Messages from the Vice President

This is a catalog of all direct emails to students and families from the Vice President for Student Affairs. For additional communications from the University of Florida administrators please visit http://statements.ufl.edu/. For communications related to COVID-19 from other administrators, please visit https://coronavirus.ufl.edu/university-updates/.

Dear Students,

What a historic week for the University of Florida and a major milestone in our fight against coronavirus!

In the first days of a major effort to vaccinate 20,000 people in Alachua County per week for six weeks, more than 15,000 University of Florida students and Alachua County residents received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Getting the vaccine is a crucial step in ending the pandemic and keeping our community safe.

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 for future semesters. Additionally, vaccinated students will no longer need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID.

If you have received at least one vaccine dose or are fully vaccinated, please submit your vaccine card so we can remove you from our Routine Testing Plans.

This week, we also celebrated our incredible graduate students as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Our graduate students are a vital and valued part of our university community, whose ideas, research, and efforts make UF more vibrant place.

To our Graduate Assistants, in particular, your work is essential to this university and to our faculty and staff. You build bridges across disciplines, expand educational connections and mirror possibilities for others. Thank you for your scholarship, leadership, service, and commitment. You truly reflect both the present and future of the profession.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://ufhealth.org/news/2021/more-5000-flock-ben-hill-griffin-stadium-first-day-major-covid-19-vaccination-drive

Gators Get Vaccinated!

Submit COVID-19 Vaccination Information


Dear Students,

It is finally April, and the end of the semester is in sight.

This week, you have received emails about how to get your COVID-19 vaccine. This is a vital step in ending the pandemic and keeping our community safe.

Vaccinated students can opt out of routine testing and UF’s quarantine protocols for close contacts with COVID-19 cases.

There is still time to get your vaccinations before summer. We are adding more appointments every day and signing up is easy. Go to ONE.UF to register, just as you currently do to schedule COVID-19 testing. Once your appointment is confirmed, show up at your appointment day and time with a photo ID and a mask. Remember to wear something that allows easy access to your upper arm! If you have questions, visit our FAQ.

I urge you to make your vaccine appointment and help us #ChompOutCOVID!

As many of you saw from President Fuchs’ April Fools’ Day jokes yesterday, Artificial Intelligence is a big deal at UF. Globally, jobs requiring experience in AI have increased 75% in the last four years, and they are expected to grow even more in the future. AI is in demand in nearly every sector of employment.

Fortunately, UF has you covered! We recently launched the AI Across the Curriculum initiative to bring AI to all Gators.

Not sure if learning about AI is right for you? Consider a survey course, Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence. This 1-credit course, EGN 1935, offers introductory lessons on AI and non-technical talks from UF’s AI experts in health care, agriculture, transportation, biology, journalism and communications, business and much more.

If you are ready to get more AI experience, UF is offering an Undergraduate Certificate in AI that is suitable for any UF undergraduate. The two foundational courses – Ethics, Data, and Technology, or PHI 3681, and Fundamentals of AI, or EEL 3872 – are both are available for Fall 2021.

I encourage you to learn more about our AI initiatives and how you can get involved as an undergraduate or graduate student at http://ai.ufl.edu/.

As the semester winds down, now is the time to begin planning for what is next. Whether you’re registering for another semester of classes, studying for finals or preparing for your next chapter, know UF has resources to support you.

Lastly, I want to thank all the students who messaged me about their favorite activities at Recharge Days. It was wonderful to hear your ideas and what truly resonated. Congratulations to those of you who won prizes. Please be sure to follow me at @dr.dmull for more opportunities to win.

As we look to future semesters, we are excited to reimagine and enhance the student experience with new traditions, events and robust service-learning opportunities. Ensuring you have an incredible out-of-classroom experience to center your academic pursuits is essential in keeping our community vibrant and rewarding. I look forward to sharing more with you about plans over the next few months.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://one.uf.edu/

Time Management

Career Connection Center Main


https://fb.watch/4CMZ1xDLDk/

Undergraduate Certificate in AI Fundamentals and Applications


http://ai.ufl.edu/
https://one.uf.edu/

Gators Get Vaccinated!

Dear Students,

The first day of spring was this week, and you can truly feel the shift in the season and the light ahead.

Yesterday, Governor DeSantis announced expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines. Beginning April 5, anyone 18 years of older is eligible for the vaccine. Gators, while increased access to vaccines is on the horizon, it is critical we remain vigilant with mask usage and physical distancing. We must stay the course and continue to engage strategies that have helped us get to this point in protecting the health and safety of our community. Do it for yourself — and for all of us!

As plans for vaccinations develop based on the governor’s announcement, we want to make sure you have the information to make informed decisions when your vaccine window opens.

Dr. Mike Lauzardo, director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, and Dr. Ronald Berry, director of the Student Health Care Center, stopped by some of Wednesday’s Gator Recharge Day events to answer student questions about the vaccines. It was very encouraging to see students interest in getting vaccinated and to hear the questions raised and addressed.

Below are some of the more common questions the doctors received and summaries of their answers:

Q: Am I immune as soon as I’m vaccinated? Can I still get COVID-19?
A: After you are vaccinated with both doses, you should develop immunity in approximately one to two weeks. Therefore, it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. You should continue to physically distance yourself and wear your mask.

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: Absolutely not. There is no live virus in the COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask after I am vaccinated?
A: Yes. Vaccines may boost your immune system, so it is ready to fight the virus if you are exposed, but it is not yet fully understood whether vaccinated people might still be able to transmit the virus.

Q: Should I get vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?
A: Vaccines are recommended for longer-lasting immunity. We do recommend that you get vaccinated even if you previously had COVID-19.

Q: Will I be able to get the vaccine through UF?
A: More information on how to schedule your vaccination appointment in Alachua County will be available next week.

Learn more about how getting vaccinated can help us chomp out COVID-19 here.

Finally, this week was our second Gator Recharge Day, where thousands of students participated in a variety of physically distanced outdoor events and activities. From lawn games and snacks to art projects and silent disco in the Swamp, every corner of campus was packed with ways for students to restore their energy. As this was our first-time holding Gator Recharge Days, I want to hear about your experiences. The first five students to message me about their favorite event on Instagram (@dr.dmull ) will receive a prize. My goal is for our events to continue to evolve based on your needs and feedback, as we are always looking for creative and energizing opportunities for your engagement.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links

Vaccine Safety

Dear Students,

In my letter last week, I wrote on the power of community and the amazing impact we can have when we work together. I meant every word of what I wrote and wholly believe that we are better when we care for and respect one another. Our community thrives when we see and honor what makes us great.

As a community, we also need to show up for and affirm others when they are the targets of hatred and violence. Sadly, the national rise in racial violence against the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community, as well as the horrific and murderous attacks in Atlanta this week, are heinous examples of how hatred remains a chronic problem in our society. To our APIDA community: we know you are hurting and directly affected by racism and these numerous violent acts. We see you, we value you, and we are here for you.

In a message shared by President Fuchs today, he encouraged our entire university community to take a stance against racism. Please know there is never a place for hatred or violence against anyone, and it exists in opposition to who we should continually strive to be as a global nation.

We cannot be indifferent when members of our communities are hurting. We all can play a role in eradicating intolerance. Our identities —including race, gender expression and identity, ethnicity, and religion, to name a few —are not deficits, but dividends of who we are. It is critical we advocate for our collective humanity, care for one another, and continue important action to challenge and end violence, malicious stereotyping, and racism.

As a reminder to all students, we know that you are, as always, heavily amid your studies, but certainly not untouched by the world and events around you. If needed, we hope you will reach out to a trusted member of your support system or our team at the Counseling and Wellness Center for support.

As the semester begins to wind down, we are working hard to prepare for the next several academic terms. Today, Provost Glover shared with faculty and staff that the university plans to return to a regular course offering for Summer B and Fall semesters under the continued guidance of UF Health epidemiologists. That means students who want to take face-to-face courses in a classroom with a professor will be able to do so. A regular selection of online courses will also continue to be available.

This decision is based on the favorable progress in vaccinations and continued declines in positive cases on campus, in our community and elsewhere. Summer A and C semesters will be conducted in the same way as the Spring semester – with physical distancing, reduced classroom capacities and hybrid classes – a combination of in-person and synchronous online instruction.

We continue to center your voices and needs in our efforts, Gators. Next week, on Wednesday, March 24, we are excited to bring you more ways to take a pause with the second Gator Recharge Day. In partnership with Student Government, these Recharge Days were created to promote holistic wellness and allow you to have fun, rest, and renew your energy. We have encouraged academic courses, exams, or labs on those days to be limited, where possible. From food trucks and a movie viewing featuring a virtual conversation with Tiffany Haddish, and onward to free t-shirts and a silent disco in the Swamp, we will offer a wide range of events from sunrise to sunset across campus to provide you many opportunities to engage. If you have academic requirements during Recharge Days, please know that we hope you will stop by as your schedule allows. I urge you to explore the opportunities that await via the full list of physically distant events available online.

We are five weeks from the end of the semester. Let’s keep wearing masks and finish this semester strong.

Sending you my best, Gators.

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
http://statements.ufl.edu/statements/2021/march-/presidents-statement-on-anti-asian-violence.html
https://counseling.ufl.edu/

Recharge Days

Dear Students,

If I could define this last year by one theme, it would be community. Community is essential to what we do and who we are as individuals, as Gators, and as humans. A healthy community pours into us, uplifting and supporting us when we need strength. And our compassion for our community drives us, allowing us to think and act beyond ourselves to champion and shield others.

Through the pandemic, promoting and protecting our community has remained paramount, and you all have been key players in that effort. Every COVID-19 test you take and every mask you wear helps the number of cases to decline. As case numbers decline and access to vaccines increase, we are hopeful that a new chapter is unfolding in our fight against the virus. So please keep wearing your mask!

Epidemiologists from UF Health Screen, Test and Protect program have recommended updating the university’s current testing protocol based on the declining number of cases at UF. Starting Monday, March 15, mandatory biweekly testing will be required only for students attending face-to-face classes, with testing no longer required for those living in residence halls or in UF’s Greek community who are not attending classes in person. Any student who is currently withheld due to noncompliance with routine testing will remain withheld.

All students can continue to schedule tests at any time and for any reason through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect initiative by completing the questionnaire and scheduling a test at ONE.UF.edu.

We are confident that our surveillance monitoring strategies, which include wastewater testing, will allow us to continue to effectively track and adjust our testing strategies. Students who are not in the routine testing plan will continue to have the option to be tested through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect by completing the healthy screening questionnaire and scheduling a test at ONE.UF.edu.

Beginning March 22, all testing locations will be reducing their hours of operation, and testing appointments will no longer be offered on Saturdays. Additionally, starting April 1, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will stop offering the nasal swab test as an option at testing locations due to low demand. Students who require that form of test for travel purposes can consult their local doctor or schedule a testing appointment through the UF Student Health Care Center.

These evolutions to our plans are tailored to case levels in the community and are positive indicators of our collective progress.

Beyond the pandemic, Gators continue to make an impact in the community through service. Many of our local charities and organizations are offering volunteer opportunities, both in-person and virtual. I encourage to visit the Gators Volunteer website and take our Service Quiz to identify how your unique skills and passions can best support the community.

Additionally, Student Government’s Big Event is March 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Big Event is a city-wide service day led by students. Registration opens on Friday, March 19 at 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to build community through volunteering and expand your network by serving alongside other students.

Finally, throughout March, we collectively celebrate community through Women’s History Month. Through stories, podcasts, and events, UF commemorates the remarkable women – past and present – who empower us all. I encourage everyone to celebrate Women’s History and help share these inspiring stories.

Hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://one.uf.edu/

Homepage


http://gatorsvolunteer.ufl.edu/
https://sg.ufl.edu/events/the-big-event-2021/
http://www.ufl.edu/womenshistorymonth/

Dear Students,

March marks one year since COVID-19 arrived on our doorstep and completely changed the way we live.

Throughout this year, I saw you persevere and pivot. I witnessed your strength, resilience, creativity, and compassion. I continue to be immensely grateful for our students who have selflessly committed to adopting healthy behaviors to support to the community. You all have helped make progress possible and have truly lived your values by showing kindness for one another. UF recently launched a new webpage to enable students, faculty, and staff to reflect on the past year – here, you can find the photos, metrics, and stories that have defined our year as a community.

March also denotes the halfway point of the semester and the beginning of midterm season. From March 8-13, UF is holding Wellness Week to support you as you tackle the exams, group projects, and papers ahead by connecting you with free resources and leisure activities. From “Meditation for Calming the Busy Mind” to “Sunset Restorative Yoga on the Plaza of Americas,” workshops and activities will be held each day. I encourage you to view the schedule and find ways to practice mindfulness exercises.

Looking for a place to hit the books on campus? Locations such as Newell Hall, the Reitz Union, and the libraries are all open to you. Or find a new favorite study spot on the Virtual Student Union’s list of study locations. If you are studying outside, you can now borrow hammocks from GatorWell in the Reitz Union for use on the North Lawn. All you need is a Gator1 Card. You can also use your Gator1 Card to visit Lake Wauburg and study on the beach or under a pavilion.

Beginning today, UF students, faculty, staff, and others registered to vote in Alachua County can participate in early voting for the 2021 City of Gainesville election. Early voting will take place Friday, March 5, through Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Reitz Union’s Career Connections Center on the Ground Level. Masks and social distancing will be required at the polling place. Vote-by-mail ballots may be requested online or by calling 352-374-5252 by 5 p.m. on March 6. The ballot must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on election day, March 16. Local elections matter, and so does your voice in our community!

You can also make your voice heard on campus. Applications are now available to serve on the Reitz Union Board of Managers, Recreational Sports Board of Directors, or O’Connell Center Advisory Board. This is an opportunity to serve, gain valuable leadership experience, and help make decisions that benefit all students at UF. The deadline to apply is March 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Finally, I want to continue to keep you informed of the progress on traffic safety initiatives on the roads surrounding campus. In a recent letter to our campus community this week, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) shared the latest efforts to improve pedestrian safety along University Avenue (State Road 26). To date, the signals on University Ave. have been retimed to slow speeds and the flow of traffic. Temporary work and striping began this past Sunday, February 28, and permanent thermoplastic striping is expected to be completed by the end of March. The upgrading of all remaining crosswalks at various locations along University Avenue to add special emphasis to them is also underway. Temporary work and striping are expected to be completed by the end of March. FDOT is also procuring speed tables which should be installed in early Summer 2021. Once this is completed, FDOT will perform an engineering analysis on their effectiveness and reduce the speed limit to 25 mph. Again, as these initiatives move forward, I will continue to keep you updated.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links
http://reflections.coronavirus.ufhealth.org/

UF Wellness Week 2021

Study Locations

Gatorwell – UF Division of Student Affairs

Lake Wauburg

Student Advisory Boards


https://ufsa.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/UF-letter-to-students-and-parents-2.25.21.pdf

Dear Students,

The gorgeous Florida weather is truly refreshing right now, with crystal-blue skies and lush new growth in the trees. I hope you take the opportunity to bring your books outside and soak up some rays.

Yesterday, we held our first Gator Recharge Day where thousands of students participated in a variety of outdoor events and activities. It was wonderful to pause, meet new people and have some fun. I was able to spend the afternoon meeting new students throughout campus, and I am grateful for the many of you who stopped to introduce yourselves as well as join in with your peers. Our next Gator Recharge Day is Wednesday, March 24, and I am so excited for the new set of activities and surprises in store for you. You will not be disappointed! Be sure to follow me (@dr.dmull) and UF Student Life (@ufstudentlife) on Instagram for the many updates to come.

Please know your opportunity to refresh and renew your energy doesn’t stop with Recharge Days. Now is the perfect time to catch a bus from the Reitz Union to visit Lake Wauburg, have lunch at Depot Park, or hit the area’s world-class trails and springs. I encourage you to try something ¬– or someplace – new as you discover more of what UF and Gainesville has to offer.

It’s also the perfect time to give biking a try: March is Campus Bike Month, and the League of American Bicyclists has awarded the University of Florida a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of UF’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. Throughout the next month, the UF Bikes program will host a series of events to encourage cycling on campus. The events include classes to help you ride safer as well as resources to get you ready to ride more. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the UF Bikes website for a calendar of events and additional resources. Be sure to stop by the SG Bike Repair shop, located on the ground level of the Reitz Union, to get your wheels ready to hit the road!

With the start of midterms on the horizon, it is a great time to start focusing more of your time as you prepare to knock out the exams, group projects and/or papers ahead. Proper planning will allow you to better manage your time and any upcoming stressors. It is common to feel overwhelmed, especially when there are many activities and responsibilities competing for your attention. Whether you are in Gainesville or joining us from afar, GatorWell continues to offer a multitude of resources to help you build skills in these areas and create an action plan. Additionally, the Counseling & Wellness Center can provide more in-depth support when needed. Tutoring is also available through Knack, an online platform founded by Gator alumni that provides a network of qualified peer tutors to support you.

I want you to know our staff in the Division of Student Affairs is here and ready to support you and help you create balance this semester and beyond. Please do not hesitate to me or our CARE Area if you need support.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Lake Wauburg


http://www.depotpark.org/

Outdoors

Paddling Trails

UF Named a Gold Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists

Campus Bike Month 2021


https://sg.ufl.edu/services/bike-repair/

Time Management


https://counseling.ufl.edu/
https://studentsuccess.ufl.edu/knack-tutoring/

Home

Dear Students,

Yesterday was an amazing day for the University of Florida! I am thrilled to announce that UF’s third annual Giving Day was a tremendous success.
We witnessed the immense power of the Gator Nation and the love for the Gator student experience in action. Though some gifts are still being counted, UF raised more than $25 million from 22,198 gifts in just 24 hours!

Thank you to all for making this possible. Your gifts, social sharing, and personal stories made a resounding impact on the lives of others and will allow us to support future students’ success. Your drive and philanthropic spirit are incredibly impressive and affirms our commitment to this community.

I am also thankful to be able to share that the trend in COVID-19 numbers across campus and the state is very encouraging. In Dr. Michael Lauzardo’s recent message to campus, the seven-day average positivity rate among our routine surveillance testing is below 1%, and the number of cases this past week was the lowest weekly total seen since October. This is a major sign that your healthy behaviors including routine testing, practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask, are paying off. Your intentional decisions are helping us chart the path forward. Please keep it up!

Based on the progress seen and our current direction, the University of Florida announced today that we will host in-person commencement ceremonies this spring – with some modifications and capacity adjustments to uphold guidance from UF Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I personally am very much looking forward to celebrating the class of 2021’s accomplishments as the cohort joins the ranks of our amazing alumni worldwide.

We are also excited to expand our in-person events with our first Gator Recharge Days, taking place on Thursday, Feb. 25. These days were created to promote holistic wellness and allow you to have fun, rest, and renew your energy. We have encouraged academic courses, exams, or labs on those days to be limited, where possible. We will offer a wide range of events from sunrise to sunset across campus to provide you many opportunities to engage, and if you have academic requirements during recharge days, please know that we hope you will stop by as your schedule allows. I urge you to explore the opportunities that await via the full list of physically distant events available online.

Finally, I want to continue to keep you informed of the progress on traffic safety initiatives on the roads surrounding campus. In a letter to our campus community this week, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) shared the latest efforts to improve pedestrian safety along University Avenue (State Road 26). These include the adjustment of signal timing, the temporary installation of long, flat-topped speed humps, and a lower speed limit. FDOT technicians also plan on installing more traffic signals, enhanced crosswalks, and additional intersection lighting beginning this summer. All these efforts are expected to be completed within the calendar year, with many already underway.

Again, thank you for your tremendous efforts and support this spring. From donating to Giving Day to wearing your masks, your contributions to our community enhance the Gator student experience for all, and I am proud of how we are pressing forward and discovering new paths to engage along the way.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://givingday.ufl.edu/

Cleared vs. Not Cleared and more on vaccines


https://news.ufl.edu/2021/02/uf-to-hold-in-person-commencement-for-spring/

Recharge Days


https://ufsa.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/UF-Letter-Parents-Students-Final-2-16.pdf

Dear Students,

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to show you all some love and celebrate your strength.
Navigating how to learn, socialize and stay well through a pandemic has been no easy task and is an on-going process. You all have continually impressed me with your creativity and resiliency. You have leveraged your own agency to uphold healthy behaviors and promote the safety of our entire community. Thank you!

A new CDC study tracking mask wearing at universities found that 98% of those observed at UF were wearing masks and 95% wore them correctly, with UF leading the way in indoor mask compliance among six universities in the study.

As we soon cross the one-year mark of dealing with COVID-19, please know your actions of wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing show incredible concern and care for others. Although we still have some students frequenting indoor bars and engaging in other risky behaviors, we thank you for enabling UF to be a leader in following national guidelines.

Your continued efforts to keep others safe do not go unnoticed, and your dedication is one of the reasons we can hold more in-person, physical distanced events and opportunities. Please keep it up!

This is also a good week to share love for our community and local businesses. To help highlight Gainesville, the department of Off Campus Life wants to know your favorite things. From restaurants and local shops to parks and campus treasures, I encourage you to share a picture of your favorites, tag @ufoffcampuslife and use the #ilovegnv hashtag. I will be looking out for your local hotspot recommendations, and you could win an ‘I LOVE GNV’ t-shirt!

Finally, UF Giving Day is next week, and it is the perfect opportunity to give love to the programs that matter to you. Giving Day is about rallying together to show our support for each other and enhancing the opportunities for future Gators. The smallest action can have a big impact!

Across campus on Thursday, Feb. 18, there will be several in-person, physically distanced events to celebrate Giving Day and our pride for the Gator Nation. If you are in Gainesville, I encourage you to stop by one of these events for fun, photos, giveaways and more. Our team will be at the Plaza of the Americas between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; the Reitz Union between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; the Institutes Courtyard between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Southwest Recreation Center between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Get ready to show others some love and stand up and holler!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links

Masking and Physical Distancing


https://ufhealth.org/news/2021/university-florida-top-among-six-university-campuses-indoor-mask-use-cdc-study-finds
https://givingday.ufl.edu/

Dear Students,

February marks our collective celebration of the extraordinary contributions and the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month recognizes the creativity, innovation, leadership and resilience of the Black community and encourages us all to evaluate how we honor and elevate these amazing voices. Throughout this month, the University of Florida – including Black Affairs, the African American Studies program, the Black Student Union and the Black Graduate Student Organization – will commemorate the vibrant contributions of Black students, faculty, staff and alumni to the university’s excellence with stories, podcasts, events and dialogue. I encourage everyone to celebrate Black history and help amplify these vital stories.

This month also includes the first of our Gator Recharge Days, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25 and feature large-scale, physically distant offerings such as laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, free food, wellness and exercise classes, giveaways and more. Please be on the lookout for the full schedule available on February 12. Created to promote students’ holistic wellness, I hope these days will allow you to take a well-deserved and much-needed break to have fun and renew your energy.

In a letter to our campus community this week, Senior Vice President and COO Dr. Charlie Lane and I provided an update on the traffic and pedestrian safety measures we are collaboratively working on with the city of Gainesville, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the University Police Department. The short-term and long-term actions outlined include enhancing crosswalk visibility, additional lighting, permanent signage and constructing a pedestrian walkway, among other initiatives. To learn more about our steps, please read this letter from FDOT to our students. Again, I want to thank all our students, families and members of the community for your thoughtful emails and suggestions on how we can work collaboratively to enhance safety on and near our campus.

Lastly, this Sunday, our community needs you to be cognizant and careful of your behavior so that your Super Bowl party does not become a superspreader event. Our COVID case numbers are trending downward, and your continued support is crucial. As a reminder, events are not permitted where physical distancing and mask wearing are not observed. Hosting a teleparty, watching with your Quaranteam, or moving your gathering outside are less risky alternatives to cheer on your team. I see and appreciate your continued efforts to keep campus safe — thank you for doing your part!

Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Be safe and be well, Gators.
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links
http://www.ufl.edu/ufexperiences_black-history-month/

Black Affairs

Welcome | African American Studies


https://bsumedia.wixsite.com/mysite
https://orgs.studentinvolvement.ufl.edu/Organization/Black-Graduate-Student-Organization
http://statements.ufl.edu/statements/2021/02/update-on-traffic-and-pedestrian-safety-measures.html
https://ufsa.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/FDOT_Message.pdf

Masking and Physical Distancing

Dear Students,

There is still a chill lingering the air, but it is never too early to set your sights on this summer.

Perhaps you are seeking to gain hands-on experience connected to your academic passion. Maybe you are graduating in May and looking to write your next chapter. Or possibly, you are hoping to extend your education abroad.

If any of these scenarios sound remotely familiar, our team has your back with many upcoming events and resources to help you network, explore options, and make connections.

Career fair season is almost here, and it is time to prepare for UF’s annual Career Showcase, which will be held February 8-11. Intentionally designed with you in mind, Career Showcase is the Career Connections Center’s largest employment and internship fair, spanning four days of virtual and in-person networking with top employers from all over the U.S. It is the perfect way to explore internships, part-time, full-time, and Co-Op opportunities. To see a full list of participating employers and to schedule an appointment, download the Career Fair Plus app. Additional appointment times will be added as we get closer to the event, so please continue to check the app for more information.

Before you attend Career Showcase, I encourage you to take advantage of all the workshops and individual support available to assist you. From resume help to guidance in crafting the perfect elevator pitch, these events and opportunities are intended to prepare you to meet with potential employers.

Now is also the time to explore study abroad opportunities. Through our partnerships with UF faculty and world-class educational institutions, the UF International Center offers hundreds of programs to study, research, intern, and participate in service learning across the globe. They are currently planning for summer 2021 programs (while also keeping a close eye on Centers for Disease Control’s guidance related to the pandemic), and we encourage you to connect with them for more information as you consider your summer plans.

Additionally, I am delighted to close this week’s letter by sharing some exciting news. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked several of UF’s online programs among the top in the country, furthering the university’s rise nationally. UF Online is among the nation’s top five best online bachelor’s programs for the third year in a row, rising to number 3 from its previously held number 4 ranking. Additionally, UF reclaimed its title as number 1 in the nation for those seeking an online master’s degree in education. Other online UF programs ranking among the top five include the master’s programs in business administration and engineering, as well as undergraduate programs in business and psychology. This wonderful recognition is due to the collective and tireless efforts of our students, faculty and staff; UF continues to soar to new heights due to their engagement, curiosity, and scholarship. I would like to especially recognize and thank our graduate students who serve as teaching assistants and graduate assistants. Your work and contributions are important and make a huge difference as you continue to prepare the next class of Gators for life beyond the classroom.

Congratulations, Gators! I continue to be proud of how you are conquering new challenges in pursuit of excellence. I hope you all have a restful weekend.

Be safe and be well,
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs
Quick Links

Career Fairs

Career Showcase


https://www.careerfairplus.com/
https://career.ufl.edu/events/?month=2021-02-01
https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/study-abroad
https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/study-abroad/covid-19-and-uf-study-abroad-faq
https://news.ufl.edu/2021/01/online-learning-rankings-from-us-news

Dear Students,

As we ease into the semester, I hope you are adjusting to your new classes, new schedule, and perhaps, new learning environments. Finding your rhythm and routine may take a little time. Be kind to yourself, and know that Student Affairs has resources and staff available to support you in finding balance, no matter where or how you are taking classes.

Promoting balance and supporting your holistic wellness is a primary focus for this spring. Using the dimensions of wellness as a frame, we are creating new programs and initiatives to enhance the student experience and opportunities to help you make connections.

One of these initiatives is called Gator Recharge Days. Centered on creating a robust offering of large-scale, physically distant events and activities, our hope is that our Gator Recharge Days will allow you to take a well-deserved and much-needed break to renew your energy mid-semester. We have encouraged deans and faculty members, where possible, to limit academic courses, exams, or labs on those days. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 25 and Wednesday, March 24, and more information on activities and events scheduled during those days will be coming soon!

On Monday, you will receive an email that includes information regarding educational and skill-building opportunities focused on cultural engagement and wellness. In alignment with President Fuchs’ June 2020 communication, and as we take Another Step Toward Positive Change Against Racism, a new training course on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be available for all students as within the coming weeks.

Another vital component to holistic wellness is financial wellness. Learning to have control over your finances and set financial goals is a critical life skill as you navigate your college career and beyond. Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will be hosting Financial Wellness Week January 25-29, and they will offer a plethora of events and workshops focused on creating budgets, money management, financial planning and protection.

Gators, I would also like to share that as our campus continues to mourn the loss of two beloved students in the last month due to tragic traffic accidents, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) announced yesterday the launching of an enhanced traffic enforcement program named Gator STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program). This program will be part of a larger community-wide effort as GPD works alongside the City of Gainesville, University of Florida, and state entities to educate and bolster the safety of our university and larger Gainesville community. We are grateful to the many of you who have reached out to share your thoughts and vision for how we continue to make changes, and we will keep you engaged as conversations and initiatives expand.

I hope you all have a restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you throughout the semester, both virtually and around campus.

Be safe and be well, Gators.

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links

Wellness Coaching

Dimensions of Wellness


https://antiracism.ufl.edu/

Financial Wellness


https://www.gainesville.com/story/news/traffic/2021/01/20/gainesville-police-announce-new-traffic-enforcement-push-near-campus-after-university-florida-studen/4240891001/

Dear Students,

We are a few days into the semester, and already the energy and optimism are high! I love walking around campus and seeing more of your faces with your eyes smiling above your masks.

Campus events and opportunities are in full swing with activities happening almost daily. If you are looking for something to do or a way to get involved, please visit our events calendar on the Virtual Student Union.

Yesterday was a historic day for UF, as we officially celebrated the opening of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden on the North Lawn. This space recognizes the nine historically Black sororities and fraternities, known as the Divine Nine, for their contributions and honors their legacies for generations to come.

As you look toward the long weekend, I encourage you to find time to give back to the community. This Monday marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It is heralded as a “day on, not a day off” in celebration of Dr. King’s life-long legacy of service.

Service may look a little different this year as COVID safety protocols are in place, but there are numerous opportunities to volunteer and spread kindness. So far, more than 200 students have already signed up for MLK Day of Service hosted by the Brown Center for Leadership and Service. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve in our local community, the Gators Volunteer website is another great place to start. This spring, UF will be launching an initiative to encourage students, faculty and staff to share their time by getting out into the community and finding volunteer opportunities. The MLK Day of Service is the first in a series of service events coming this spring.

Volunteering serves as a valuable reminder that our actions have a profound impact, and together, with curiosity and hard work, we are unstoppable change agents. I find a personal reminder of the power in ourselves and in our community when I listen to UF’s Unstoppable Minds podcast. The latest episode, launched this week, features first-generation college student and former linebacker for the Florida Gators, Hygens Succes. His unique story and passion for giving back to his hometown of Belle Glade, Fla. is absolutely inspiring. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Finally, I want to say another big thank you to all our students who are watching their emails and scheduling their COVID tests. As of Thursday afternoon, UF Health’s Screen, Test & Protect had performed more than 27,000 COVID-19 tests since Jan. 3. Of the 17,308 people tested in the prior seven days, the COVID-19 positivity rate was 1.5% which is proof that our individual and collective efforts make a difference in flattening the curve. I am truly grateful, Gators, for your dedication to upholding healthy behaviors including wearing a mask and physical distancing and completing your tests. Your support and effort is essential in keeping our community healthy.

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://ufsa.ufl.edu/events/

Virtual Union

NPHC Garden

MLK Day of Service

Homepage


http://gatorsvolunteer.ufl.edu/
http://www.ufl.edu/unstoppableminds/

Screen, Test & Protect Plans – Spring 2021


https://one.uf.edu/

Dear Students,

I hope you had a wonderful and restful winter break! 2021 is here, and already there is a lot of anticipation for what the spring semester will bring.

Whether you are coming back to Gainesville, preparing to embark on your first semester, or joining us remotely, we are all excited to welcome you and start the semester!

This semester will have some similarities to the fall as we remain dedicated to working hard to keep you safe as you navigate your academics and campus life. To help us in our aims, mask, physical distancing and behavioral policies related to COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place to promote the health of our university and greater Gainesville community.

Additionally, UF will approach COVID-19 testing this semester through a multi-layered lens and strategy that includes Routine Testing. If you are in a routine testing group, please pay close attention to your emails and schedule your tests.

As a reminder, if you are an undergraduate student with a face-to-face class or a student living in a residence hall, you must complete a test to be ‘cleared for campus’ to attend class and to remain in the residence hall. New testing appointments are being added every day to ONE.UF. If you have specific questions, please email Student-screening@ufl.edu. Please note it takes a few hours from when you test until your status is changed.

I want to thank all our students who came back to Gainesville last week and completed their COVID test before the semester began. You all are amazing, and I hope you enjoyed the many our pop-up events hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. We are adding more activities and events to the calendar to create opportunities for you to recharge and make connections throughout the semester, while still adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Make sure to follow me @Dr.DMull, and @UFStudentLife for notification of more flash events, as well as visit our events calendar at the virtual student union.

To support you in navigating your face-to-face or online classes this spring, we have created a short guidelines document to provide answers to frequently asked questions. We have also added a course concerns reporting feature to the GatorSafe app. If there are any inconsistencies with course delivery for your face-to-face or online courses, such as not being provided the opportunity to meet in person for your face-to-face class, you can use the GatorSafe app to report concerns. From the app home screen, simply select “UF COVID-19” and then “Report Face-to-face/ Online Course Concern.” UF staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate.

Gators, this new year is filled with many fresh possibilities, opportunities, and paths. I encourage you to utilize the abundance of resources available to you as you navigate and shape your student experience. And please know that you have an entire team of staff here to support you and help you find ways to engage, transform and thrive.

So grab your new masks, and let’s go!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Masking and Physical Distancing

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19

Screen, Test & Protect Plans – Spring 2021


https://ufh-coronavirus.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/wordpress/files/2021/01/How-to-get-Cleared-for-Campus_v4.pdf
https://one.uf.edu/
https://ufsa.ufl.edu/events/

Virtual Union


https://studentsuccess.ufl.edu/media/studentsuccessufledu/Guidelines-for-Students-in-the-Classroom.pdf

Dear Students,

Winter Break is finally here! You did it, Gators! Whether you were taking classes in Gainesville this fall or joining us remotely, you rose to meet the challenges the semester presented and found a way to move forward. I am incredibly impressed by each of you, as your tenacity, perseverance and creativity are a testament to who you are and moreover, all that you are becoming as you continue your journey.

To the many of you earning your degrees this semester, I extend an extra special congratulations and round of applause! I am proud of you all and can’t wait to see how your brilliant minds and passionate hearts write the next chapter in your story. I look forward to witnessing the impact you will continue to have on communities locally and globally, graduates!

Over the coming weeks, I hope you can unwind and simply take in the break before we head into spring semester. Some of you have shared with me your excitement as you head home for the first time in months, while others will stay local and enjoy their downtime by exploring bike trails or other natural settings—or catching up on sleep. Others will binge-watch their favorite shows or catch Versus battles they missed this semester. However you spend your time during the break, be safe and enjoy it.

As we look to the new year, we remain dedicated to working hard to keep you safe as you navigate your academics and campus life. To help us in our aims, mask, physical distancing and behavioral policies related to COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place to promote the health of our university and greater Gainesville community.

Additionally, UF will approach COVID-19 testing in the spring through a multi-layered lens and strategy that includes Return to Campus and Routine Testing phases.

In the Return to Campus phase, students will be marked “not cleared for campus” on Dec. 21. You will then have until Jan. 10 to complete an initial health screening questionnaire for the spring semester. The health screening questionnaire is available at One.UF.edu.

Students determined by UF Health experts to present the highest risk for contracting and transmitting the virus — those living in residence halls and/or participating in face-to-face classroom instruction — must complete the health screening questionnaire and schedule a test by Jan. 10 to be cleared for campus. If you have any questions regarding the spring testing plan, please contact Student-screening@ufl.edu.

As we transition to the Routine Testing phase beginning on Jan. 11, additional students will be tested every two weeks. The groups included in the routine testing plan are students in face-to-face classes, students who live in undergraduate residence halls and active members of UF’s Greek community who live in or have a meal plan at a Greek residence.

The first segment of testing for the semester to accommodate students in face-to-face classes or students who live in residence halls will take place from Jan. 3 through Jan. 10. Throughout that first week of January there will be lots of events taking place on campus as part of our Great Gator Welcome Back program. We will be giving out BEAT COVID t-shirts and other door prizes. There will be drive-in movie events, food truck pop-ups, and more! We are finalizing the schedule now but working to offer more in-person fun this spring semester.

This was a historic week for our university, state and country as the first batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived at UF Health Jacksonville and at UF Health in Gainesville. UF Health is actively working with local, state and federal agencies to administer the vaccine, for free, to the first groups of select faculty and staff based on the criteria the CDC established, starting with front-line health care workers. This is an incredible example of the power of collaboration as we see the connected efforts and missions of One UF and One UF Health at work.

UF Health Jacksonville also is working to coordinate distribution to additional groups, including neighboring health care facilities in Jacksonville in the coming days and weeks. In time, and with input from state and federal officials, we will know more about when we will be able to offer the vaccine to the broader faculty, staff and students community

This news brings me great hope and encouragement as I look to spring semester. Though we have some distance still to travel together, it is encouraging to see the light ahead.

I wish you all a relaxing, safe and healthy winter break!

Warmly,
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Masking and Physical Distancing

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19

Screen, Test & Protect Plans – Spring 2021

Great Gator Welcome – Labor Day

Dear Students,

You are almost there! As classes and reading days wrap up for the fall semester, I want to take this opportunity to wish you success on your finals and remind you that you are incredibly talented and capable!

This semester, you have truly shined as you have overcome so much and faced challenges directly to make it to this milestone. I hope you can take some time to pause and bask in your accomplishments (and yes, making it to December is a monumental achievement that deserves celebration).

I encourage you also to reach out to your friends and classmates to share some words of encouragement. A simple text to someone you have not spoken with or seen recently, can have a big impact and brighten someone’s day. One little kindness can help your light shine for yourself and others!

In addition to studying for finals, you may be in the process of making travel plans. Now is a critical time to be mindful of your actions and how to help keep those you love healthy and safe.

There is still time to schedule a free COVID test at One.UF.edu before leaving Gainesville. It typically takes no more than 72 hours to get results.
If you need the results of a test to board an airplane or meet international travel requirements, please be sure to review your travel documents closely to determine whether a saliva test will meet your needs and in the timeframe you require. It is important to note, that while most results are available within 24 hours, it cannot be guaranteed. If you require a specific kind of testing for travel documentation, please schedule a test with your medical provider who can order the appropriate test(s) for you.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to promote the health of our community!

Best wishes for exams week!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

How to Have Yourself a Healthy Holiday


https://one.uf.edu/

Dear Students,

I hope the fall break provided you opportunities for reconnection, rest and reflection, as we head into the final weeks of the semester.

As the majority of courses have shifted online for the remainder of the semester, you may be trying to re-adjust to new learning environments and schedules. I know you can do it!

Throughout this unpredictable year, I have seen you all continue to persevere. We have all had to learn new ways of navigating often unfamiliar terrain; and now is the time to solidify your plan to tackle finals, tapping into the same grit and tenacity you brought into the start of the fall semester. And of course, Student Affairs staff are here to support you if you are struggling to find your stride.

Please remember to practice self-care as you make your study plans. Building in little breaks throughout your day to get fresh air, stretch, text a friend or watch an episode of your favorite show can serve as motivation and provide a needed moment to recharge.

If you follow the news, you have likely heard from national health experts’ predictions that December and January will be peak months for the next wave of COVID-19, with cases spiking in many places. With that in mind, it is imperative you continue healthy behaviors including wearing a mask and limiting travel. If you are already back at home for the month, I highly encourage you to remain there and not return to Gainesville for a “fun weekend” or the LSU game on Dec. 12. By doing this, you can help prevent unintentional spread of the virus and protect our most vulnerable communities.

If you are currently in Gainesville and planning to travel soon, you can still schedule a free test at One.UF.edu, and it typically takes no more than 72 hours to get results.

In the coming weeks you will also receive more information on spring semester health screenings, testing plans and the promising arrival of vaccines at UF. I recognize that everyone is eager to learn more about what 2021 has in store, and I will be sure to keep you in the loop as plans develop.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Time Management

Dear Students,

A chill is in the air in Gainesville, which serves as a vibrant reminder that the semester is winding down.

This fall, we have conquered and achieved so much together. And we have also been taught some valuable lessons along the way.
Personally, I have I made it a priority to reach out to old friends and relish every connection point. I am also grateful for the new friends and colleagues I have gained over the last ten months, as I cannot imagine navigating so much new terrain without an amazing base of collegiality and support.

As an institution, we have learned the value of collaboration on a deeper level and how to pivot when necessary. We rediscovered what it truly means to be a Gator and heard the resounding noise our impact makes across the state and country.

Over the last semester, our doctors, scientists and epidemiologists have learned even more about the virus and its impacts to our campus community. After significant testing of air exchange, testing and contact tracing, UF Health has not detected any transmission of the virus in classroom or laboratory settings. In any case where there has been transmission of the virus, disease investigators have been able to trace it to social interactions, often off-campus, which is why we continually reinforce the need for masks and physical distancing.

We now know that surfaces are not a major cause for concern since little or no transmission has occurred through this avenue. UF’s Facility Services has reviewed air exchange data for the campus classrooms with UF Health epidemiologists. They have concluded that current classroom ventilation does not create additional risk within the university community.

Our successful coronavirus surveillance program has helped the university limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and as we wrap up the semester over the next several weeks, all students can still schedule a test before the holidays at one.uf.edu.

Additionally, we are expanding our testing framework as we look toward the spring semester.

Beginning in January, all students living in residence halls, those participating in Greek life in Gainesville, and students engaged in face-to-face classroom instruction are required to be tested once every two weeks as part of our mandatory surveillance testing plan. Students will receive an email with additional information regarding scheduling their test as they return to campus in January.

For more about our plan to combat the virus, I invite you to visit the UF Health website about the Spring 2021 testing plans.

Lastly, one housekeeping note: As I know the weekends can get busy and emails can get lost in the shuffle, I will be moving my weekly message to you to Thursdays. I hope you find these messages helpful in providing updates for the week as well as offering information regarding what to expect as we move ahead in our goal of supporting students.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Masking and Physical Distancing


https://one.uf.edu/

Screen, Test & Protect Plans – Spring 2021

Dear Students,

With the twists and turns of 2020, it seems completely normal that we had a tropical storm in mid-November!

I appreciate our entire student body for making a pivot yesterday with classes canceled to ensure the safety of everyone. I hope the effects of Tropical Storm Eta were minimal for you and your loved ones.

If the storm greatly impacted you and caused unanticipated expenses, Aid-a-Gator financial assistance may be available to provide a funding bridge for education-related expenses. Additionally, I encourage you to reach out to U Matter, We Care for support and resources.

As we look forward into the semester and with less than two remaining until Thanksgiving break, now is a critical time to do three things before you go home or travel.

1. Self-quarantine. To protect your parents, grandparents and others who are at a higher risk for serious illness, we encourage you to self-quarantine for 14 days before you go home. This means minimizing your exposure to others and avoiding large groups and risky locations.

2. Schedule a test. Get tested for COVID-19 before you go home and when you come back. Please go to One.UF.edu to schedule a free test. It typically takes no more than 72 hours to get results. Some states and airlines require a negative test from individuals. Remember, a negative test does not mean you won’t become infectious. Wait out the 14-day incubation period to keep your family safe.

3. Get a flu shot. The flu and COVID-19 are in the air. Masks and a flu shot make a great pair. Schedule your vaccination before you go!

I encourage you to take these three precautions and plan ahead. For more holiday and travel tips, I encourage you to review the suggestions at https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/screen-test-protect-2/how-to-have-yourself-a-healthy-holiday/.

Thank you for doing your part to promote the health of our community!

I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Aid-a-Gator

U Matter We Care


https://one.uf.edu/
https://my.shcc.ufl.edu/vaccines/

How to Have Yourself a Healthy Holiday

Dear Students,

This has certainly been a historic week! As we collectively await election results, I want to remind you to take some time for yourself and find opportunities to de-stress. Whether it is through exercise, watching your favorite movie, or catching up a friend, there are many ways reduce anxiety and create balance to address the dimensions of wellness in your life.

During a regular year, let alone a presidential election season amid a pandemic, this is the time where social obligations and academic deadlines begin to collide. Feelings of fatigue or anxiety due to uncertainty are very normal. Please know if you need additional support, want to talk with someone or want to build skills in how to manage stress, staff at GatorWell Health Promotion Services and the Counseling & Wellness Center are available.

The flip of the calendar to November, also means a shift out of daylight savings time. As such, it is getting darker outside earlier. If you are traveling around town or campus, I encourage you to take advantage of transportation options. The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is a free, nightly, campus safety and transportation service for students sponsored by UF Student Government, Student Traffic Court and UF Transportation and Parking Services. SNAP operates four to seven 15-passenger vans (depending on demand) seven nights a week from 6:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Additionally, UF Safe Rides By Lyft program has been expanded to 50% off all qualifying Lyft rides effective November 1. The discount is available Wednesday through Sunday between the hours of 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. on rides that begin and end within the service area. You can learn more at https://taps.ufl.edu/alternative-transportation/uf-safe-rides/.

Lastly, we are now fully in flu season. In addition to combatting COVID-19, we want you to take steps to remain healthy and avoid the flu.
As Dr. Ron Berry, director of the University of Florida Student Health Care Center, mentioned in his recent Alligator column, getting a flu shot is one way to help take care of yourself and protect your family and friends. You can schedule your free flu shot today at https://shcc.ufl.edu/.
Thank you for doing your part by wearing a mask and getting a flu shot to promote the health of our community.

Hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Dimensions of Wellness

Gatorwell – UF Division of Student Affairs


https://counseling.ufl.edu/

SNAP

UF Safe Rides By Lyft


https://www.alligator.org/opinion/dr-ron-berry-get-your-flu-shot-today/article_b290f6ec-1ac7-11eb-9dcf-77ff133c3511.html?block_id=1494496

Homepage


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/30/science/wear-mask-covid-particles-ul.html?referringSource=articleShare

Dear Students,

We have reached the end of October, and though it may be hard to believe, spring semester is right around the corner. Advance registration for the Spring 2021 semester will begin in mid-November.

With our eyes to what’s next, today UF will release the Spring 2021 schedule of courses to assist you in preparing for advance registration. The classes offered will include a similar number of in-person class sections as was offered in Spring 2020. You should have already received the “Registration Preparation” email providing you information on how to prepare for registration and learn when you may register. Please pay particular attention to your graduation requirements, consult with your academic advisor and take action to remove any holds that may prevent you from registering.

UF classrooms are being enhanced with HyFlex technologies like additional screens, cameras, digital whiteboards, and microphones to create a more engaging classroom environment for students both in the classroom and at a distance. These technologies will assist in enhancing UF’s commitment to its educational mission.

We are so proud that you are pursuing your educational goals at the University of Florida, our nation’s 6th ranked public institution. Please know that we are here to help you through your journey and that your health and safety remain our top priority.

Best wishes for a successful spring term. Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs
Zina Evans, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dear Students,

We are halfway through the fall semester!

With everything going on and the extra challenges this unique year presents, I hope you take a moment to be proud of all you have accomplished and dedicate some time for self-care.

This is the time to re-center and re-commit to your goals, your studies, and your health.

This week, I had the pleasure of joining a few student organizations’ virtual meetings. In each of those discussions, students shared with me important questions they have about testing and behavioral expectations.

The first reoccurring question revolves around access to testing. As Dr. Michael Lauzardo, director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, mentioned in his letter to campus yesterday, testing on campus has never been easier. Students are encouraged to complete a weekly COVID-19 screening questionnaire through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. And regardless of whether you have symptoms, you can schedule a saliva test at no out-of-pocket cost to you. It is fast and convenient to get a test and results. In fact, it is often quicker to get results through campus testing than other off campus locations.

Our testing abilities continue to increase. We encourage you to take control of monitoring your health, especially as we move into flu season, and schedule a test every two weeks.

How to get tested:
• Go to one.uf.edu.
• Complete the screening questionnaire again.
• Schedule the test within the next two days, and results will be emailed to you no later than 48 to 72 hours after your test.

The other questions I have recently received center on confusion between behavioral expectations on-campus, in Alachua County and Gov. DeSantis’ complete re-opening of the state of Florida’s bars and restaurants.

UF’s behavioral expectation policies are still in full effect. We need you to continue to wear your masks and practice physical distancing. We know that these are two of the best ways to reduce spread and combat this virus.

In the city, you should also wear masks in public spaces or whenever physical distancing is not possible and limit gatherings of more than 50 people. As per the governor’s order, bars and restaurants are open at full capacity. I encourage you to exercise your autonomy and best judgement by avoiding risky situations. The more people are in tight, enclosed spaces without masks, the easier the virus spreads. It is important to know that COVID-19 numbers continue to increase.

There is so much to look forward to this semester, including more football games, Halloween events and more. We need you to continue to practice healthy habits so our entire campus community can participate.

Want to learn more about what is ahead? I invite you to tune into the Student Government State of the Campus Address on October 27 at 6 p.m. being held virtually.

Lastly, as I mentioned above, I love the opportunity to connect with our students more directly. Whether it is attending a virtual general body meeting or meeting with your student organization executive board to learn more about your organization’s goals, I hope to engage more with you over the coming months. If you would like to extend an invitation, please send me a message at dmull@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

From the Director of Screen, Test & Protect


https://one.uf.edu/

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19

Masking and Physical Distancing


https://alachuacounty.us/Depts/Communications/Documents/ADACompliant/EO_20_50.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2utOy3xM-PQvS0wGsDhLT_WH1SX10ZkgbhMcMkC2gTVf3viprVWqA-bq0

Assess Your Risk Level

Testing Dashboard

Dear Students,

We are now less three weeks from the national election (November 3)!

Election season is always an exciting time for our country. It is a time to exercise your citizenship in our democracy, by taking an active and vital role in your community through casting your vote.

I want you to know that your voice matters.

For many of you, this may be your first presidential election where you can participate. I encourage you to do your research and plan how and when you will vote.

UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service is a tremendous resource for students, hosting regular dialogues, events, and engagement opportunities.
One such opportunity will take place next week. On Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5-6 p.m., you are invited to join Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to hear how Florida has prepared for the 2020 elections. Find out what you need to do to be ready to cast your ballot.

Early voting in Alachua County will begin on Monday, Oct. 19 and run through Oct. 31. The Reitz Union is a designated early voting location.
I also want to recognize that although election season can be energizing, it can also create a lot of campaign fatigue and feelings of anxiety due to uncertainty. Please know if you need additional support, want to talk with someone or want to build skills in how to manage stress, staff at GatorWell Health Promotion Services and the Counseling & Wellness Center are available.

Hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Civic Engagement

Bob Graham Center


https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ox20BqiTvqAcjlvvYJdNg

2020 Election Early Voting

Gatorwell – UF Division of Student Affairs


https://counseling.ufl.edu/

Dear Students,

The middle of October marks the start of midterms.

From group project to papers and exams, this time of year requires added focus, proper planning, and a dedication to hitting the books.

It is common to feel overwhelmed. Time and stress management are vital to academic success when there are many activities and responsibilities competing for you attention. Whether you are in Gainesville or joining us from afar, GatorWell offers resources to help you build skills in these areas and create an action plan. Additionally, the Counseling & Wellness Center can provide more in-depth support if needed.

Tutoring is also available through the Teaching Center and Knack.

Even though we are not yet halfway through this semester, it is never too early to look ahead.

In a Faculty Senate Town Hall this week, Provost Joe Glover and Vice President Jodi Gentry discussed the university’s plan return to a more robust set of face-to-face course offerings during the Spring 2021 semester. We have heard from many students over the last few months who want more in-person academic offerings. Based on our extensive investment in mechanisms to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and under the ongoing guidance of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, the university is in a better position to provide these offerings to students who wish to have a richer on-campus experience this spring. We also plan to utilize HyFlex classrooms to accommodate both in-person and remote learners.

As more information about Spring 2021 becomes available, I will be sure to share with you. In the meantime, I encourage you to watch this message about how UF is preparing for the next semester from Dr. Michael Lauzardo, deputy director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program.

Also regarding preparation for the next semester, advance registration for Spring 2021 will open at or after assigned start times on November 16, 2020. Prior to this date, you will receive an email with instructions for obtaining your start time. Information on how to register can be found online.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and take time to plan for what is ahead!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Time Management

Stress

Gatorwell – UF Division of Student Affairs


https://counseling.ufl.edu/

Welcome


https://www.joinknack.com/school/university-of-florida
https://citt.ufl.edu/resources/teaching-hyflex

https://registrar.ufl.edu/registration/

Dear Students,

Welcome to October! We are now 33 days into the semester and gearing up for all the activity this month brings, including home football games and the first major exams of the semester.

As we prepare to cheer on the Gators in the Swamp, I want to remind everyone that tailgating is not allowed. Campus and local law enforcement will have increased patrols, and it is imperative you practice healthy behaviors to keep our community safe and flatten the curve.

Whether you are on or off campus, you must limit gatherings in large groups and wear a mask when you cannot be 6 feet apart. Please take advantage of the wonderful weather to enjoy the outdoors and reduce your risk by avoiding packed bars, restaurants, and indo
or gatherings.

Just as we are strong on the field, Gators everywhere can show their strength by caring for one another and wearing a mask.
October is also typically the time of Homecoming celebrations. UF will not be hosting Homecoming activities this weekend due to COVID-19 safety precautions, and as such, October 2 and 3 are no longer class days off. But the Gator will still growl. This year, celebrations will be reimagined and take place virtually over the course of the month. We invite you to participate in the Homecoming Parade, Gator Gallop presented by Truist, the Homecoming Leadership Pageant, Soulfest, and Growl. You can learn more about this year’s activities online.

Lastly, I want to recognize many of our students may still be trying to settle in and find a routine. I want you to know that you are not alone.
With this in mind, we have continued to evolve our Virtual Student Union to showcase online and in-person activities happening. If you are in search of something to do in your spare time, visit our events page.

The website also showcases places to study on-campus. Locations like Newell Hall, the Reitz Union and the libraries are all open to you. With midterms on the horizon, now is the time to find your favorite study spot, set a schedule and make a study plan. Free tutoring resources are available through a new partnership with Knack Technologies, Inc. — an online tutoring platform founded by Gator alumni.

Through the UF-Knack partnership, students have access to free peer tutoring for specific courses. You can schedule a one-on-one or group session to meet with a verified Gator tutor online at a time that is convenient for you. To find a tutor or to learn how you can become a paid tutor with Knack, visit ufl.joinknack.com and sign in with your Gatorlink account. More details about this and other UF Student Success initiatives is available at studentsuccess.ufl.edu.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19

Masking and Physical Distancing

The Gator Still Growls

Virtual Union


https://www.joinknack.com/school/university-of-florida
https://studentsuccess.ufl.edu/

Dear Students,

Fall is officially here, and statewide, but especially in Gainesville, the slight adjustment in temperature is a pleasant change.

This week, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect launched saliva-based testing. Along with a handful of other institutions around the country, UF Health has validated the saliva collection procedure, first developed and reported by researchers at Yale University. For many people, this new testing option will make things a lot easier and will remove one more barrier to getting tested for COVID-19.

Again, students in Gainesville can now be screened and tested for COVID-19 once per week through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Simply go to ONE.UF, complete the questionnaire and schedule your test.

We are now less than 40 days away from Election Day. Students, your voice matters, and it is time to make your voting plans. UF’s Student Government announced its’ partnership with the Gator Get Out the Vote Coalition and the Bob Graham Center as one of more than 75 colleges and universities working to register potential voters through the TurboVote system. Floridians have until Oct. 5 to register to participate in the upcoming election.

For Alachua County registered voters, the Career Connections Center in the Reitz Union will be an early voting location beginning Monday, October 19, 2020 through Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On the eve of SEC football season and the Gators’ first game (AWAY), I invite you to all to celebrate kickoff by sharing your #GatoradeToast this weekend.

I also want to remind all our students to practice healthy behaviors to keep our community safe. Whether you are on or off campus, it is imperative you do not gather in large groups and wear a mask when you cannot be 6 feet apart.

Thank you for your continued efforts to uphold policies to protect yourself and others. I wish you all a restful weekend cheering on our team.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://ufhealth.org/news/2020/uf-health-screen-test-protect-unveils-new-saliva-test-replace-uncomfortable-nasal-swabs
https://one.uf.edu/
https://www.alligator.org/opinion/pope-register-to-be-a-voter-today/article_ff6b7d24-fceb-11ea-b865-6f299cd1fa44.html

Bob Graham Center


https://ufl.turbovote.org/

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19

Masking and Physical Distancing

Gatorade Toast 2020

Share your #Gatoradetoast to your story, tag @ufstudentgov, and three friends! We can’t wait to show everybody how truly great this Gator Nation is.

Posted by UF Student Government on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dear Students,

Congratulations! This week, the U.S. News & World Report named the University of Florida the No. 6 public university in the country, continuing the university’s upward trajectory and placing it on the cusp of reaching its top-five goal.

There are many factors that contribute into our collective success, but I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you, our students, for helping us climb higher. Your hard work, ambition and dedication to your academic journey, help elevate the value of a UF degree for all students and ensure an environment that better prepares you for what is next. I would like to especially recognize our graduate students who serve as teaching assistants and graduate assistants. Your work is important and incredibly impactful.

In looking to what is ahead, it is never too early to network and explore career options. And UF brings top employers across the country to you. Whether you graduate in December or are in your first semester, I encourage you to take part in Career Showcase next week (September 21 – 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to find full-time employment and future internships. Hosted by the Career Connections Center, Career Showcase will be in-person and virtual this year. Learn more about the event at career.ufl.edu/showcase.

As we collectively navigate the uncharted territory that this pandemic brings, we appreciate your voices, and we are constantly following the data and listening to your experiences to enhance communications and adjust processes. Some recent adjustments include offering transportation to students needing isolate/quarantine in temporary spaces, clarifying meal delivery, and expanding testing.

Students in Gainesville can now be screened and tested for COVID-19 once per week through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Simply go to ONE.UF, complete the questionnaire and schedule your test.

For students who test positive or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office have provided many needed resources. Students will get emails about resources shortly after their status changes to “not cleared.” If you are not cleared for campus, you are not permitted to attend class or any campus activity in person. You may however, participate in virtual classes and events.

This week the university Masking and Physical Distancing policy was updated to indicate that two or more people within 6 feet of one another outdoors must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

In late August, the policy was updated with additional guidance on the types of masks approved for use on campus and at university facilities. Masks with exhalation valves or vents allow air to be expelled and are prohibited because they do not provide protection to others. In addition, neck gaiters and bandanas may not be worn unless no other face covering is available.

Additionally, the university has expanded the Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19 policy to further outline the expectations of students in quarantine/isolation. Despite ample communications, we have seen students in quarantine/isolation roaming the quarantine/isolation spaces, trying to invite friends over, and leaving buildings to meet up with others. This behavior goes completely against communicated expectations and public health policies. We want you to know how serious we are about enforcing quarantine/isolation, and you must uphold these healthy behaviors and avoid social gatherings. If you choose not to do so, know that you are jeopardizing your status as a UF student.

Please know we recognize and appreciate that the majority of students are doing the right thing, but those who are exhibiting problematic behavior and reckless actions that put others at risk cannot become our shared narrative and fate.

To support you in having safer, smaller social gatherings, the city of Gainesville recently launched the Streatery GNV project. By closing roads and providing free parking, restaurants are moving outdoors to provide more space for physical distancing. County behavioral guidelines still apply in these outdoor venues. You should follow established gathering rules and wear masks until seated at tables.

It is starting to feel like fall in Florida, and cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Please keep upholding healthy behaviors and keeping our community safe.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://news.ufl.edu/2020/09/us-news/

Career Showcase

Testing Dashboard


https://www.alligator.org/opinion/the-pandemic-is-humbling-but-uf-is-listening-and-responding/article_5eaa96da-f85f-11ea-9050-6707ea452bbb.html

Student Isolation and Self-Quarantine


https://one.uf.edu/

Masking and Physical Distancing

Student Behavioral Expectations in Response to COVID-19


https://www.gainesville.com/story/news/2020/09/16/city-closes-roads-offers-free-parking-maximize-outdoor-dining/5815276002/
https://alachuacounty.us/Depts/Communications/Documents/ADACompliant/EO20-44withAttachmentADA.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1mYRaZTVF2-IUGUHIBoO6614M4J0GJgt_sVmzCToAEhRwtJ3nKDMwqE7w

The pandemic is humbling, but UF is listening and responding

Monday’s Alligator article regarding student experiences with testing and quarantining and isolating on campus was eye-opening, and we would like to thank the Alligator for bringing the concerns of our students to the forefront.

We believe the vast majority of students have had as favorable an experience as can be expected under these trying circumstances, and we have made every effort to ensure that.

However, the fact that even a few felt otherwise is troubling.

To be truly compassionate and competent, we have to be humble. Like many of you, we have been humbled by this virus every day. Our teams knew that September would be challenging. Our UF Health experts, who have been guiding the university’s planning and response from the beginning of the pandemic, anticipated the surge in cases we are currently seeing. We expect more, and we are prepared. Two weeks after the beginning of classes, we are learning how many students are heeding messages from the last several months and adopting the required healthy behaviors.

Our planning, while comprehensive, missed the mark on at least one count: transportation. In managing cases throughout the summer, some needs, including the demand for transportation, did not arise. When we learned on social media last week that students were using Uber and RTS buses to get to quarantine and isolation housing, we immediately addressed the issue and had free, university-provided transportation up and running within 48 hours.

Testing was another issue, and as questions arose about how best to access testing we were simultaneously expanding options and working to better communicate about those options.

Here’s how we have responded:

Transportation

If you have your own private means of transportation, you are encouraged to use it to get to your temporary isolation or quarantine assignment. If you do not have personal transportation available, the University of Florida will provide transportation. The GatorLift Express, operated by Transportation and Parking Services, stands ready seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to transport students withheld from campus to designated isolation or quarantine sites. We will be adding additional vehicles to support transportation as needs arise.

Testing

All our processes and the virtual infrastructure and framework we’ve implemented to manage this virus are based on past experiences, but we continuously reevaluate and scale up as needed. This allows us to be agile and responsive to the needs of our student body based on how we are seeing things develop.

Whether you have symptoms or just want to get tested because you are worried you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we have made scheduling testing easier using ONE.UF. Just fill out the short screening questionnaire and make an appointment. Testing is available at Hull Road, and we are testing in various on-campus neighborhoods as well, for added convenience. Remember, the Student Health Care Center is there for those of you who wish or need to see a physician or other medical provider.

Care and Support

Email is our primary method of communication. Approximately four hours after a student’s status is changed to “not cleared for campus,” they receive an email about support, ranging from meal delivery to academic accommodations.

Students must quarantine or isolate in place, meaning they must stay in their assigned self-quarantine or self-isolation rooms. Students should not exit their spaces except to use the restroom facilities, to obtain food delivery from the designated common space within the building or to attend required medical treatment or testing. This is vital for protecting and maintaining the safety of the community at large.

Please know all students will be provided food so they do not need to venture to stores or into public.

If you have a meal plan or declining balance, meal provisions will be coordinated through Gator Dining.

If you live on campus and do not have a meal plan, you may purchase a daily supplemental plan offered by Gator Dining or you can order food through our Food Assistance Program.

If you live off-campus, you can also order food through our Food Assistance Program. You can choose from a menu of grab-and-go options as well as ingredients to make meals that will arrive at your door via contactless delivery.

If you live in a sorority or fraternity house, your house corporation may be providing to-go meals that will be delivered to the site where you are in isolation or quarantine. If not, you will receive an email with a link to order food through our Food Assistance Program.

We are all in this together

As we collectively navigate the uncharted territory that this pandemic brings, we are thankful for all the questions we receive. They keep us focused. We want you to know that we are constantly following the data, listening to your experiences and evolving our plans and processes to support our community.

There is so much to look forward to this semester, but this is a partnership. We also need your help to remain active and open. The vast majority of you have been conscientious and mindful of your actions — and we are grateful for your care and your agency as you have made the decision to protect yourself and others — but we also have our share of bad actors.

The reckless actions of a few cannot become our shared narrative and fate.

Over the past weekend, we have seen behavior that is alarming, to say the least. Large house parties and disregard for the rules of quarantine or isolation cannot continue. It must not continue. We have too much at stake as a community to not consider the impact of our actions individually and collectively.

Please know the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution continually learns of students ignoring and violating university behavioral policies and guidelines put in place to support the health and safety of all students. With the health risks created by such disregard in mind, we are responding swiftly and with necessary severity. Yes — if you choose to violate university policies, you will face sanctions, such as loss of privileges associated with being a student or student organization, including suspension and expulsion.

We are very serious, and need you to be mindful of your actions.

Nationally, this is challenging for all of us — students, faculty, staff and our communities alike. We are working hard to support you in your college experience under these trying circumstances, while still creating a safer and healthier environment.

We will continue to do so, and we are counting on you to do your part as well.

Dr. D’Andra Mull is Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida.

Dr. Michael Lauzardo is Director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect.

Dear Students,

We finished the second week of the fall semester! For many, adjusting to the changes of this semester is an ongoing process. Please know we are all working to adapt and find balance together.

As we collectively navigate the uncharted territory that this pandemic brings, I want to thank you for all your questions this week. By following the data and listening to your experiences, we are continuing to evolve our plans to support this community.

I encourage you to take time to review the important message below from UF Health regarding the latest updates on our testing and quarantine plans.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SCREEN, TEST & PROTECT

It’s been inspiring to see how the campus community has pulled together amid this most unusual start to the academic year. The beginning of school is typically a fun and exciting time, and this year is no different, despite the unique challenges these historic times bring. We’re reconnecting with each other in creative ways. We’re making new discoveries and learning new things in the classroom. And each day we witness how students, faculty and staff — in ways big and small — are helping each other, demonstrating a true culture of caring and concern.

That’s more important than ever, as we address an anticipated rise in COVID-19 cases on campus that began last week. Our commitment to you has been to assess our plans and processes daily, and to fine-tune them when needed. Read on for new information about our expanded testing options for students.

I’m a student. How do I get tested for COVID-19, fast and easy? Visit One.UF.edu to sign up.
Have symptoms? Or just want to get tested because you are worried you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19? We have made scheduling testing easier and more straightforward.

Students should visit One.UF.edu, fill out the short questionnaire and schedule a test. It’s that easy.

Locations will be available for next day or same-day testing until appointments fill. Results are back within 24 to 48 hours.

If your symptoms concern you and you think you need to see a doctor, just click the designated box on the questionnaire and you will be given instructions on how to be seen at the Student Health Care Center and be tested there.

Just before the Labor Day weekend, when a number of students were diagnosed with COVID-19, the demand for testing increased dramatically. But the system we had in place for students to get tested could not keep pace with the sudden increase in demand. We own that. We got your feedback, listened and accelerated the release of this simpler, faster way to get tested.

What’s next in testing on campus?
We have been increasing surveillance and symptomatic testing at various sites, including our Hull Road location across from the Southwest Recreation Center. We have introduced new campus neighborhood testing spots around campus, in and around various residence halls. Testing will now be available somewhere on campus seven days a week. We will be focusing our surveillance testing on the residence halls and Greek housing, so expect to get emails and other notifications about when we will be screening in your campus neighborhood.

Questions about student isolation or quarantine?
Visit the Screen, Test & Protect website to learn about what to expect if you are placed in isolation or quarantine.

How do I get from a residence hall to my temporary isolation or quarantine assignment?
If you have your own private means of transportation, you are encouraged to use it to get to your temporary isolation or quarantine assignment. If you do not have personal transportation available, the University of Florida will provide transportation. The GatorLift Express, operated by Transportation and Parking Services, stands ready seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (and later as may be needed) to transport students withheld from campus to designated isolation or quarantine sites.

If you are not cleared for campus and need to be relocated, Student Affairs staff will call you to coordinate and discuss your plans for isolation or quarantine. If you are in need of transportation, they will work with you to schedule a ride.

Students will receive a clearly defined pickup location and time. Student must wear a mask throughout their transport, use the rear entry door to vehicle and practice physical distancing from the driver. Students will be responsible for all handling of luggage and belongings.

Sanitation of high-touch areas will occur between rides and complete sanitation of the vehicle will be twice a day. The driver will not have air conditioning on recirculate.

We’re all in this together.
We are seeing a lot of people doing their best to help us manage a difficult time by wearing their masks, physical distancing and, if they develop symptoms, self-isolating and getting tested. We appreciate all of your diligence as we support and look out for each other. And remember, as you continue to embrace these healthy habits, you are helping those of us in the medical community protect the most vulnerable.

As always, please visit the Screen, Test & Protect website for more information and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any help at all.

Michael Lauzardo, MD, MSc
Director, UF Health Screen, Test & Protect
Deputy Director, Emerging Pathogens Institute
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine

Quick Links

Student Isolation and Self-Quarantine


https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/

Dear Students and Families,

The first week of fall classes is in our rearview mirror, and the opportunities and energy of the semester are ahead. Collectively this week, we began to adjust to the new policies, new learning platforms and new schedules.

It may take a little time to find your rhythm, especially amid change. Please know you are not alone, and that Student Affairs has resources and staff available to support you in finding balance, no matter where you are taking classes.

The university’s preparation for fall semester in managing COVID-19 cases is now in full swing. As President Fuchs has previously mentioned, COVID will certainly be with us throughout the fall semester and we should be prepared for many cases, quarantines, and isolation. UF Health experts, administrators and staff are working around the clock to continue to support our campus community and provide you with the information we can, being mindful of FERPA and HIPPA laws.

Walking around campus this week, I’m extremely heartened to see how mindful and caring you all, our students, are being by wearing masks, staying physical distant, utilizing your QuaranTeam and not gathering in large groups. Thank you, and please keep it up!

For those in Gainesville in the coming weeks, we will be significantly expanding our testing capabilities. I encourage you to watch this video message from Dr. Michael Lauzardo, director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and deputy director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute. In the video, he provides an outline of what to expect this fall as well as some important tips for Labor Day Weekend.

With the long weekend in mind, you must continue to stay vigilant in doing your part to support the health of our community. This weekend is a great time to explore campus, Gainesville, and Alachua County with numerous fun events and activities. Whether you like to adventure outdoors, or you prefer air conditioning, I hope you take advantage of the extra day to relax and get engaged in student life.

We have a whole semester ahead and much to look forward to – So let’s stay masked and stay in small groups.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/services/wellness-coaching/
https://president.ufl.edu/updates/2020/07/state-of-the-university.html
http://www.ufl.edu/articles/2020/09/covid-data.html
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7woq69nq530jqhw/GW_FindingYourQuaranTeam.pdf?dl=0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjJb7DH1RWA
https://ufsa.ufl.edu/great-gator-welcome/
https://coronavirus.ufl.edu/university-updates/september-3-gators-announce-stadium-capacity.html

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the start of the new academic year! We are mere days away from the first day of classes and I, personally, am excited to embrace the normalcy that the routine of classes brings.

The collective university community has been hard at work developing new resources and frameworks to support you and your educational experience. No matter how you will take part in the Gator Nation this semester, we are glad you are back and we are prepared to engage you through many different approaches, both inside and outside of the classroom. As you think about ways to interact and access academic resources, I encourage you to utilize faculty members’ virtual office hours and digital tools to connect with your classmates and instructors. Additionally, all of our services in Student Affairs are fully available and I encourage you to explore the Virtual Student Union to view upcoming events and opportunities.

This week President Fuchs gave his State of the University address to our faculty and staff. His ultimate ask of our campus community is for us to be kind. I wholeheartedly agree. Gators, be kind to yourselves (body, mind, and spirit) and others including friends, family, faculty and staff.

One of the major ways you can show kindness is through being responsible and upholding policies on- and off- campus to support your health and the health of those around you.

As I have mentioned previously, it is critical you understand that on- and off-campus parties and disregard for face masks, physical distancing and gathering sizes cannot and will not be tolerated. Off-campus, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people who are not in your household are not acceptable and will likely soon be in violation of Alachua County’s next emergency order.

Today, we are launching a new feature on the GatorSafe app to allow students, faculty and staff to share COVID-19 concerns, ranging from a space needing a hand sanitizer dispenser to someone not upholding mask policies. UF staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate. Available for download on all platforms, the GatorSafe app is a helpful resource for safety information in general. I encourage you to use it to help us enhance our operations and our outreach and support efforts across campus.

I know and understand there is still uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and how the university is moving forward. Our focus has been just that since last spring and we have invested our best efforts in creating a frame that allows us to be proactive, responsive and reactive to what we learn and will learn along the way. One of the questions I am regularly asked is “what happens when a case of COVID-19 is identified on campus?” Great question, and I encourage you to read Dr. Michael Lauzardo’s, Director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and Deputy Director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, most recent letter about how we are holistically supporting students who need to isolate or quarantine.

Again, welcome or welcome back, Gators. We are very excited to start the fall semester and we look forward to helping you engage, grow and thrive.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Quick Links:
https://elearning.ufl.edu/keep-learning/
https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/d3ed4b97980343129c68fb6cd4ac24881d?AutoStart=True&Playcover=False
https://policy.ufl.edu/policy/student-behavioral-expectations-in-response-to-covid-19/
https://www.gainesville.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/08/26/county-restricts-indoor-gatherings-10/5636422002/
https://police.ufl.edu/services/community-services/gatorsafe-app/
https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/2020/08/25/what-happens-next/
https://ufsa.ufl.edu/virtual-union/

Dear Students and Families,

Over the last several months, you have seen numerous emails and videos on social media about the importance of wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.

Now that fall semester is here, it’s go time, and every member of our university community must abide by our established behavioral policies.

Students, it is critical you understand that on- and off-campus parties and disregard for face masks, physical distancing and gathering sizes will not be tolerated.

There are real and far-reaching ramifications for disregard of policies—and actions undoubtedly have consequences. If you choose to disregard the policies established to keep you, your peers and all of us safe, please know that such decisions will result in sanctions such as loss of privileges associated with being a University of Florida student or student organization, including suspension and expulsion.

Additionally, we have worked together with city and county leadership and agencies to develop consistent expectations on campus and in the Gainesville community. If a violation occurs off campus you will be subject to fines, misdemeanors or even arrest that could have significant impacts on your future endeavors.

It is my goal to be upfront and transparent with you. The impact of COVID-19 is serious, and we are serious about and committed to keeping our community safe. I encourage you to read Dr. Michael Lauzardo’s, Director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and Deputy Director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, most recent letter about how we are tracking cases.

You are at the heart of everything we do. We care deeply about how you and your well-being as you pursue your educational endeavors and re-engage with the campus community. We are here to help you do so. Yet, amid welcoming you back, we have also witnessed several instances of peer institutions having to shut their doors and send students home merely days after they began the fall semester. One fun party or night bending the rules will have devastating consequences. That must not be our reality, and we all must work together to avoid such an outcome.

As Gators, we lead from the front and set an example. Now is the time to live our values and make smart, considerate and conscientious decisions that will help us have an incredible fall semester. We have many fun activities, both virtual and in-person with appropriate physical distancing protocols in place, and new traditions in store for you, and we look forward to seeing you throughout the fall.

I also ask you to have a conversation with your roommates or suitemates – that is your UF quaranteam. You should set social guidelines for your team to limit the risk of spreading the virus. We are all in this together, and each of our individual actions have great impacts on the collective.

We are very excited to welcome many of you back to Gainesville. Our plans, precautions and policies are only as good as your actions. Your help and best effort is critical in determining how we go forward.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students & Families,

The University of Florida is actively monitoring the track of tropical storm Laura in the Atlantic. UF’s Department of Emergency Management is participating on daily calls with local and state forecasters and emergency managers to learn the latest track and impacts. We will update the UF community on efforts, expected impacts or schedule changes as information is available at UF’s homepage www.ufl.edu.

Though much remains unknown about the storm’s path, we encourage you to take precautions as necessary to stay safe.

With many students scheduled to move to Gainesville ahead of the start of fall semester, we ask you to keep a keen eye on the weather as you make your plans. If you are scheduled to move in to on-campus housing, please know you can reschedule your move-in appointment at https://www.housing.ufl.edu/residence-halls/move-in/. Our staff are here to work with you as your travel plans may change.

We are entering the height of hurricane season. Now is the time to start preparing, as due to the global pandemic, items for which you would typically stock up may be more difficult to find. Please take the time to start planning and purchasing supplies as soon as you reasonably can.

I want to underscore UF’s key method of communicating with UF faculty, staff and students in emergency situations is the UF Alert system. Please take a moment to review, update and customize your location, emergency contact settings and related information in the myUFL system to ensure you receive emergency notifications from the university as we strive to keep you connected and aware of conditions that arise.

We strive to make information available and accessible as possible; to that end, family members can also elect to receive UF Alerts for the Gainesville campus by downloading the GatorSafe app to their mobile device. You can also monitor the @UF Public Safety Twitter feed, as well as the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, which offers a free Florida Storms app to share information regarding potential weather and hazards.

As always, if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact my team and me at umatter@ufl.edu. We will assist students on a case-by-case basis.

Our UF community cares for one another. My thoughts are with all our Gators who may be impacted by the storm.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students and Families,

Happy Friday!

Today marks the end of the Summer Session, and a huge congratulations is in order to all our students earning their degrees this weekend. Whether this marks the completion of your academic career or a major milestone along your journey, know that we are all so proud of you and here to support you through the transition to your next chapter.

Whether you are in Gainesville or afar, UF’s Career Connections Center (C3) is excited and available to assist you as you explore your next steps. C3 offers 30-minute virtual coaching sessions tailored specifically to meet your needs. You can discuss with them anything related to your career endeavors, including finding meaningful experiences, developing your network, connecting with employers, and graduate school exploration. I encourage you all to utilize these resources to help support you and your goals.

As we move along in the month of August, I am excited by the energy of students as you look toward the beginning of the semester. I have seen many of you unloading trucks and cars as you settle into your new university-area residences which signifies it’s officially go time!

You have been getting steady messages throughout the summer regarding how we must commit to protecting ourselves and each other in the midst of the global pandemic, and now is the time to really focus in and commit to healthy practices. Wherever you will spend the fall semester, you can make a difference in keeping our larger community safer by practicing physical distancing, limiting your contact beyond your household, opting out of larger social gatherings, and wearing a face mask. These are critical components in combatting COVID-19 and frame our core behavioral expectations if you are in Gainesville.

Last week the Black Student Union and Health Education Literacy Organization (HELO) hosted a student town hall where students asked questions to President Fuchs and UF Health Screen, Test & Protect director, Dr. Michael Lauzardo. I invite you to watch the Q&A session to learn more about the university’s preparation for fall semester.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Early voting ends on campus tomorrow
From Monday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 15, all UF students, faculty, staff and other Alachua County registered voters are able to participate in early voting for the 2020 primary election at the Career Connections Center in the J. Wayne Reitz Union. Hours to vote are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking for those voting will be available in the Reitz parking garage. Physical distancing will be observed in the polling place, and a mask is required.

If you are voting by mail, please note the ballot must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on election day, Aug. 18.

Have you taken the pledge?
The #IPledgeFlorida campaign is a student-led accountability initiative designed to protect the Gainesville community. UF faculty and staff are invited to join our students in committing to keep our community in good health by taking the COVID safety pledge and honoring it during the upcoming semester.

Learn more by watching this video and take the pledge at the #IPledgeFlorida COVID safety pledge website.

UF Gator Dining locations reopen with safety precautions in place
UF and its campus food service provider, Aramark, have announced their fall reopening plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to enhanced cleaning measures, including staff changing their gloves and sanitizing high-touch areas every 20 minutes, the two campus dining halls, Gator Corner and the Fresh Food Company, will close between each meal period to allow for sanitization. All Gator Dining staff will have a daily health screening and temperature check. Face coverings and gloves will be worn while working on campus, and enhanced hand washing procedures will be followed.

All retail locations are offering mobile ordering and contactless payment via the Grub Hub app. Learn more on the Gator Dining website.

Training coming this fall to begin to address racism, inclusion and bias
UF faculty, staff and students with experience with and expertise in racial justice came together for a half-day online retreat yesterday to discuss the skills needed to be successful and proficient in addressing racism, particularly anti-Black racism. UF Training & Organizational Development, in partnership with the offices of the Chief Diversity Officer and Student Affairs, invited “100 UF voices” to participate, including UF’s diversity liaisons, faculty with research expertise in racism and inclusion, representatives from UF faculty and staff affinity groups, and undergraduate and graduate student leaders from a variety of organizations.

In his June 18 statement to the UF community, President Fuchs outlined several steps the university would be taking to effect positive change at UF, including required training for all current and new students, faculty and staff on racism, inclusion and bias. In response to this charge, the group assembled yesterday began to define a recommended set of skills and abilities that will set the foundation for educational efforts to advance anti-black racism.

As a first step, beginning this fall, two new online training courses will be available:
• Managing Bias for Faculty and Staff
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students

The work of this group builds a foundation for a racial justice professional development framework that will continue to be developed and implemented with partners throughout the university. Watch for further details in the weeks to come.

Dear Students,

We are merely weeks away from the start of the fall semester, and we know many of you will also be returning to Gainesville soon. Please know, whether you are coming back to Gainesville or joining us virtually, we are excited to welcome you as you continue the pursuit of your educational journey.

More than ever, now is the time to reaffirm your commitment to physical distancing, as you limit your contact beyond your household, opting out of larger social gatherings, and utilize healthy practices. These include wearing a face mask when in public settings and staying a minimum of 6 feet from people with whom you do not reside. These are all critical components in our fight against the challenges posed by COVID-19, and your full support and direct action are vital.

We also encourage all of our students, faculty and staff, and members of the Gainesville community to join in our shared commitment to protect our community by participating in #IPledgeFlorida. Created by the UF Student Government, in partnership with the Santa Fe Student Government and the City of Gainesville, the pledge is a powerful opportunity to demonstrate your dedication to keeping our community in good health.

What we all do now, will ultimately impact what we can do moving forward. I thank you all for your collective role in making sure we all have a productive and positive school year.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students and Families,

August is here, and the anticipation for fall semester is at an all-time high!

After months of planning and monitoring trends, we are ready and excited to welcome students to Gainesville while continuing to engage our students remotely as well.

It’s go time! Over the next week, we will be sharing more of what to expect from your student life experience and how you can help ensure a robust semester for yourself and your peers.

The SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced yesterday that September 26 is the new kickoff for the 2020 football season. The season will now be comprised of a 10-game Conference-only schedule. More details are being worked out, and I encourage you to view the message from UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin.

On Monday in the Alligator, I addressed the concept of being ‘in this together.’ To me, ‘we are in this together’ means partnership. It means we must look out for one another. It means we are not alone.

That is why UF students, Santa Fe College students and the city of Gainesville are joining together to promote a safer, healthier community. Launching today, the #IPledgeFlorida campaign is a student-led accountability initiative designed to protect our Gainesville community. We want you to demonstrate your commitment to keeping the community in good health by taking the pledge and honoring it during the upcoming semester.

Whether you are taking classes in Gainesville this fall or joining us remotely, I encourage you all to take the pledge, share it on social media, and commit to responsible and considerate actions.

We are month away from the start of classes. Now is the time to increase intentionality of how you interact so we can start the semester fresh and with a renewed purpose.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Hurricane Preparation
Now is the time to start preparing, as due to the global pandemic, items for which you would typically stock up may be more difficult to find. Please take the time to start planning and purchasing supplies as soon as you reasonably can.

UF’s key method of communicating with UF faculty, staff and students in emergency situations is the UF Alert system. Please take a moment to review, update and customize your location, emergency contact settings and related information in the myUFL system to ensure you receive emergency notifications from the university as we strive to keep you connected and aware of conditions that arise.

Our goals is to make information available and accessible as possible; to that end, family members can also elect to receive UF Alerts for the Gainesville campus by downloading the GatorSafe app to their mobile device. You can also monitor the @UF Public Safety Twitter feed, as well as the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, which offers a free Florida Storms app to share information regarding potential weather and hazards.

Early voting begins on campus next week
Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 15, all UF students, faculty, staff and other Alachua County registered voters will be able to participate in early voting for the 2020 primary election at the Career Connections Center in the J. Wayne Reitz Union. Hours to vote are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking for those voting will be available in the Reitz parking garage. Physical distancing will be observed in the polling place, and a mask is required.

If you prefer to vote by mail, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot here or call (352) 374-5252 by 5 p.m. on August 8. Please note the ballot must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on election day, Aug. 18.

Want to help support public engagement?
Student groups eager to increase voter engagement at the University of Florida are uniting their efforts through the Gator Get-Out-The-Vote Coalition to ensure high voter turnout this election season. The group is now inviting other UF entities to get involved.

President Fuchs joined coalition members earlier this summer to pledge his support for civic learning, political engagement and voter participation on the UF campus, and underscored his commitment by adding UF as a signatory to the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. If you or your office wants to become part of future Coalition efforts, you can request to join the Gator GOTV Facebook group.

UF Health Shands named among nation’s best hospitals
The UF Health Shands Hospital emerged as Florida’s top health center and one of the nation’s elite in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals survey, with a remarkable nine medical specialties placing in the nation’s Top 50 — more than any other hospital in the Sunshine State.

The Best Hospitals rankings are based on survival rates, patient safety and specialized staff across 16 adult medical specialties at nearly 5,000 medical centers. U.S. News also analyzed survey responses from thousands of physicians as part of the rankings.

Read the full UF Health News article.

Virtual Student Union
Programs and events are continuing this summer on the Virtual Student Union. Stay connected with your Gator Student Experience by participating in workshops, programs and events, including:

• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Support workshops through the Counseling & Wellness Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Dear Students and Families,

The countdown to the fall semester is here!

Two weeks ago, the University of Florida unveiled Our Plan Forward, outlining our approach to academics and student life this fall. We began the next phase of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect which requires all students, even those taking classes remotely, to complete the screening questionnaire and gives the option for students to be tested.

It is our goal to promote a safer, healthier campus and community. I’m so appreciative of all the thoughts and suggestions we’ve received from you all. Our Plan Forward is a living and flexible document built to evolve. Your care and thoughtful questions are helping us continue to update our FAQs and move forward.

Like you, we are keeping a watchful eye on the rates of COVID-19 across the state. All our planning and action is done in concert and collaboration with UF Health epidemiologist and specialists. I invite you to read Dr. Michael Lauzardo’s, Deputy Director of UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at UF College of Medicine, recent article on his perspective on the rise of cases.

It seems everything we do is shrouded in conversations and protocols related to COVID-19 but know the University of Florida continues to look ahead in pursuit of our mission to provide exceptional education and opportunities to our students.

This week on behalf of Provost Joseph Glover and the university, I’m pleased and proud to announce new opportunities in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for all students. These two technologies are quickly becoming central to almost all academic disciplines and real-world occupations, and we think that all students should have the opportunity to learn about them. We are building “AI across the curriculum” so that students can learn about these subjects at whatever level of proficiency interests them. You can acquire a passing familiarity, a comprehensive understanding of their uses, or deep expertise.

We are also pleased to announce that UF has been gifted the world’s most powerful AI supercomputer in higher education. It will be fully functional in January, although some components of it are already here and operational. Students will be able to train on this state-of-the-art hardware that will give them a leg up in their chosen occupations. We are very grateful to UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky and NVIDIA, the company he co-founded, for making this gift possible.

Data science is one of the pillars of machine learning and AI, and those students who are interested in the new Bachelor degree in Data Science can consult the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Statistics. For those interested in plunging into Artificial Intelligence this Fall, there will be an introductory course EGN 4932 Special Topics: Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals. There will also be a survey course in the Spring “What is AI?” which will bring guest speakers to UF from all industries from the arts, to agriculture, business, engineering, medicine, and much more. If you are interested in either course, please consult the UF Schedule of courses.

This year in some ways, time seems to stand still. But we are making progress to address not only the matter at hand but also to build a path for our future.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Advancing Access at UF; 30 Years of ADA and Disability Inclusion
The American’s with Disabilities Act has created opportunities for equitable participation for people with disabilities over the last 30 years. The impact of the ADA at UF, has been a catalyst to enhance the success of students, faculty, and staff with disabilities by ensuring an accessible environment in which to learn and work. The Disability Resource Center and the Office of ADA Compliance invite the UF community to join a virtual panel discussion about this historic milestone on July 27 from 3 – 4 p.m. Learn more at https://disability.ufl.edu/events/advancing-access-at-uf/

Virtual Student Union
Programs and events are continuing this summer on the Virtual Student Union. Stay connected with your Gator Student Experience by participating in workshops, programs and events, including:

• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Support workshops through the Counseling & Wellness Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

REOPENING PLAN FOR FALL 2020

Dear University of Florida community,

The fall semester is quickly approaching, and we know you share our excitement as we prepare to reengage on our campus.

By now, you’ve likely heard about or seen UF’s Reopening Plan for the fall semester, which lays out how the university will move forward amid the ongoing pandemic. Our Plan Forward is a comprehensive guide for students, faculty, staff and our community on what the fall semester will entail. It is a living and flexible document as our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices to address the virus evolve. We encourage you to review it for the latest updates and FAQs, but we also wanted to share some highlights from the plan that we believe will be important to you.
Campus life and academics

Classes begin August 31, final exams will be completed by Dec. 18, and instructors are encouraged to allow course and exam completion remotely after Thanksgiving break.

Students who registered for fall classes in February will not be required to re-register, although they may need to adjust their schedule in cases where classes have been divided into additional sections to allow for physical distancing. Please review your fall schedule at https://one.uf.edu/ and review fall course offerings at https://one.uf.edu/soc/

In order to keep students, faculty and staff as safe as possible, we have changed how we offer many classes in the Fall. Some in-person classes will be smaller to allow for physical distancing. Some classes will be held outdoors. There will be more online classes, and some will be hybrids of both in-person and online. Students who prefer to stay online for the fall semester who can do so while staying on track to graduate on time, are encouraged to configure their schedules accordingly.

Given the current surge in coronavirus in Florida, we are approaching the Fall schedule cautiously, but flexibly. Across all undergraduate, graduate and professional courses, 35% of the sections are scheduled to be held in face-to-face or hybrid modes[1]. The distribution of these courses among colleges will vary considerably, depending on pedagogical needs. An additional 35% of the sections are scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous, online format. That means that students will be engaging with the instructor and course activities at a prescribed time over the internet. If the incidence of coronavirus improves during the Fall term, these courses could become face-to-face courses simply by assigning a meeting room.

Given the current incidence of the virus, we cannot count on that happening, but the option to convert to face-to-face is there throughout the Fall semester.

Residence halls and dining facilities will be open with modifications that promote necessary physical distancing and other safety measures in alignment with UF Health recommendations. We expect most of the facilities students rely on to be open, including the Southwest Recreation Center, the Libraries, the Reitz Union, and Newell Hall.

Campus residences will operate with a reduced capacity and will adjust occupancy within some rooms to promote safety of our community. Triple rooms will no longer be available. Masks will not be required within a student’s own room as roommates in residence halls will be treated as a single household. However, face coverings are required in common areas, hallways and outside of rooms where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain.

We realize that experiences outside the classroom are every bit as important as those that take place in the learning environment. Campus traditions as well as extracurricular and co-curricular activities will continue to the greatest extent possible, although many will occur in modified fashion.

Promoting a safer, healthier campus
The entire campus community is expected to continue the standard practices of wearing face coverings – required in all UF facilities – physical distancing, handwashing and staying home when you feel sick. UF also will be expanding enhanced cleaning and safety protocols in residence halls, dining facilities and classrooms with the arrival of the fall semester.

The cornerstone of our plan is the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program, which was launched in early May to return faculty, staff and students to campus at no cost to individuals. Every student will receive a letter outlining the screening process. All students are required to complete a mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire. Students also will have access to COVID-19 testing. Additional student screening and testing information is available on the Students page of the Screen, Test & Protect website.

Should the need arise, the university has reserved rooms on campus and rooms off campus for student quarantine use. Students in quarantine will be provided with food, sundries, counseling and other services, as needed.

Your role in our success
Finally, while the university is doing everything in its power to make this fall a success, perhaps the single most important factor in making that happen is individual responsibility. Each one of us will determine whether the fall semester is a success. Like you, we want this fall to be rewarding both academically and socially.

We have created a thorough and thoughtful approach to re-opening campus, and we will continue to provide an exceptional education and opportunities that will enable the success of our students, faculty and staff while preserving the legacy and future of our great university.

Sincerely,
Joe Glover, Provost
Charles Lane, Chief Operating Officer
D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs

[1] Includes internships, independent study, graduate dissertation, supervised research, supervised teaching, and undergraduate research.

During the past week, we have seen a significant climb in positive cases of COVID-19 across the state, including a surge in those ages 18-35.
The health and safety of our students and our community is paramount. We each have a role to play in limiting the potential spread of this disease.
With the Fourth of July holiday on the horizon, coupled with the reality of the impact of the virus, now is the time to band together to fight this global pandemic and collectively commit to do our part to promote a culture of care and compassion for one another.
We need you to wear a mask and stay physically distant from one another.

We need you to refrain from:
• Having or attending house parties or block parties
• Going to events with a large group of people or socializing in crowded venues
• Going on trips or traveling in groups
• Sharing cups

Please understand the far-reaching health care risks associated with contracting the virus. Recognize there are economic impacts of community spread. Work with us to lessen possible contact with the virus. While you may feel fine, attending social functions may contribute to you or someone else getting sick and could alter plans for the fall semester.

“This pathogen spreads person to person,” said Paul Myers, director of the State Department of Health in Alachua County. “We have traced many cases directly to parties where people are in close contact for long periods, drinking and not wearing masks.” Your choices can directly help flatten the curve. Please do your part and avoid engaging in events and settings that will surely increase the chances the disease will continue to spread.

It is important to note that the City of Gainesville’s Code Enforcement Outreach Team, GPD officers and GFR inspectors will be working this weekend to help ensure compliance with the county’s emergency order, which requires use of face coverings in buildings and in spaces where physical distancing is not possible. The ordinance also mandates people refrain from gatherings larger than 50 people and that in social and recreational gatherings where fewer than 50 people are present physical distancing of at least 6 feet and face coverings are required.

Failure to follow local and state guidelines such as those addressing large gatherings and wearing face coverings will result in student conduct violations. The Student Conduct Code serves to promote individual and social responsibility and is applicable to both individuals as well as student organizations.

This is a unique time for everyone, and it is our collective responsibility to use sound judgment, practice preventive measures and listen to the recommendations of health professionals to keep our community healthy and safe.

Dr. D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Florida; Dr. Naima Cherie Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe College; Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Gainesville; Michele Lieberman, County Manager, Alachua County

Dear Students and Families,

It’s official! We are moving forward with our reopening plans!

On Tuesday, the State University System of Florida Board of Governors approved the reopening plan for the University of Florida. UF’s plan outlines how the university will strive to create a safer, healthier campus environment and continue its education and research missions through screening, testing, and enhanced protective measures.

The plan will continue to be updated as circumstances with COVID-19 evolve both globally and locally. You can learn more and share your thoughts by visiting the “Our Plan Forward” section of UF’s website. More details and action steps will be shared in the coming weeks.

Beginning next week, we will move to the next phase of the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program, where students will begin to receive emails about screening. We will be sending emails in waves, so please keep a watchful eye on your inbox.

Speaking of email, earlier this week all students received an email to participate in a survey to help us understand attitudes about behaviors associated with preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Your voice matters. Please check your UF email for the healthy behaviors survey and complete it today if you have not already.

Gators — now is the time to double down on healthy habits and set the example. Whether you are near to Gainesville or far, the Gator Nation is everywhere, and you can truly have a significant impact on the community where you live. By keeping it simple and wearing a mask wherever you go, you can significantly decrease the spread of coronavirus. Please know that now, and when you return to campus this fall, wearing a mask or face covering in all campus and Gainesville facilities will be required. It is good to begin the practice now—even it if it not currently mandated in your community. If we want to remain engaged this semester, we must all do the work to protect the Gator Nation. That is how we will make it through this pandemic.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

UF ranked No. 1 nationally in innovation impact
The University of Florida is the most productive large university in the country at leveraging its research funding into new companies, new jobs and new ideas, according to a report released last week by the George W. Bush Institute and the Opus Faveo Innovation Development consulting firm.

A team of economists and business development experts ranked 195 universities for innovation impact, purely on volume, using data from the Association of University Technology Managers and other sources. Read the full UF News story.

Virtual Student Union
Programs and events are continuing this summer on the Virtual Student Union. Stay connected with your Gator Student Experience by participating in workshops, programs and events, including:

• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Support workshops through the Counseling & Wellness Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Dear Students and Families,

We’ve reached the end of Summer A session! A huge and heartfelt congratulations to all our students who have earned their degrees with the conclusion of this semester. I hope your next chapter is filled with joy and success, and that you always pursue your passions in an effort to embrace life-long learning. As you go forth, know the Gator Nation is everywhere. I encourage you to stay connected through our Alumni Association and find ways to make an impact on the community where you live.

Preparations for fall are moving forward and as such, we have submitted our UF plan for consideration to the Board of Governor and will hear feedback by June 23. Key elements of the plan include academic program delivery, policies and procedures for promoting a healthier campus, and events and student life. It is also important to share that more than 15,000 faculty and staff have already completed the screening process and have returned to campus through UF Health Screen, Test & Protect initiative.

We are diligently working forward to welcome our students back to campus in a thoughtful and health-conscious manner. Holistically, the UF community continues to demonstrate unified commitment to care for one another throughout challenging times by wearing required face coverings on campus in all facilities, while also practicing physical distancing and adopting healthy habits that will help us to flatten the curve. We are all in this together, Gators—and we it will take all of us, caring about each other, to create a campus community that allows us to stay engaged and active, while never setting aside the need for safe practices and habits.

Lastly, in a letter sent yesterday to our entire campus community, President Fuchs outlined the University of Florida’s efforts to address racism and inequity. Many of the action steps mentioned in the letter warrant additional details, planning, and engagement, and I look forward to sharing more with you as additional information becomes available.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

CORE is Open for Outdoor Gear Rental
In an effort to get our Gators back outside, CORE is offering drive-through outdoor gear rental to UF students, faculty, and staff. Outdoor gear rental is available only by reservation at this time. Please call (352) 294-1040 or visit https://recsports.ufl.edu/outdoor-recreation/outdoor-gear-rental/ for more information regarding our hours, pricing, and package deals.

New Herbert Wertheim Laboratory building still on schedule
The new Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence is ready to go for this summer’s opening. This will be one of UF’s flagship buildings: an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and educational environment. Learn more about this student focused facility at https://www.eng.ufl.edu/about/transformation/

Gator Dining Services wins National Award for Sustainability
UF Gator Dining Services (GDS) has received the Silver Award for Procurement Practices in Sustainability from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). The Sustainability Awards recognize and honor member institutions each year that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations.

By sourcing food within Florida, GDS contributes to decreased food miles, preservation of green spaces and responsible growing practices, positively benefiting the surrounding environment. To increase awareness of local offerings on campus, GDS features “Fresh from Florida” products in a recipe every Friday, showcasing the producer and how many miles away from campus the product is grown. The goal of these initiatives is to increase the amount of food purchased from local Florida vendors.

For additional information on the University of Florida’s dining initiatives, visit the Gator Dining Services page.

Listen to the latest episode of Unstoppable Minds
In episode five of the UF-created podcast, Unstoppable Minds, Shannon Boye, associate professor of pediatrics, talks about her journey in academia and what led her to try gene therapy in the fight against a mutation causing babies to be born blind. Start listening here.

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Dear Students and Families,

In Florida, warmer weather means many things—increased activities outside, longer days, and the onset of hurricane season to name a few.

As we saw with Tropical Storm Cristobal last week, this hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, is predicted to be very active. Now is the time to start preparing, as due to the global pandemic, items for which you would typically stock up may be more difficult to find. Please take the time to start planning and purchasing supplies as soon as you reasonably can.

I want to underscore UF’s key method of communicating with UF faculty, staff and students in emergency situations is the UF Alert system. Please take a moment to review, update and customize your location, emergency contact settings and related information in the myUFL system to ensure you receive emergency notifications from the university as we strive to keep you connected and aware of conditions that arise.

We strive to make information available and accessible as possible; to that end, family members can also elect to receive UF Alerts for the Gainesville campus by downloading the GatorSafe app to their mobile device. You can also monitor the @UF Public Safety Twitter feed, as well as the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, which offers a free Florida Storms app to share information regarding potential weather and hazards.

As the state of Florida moves into Phase 2 of the re-opening plan, I’m excited to share that Southwest Recreation Center is now open. Our staff have all participated in the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program and are taking numerous precautions within our facilities including wearing face coverings, spacing out equipment to promote physical distancing and significantly increasing cleaning and disinfecting schedules.

Additionally, today, after incorporating community feedback, the university’s re-opening plan was submitted to the Florida Board of Governors for review. The Board of Governors is scheduled to consider the plan for approval on June 23. We welcome continued feedback to our plan, and please send your comments to reopen@ufl.edu. Our goal is to promote student safety and well-being, knowing that COVID-19 will be a continued issue for cities and states around the country, and we are diligently working forward to welcome our students back to campus in a thoughtful and health-conscious manner.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Have you updated Zoom on your devices?
On May 30, all Zoom clients and Zoom Rooms were required to be updated to version 5.0 or greater to join any meetings, as new encryption will be fully enabled for all meetings.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to update your devices today. More information is available on the Zoom website.

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website provides information, answers to questions
UF Health has launched a new website designed to provide information for faculty, staff, students and our community about the Screen, Test & Protect initiative. A science- and data-driven program designed to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, the effort is being guided by the world-class physicians and epidemiologists at UF Health, with everyone’s health and safety as the top priority.

You can learn more about UF Health Screen, Test & Protect by visiting the new website and viewing this video.

Dear Students and Families,

We are now in June, and it is already proving to be a time of critical dialogue and planning in many spaces.

This month, we commemorate the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for rights and pursuit of equality. At its core, Pride is built on a legacy of marginalized people advocating for the inherent value of their lives in a society which didn’t recognize it. With the vital and on-going national dialogue centered on justice and respect, I encourage our students to take active ownership to educate themselves to make positive changes.

With so much happening, please know staff in Student Affairs are here for you. If you find yourself in need of support or impacted by current events and wish to connect with a counselor, please contact the Counseling and Wellness Center. If you are looking for ways to get involved in combating hate or want to learn more, suggestions can be found at https://multicultural.ufl.edu/resources/action/.

Progress toward re-opening for fall semester: In alignment with the Florida Board of Governors’ broad blueprint for reopening the state’s public universities, UF has developed a draft plan, which can be viewed here, and outlines how UF will strive to create a safer, healthier campus environment and continue its research and education missions using screening and testing, enhanced protective measures, comprehensive communications and other protective tools.

The UF Board of Trustees discussed the draft plan during its meeting this week and it will be submitted to the Board of Governors. The strategy is expected to continue to evolve as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve globally and locally.

Please know your feedback is welcome and appreciated as we create a frame that supports our journey forward. If you have input, please send your comments to reopen@ufl.edu.

I know many of you are ready to get back to campus. And we are excited to welcome you back! As you move through the summer and build the blueprint plans for your student organization this fall, I would love the opportunity to connect with you. Whether it is attending a virtual general body meeting or meeting with your executive board to learn more about your organization’s goals, I hope to engage more with you over the coming months. If you would like to extend an invitation, please send me a message at dmull@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Sending you my best, Gators.

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Southwest Recreation Center to Re-Open Monday
Southwest Recreation Center will be re-opening Monday, June 8. While activities are still limited in accordance with public health guidelines, students will have access to the weight room and cardio equipment. Learn more at https://recsports.ufl.edu/

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Discover curriculum and research relating to Black cultures, histories and experiences
With the help of the UF Libraries, you can explore books that help you understand experiences beyond your own. The lists captured by UF African American Studies Librarian Stephanie Birch include works on Black History & Political Activism, Black Lives Matter and Intersectionality. Visit the UF Libraries website to learn more.

UF student-athletes to start returning to campus
The University Athletic Association announced Friday that Florida’s student-athletes will start to return to campus on June 8. University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said the school’s return-to-campus plan emphasizes student-athlete safety above any other factor.

“Our sports-medicine team has worked closely with the experts at UF Health, including the infectious disease staff, to make sure we’re taking every precaution necessary when we bring our athletes back,” Stricklin said. “The only way we would bring them back is if we felt we could do so in the safest manner based on the data that has been developed..”

Read the full Florida Gator article here.

Have you updated Zoom on your devices?
On May 30, all Zoom clients and Zoom Rooms were required to be updated to version 5.0 or greater to join any meetings, as new encryption will be fully enabled for all meetings.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to update your devices today. More information is available on the Zoom website.

Glasses fogging up while wearing a mask?
Wearing a mask has become the new normal, but how do you keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing one? This NPR post offers some good advice on steps you can take to reduce the fog.

In case you missed it, we’re also pleased to share this encore presentation of UF Health Chief Epidemiologist Nicole Iovine’s excellent instructions on how to put on and remove your mask. Her advice for those wearing glasses? Be sure to give the mask a good pinch around the bridge of your nose when you are putting on the mask to ensure a tighter seal.

UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website provides information, answers to questions
UF Health has launched a new website designed to provide information for faculty, staff, students and our community about the Screen, Test & Protect initiative. A science- and data-driven program designed to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, the effort is being guided by the world-class physicians and epidemiologists at UF Health, with everyone’s health and safety as the top priority.

You can learn more about UF Health Screen, Test & Protect by visiting the new website and viewing this video.

Dear Students and Families,

This week, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the feelings of frustration and sorrow that many members of our community are experiencing. The impacts of COVID-19 have left some feeling isolated and confused. At the same time, the pain of bearing witness to the visual resurgence of racial violence against African Americans has become exhausting and traumatizing. Collectively, we are grieving.

As we attempt to navigate these challenging times, please know that what you are feeling and experiencing are both valid and real. During a time where we need each other the most, we must recognize how we show up for and affirm each other. To our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families, please know we see you, and we are here for you.

The tragic killings of Black Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Nina Pop are a result of racism and hate, which have no place in our society. As many seek and fight for justice, we must all recognize that apathy is not an option. And it is vital we advocate for humanity, care for one another and continue important action to challenge such violence and injustice.

In a message shared by President Fuchs today, he encourages our entire campus community to reflect on our own biases and spheres of influence, taking ownership to make positive change in our environments. I encourage everyone to watch his message online.

As a reminder to all students, if you find yourself in need of support or impacted by current events and wish to connect with a counselor, please contact the Counseling and Wellness Center.

Sending you my best, Gators.

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Hurricane Season
Monday marks the start of hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. Preparation is key to as we brace for what meteorologists predict to be a very active season. Due to the pandemic, items you would typically stock up on may be more difficult to find. Please take the time to start planning and purchasing supplies. Do not wait until August to get ready!

Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

UF Health Launches Screen, Test & Protect
The Screen, Test & Protect initiative builds a culture of care for our community while taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the University of Florida gradually returns faculty, staff and students to campus. Learn more at https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/

Lake Wauburg Re-Opens
Lake Wauburg North Shore re-opened today, Friday, May 29 for park operations. While activities are still limited in accordance with public health guidelines, students can reconnect outside. Learn more at https://recsports.ufl.edu/

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a resource for students and will be updated on a regular basis.

This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all your need-to-know programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
· Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
· Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
· Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
· Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Dear Students and Families,

The temperature in Gainesville is 91 degrees! As I brace for my first Florida summer, I want to encourage everyone to stay safe this holiday weekend and make smart choices to maintain physical distancing efforts while hopefully enjoy the outdoors.

Staff remain hard at work developing plans to move forward. On Monday, the State University System of Florida (SUS) released an announcement that Board of Governors Chair Syd Kitson has directed State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III to develop guidelines on COVID-19 to present to the Board of Governors at a public meeting on May 28. Universities will present their individual plans, based on these guidelines, to the Board of Governors at a board meeting on June 23.

President Fuchs released a statement in response to the SUS announcement. “I embrace yesterday’s announcement from the Board of Governors that the University of Florida and the rest of the State University System will reopen in the fall,” he said. “Guided by the experts at UF Health, we are confident that we can implement smart, comprehensive practices that will enable a thriving, well-functioning campus and surrounding community this fall as the local, state, national and global COVID-19 situations continue to evolve.” The full statement can be read online.

Finally, with Memorial Day upon us, I want to take a moment to recognize the members of our Gator community who’ve served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for others. In the midst of our busy lives, I encourage everyone to honor our service members by doing something kind for someone else.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Student Government COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund
Student Government is helping to provide financial relief to students facing difficulties paying rent. Applications opened Wednesday, May 20 and will close May 29 at 5 p.m. Learn more at
https://sg.ufl.edu/rent-relief-fund/

Share your work in virtual art showcase
Art enthusiasts may submit their work through June 5 for the Florida Museum of Natural History and Santa Fe College Art Gallery SciArt Virtual Showcase. The showcase of community art featuring work related to the theme of “Inspiring People to Care about Life on Earth” will go live on June 19 with three galleries divided by age.

Each person may submit up to three works of art. To download the submission form or for more information, visit the Florida Museum’s website.

Emergency Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Best practices for face mask safety
UF Health Shands Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Nicole Iovine shares tips on face mask safety, including the proper way to put on and remove a mask. View the video here.

Game Night
Through Summer A, Student Government will be hosting a Game Night every Thursday at 8 p.m. Here, students can participate in a TV quality trivia game show with a live host.

Dear Students and Families,

I hope my weekly messages are finding you well and settling into a balance routine for the summer.

Creating balance can seem like a daunting task when there is so much uncertainty swirling around. However, there are virtual resources available to help you set a plan for success this summer. The staff in GatorWell Health Promotions Services offers certified wellness coaching to assist you in setting priorities and identifying specific changes you want to make to improve your academic performance including how to manage stress.

During Summer C, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center is facilitating a virtual support and processing group specific to students dealing with the psychological, social, and emotional impact of the pandemic. Discussion topics will range from processing uncertainty to dealing with rapid unplanned changes and transitions. The group will help members make sense of the experiences and identify ways of building resiliency skills. If you are interested and feel like you would benefit from such support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

As I mentioned in my previous email, UF is hard at work developing plans for how we move forward. This week, President Kent Fuchs and Senior Vice President and COO Charlie Lane joined Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, Gainesville City Manager Lee Feldman and Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie for a Gainesville Town Hall conversation to discuss the action UF is taking. The May 13 meeting can be viewed online. Our goal is to promote student safety and well-being, knowing that COVID-19 will be a continued issue for cities and states around the country.

Lastly, I’m pleased to share Student Government and the Division of Student Affairs through Off Campus Life have partnered to provide additional support to students facing financial hardships. Student Body President Trevor Pope’s message on the initiative can be viewed online. Members of our university community, including representatives from Off Campus Life, Student Legal Services, and Student Government, are currently connecting with rental property owners as we work to provide support for students in need. We are grateful for the landlords/property managers who have already identified ways they can help students.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Emergency Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation. Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program. UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

Unstoppable Minds podcast examines life in academia and research
A new podcast hosted by Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy Waisome from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering looks at the challenges and triumphs that come with a life in academia and research.

The first episode features Dr. Laura Guyer of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hear how she leads the only undergraduate academic program in the country designed to teach students across disciplines how to address barriers and take on unseen bias in healthcare.

Listen in and learn more at http://ufl.edu/unstoppableminds/.

Student Legal Services
If you have COVID-19 leases and landlord-tenant questions, please visit the Student Legal Services’ new Off-Campus Housing Covid-19 resources page: https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/off-campus-housing-covid-19-resources/

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a resource for students and will be updated on a regular basis. This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all your need-to-know programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
· Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
· Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
· Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
· Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Dear Students and Families,

The summer season has arrived! I want to share updates as I know that there are questions regarding next steps as we shift our gaze to the fall semester.

Collectively, the university remains hard at work developing plans for how we move forward, and we are not backing down from the challenge. We are all focused intently on how we will operate and support Gators this fall as we transition to our ‘new normal’. The health and safety of our campus community continues to guide our efforts and will remain our top priority.

Recently, the Board of Trustees approved moving the first day of instruction for the fall semester from August 24 to August 31. This shift will allow us more time to prepare for the return of students to campus yet will not impact the length of the semester.

We expect to announce plans for the fall semester by mid-July. Planning efforts are guided by our recovery planning strategy, a multi-faceted model for aligning UF’s response to COVID-19-related challenges with its short- and long-term recovery needs. A task force of campus leaders charged with developing this framework is meeting regularly. My responsibilities will concentrate on developing support for student safety, well-being, and other essential elements that frame the student experience in our new environment.

I look forward to sharing more as we progress.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Emergency Financial Support for Students
The University of Florida has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation.

Graduate assistants (this includes medical and veterinary residents), post-doctoral fellows and associates must apply as employees via the Faculty and Staff Aid-a-Gator program.

UF Online, International, and DACA students are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding, but emergency funding for these students may be available through the UF Aid-a-Gator program.

UF Counseling & Wellness to Launch a COVID- 19 Support Group
During Summer C, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center will facilitate a virtual support and processing group to serve as a space for students to share the psychological, social, and emotional impact of the pandemic. Discussion topics will range from processing uncertainty to dealing with rapid unplanned changes and transitions. The group will help members make sense of the experiences and identify ways of building resiliency skills. The group will take place from 2 – 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and will start as an open group, allowing for new members to join throughout the semester. The students need not be enrolled for the entirety of Summer C to be eligible for the group. They can be enrolled for only a part of the summer (A or B) to join the group and can exit the group if/when their needs are met.

Learn more at about the Making Sense of COVID-19 group sessions at called https://counseling.ufl.edu/services/groups/.

Student Legal Services
Staffed by four experienced attorneys, Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a wide range of legal services to UF students and student organizations. Funded by Student Government, the staff are here to help you with lease reviews, landlord issues, property damage, and more. Visit https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/ to connect with the team.

COVID-19 Updates
In response to the continuously changing circumstances involving the spread of COVID-19, the University of Florida has created a web page to keep you updated. This page even includes a page dedicated to frequently asked questions. These updates also include pertinent information related to academics.
Please note the academic date changes below:
· Summer A/C classes begin May 11
· Summer A classes end June 19
· Summer C classes will take a two-week break June 22 – July 3
· Summer B classes start July 6 (not June 29)
· Summer B/C classes end August 14 (not August 7)
· Fall classed will begin August 31 (not August 24)

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a resource for students and will be updated on a regular basis.

This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all your need-to-know programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
· Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
· Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
· Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
· Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events

Dear Students,

The end of spring semester 2020 has arrived! You did it, Gators! Through many twists and turns, you have persevered, showing such impressive resilience, dedication and strength of character. I am enormously proud of all of you and appreciative of the grace you’ve shown in the face of change.

To the many of you earning your degrees this semester, I extend an extra special congratulations and round of applause! Without question, you are an amazing cohort, and I wish you every success as you experience the Gator Nation from yet another perspective. I know I join your families and support networks in celebration as I applaud you and stand in awe of your brilliant minds and passionate hearts. I look forward to the impact you will continue to have on communities locally and globally. Continue to lay the foundation for your success, and by extension, for others as you move forward on your journey.

This week, the Gator Nation joined together to share support for our graduates using the hashtag #DearGators2020. I invite you to check out their advice and warm wishes, as their messages provided strong reminders and reflections of why it truly is great to be part of such a vibrant community and legacy.

Additionally, President Kent Fuchs and Gator alumnus and WWE Superstar Thaddeus Bullard (aka Titus O’Neil) shared a message of achievement and hope to students. I watched both tributes and was inspired as I could so closely connect to both the pride and joy they shared for each of you as you reach this milestone. As President Fuchs expressed, I too, will always be inspired by your resilience, and I am confident that you will draw on that spirit to succeed in the years ahead.
Gators, please know whether you are completing your degree requirements or this week marks the wrapping up of one academic chapter as you prepare for the next, I am beyond confident your collective body of work – professionally, personally and academically, will serve you well as you move forward. You are amazing, strong, and thoughtful change-makers. Without question, you are brilliantly ready for whatever comes next.

Best wishes to you all, and we look forward to celebrating and supporting you as you continue forward.

Be bold, be boundless and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students and Families,

Happy Friday! As you are wrapping up the spring semester and readying yourself for exam week, I want to remind you that you’ve got this!

On Wednesday, President Fuchs’ final column of the semester ran in the Florida Alligator. He encouraged students, faculty and staff to “have the stamina and clarity to finish strong — and the continued resilience and optimism to succeed in the times ahead.” I wholly echo his sentiments.

This next week marks a huge milestone in your academic career. For many of you, you are about one week shy of completing your undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree. Congratulations! For others, you may breathe a deep sigh of relief as you wrap up your first year as a member of The Gator Nation. Congratulations to you, too!

No matter where you are along your academic journey, the summer can provide you an opportunity to focus on both your personal or professional goals. Hopefully, you will allow us to help, as we have many resources to support your growth and discovery.

UF’s Career Connections Center is available to assist you, virtually, as you explore your next steps. They offer 30-minute coaching sessions tailored specifically to meet your needs. You can discuss with them anything related to your career endeavors, including choosing/changing your major; finding and discussing your interests, your strengths and values; finding meaningful experiences; developing your network; and graduate school exploration.

They also offer new workshop topics in response to our current environment, including Building a Virtual Brand, Job Searching during Economic Uncertainty and How to Navigate a Virtual Career Fair.

I encourage you all to maximize this time and utilize these resources to help support your goals or establish them. And know that I’m cheering you on from Gainesville and sending all good vibes your way.
Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Parking Decal Refunds
All students who purchased an annual or semester parking decal valid for the month of April will receive a refund of $16.00. Students who purchased a decal for the Spring and Summer Semesters will receive a refund of $96.00, which includes the $16.00 for the month of April, plus $80 for the Summer Semester. Refunds will be made directly to your student account, by physical check, or by electronic funds transfer depending on your original method of payment.

Counseling and Wellness Center Offers Tele-Mental Health Services
To support you where you are, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) is now offering tele-mental health counseling services for students. If you need extra, short-term support during this time, please call the CWC at (352) 392-1575 to schedule a brief consultation appointment to discuss eligibility to receive tele-mental health counseling. Students are eligible for up to 4 sessions. Additionally, they are offering online webinars to provide mental health information to UF students on various topics including managing anxiety.

Student Legal Services
Staffed by four experienced attorneys, Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a wide range of legal services to UF students and student organizations. Funded by Student Government, the staff are here to help you with lease reviews, landlord issues, property damage, and more.
Visit https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/ to connect with the team.

Textbook Rentals
The UF Bookstore has updated their rental textbooks policies. While the due date for rented books has not changed, the “non-return charge date” has been extended 15 days past students’ current return due date to allow time for mailed books to reach the store. Please view their website for additional information.

We Won’t Back Down
Last Friday at noon, the UF Athletic Association blasted Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” throughout the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and shared a video as a way to connect with our students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters all over the world. Every Friday at noon, the UAA invites you to play the song wherever you are in solidarity. View the video and share your rendition on Twitter @FloridaGators.

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a resource for students and will be updated on a regular basis.

This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all your need-to-know programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
• Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events.

Dear Students and Families,

Next week marks the end of Spring semester classes. Amid wrapping up assignments and studying for finals, I hope you can pause and reflect on all you’ve accomplished over the last several months.

Undoubtedly, Spring 2020 wasn’t what any of us imagined it would be. As many of you know, I am completing my first semester as a Gator. Today, I reflect on the reality that this challenging and unexpected semester has also afforded me an amazing opportunity to see our student body at its best in managing change and shifting in so many ways over the course of a few short weeks.

I’ve seen you, our students, quickly transition to perform academically in a new environment, often helping to educate your own families along the way on what the curriculum and context of today entails. I’ve seen your ingenuity in finding ways to continue to fundraise and advocate for organizations that rely on their commitment and support. I’ve seen so many of you give of your time, talent and financial means to address health care and food needs in the greater communities. And I’ve seen you put the needs of others in front of their own plans by staying home and practicing social distancing.

Without question, I’ve seen you change and embrace new opportunities and frameworks by which to support and champion others, even amid learning, growing and navigating your own new world. All of these examples, and so many others, are tremendous accomplishments and again, while this hasn’t been the semester we envisioned – I can truly say that I can’t be prouder of what I’ve learned about who you, and we, are. I hope you are proud of you, too.

I’m sending you my best as you round the final lap of Spring 2020!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Parking Decal Refunds
All students who purchased an annual or semester parking decal valid for the month of April will receive a refund of $16.00. Students who purchased a decal for the Spring and Summer Semesters will receive a refund of $96.00, which includes the $16.00 for the month of April, plus $80 for the Summer Semester. Refunds will be made directly to your student account, by physical check, or by electronic funds transfer depending on your original method of payment.

Counseling and Wellness Center Offers Tele-Mental Health Services
To support you where you are, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) is now offering tele-mental health counseling services for students. If you need extra, short-term support during this time, please call the CWC at (352) 392-1575 to schedule a brief consultation appointment to discuss eligibility to receive tele-mental health counseling. Students are eligible for up to 4 sessions. Additionally, they are offering online webinars to provide mental health information to UF students on various topics including managing anxiety.

Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry
The campus food pantry is still open but changing the way we serve students to promote safety and social distancing. Students can now place an order online to specify what items you will need for any given week. You will then specify the day and time of pick-up from the Pantry. If ordering online isn’t your style, students can stop by the pantry during hours of operation to pick up a pre-made bag. Each bag contains similar items and an array of items for a balanced diet. For more information, please visit the Pantry website.

Student Legal Services
Staffed by four experienced attorneys, Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a wide range of legal services to UF students and student organizations. Funded by Student Government, the staff are here to help you with lease reviews, landlord issues, property damage, and more.
Visit https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/ to connect with the team.

Summer Session
Updates for the Summer terms.*
*Pending approval from the UF Board of Trustees

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as resource for students and will be updated on a regular basis.
This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all your need-to-know programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
• Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events.

UF experts give tips on how to safely handle groceries and restaurant takeout
It’s a question many of us are asking. What is the safest way to handle groceries and restaurant takeout to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19? To help separate fact from fiction, professors Keith Schneider, Andrea Nikolai and Amy Simonne give tips on food safety.

Dear Students and Families,

We are now nearing the end of this semester and I am sure that it has been one in which we all have had to pivot quickly and learn differently! I hope that you all are finding ways to practice self-care, which may be accomplished through attending a virtual fitness class, binge-watching your favorite show, spending time with your family, attending a virtual student organization meeting, or even having a group Zoom conversation with friends you haven’t seen in awhile. Whatever self-care approach you take, I hope that it connects you to the rest, relaxation, health outlet, community, etc., you need most.

During a typical academic year, April can be a loaded and demanding, month. Exams are approaching, projects are wrapping up and deadlines to solidify summer plans emerge. These unprecedent times and change in your normal routine can certainly amount to added pressure.

I want you to know it is okay to be feeling uncertain, anxious, or overwhelmed. And though we are practicing social distance, you are not alone, and I hope you know that even from afar, we stand ready to help you as you move forward. Several resources and support services are within your reach via a phone call or email, as they were enhanced or newly operationalized to be what you need, now.

To support you where you are, the UF Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) is now offering tele-mental health counseling services for students. If you need extra, short-term support during this time, please call the CWC at (352) 392-1575 to schedule a brief consultation appointment to discuss eligibility to receive tele-mental health counseling. Students are eligible for up to 4 sessions.

Additionally, we are offering online webinars to provide mental health information to UF students on various topics including managing anxiety.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any support. You can also always contact U Matter We Care by emailing umatter@ufl.edu.

This week, UF launched a new video on social media about how Gators face challenges. The video gave me goosebumps and peace all at one. I hope in watching it, you are reminded to be relentlessly optimistic, and that our greatest moments of strength as individuals and as the Gator Nation are born of adversity and help us learn resiliency.

Know that you’ve got this – to finish the semester strong. We’re here for you. And because “even through the darkest nights, the sun always rises on Florida.”

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

S-U option for graduate students
UF announced Monday that graduate students may elect to remain in letter grading or shift to S-U grading for eligible letter-graded Spring 2020 graduate courses ending later than March 20, 2020. More details are available at http://undergrad.aa.ufl.edu/for-students/covid-19-and-academic-policies/graduate-school-s-u-update/graduate-school-s-u-grading-policy-update/

Summer B classes will be held online
Summer B classes will be offered online. The decision follows previous announcements by the university that Summer A and C semesters would be online. http://statements.ufl.edu/statements/2020/april/april-6-summer-b-online–revised-dates-for-summer-a-b-and-c.html

Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry
The campus food pantry is still open but changing the way we serve students to promote safety and social distancing. Students can now place an order online to specify what items you will need for any given week. You will then specify the day and time of pick-up from the Pantry. If ordering online isn’t your style, students can stop by the pantry during hours of operation to pick up a pre-made bag. Each bag contains similar items and an array of items for a balanced diet. For more information, please visit the Pantry website.

Student Legal Services
Staffed by four experienced attorneys, Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a wide range of legal services to UF students and student organizations. Funded by Student Government, the staff are here to help you with lease reviews, property damage, and more.
Visit https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/ to connect with the team.

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a living website for students and will be updated on a regular basis. This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all of your need-to-know resources, programs, services, and even student events in one place!

Amid quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
• Participating in a virtual fitness class with RecSports
• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events.

Dear Students and Families,

Moving into April, I hope you have found your stride with online course work and are utilizing ways to effectively study in your new environments.

This week, state of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” executive order that addresses essential services and activities for the state of Florida, which went into effect today. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, UF has implemented a variety of measures to be responsive to the changing realities associated with the pandemic, and our community has already been operating in a manner consistent with this executive order as well as local county guidance since March 24.

As you travel to and from Gainesville to move out of the residence halls, please be safe and know our Housing staff are here to support you through the process and answer any questions.

Lastly at the beginning of the week, UF President Kent Fuchs shared a message to the UF community regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and his priorities for UF right now. If you have not already, I encourage you to watch it.

Also, I invite you to view important updates listed below.

Please know that Student Affairs staff and the Gator community are thinking of you and here to support you where you are. If you need anything, please contact us at umatter@ufl.edu.

Be safe, and as always, Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

UPDATES:

Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry
The campus food pantry is still open but changing the way we serve students to promote safety and social distancing. Students can now place an order online to specify what items you will need for any given week. You will then specify the day and time of pick-up from the Pantry. If ordering online isn’t your style, students can stop by the pantry during hours of operation to pick up a pre-made bag. Each bag contains similar items and an array of items for a balanced diet. For more information, please visit the Pantry website.

Take the Census
Although many facets of life continue to be impacted by COVID-19, the 2020 Census has begun. The University of Florida wants to ensure all UF students are counted, and asks that you go online now to https://2020census.gov/ to complete a Census form.

In most cases, UF students should be counted at their school residence, not at their parents’ or family’s address, even if they temporarily are elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• UF students who live off-campus in Gainesville/Alachua County for more than six months out of the year should fill out the Census with their Gainesville/Alachua County address.
• UF students who live on-campus in residence halls should fill out the Census with their campus address.
• UF students who are living at their parents’ or families’ home while attending UF should be counted at their parents’ or families’ home address.
• International students living in Florida and attending UF should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
Completing the short Census questionnaire is easier than ever at https://2020census.gov/. Take a moment—less than 10 minutes!—to be counted, and help bring important federal resources to the UF community over the next decade.

For more information on the US Census at UF, visit the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

Protecting against “Zoom Bombing”
Keeping UF Zoom class sessions, student organization meetings and other virtual events private and secure is a top priority. There are settings in Zoom you can enable to ensure that only attendees of your virtual sessions are authorized to do so. To prevent “Zoom Bombing” and uninvited guests from attending, UFIT has created a resource list for students.

Student Legal Services
Staffed by four experienced attorneys, Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a wide range of legal services to UF students and student organizations. Funded by Student Government, the staff are here to help you with lease reviews, property damage, and more.
Visit https://studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/ to connect with the team.

Virtual Student Union
Keeping you connected to the Gator Student Experience is important. The Virtual Student Union was designed as a living website for students and will be updated on a regular basis. This new digital hub is here to make life a bit easier by collecting all of your need-to-know resources, programs, services, and even student events in one place!

In the midst of quarantine, you can engage with campus by:
• Participating in a virtual fitness class with Recsports
• Attending the virtual wellness coaching program with GatorWell
• Getting your resume edited virtually with the Career Connections Center
• Finding community through student organizations, leadership development and student events.

Dear Students,

Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order (No. 20-71) regarding Gyms and Fitness Centers. In accordance with state guidance, campus recreation and fitness centers, including Southwest Recreation Center will close at 10 p.m. tonight until further notice.
Lake Wauburg North Shore will remain open except for the swimming area and boating. Hours of operation can be found online at https://recsports.ufl.edu/about/hours/.

Recreational Sports will be providing online exercise courses and instruction for students to remain active remotely.

Over the last few days, the university has been working closely across the State University System and with state officials to minimize the economic burdens the COVID-19 emergency may place on students. UF is currently developing plans for issuing refunds, rebates, or credits to students who may no longer be able to utilize their university residence hall and/or dining plan contracts. Each student’s funding situation is different based on their financial aid or how they paid their contracts. We will be working with students on their individual cases.

Students experiencing any type of financial hardship are encouraged to utilize the Aid-a-Gator fund. UF provides funding to students experiencing unanticipated expenses due to an emergency. This financial assistance is intended as a funding bridge for UF students to cover education-related expenses. If students need help covering the costs of unanticipated travel, rent due to lost wages, additional technology requirements, replacement of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, or other needs, they can apply. More information can be found at https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/.

Lastly, the university will soon announce details in adjustments to the S/U Grade option policy to allow students additional flexibility.

As a reminder, whether you are in Gainesville or away, we encourage you to practice social distancing and use preventative measures to keep our community healthy.

Be safe, and as always, Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students,

We want you to know that we are offering a full suite of courses for Summer A, B, and C. Summer A/C courses will be provided online so you can continue to make progress even in the current circumstances.

The University of Florida remains committed to you, your safety and your timely graduation. We are here to support you in achieving your academic goals.

In meeting student needs, UF is able to rely on its years of experience in online education, a world-class faculty, and a robust information technology infrastructure.

While you prepare for advance registration, we encourage you to continue on your academic path by setting up a meeting with your academic advisor.

Sincerely,
Provost Joe Glover and Vice President D’Andra Mull



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