Screen, Test & Protect Plans — Spring 2021

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 January 4; testing dates will be made available on December 14.

We are also adding mandatory surveillance testing for some student groups. These student populations have a history of higher rates of infection and that congregate or live in close settings.

The decision to move toward mandatory testing comes amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States. We’ll adjust these plans on the basis of needs that arise as we measure positivity rates on campus.

Mandatory Surveillance Testing Groups

  • Students living in residence halls.
  • Students participating in Greek life.
  • Students in face-to-face classroom instruction.

How mandatory testing works

  • Mandatory student surveillance testing will occur every two weeks.
  • Every two weeks, these students will have a 48-hour window to schedule their test.
  • You will also continue to complete the weekly screening questionnaire through
  • 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.

Testing is mandatory for the surveillance testing groups listed above. Any students who fails to schedule a test within their testing window will be placed in a “withheld from campus” status on

  • If a student is withheld from campus, they will not be permitted to 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.
  • If a student lives in a residence hall and fails to get tested, they will not be permitted to live in the residence hall.

Continued failure to participate in mandatory surveillance testing is a violation of the Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19 and may result in sanctions, such as loss of privileges associated with being a University of Florida student or student organization, including suspension and expulsion.

Other Student Groups

  • Students living in UF Graduate & Family Housing are not mandated to get tested. Voluntary testing is available.
  • Student assistants and teaching assistants who are registered in face-to-face classrooms will be included in mandatory testing.
  • Graduate students who are registered in face-to-face classrooms will be included in mandatory 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.

Testing Information

Students will be notified to schedule their tests by email in mid-December. You will be able to schedule a test prior to winter break.

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 O’Connell Center, Broward Garage 4 and the Philips Center on Hull Road.

Getting Your Results

  • You will receive email notification of your test results.
  • Results should take 48 or so hours to be processed, 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 your next steps.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can continue to schedule tests through


Contact our student screening team if you have additional questions.

In the effort to address significant public health risks, protect our community and keep our campus open, the university may mandate 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.