COVID-19 has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, and global travel is restricted. Everyone is expected to monitor their health, limit interactions with others, and upon showing symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their health care provider.
Any faculty and staff members or students returning from a country that has a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, which now includes almost all of Europe, should not come to campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Employees who have to self-quarantine should reach out to their supervisors to discuss possible telecommuting options. Personal domestic and international travel by all students and employees is strongly discouraged during this unique time in an effort to best protect you and those around you.
At UCF, anyone with additional questions may call UCF Student Health Services at 407-823-2509.
COVID-19 remains dynamic, and travel advisories are subject to change. Travelers should closely monitor travel information from the CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
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?
Residents Still on Campus With No Summer Agreement
Residents physically remaining on campus with no summer agreement need to vacate their room by 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, unless they are granted an exemption. These residents should visit the Housing Portal in myUCF to sign up for an appointment time and follow the move out instructions below.
Residents Still on Campus With Summer Agreements
Residents physically remaining on campus with a summer agreement still need to vacate their room by 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, unless they are granted an exception. These residents should visit the Housing Portal in myUCF to sign up for an appointment time and follow the move out instructions below.
At this time, Housing does not know the status of residents’ ability to return for campus for the summer. They are encouraged to use their best judgement on whether to take all belongings, especially if it could be a hardship to get them at a later date.
Exceptions for Extenuating Circumstances
We are working quickly to review requests for exemptions also submitted through the Housing Portal for international students unable to travel, residents without permanent housing and those with other hardships. Please know these are being handled on a case-by-case basis. More information will be shared as soon as possible, and residents requesting exceptions should stay tuned to their email.
This is only for residents who haven’t already left campus. Residents that are not physically on campus at this time will receive instructions about completing their move out at a different time. Do not return until you receive instructions from us.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
COVID-19 symptoms are generally flu-like and include fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure, and a person can be contagious but not symptomatic. Like seasonal flu, COVID-19 infection in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. When severe, pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death are possible.
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.
Will my insurance card work internationally?
Based on discussion with providers, treatment will not be denied because it is related to COVID-19. Similar to a broken bone, if medical treatment is needed, individuals should proceed to the nearest health facility with the insurance card provided during registration with UCF Global.
I am abroad. What if I want to seek treatment in the U.S. instead of where I am located?
This is a personal decision that is up to the traveler. If a qualified health facility is available where the traveler is located and the traveler decides not to take advantage of those services, costs will not be reimbursed for travel or medical costs.
Am I allowed to travel at this time?
Based on guidance from state and federal officials, UCF is prohibiting all employee official university domestic and international travel for the next 30 days. The exception is employee travel between UCF campuses, which remains permitted.
Personal domestic and international travel is strongly discouraged during this unique time in an effort to best protect you and those around you. Please be advised that employees who travel internationally, on a cruise, or to New York City will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.
Note that in-state travel by personal vehicle is exempt from this cancellation. For example, if you are traveling to another location within the state of Florida and the transportation method is via personal vehicle, you are permitted to travel.
Work closely with your supervisor and any travel coordinator you have in order to cancel your currently planned travel expenses. If you are currently traveling, please make arrangements to return to your primary work location as soon as possible, while adhering to UCF’s travel manual and the CDC’s travel advisories.
If you have questions concerning travel during this recall, please contact the Travel department for further assistance.
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. Beginning April 1, when the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes 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.
If all of my classes are now online, am I free to travel?
COVID-19 has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, and global travel is restricted. Personal domestic and international travel by all students and employees is strongly discouraged during this unique time in an effort to best protect you and those around you.
Based on guidance from state and federal officials, UCF is prohibiting all employees’ official university domestic and international travel for the next 30 days. The exception is employee travel between UCF campuses, which remains permitted.
What is the curfew in Orange County?
UCF is located in Orange County. On Friday, March 20, Mayor Jerry Demings announced a curfew will be in place from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily until further notice. Only certain people are exempt, including first responders, healthcare professionals and those traveling to and from work.
Orange County is also mandating an emergency “stay at home” order that takes effect at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 26, for at least two weeks through 11 p.m. Thursday, April 9. The order means that the entirety of Orange County is ordered to stay at home as much as possible, with exceptions for businesses and travel deemed “essential.”
Individuals can travel to and from grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices and healthcare facilities. However, once these locations have been visited, residents need to go home. While inside these businesses, continue practicing social distancing. Try to stand 6 feet back from other customers in checkout lines, and continue good hand washing practices and using hand sanitizer before and after your trip.
What is UCF doing to ensure the campus is safe?
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.
Will UCF offer refunds for services that cannot be accessed during the period of remote instruction?
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.