Robust tracing of COVID-19 cases at UCF will help the university identify and contain potentially impacted populations. UCF will continue to partner with state and local health officials to regularly monitor rates of new cases. Student volunteers will partner with the Florida Department of Health as contact tracers beginning this summer and will work with faculty from the College of Medicine and College of Nursing.
Are face coverings required?
Following guidance from the Board of Governors and in collaboration with the other State University System institutions, UCF will no longer require face coverings to be worn on our campuses. However, we will continue encouraging our campus community to wear face coverings and follow CDC guidelines.
If you forgot your face covering or want an additional one, there are some available in the vending machines around campus. You can also purchase face coverings from Rock ’Em in Orlando. For each face covering sold, $5 will go to the UCF Student Emergency Fund.
What is required of those returning to campus?
UCF strongly encourages continued following of the CDC guidelines. All students, employees and visitors at all UCF campuses are asked to monitor their symptoms using the COVID Self-Checker available online and in the UCF Mobile app. Paper versions of the questionnaire are available in English and Spanish on Human Resources’ website.
Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in proximity to someone who has must stay home and not come to UCF.
What do I do if I exhibit symptoms of COVID-19?
If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. Avoid contact with other people and social gatherings to keep from spreading your illness to others. Employees should also notify their supervisor that they are ill and not able to return to work and follow the instructions of their healthcare provider.
UCF students and employees should call the UCF COVID Line to obtain an ordered test at 407-823-2509
Also follow these best practices while awaiting test results and if you test positive for COVID-19:
- Do not leave your home, except to get medical care, until cleared by your healthcare provider.
- Do not share household items.
- Wear a mask around others if contact is necessary.
- Report if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by calling the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509
Can a member of the UCF community on their own require someone else to wear a face covering in their classroom, office or other location on campus?
No. Under the new guidelines, no member of the UCF community is permitted to require any other member of the UCF community to wear a face covering on campus, whether in an office, classroom or other location. You may encourage others to wear face coverings, but you may not require them to do so.
How will I be informed of possible COVID-19 exposure at UCF?
If there is the possibility that you have been exposed to COVID-19 because a colleague has tested positive, you will be notified directly. Through contact tracing, the Department of Health will assess and inform all persons who may be at risk and require quarantine and/or testing. In line with public health practices and medical and student privacy laws, only those who would need to know about confirmed COVID-19 cases for personal health and safety reasons will be informed.
The Department of Health will notify UCF of all known or suspected cases at UCF, and confirmed cases will be shared with the public via a forthcoming dashboard feature on the COVID-19 website that lists confirmed cases of COVID-19 that involve a student or faculty or staff member. The dashboard will be generic in nature, in accordance with medical and student privacy laws and public health best practices.
Campus housing, Environmental Health and Safety or other areas will be apprised of known or suspected cases and the need for isolation, quarantine and appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures.
Are there any exceptions? Are face coverings still required at the clinics?
Yes. As medical facilities, the Student Health Center, UCF Health, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) still require face coverings inside their buildings. Additionally, as a simulated clinical environment, the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center at the College of Medicine also requires face coverings.
What do I do if I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19?
If you know that you have had close contact with a co-worker, visitor, family member or other individual who has confirmed COVID-19 you should stay home and contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. Avoid contact with other people and social gatherings to keep from spreading your illness to others. Employees should also notify their supervisor that they are ill and not able to return to work and follow the instructions of their healthcare provider.
A high-risk exposure generally involves exposure of eyes, nose or mouth, particularly if the individual was in contact of less than 6 feet for a period more than 15 minutes over 24 hour period with a person infected with COVID-19.
If am visiting UCF's campus, what preventative measures should I take?
UCF encourages visitors to our campuses to wear face coverings indoors, even if they are vaccinated. We also ask that visitors monitor their symptoms using the COVID Self-Checker available online, and stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in proximity to someone who has.
What policy should employees and students at UCF Connect campuses hosted by state colleges follow for face coverings?
Employees and students should follow the policy of their host state college when they are working at or studying on those campuses.
How can I obtain a face covering from UCF?
Cloth face coverings are being distributed at several locations on UCF’s campuses. One face covering will be assigned to each member of the UCF community, and a valid UCF ID card is required to obtain one. These or a face covering of some kind will be required at all times on campus. Find face covering distribution locations.
You can also purchase face coverings from Rock ’Em in Orlando. For each face covering sold, $5 will go to the UCF Student Emergency Fund.