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.
How is UCF making decisions about reopening?
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.
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.
What about faculty members who fall ill?
Faculty at elevated risk for severe illness form COVID-19 will instruct courses remotely. Normal processes should be followed in the event a faculty member falls ill during the semester.
What measures will be taken to clean classrooms?
Classrooms will be cleaned daily. Additional and enhanced cleaning will take place in common spaces and areas where there are frequently touched surfaces, and disinfecting wipes will be available so that students can clean individual work spaces.
In addition, 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 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.
Will study abroad programs resume in the fall?
Semester-long study abroad programs for fall 2020 have been canceled, and university leadership will be revisiting future study abroad programs later this fall.