We will continue to offer COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff in the spring. Testing through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will resume Jan. 3; testing dates will be made available on Dec. 21.
We are also adding routine testing for some student groups. These student populations have a history of higher rates of infection and congregate or live in close settings.
The decision to expand routine testing comes amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States. We will adjust these plans on the basis of needs that arise as we measure positivity rates on campus.
Testing Plans for Spring Semester
UF will approach COVID-19 testing in the spring with a multilayered approach that includes Return to Campus and Routine Testing phases. For a breakdown of the requirements for specific student groups, see our Getting Cleared For Campus page.
Return to Campus
All students will be marked “not cleared for campus” on Dec. 20. They will then have until Jan. 10 to complete an initial health screening questionnaire for the semester. The health screening questionnaire is available at One.UF.edu.
Undergraduates students living in residence halls and/or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction for the spring semester must complete the health screening questionnaire and must complete their test prior to the first day of classes.
Beginning Jan. 11, select students will be included into routine testing where they must get tested every 14 days to be considered “cleared for campus.” The students in the routine testing plan include students living in residence halls or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction, or active members of UF’s Greek community who reside in or have a meal plan within a Greek residence.
All students, faculty and staff will receive a weekly health screening questionnaire and can schedule tests at One.UF.edu.
Routine Testing Groups
- 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.
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 student will also continue to complete the weekly screening questionnaire through One.UF.edu.
- Testing must be completed with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.
- A positive test for antibodies will not be accepted as a replacement for the mandatory saliva test from Screen, Test & Protect.
Any student in the routine testing groups who fails to schedule a test within their testing window will be placed in a “not cleared from campus” status on One.UF.edu.
- 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 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 are still being determined.
Students will be notified to schedule their tests by email in mid-December and be able to schedule a test then.
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will continue using noninvasive, saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in spring semester 2021. At this time, the spring semester testing locations are the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gate 7, Broward Garage 4 and the Philips Center on Hull Road.
Getting Your Results
- You will receive email notification of your test results.
- Results should be processed within 72 hours, and you will be 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
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 spring are consistent with our previous approach, which mandated testing of students in high-risk areas, as determined by UF Health experts.