Entering the Spring 2021 semester, UF will take a multilayered approach to COVID-19 screening and testing that includes Return to Campus and Routine Testing phases. These data-driven measures, combined with healthy behaviors like mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand hygiene, will help us keep our campus as safe as possible.
During the Return to Campus phase, all students must complete a health screening questionnaire before Jan. 10, and students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk for contracting and transmitting the virus must also complete a test by Jan. 10 to be cleared for campus.
Once the Routine Testing phase begins Jan. 11, all students will start to receive a weekly health screening questionnaire. Additionally, those students determined by UF Health experts to present a high-risk for contracting or transmitting the virus will be included in a routine testing plan, whereby they will be tested every two weeks to remain “cleared for campus.”
Learn about our expanded COVID-19 surveillance testing for the spring semester.
- Testing must be done at one of our testing locations at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gate 7, Philips Performing Arts Center on Hull Road or Broward Garage 4; results from testing done at another clinic or practice is not acceptable in place of the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect test.
- Please bring your Gator 1 card.
Routine Testing is required for:
- Undergraduate students living in residence halls.
- Active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence.
- Students in face-to-face classroom instruction.
Understanding your screening results
If you have difficulty in understanding your screening results, please refer to the following list:
You successfully completed your screening and no additional information is required. You are approved to return to campus.
- Cleared, Asked to Rescreen
Our records indicate you have been cleared to return to campus, but you need to complete the screening questionnaire again.
- Not Cleared
According to the information submitted on the screening questionnaire, you are unable to return to campus at this point. You will receive further instructions soon.
- Not Cleared, Asked to Rescreen
According to the information submitted on the screening questionnaire, you are unable to return to campus at this point. You will receive further instructions soon and will be asked to complete an additional rescreening questionnaire.
- Withheld from Campus
Means a student is either waiting test results for COVID-19, tested positive or is a ‘close contact’ (as determined by a public health official) of someone who tested positive. Students are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine in alignment with UF Health recommendations. If a student is withheld from campus, they should not attend in-person classes or student events, or use campus facilities, including the libraries, Newell Hall and the Reitz Union. Facilities with swipe access, such as recreation centers, will automatically deny access to students who are withheld. Staff will work with students to ensure they are able to stay on track academically while withheld.
- Return to campus
‘Returning to campus’ or ‘coming back to campus’ includes living in Gainesville, attending classes in person, living on campus and participating in campus activities and events.
Having a ‘hold’ on your record means you will not be able to register for or add classes, adjust your fall term class schedule, and view or order an official copy of your transcript.
Having your registration ‘deactivated’ means you will not be able to see your course schedule, register for or add classes, adjust your fall term class schedule, or view or order an official copy of your transcript.
Having your registration ‘canceled ’ means you will no longer be registered for classes. Once your classes are released, this action cannot be restored.
If your test result is positive
If you are a student and test positive, please follow our guidance on what to do next based on if you are a clinical or non-clinical student at UF. You will also receive a follow-up from Student Affairs to help support your specific questions and needs.
If you have tested positive or had close contact with a person who tests positive, you will need to isolate or self-quarantine.
Our contact tracers will contact you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. If you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please call UF Health Screen, Test & Protect at 352-273-9790.
Questions and answers about UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and how it works.
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