Since April, UCF has charged various planning groups with helping to plan for and make decisions about reopening UCF with a phased-in approach that prioritizes the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff members and campus visitors.
Each planning group has a specific charge and is comprised of individuals from across the university who, together, are pioneering a path forward for UCF while following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Board of Governors, and other government and public health officials.
When will I receive notification about whether my class is offered face-to-face or remotely?
The need for physical distancing and the limited number of classroom spaces available means many classes will be taught remotely, and students will know by July 1 whether their courses will be offered face-to-face or remotely.
Will UCF switch to remote instruction after Thanksgiving?
UCF will switch to remote instruction following the Thanksgiving holiday to minimize risk associated with a potential virus resurgence. Final exams and assessments will be remote.
University operations will be normal, with residence halls, libraries and study and dining spaces will remain open for student use. Because students are permitted to return to UCF Housing for the two weeks of the fall semester following Thanksgiving, no refunds will be provided to students who elect to not return to their residence.
Would all classes again move to remote instruction if there is a resurgence of the virus?
It is possible, and UCF’s plan is flexible and can be adjusted based on evolving public health conditions.
Will students who fall ill be able to continue their studies?
Faculty are being encouraged to plan courses so that students who fall ill will be able to continue in the class. In particular, attendance requirements have been discouraged, and faculty with a face-to-face component are encouraged to use a hybrid approach that can be available to students who choose to be or because of health requirements need to learn remotely.
Will hand sanitizer be available?
Yes. Frequently washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs and viruses and protect yourself from COVID-19, but if that is not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol will work.
UCF has ordered an additional 1,200 hand sanitizing stations and 2,000 cases of refills. The stations will be strategically placed around campus in high-traffic areas and near commonly touched surfaces, such as near the doors at building entry points.
Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus?
Some groups will be required be tested upon return to UCF. These groups are all students returning to university-owned housing; all students and staff residing in on-campus Greek housing; and all student-athletes whether living on or off campus. More information about the testing process will be shared with these students in the coming weeks.
For others, COVID-19 testing is available at the main campus in Garage A and at the UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center but is not required to return to campus.
Will there be a policy about return to campus?
Yes. The COVID-19 Return to Campus policy was developed to implement campus health measures and provide for clear communication of enforcement steps for noncompliance. The policy applies to all members of the university community, as well as visitors and individuals and contractors who conduct business with the university, and it will apply to all facilities owned or controlled by the university.
The policy is available online and will be updated to reflect changes in federal, state and Board of Governors guidance or changing health conditions.
Will there be consequences for violating the policy?
Individuals who violate the COVID-19 Return to Campus policy will be given an opportunity to correct their behavior and may be asked to repeat training. Repeated acts of noncompliance will result in the individual’s removal from campus until compliance is achieved. Continued noncompliance may result in disciplinary action for faculty, staff and students, up to and including dismissal utilizing existing disciplinary action regulations and policies.
How will the policy be enforced?
Guidance to those on the front lines of enforcement is currently being developed, with special focus on ensuring the new requirements are enforced equitably, and will be shared with the campus community later this summer. View the COVID-19 Return to Campus policy.
What assistance is available to me to help me cope with COVID-19 or other life events?
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is UCF’s mental health resource for students. You can visit CAPS’ website for information about and resources for coping during this time. Students can also schedule phone or virtual consultation with CAPS by calling 407-823-2811 or visiting their website.
Student Care Services continues to work remotely with anyone who needs additional academic or personal support during this time.
UCF offers our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all non-student employees. This program provides resources to help employees and their dependents cope with these types of life events. The EAP, administered by Health Advocate, provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee.
Health Advocate Toll-Free Number: 877-240-6863
Health Advocate Website: HealthAdvocate.com/members