UCF and the State University System Board of Governors are reviewing all student services and the impact of moving to an online platform for the remainder of the semester. Since the COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented event that affects students, faculty, and staff across all of Florida, any operational and financial decisions are being made with the greatest concern to all impacted.
UCF will share more information as soon as it becomes available. Please be patient as we all work through this very difficult and ever-changing situation.
How many positive cases of COVID-19 are there at UCF?
On March 19, UCF was informed that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. He has not been to campus since March 9 and is recovering away from UCF. UCF sends our thoughts and best wishes for good health.
UCF has been in touch with the student’s roommates, classmates and faculty members and asked them to be especially mindful of their personal health.
UCF also learned that a military contractor who works at the Partnership IV Building in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to the main campus has tested positive for the coronavirus. While a small number of UCF Institute for Simulation and Training employees work in the same building, they aren’t believed to have come into contact with the military contractor.
I live on campus. What should I do?
The message below has been sent out to residents of the Apollo, Libra, Hercules, Nike, Lake Claire, Neptune, Towers at Knights Plaza, and Rosen Communities who indicated they still have belongings in their spring room assignment:
Thank you once again for your patience as we all navigate the impact of COVID-19. Your safety remains our priority, and we will continue to make decisions about move-out with everyone’s health and well-being in mind. Below are the instructions for moving your belongings out of your room. There are three steps to follow, including two options for move-out. Please note that all key access has been deactivated and you must choose one of the below options to retrieve your belongings.
Step 1: Register your retrieval option in the Housing Portal (Open Now)
Log into the Housing Portal and click on the Belonging Retrieval Form to indicate the option you are choosing.
Option 1: I will schedule with Suddath, a third-party moving company, to pack and ship my belongings. I understand there is a charge for this service and that all scheduling, billing and details will be arranged directly with Suddath.
Option 2: I will schedule a move-out appointment with Housing to personally remove my belongings.
Step 2: Schedule Your Move
If you select Option 1, you will need to contact Suddath directly (using the Suddath resident move-out site) to arrange your moving appointment, billing and shipping arrangements.
If you select Option 2, you will choose a move-out appointment time in the Housing Portal beginning the week of May 4. We will send an additional email when the move-out appointments are available in the Housing Portal. Move-out appointments will take place from May 21 through June 17.
Step 3: Move out
Option 1: Moving Company (May 6 – 20)
Suddath will work during your scheduled appointment time to pack, store, ship or discard items as per your agreement with them. Suddath is not able to donate belongings on your behalf.
- At the scheduled time, UCF DHRL staff will give Suddath access to the contracted room(s).
- DHRL staff will be on-site in offices during the time Suddath staff is packing belongings.
- Suddath staff will hold a video conference with the student during packing to ensure identification of the correct belongings.
- All Suddath employees will be clearly identified via uniform and are Level 2 background checked, which means they have passed a state and national fingerprint-based check that considers disqualifying offenses for employees in positions of trust. UCF will not assume any costs or liability for lost or damaged items.
- The average cost per resident will range between $200 and $265, excluding long-term storage fees and shipping distances. Charges will vary based on selected services.
Option 2: Move Out Appointment (May 21 – June 17)
You will return to campus during your scheduled appointment date and time to move your belongings out.
- Appointments are 2 hours in length.
- To maintain appropriate social distancing, you may bring no more than 2 additional individuals to assist.
- Appointments are limited by building or floor to adhere with social distancing guidelines.
- Safety measures will include stanchions and tape on ground for proper distancing.
- We strongly recommend you bring your own masks and gloves.
- Key return and express check-out will be a touch-free process.
- You will only have access to your room on the day of your move out appointment.
- DHRL staff will be on-site in offices during move out appointment times.
- Dumpsters and donation locations will be available in all communities.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work through these unprecedented times. We wish you continued health and success. For questions, please respond to this email at email@example.com.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
It is recommended that if you develop emergency warning signs, including those listed below*, that you seek medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
For additional information, reference the CDC website.
Why is UCF moving to online classes?
With new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida every day, this decision prioritizes the safety and well-being of our campus community members – many of whom have traveled during spring break. It also aligns with guidance from the Florida Board of Governors and the steps all public universities in Florida are taking.
Does UCF have the capacity to shift to online classes?
How long will classes remain online?
The University of Central Florida and all state universities extended remote instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, under official direction from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. Additionally, UCF will continue with remote instruction through all summer semesters.
I am a UCF employee. Should I continue to report to work?
Starting Friday, March 27, only those employees who have been identified as essential; whose job functions require them to report to campus; and whose supervisors have approved them continuing to work on campus should be at UCF. Only essential employees who meet all three of these criteria will have key card access to campus buildings. If you are unsure about how this applies to you, talk to your supervisor about what the “stay at home” order entails.
Starting Friday, March 27, through April 9, UCF will provide paid administrative leave to employees who are unable to work on campus and unable to work remotely. This leave applies to faculty, administrative and USPS employees. With the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act now in effect, faculty and staff — along with eligible OPS employees — may qualify for emergency leave. All other faculty, administrative, and USPS employees who do not qualify for the federal aid and who cannot work remotely will be provided administrative leave. Employees not available for work due to illness or personal time must take sick or annual leave per UCF policy.
More detailed guidance about the federal legislation will be shared soon with employees, supervisors and HR liaisons.
What is UCF doing to help prevent COVID-19 on campus?
UCF has been taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since January and encouraging members of the UCF community to do the same.
UCF’s regular housekeeping protocols were expanded to include cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and hand sanitizer has been more readily available at locations across campus.
Additionally, upon confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19, UCF is bringing in an external vendor for a thorough disinfection of affected spaces.