At the University of Florida, caring for yourself and others is the cornerstone of our campus community. We expect students, faculty and staff to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health guidance to protect their health and support the safety of everyone. We encourage you to monitor your health and if you feel ill, take steps to minimize interactions with others.
Please know wearing a mask, being vaccinated and boosted, and continuing good hygiene practices remain our strongest universal tools to support the health of our community.
Vaccines and Boosters
Students, faculty and staff can receive vaccines and boosters (for those 18+) from the UF Student Health Care Center and UF Health pharmacies at no cost. UF expects but does not require that faculty, staff or students receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
To be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine, you must have received the vaccine booster or be within the time recommended between your first vaccine (less than six months from your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months out from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
- Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we expect everyone to wear a face covering at all times when inside any UF facility, even if you are vaccinated. This includes our students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors. Recent studies and guidance from the CDC state that both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals can transmit the current COVID-19 variant to unvaccinated persons.
- Within our UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including our dentistry practices and our veterinary hospitals, face coverings are required. Please continue to practice physical distancing.
Where to get masks on campus
- Students who live in residence halls or in Graduate and Family Housing may find KN95 masks at area desks during standard hours of operation.
- Masks and other supplies are available for faculty and staff through each unit’s HR liaison for use in connection with assigned duties. Masks can be purchased for personal use at Office Depot through the UF GatorPerks program.
- Disposable masks will continue to be available in locations across campus, including in classrooms, for anyone who may need one; however, campus community members are encouraged to purchase their own KN95 masks.
- Information on masks for UF Health faculty and staff can be found on the UF Health intranet.
If you test positive, you are encouraged to:
- Follow CDC guidance and limit your in-person contact with others by avoiding congregating in communal spaces.
- Wear a KN95 mask or double mask.
If you are a student and need to miss class for medical reasons, please reach out to your instructor regarding your absence and any If you need to miss class for medical reasons, please reach out to your instructor regarding your absence and any accommodation requests. It is the decision of the instructor whether to provide additional attendance options for the course. If necessary, the Care Area in the Dean of Students Office is available to support you with instructor notifications. Instructor Notifications are not an official excuse to miss class, but they do provide communication to faculty on a student’s behalf to request that the instructor work with the student to complete missed coursework/exams when appropriate. It is worth noting that you do not need to share medical information with your instructor.
Faculty and Staff
If you are feeling well enough to work from home and your department has granted you permission to work at an alternate work location, you may work from home. If you are not feeling well enough to work, there are several options for taking leave or you may also apply for additional leave through UF’s leave donation program. Please review the UF HR guidelines for these programs.