarding Gyms and Fitness Centers. In accordance with state guidance, campus recreation and fitness centers, including Southwest Recreation Center will close at 10 p.m. tonight until further notice. Lake Wauburg North Shore will remain open except for the swimming area and boating. Hours of operation can be found online at https://recsports.ufl.edu/about/hours/. Recreational Sports will be providing online exercise courses and instruction for students to remain active remotely.

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March 19: UF Spring Commencement Rescheduled

Following the State University System’s announcement that on-campus commencement ceremonies will not be held at Florida public universities in May, UF has rescheduled its Spring commencement for the weekend of July 31-August 2 for students graduating with master’s or bachelor’s degrees. Graduating doctoral students can participate in the summer doctoral ceremony scheduled for August 7. Guests are welcome to attend all ceremonies, and tickets will not be required.

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March 17: UF WILL OFFER FULL SUITE OF COURSES FOR SUMMER A, B AND C; SUMMER A AND C WILL BE ONLINE

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover and Student Affairs VP D’Andra Mull

We want you to know that we are offering a full suite of courses for Summer A, B, and C. Summer A/C courses will be provided online so you can continue to make progress even in the current circumstances.

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March 17: CLASSES ONLINE FOR REMAINDER OF SPRING SEMESTER

UF President Kent Fuchs

In response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement today that four University of Florida students have tested positive for COVID-19 and at the governor’s recommendation, all UF classes will remain online for the remainder of the Spring semester. Students who have not gone home yet must do so if possible. We understand that for some students, Gainesville is home. Additionally, employees who can work remotely are strongly encouraged to do so.

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March 16: UPDATED POLICIES FOR TRAVEL, CAMPUS VISITS, EVENTS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

UF President Kent Fuchs

In line with Governor DeSantis’ guidance and the directives issued by the state’s Department of Management Services, the university will be implementing the following policies effective immediately:

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March 13: MESSAGE REGARDING ALACHUA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSURES

Human Resources VP Jodi Gentry

We realize the announcement of public school closings will impact many of our faculty and staff. While the university continues to be open, an employee who is unable to report for or remain at work due to a family care emergency such as this may use one of the following types of time off to account for time away from work, with supervisory approval:

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March 11: A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KENT FUCHS

UF President Kent Fuchs

UF requires all classes to move online

University remains open and fully operational

Students encouraged to return home until March 30

In accordance with guidance issued today by the State University System and in response to the COVID-19 situation, the University of Florida will move classes online by Monday, March 16, and classes will remain online until at least March 30. Additionally, UF is encouraging all students to return to their homes and remain there until March 30. We understand that for some students, returning home may not be feasible. Campus resources including dining halls will remain open for those students.

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March 9: COVID-19 and Online Classes

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover

In response to the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., Provost Joe Glover sent a memo to academic deans today recommending that instructors move their courses from face-to-face delivery to an electronic delivery mode effective immediately, wherever possible. While this is not a requirement at this time, there is a strong probability that it will become a requirement before the end of the spring semester, and so instructors are encouraged to transition now.

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March 6: UF PREPARING FOR RETURN FROM SPRING BREAK

As Spring Break concludes and classes resume next week at the University of Florida, UF officials want you to know what is being done to prepare in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Effective immediately, no one who has been to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran within the past 14 days will be permitted on the UF campus. This applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors, with the exception of anyone seeking or receiving medical treatment at UF Health or UF Health Jacksonville. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the UF campus or in Alachua County. However, UF is taking numerous precautions to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

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March 2: Guidance on COVID-19

With the state’s first presumptive cases of COVID-19 reported in Hillsborough and Manatee counties on Sunday and Gov. Ron DeSantis directing the state surgeon general to declare a public health emergency, University of Florida officials are mindful of concerns students and their families may have this week during Spring Break. UF officials are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will be looking to the state Department of Health and the CDC for guidance as the week progresses. We will communicate new information to the UF community as it becomes available during this rapidly evolving situation. Students and other members of the UF community are reminded to practice frequent hand washing, stay home when sick, and cover coughs and sneezes. Additional hygiene information is available at the CDC. To minimize the virus’ spread, UF is taking the following precautions:
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February 28: Guidance on COVID-19

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the globe, the University of Florida continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation and is prepared to respond appropriately. To date, no cases have been reported at UF or elsewhere in Florida. Sixteen cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the U.S. While the immediate risk to the general U.S. public is considered low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise the virus will likely cause a global pandemic and is urging Americans to prepare much as they would for a hurricane. According to the CDC, a pandemic refers to an increase in cases that spreads over several countries or continents, usually impacting a large amount of people.

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February 11: Guidance on COVID-19

Travelers from Hubei Province are subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screenings. Travelers from other parts of mainland China are subject to up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. As a precaution, any UF student who is subject to the mandatory or self-quarantine as defined above will be required to be quarantined for up to 14 days and must follow the processes below upon returning from China and/or before returning to the UF/UF Health campus.

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February 10: Guidance on COVID-19

As the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to evolve, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and the Department of Homeland Security have updated the travel alerts and instructions for travelers returning to the U.S. from China.

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January 31: UF Guidance on University Travel

With the World Health Organization having declared a global health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the U.S. State Department raising its travel advisory to Level 4 warning people not to travel to China, the University of Florida is continuing to closely monitor the situation in conjunction with local and state health officials. The university announced today that it will not approve university travel to China for employees and will not reimburse for any university travel to China that commences after today. In addition, the UF International Center will no longer approve travel to China for students until further notice.

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January 24: Guidance on COVID-19

University of Florida officials are closely monitoring updates related to a novel coronavirus as a second confirmed case has been reported in the U.S. connected to an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The second U.S. case was confirmed today in Chicago. No cases have been reported at UF or elsewhere in Alachua County. The university is coordinating with UF Student Health, UF Health, the Alachua County Health Department, UF Emergency Management and the UF International Center for local planning regarding the novel coronavirus using up-to-date guidance from state and federal health officials.

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