Has UCF Housing implemented any changes because of COVID-19?
Yes, UCF Housing implemented the following changes this fall because of COVID-19.
Based on guidance from public health officials, UCF Housing moved to reduced occupancy for 2020-2021. The Towers at Knights Plaza, NorthView, Rosen Apartments, and UnionWest remained at regular occupancy. Four hundred fifty shared bedrooms in suites in the Nike, Hercules and Libra communities have been converted to single rooms for reduced occupancy.
Space and Amenity Restrictions
UCF may restrict the full use of spaces and amenities within the residential community including, but not limited to:
- No guests or visitors, at any time, including overnight, are permitted.
- Access to residential spaces is restricted to residential students, UCF staff and approved vendors.
- Residents may only enter the residential building to which they are assigned unless otherwise posted (i.e., to access services such as mailroom, laundry, or staff offices).
- Residents may only have one other building resident as a guest in their assigned room.
- Access to and use of community amenities/space may be restricted or limited in capacity (community space, offices, lounges, kitchen, laundry rooms, elevators, etc.).
Are there in-person events and activities taking place?
University-sponsored events and programs should be virtual wherever possible without loss of effectiveness, including recruiting for Greek and student organizations, and follow CDC and public health guidelines, which may evolve during the semester.
Registered student organizations are required to submit safety plans for their requested in-person activities, including meetings, events and programming.
Are orientation sessions still being held?
After considering the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, guidance from the state, and the health and safety of all, the decision was made to move orientation completely online.
This year, Freshman and Transfer students will complete their 2020 New Knight Virtual Experience. Although Orientation experience will be completed virtually, you are expected to still be available for the entirety of your Orientation date/program. Students may have different requirements throughout the day depending on their major/college.
For more information, visit orientation.ucf.edu/whats_happening
Is the Recreation and Wellness Center open?
Yes. The RWC is providing a phased approach to reopening which includes several operational, cleaning and safety changes. Providing students with safe facilities and programs continues to be a top priority.
The RWC will continue to remain flexible due to local health conditions in our reopening plans and may alter at any time based on the guidance provided by UCF as well as state and local health officials.
Visit the Recreation and Wellness Center website for more information.
Will I be permitted to stay in UCF Housing if I fall ill?
Students should have a plan for the possibility they may test positive for COVID-19. Residents will be required to isolate up to 14 days or until they receive medical clearance to return to their housing assignment.
All residents must disclose to Student Health Services immediately upon notification of positive COVID-19 test status or contact from Florida Department of Health about exposure and instruction to isolate.
UCF Housing and Residence Life has designated a limited number of spaces in Academic Year communities, Towers at Knights Plaza, NorthView, UnionWest and Rosen for UCF Housing residents who fall ill and are unable to travel to their permanent residence to isolate.
Are campus tours and information sessions still happening?
UCF Admissions has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend our Campus Visit Experience, including campus tours and information sessions, until further notice. UnionWest tours at the UCF Downtown campus and campus tours at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management have also been suspended at this time.
The Duke Energy UCF Welcome Center and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is closed to the public until further notice. Reach out to us via email (email@example.com) or direct message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@UCFadmissions) if you have questions or need assistance.
Are shuttles running?
All shuttles for Fall 2020 will operate on their normal schedules. Seating capacity will be reduced by 20 percent and standing room will be suspended to promote distancing. All drivers and passengers should wear masks while onboard.
Shuttles will be thoroughly cleaned each day, with supplies kept on board for drivers to use on hard surfaces. Some windows will be kept open on shuttles throughout the day to allow fresh air to circulate. Several other cleaning, safety and training measures have also been implemented.
Are UCF Athletics events taking place?
After meetings between UCF Athletics, Florida Department of Health officials in Orange County and University administration, it has been determined that stadium capacity will be reduced to 25% of the normal 44,206 capacity at the Bounce House.
Get the latest updates on the UCF Athletics website.
Can I still access Knights Pantry for groceries?
Yes. Knights Pantry has curbside pick up and in-pantry shopping.
Curbside Pickup: Please complete a Knights Pantry To-Go Bag form. Bags can be picked up once a week from the Knights Pantry loading dock between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Bags will contain 10 non-perishable items. Additional items can be requested based on availability.
In-Pantry Shopping: For students who would like to shop inside the pantry for clothing, toiletries, electronics/ appliances and miscellaneous items, appointments will be available Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please complete an In-Pantry Shopping form to reserve your appointment date and time as they are filled in the order they are received. Face coverings are required to be worn upon entry.
Is the RWC closed?
The Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) and Wellness and Health Promotion Services (WHPS) will close effective March 14, 2020 as part of the preventative steps UCF is taking to minimize health and safety risks to our students, faculty, and staff due to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The closures will last at least two weeks or until university emergency management officials clear the UCF community to use RWC and WHPS programs and services again. The closures include:
- Recreation and Wellness Center
- Recreation and Wellness Center (Main)
- RWC @ Downtown
- RWC @ Knights Plaza
- RWC @ Ferrell Commons
- William E. and Mary Jo Davis Recreation Area at Lake Claire
- RWC Leisure and Lap Pools
- RWC Tennis Complex, Sand Volleyball Courts, and Outdoor Basketball Courts
- RWC Park
- Disc Course and Challenge Course
- Wellness and Health Promotion Services
- WHPS Offices (first floor of the RWC)
The RWC is an early voting site for eligible voters in Orange County and will remain open to people wanting to cast an early ballot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 15.
Is UCF Downtown canceling all events on campus?
UCF will suspend all campus events starting Saturday, March 14, through at least Monday, March 30, mirroring the period of remote instruction. Should the period of remote instruction be extended, the suspension of events would automatically be extended for the same time.
March’s Market Day is canceled.
What precautions is UCF Dining Services taking?
Dining Services has enhanced sanitation procedures already in place and has temporarily paused the use of reusable cups in its facilities. Everyone is encouraged to thoroughly wash or sanitize their hands prior to eating.
Will mail and supply delivery continue?
As long as the university is open, mail service will continue. Supply delivery may fluctuate as vendors will implement their own procedures and may not be making deliveries. If you have not already done so, we suggest checking in with your suppliers and making plans to ensure you have all the materials you need for your work.