May 19: In coordination with the Board of Governors and State University System of Florida, UF makes plans to return students to campus during the fall semester.
May 12: Updates made to university travel policy initially issued March 16th.
May 1: UF announces initial framework for bringing staff back to campus.
April 15: UF Transportation and Parking Services will provide students, faculty, and staff parking decal refunds for the month of April 2020.
April 6: UF will continue online delivery of coursework during the Summer B term, as has been announced for the Summer A and Summer C terms.
April 6: The Summer B term is being shifted to start one week later than had been previously announced in the academic calendar. Summer B Classes will begin on July 6 instead of on June 29. This shift will also affect some Summer C dates.
March 27: UF is pausing faculty and staff hiring, including OPS jobs, effective immediately and until further notice, with a few exceptions.
From President Kent Fuchs
"I embrace yesterday’s announcement from the Board of Governors that the University of Florida and the rest of the State University System will reopen in the fall. The blueprint and timeline from Board of Governors’ chair Syd Kitson and State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III fit perfectly with the work happening at the University of Florida, where the process of returning our employees to the workplace is already underway."
From Joe Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
We would like to share with you some more information about the extensive planning underway to thoughtfully and carefully bring employees back to campus over the course of the next several weeks and join the amazing essential personnel who have worked to keep the university running. There are several thousand employees who never left campus, but continue to support the university’s physical infrastructure and its functioning. The university community owes a great debt to them, and we do want to recognize and thank them for their dedication and hard work.
As we mentioned previously, our goals are to re-energize the research enterprise, to ensure that students can make appropriate academic progress and to have appropriate groups of faculty and staff return to campus under the advice and guidance of medical experts.
As a key element of this planning process, we have created eleven task forces, each of which is charged with addressing an important aspect of our recovery. Each task force is chaired by UF leadership, and their membership includes medical experts, deans and members of the president’s cabinet. They have been asked to return their preliminary findings and recommendations by June 1.
Travelers should stay informed on CDC updates and travel notifications.
For the latest federal updates as well as information about how to prevent COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the latest Florida-specific information, including a COVID-19 resource toolkit as well as a list of positive cases by county, visit the Florida Department of Health.
As Gators, we have a tradition of pulling together and rising to meet major challenges with optimism and determination. I encourage all of us to look out for each other as we take care of ourselves. I am confident that our university community will meet this challenge.
— UF President Kent Fuchs