As we continue to promote the health of our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Florida will maintain our Routine Testing Plan this summer for students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk for contracting and transmitting the virus.
Students who have been fully vaccinated or who are 14 days from their first dose of the vaccine will not be included in the routine testing plans. Additionally, fully vaccinated students will no longer need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
We will offer limited COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff through the summer.
As data has shown cases trending downward, we will adjust these plans accordingly.
Testing Plans for Summer Semesters
All students except those who are exempt due to their vaccination status, must complete the health screening questionnaire on ONE.UF and a COVID-19 test. You will be placed on a “not cleared for campus” status beginning May 10 until you have completed a test with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Once you have completed a test approximately two hours later, you will be marked “cleared for campus.”
If you have received at least one vaccine dose or are fully vaccinated, please report your vaccine status to UF Student Health Care Center, so we can remove you from our routine testing plans.
Students determined by UF Health experts to present a high risk for contracting or transmitting the virus will be included in the routine testing plan, where they will be tested every two weeks beginning at the start of the summer session.
Groups currently included in the high-risk student population and the routine testing plan include:
- students in face-to-face classes, including employees in the Employee Education Program (EEP)
- students who live in undergraduate residence halls
- active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence
All students, faculty and staff receive a weekly health screening questionnaire and can schedule tests at ONE.UF. UF Health Scree, Test & Protect will continue to ‘withhold from campus’ anyone reporting COVID-like symptoms on the symptom screener until they test negative.
What If I Tested Positive, but not through Screen, Test & Protect?
If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and were not investigated through Screen, Test & Protect, contact us at 352-273-9790 to be added to the exclusion database. Our staff is available 8 – 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:30 – 6:30 p.m. on weekends. You’ll be excluded from bi-weekly Routine Testing for 90 days from your illness. After that date, you’ll begin bi-weekly Routine Testing. Please note, your positive test must have been with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. We cannot accept antibody, antigen or rapid tests.
How routine testing works
- Routine testing of students will occur every two weeks
- Every two weeks, these students will have a 48-hour window to schedule their test.
- All students will also continue to complete the weekly screening questionnaire through ONE.UF. Individuals who report COVID-like symptoms will be ‘withheld from campus’ until a negative test is received. • Testing must be completed with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.
Any student in the routine testing group who fails to submit a test within their testing window will be placed in a “not cleared from campus” status on ONE.UF.
- If a student is not cleared for campus, they will not be permitted to attend in-person classes or student events, or use campus facilities, including the libraries, RecSports, Newell Hall and the Reitz Union.
- If a student lives in a residence hall, is part of a routine testing group and fails to get tested, they will not be permitted to continue to live in the residence hall.
Other Student Groups
- Students living in UF Graduate & Family Housing are not required to get tested, unless they have a face-to-face class. Voluntary testing is available.
- Student assistants and teaching assistants who are registered in face-to-face classrooms will be included in routine testing.
- Student athletes are a part of a separate testing schedule with the University Athletics Association and UF Health.
- Testing options for students in face-to-face scenarios at IFAS extension offices and facilities in other parts of the state have individual plans.
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will continue using noninvasive, saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in summer semester 2021. At this time, the testing locations are the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gate 7 and the Philips Center on Hull Road.
CHECK YOUR STATUS THROUGH ONE.UF.EDU
Getting Your Results
- You will receive email notification of your test results.
- Results should be processed within 24-48 hours, and unless you have COVID-like symptoms or are a recent contact to a COVID case you will remain cleared for campus while you wait for your results.
- For more information, visit our Learning Your Results section on the Testing page.
If you test positive, please start to isolate from others. Call UF Health Screen, Test & Protect disease investigators at 352-273-9790 to learn next steps.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff can continue to schedule tests through ONE.UF.
Contact our student screening team if you have additional questions.
In an effort to address significant public health risks, protect our community and keep our campus open, the university may require testing so long as we have the capacity and capability to provide test results in a timely manner. Plans to expand mandatory surveillance testing in summer are consistent with our previous approach, which mandated testing of students in high-risk areas, as determined by UF Health experts.