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To keep faculty informed on the latest news and happenings, we have compiled a list of key resources, FAQs and more. Use this page as a guide, from delivering content on-campus and online to providing support through helpful tools and services.

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Teaching in Summer 2021

The latest updates in regard to teaching through the summer semesters.

Summer will be much like the spring semester, with a significant number of on-campus courses but with a majority of classes taught remotely.

All current COVID-19 precautions will continue throughout the summer.

It is expected that Summer B will see an increase in more face-to-face courses.

Explore more operations updates

Vaccine Information

UCF encourages all eligible faculty and staff to get vaccinated for your own health, but also for the well-being of your loved ones, colleagues and all you come in contact with.

Vaccine Options

  • The Orange County Convention Center is a drive-through site that requires appointments.
  • Federally run locations, such as the walk-up site at Valencia College West Campus.
  • Providers in other counties also are offering the vaccine to residents who qualify.

Get the latest updates on Orange County vaccination information, including locations, eligibility and more.

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COVID-19 Testing Guidance

If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Stay home and don’t come to campus
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509
  • Continue home isolation until you’ve consulted with your healthcare provider about returning to campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions by faculty regarding teaching and learning during this fluid situation to ensure academic continuity at UCF. We’ve also compiled a list of FAQs about academics, operations, employment, health and safety, and more. Check out all coronavirus FAQs.

Teaching During the Pandemic

The Teaching in the Fall Taskforce has required and recommended language you can use. Find syllabus language here.

Students who come to class without a mask should be asked to leave. The UCF COVID-19 Return to Campus policy says:
A student may be asked to leave a facility or a classroom if they are not abiding by the university’s health and hygiene rules as outlined in this policy. A student who refuses to leave a facility or classroom may be referred for student disciplinary action for causing a disruption.

A student who refuses to comply with this should be referred to Student Conduct (see, e.g., https://scai.sdes.ucf.edu/report-an-incident/). They have no choice in this matter, just as they have no choice in other matters of conduct (e.g., they can’t disrupt a class). Students who intentionally refuse to wear a facial covering will face increasing penalties, up to dismissal.

All faculty should plan for the potential for students to need additional flexibility with courses, particularly courses with an in-person component.

  • Attendance requirements should be relaxed as much as possible without compromising the learning objectives of the course.
  • Faculty should use the videoconferencing capabilities of the classroom to livestream and record lectures.
  • Faculty should have clear instructions and adequate resources online for students to make up work or complete work asynchronously when necessary.

We are asking each faculty member to be proactive and have a plan. The Teaching in the Fall Taskforce has put together these recommendations:

  • Identify at least one faculty member who can serve as an instructional backup for each course section, taking into consideration course modality, faculty expertise, and availability.
  • Develop a transition plan for shifting to backup instructors. The plan should include details on how the change will be communicated to students, how access to the syllabus and other instructional materials needed to continue course instruction will be provided, and a plan for regular communication among primary and backup faculty to facilitate a smooth transition.
  • Create plans for two scenarios: a short-term (2-3 weeks) and a long-term (3 weeks or longer) need.
  • Place as much course information (e.g. assignments, exams, etc.) as possible for the entire semester in Webcourses at the beginning of the term.
  • Make similar contingencies for thesis, dissertation, and independent study supervision backups.

If a student in an on-campus class falls ill, tests positive, etc., they report it via the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509. This triggers a public health response. If everyone in a class has been wearing face coverings and staying physically distanced there will be minimal risk of COVID transmission. The health officials will determine whether there is a reason to test others in the class, isolate anyone, or contact anyone.

All classes will be remote after Thanksgiving. The Center for Distributed Learning has put together this guide to online final exams.

If you have chosen the Blendflex model, you will use the technology in the classroom. If you haven’t chosen Blendflex, there is a chance you may still use the technology for a student who becomes ill. Explore the video guide to the technology, and more information on the Blendflex model.

We understand that your students respect you and trust you as their faculty member. You can show them the ucf.edu/coronavirus website for the latest information and resources, and if appropriate, point them to UCF Counseling and Psychological Services.

UCF Facilities is providing sanitizing wipes in each classroom. Faculty and students are responsible for wiping down personal workspaces with provided sanitizing wipes. Classrooms will be cleaned daily.

Ask your student to call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509. Be sure the student knows your academic expectations so they can continue to learn remotely until they are cleared to come back to campus.

No. But if you would like to hold in-person office hours, you can as long as you follow the physical distancing and face covering guidelines.

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning has gathered resources to promote academic honesty in the classroom.

Yes. Speak with you supervisor, fill out the COVID-19 self checker and be sure to wear your face covering.


Face Covering Questions? We’ve Got You Covered.

It takes all Knights, whether on or off campus, to protect ourselves and all members of the UCF community. Find out all you need to know about when and where to wear face coverings, as well as how to get yours. Let’s pledge to Armor Up and work together to curb further spread of COVID-19.

Get the latest info on face coverings

General Reminders

  • Spring break has been moved to April 11-18, and campus will move to entirely remote instruction following that week, with residence halls and campus offices remaining open.
  • This remains a tough time for students. Please be as flexible and accommodating as you can, especially for students who fall ill or are quarantined.
  • If a student informs you of being positive, please tell them to call UCF’s COVID Line at 407-823-2509 as soon as possible if they have not already done so.
  • Faculty will be notified if a student in your class falls ill or tests positive for COVID. You will also receive instructions about what to do. Please note that it is not your responsibility — and is in fact a violation of a student’s privacy — to share information about students’ health with others.
  • Should students come to class without wearing a face covering, please direct them to leave. If they refuse to comply, please report them to Student Conduct. If necessary, dismiss the class. Students who do not comply may face disciplinary consequences.

Plan for Possible Instructor Illness

To best prepare for the potential of the illness of several faculty at the same time due to COVID-19, the Teaching Planning Taskforce recommends that each department proactively do the following:

  • Identify at least one faculty member who can serve as an instructional backup for each course section, taking into consideration course modality and faculty expertise, and availability.
  • Develop a transition plan for shifting to backup instructors. The plan should include details on how the change will be communicated to students, how access to the syllabus and other instructional materials needed to continue course instruction will be provided, and a plan for regular communication among primary and backup faculty to facilitate a smooth transition.
  • Create plans for two scenarios- a short term (2-3 week) and a long-term (3 weeks or longer) need.
  • Encourage all faculty to place as much course information (e.g. assignments, exams etc.) as possible for the entire semester in WebCourses at the beginning of the term.
  • Urge faculty to make similar contingency plans for thesis, dissertation, and independent study supervision backups.