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August 22, 2020

Dear Knights and Families,

Over the past several months, we have encouraged you to take the necessary precautions to Armor Up and protect our kingdom by wearing face coverings, washing hands, and practicing physical distancing. We are committed to the well-being of every Knight.

While we have been easing into the return to UCF and steadily moving students into housing, our campus truly comes to life this Sunday with our Knighting ceremony — an event designed to give you a memorable in-person experience while participants follow our COVID-19 guidelines. RSVP is required, and the event also will be live-streamed for Knights learning remotely.

With classes starting Monday, it is crucial that all of us — faculty, staff and students — follow the established rules in UCF’s COVID-19 Policy. These rules are in place because we care for one another, and they will help us achieve a successful fall semester together.

I want everyone to understand that knowingly and willingly breaking the rules in our policy or the Student Code of Conduct comes with consequences, which can be as severe as removal from housing or campus.

Orlando and Orange and Seminole counties have ordinances that require the wearing of face coverings in public spaces, indoors and outdoors. Not following these ordinances off-campus may also impact your status as a student. Participation in large, crowded gatherings without face coverings or physical distancing is also a risk to our community, as they are considered super spreader events and should be avoided.

Knights care for others, including our loved ones and friends, and I know you will continue to do so as we adapt to our new normal. We ask that all Knights pledge to Armor Up and be vigilant about protecting our kingdom.

Now is the time to show that Knights rise to the challenge, no matter the circumstances, and that we are compassionate and ready to make connections in new ways during this pandemic.

We are here to support you, and we remain invested in your success.

I look forward to our fall semester. Although things will be different, this is still our amazing UCF.

Go Knights! Charge On!

Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services