Increase in COVID-19 Cases
The past seven months have been challenging times for communities across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways we could never have imagined, and the University of North Florida understands how stressful this pandemic has been on the entire Osprey community.
Throughout the pandemic, UNF students, faculty, and staff have exhibited tremendous strength, resiliency, and courage in navigating this changed landscape. We have also been very fortunate to have a group of extremely dedicated people who have been working around the clock to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.
However, despite all of our best efforts, we have seen a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases among UNF students in the past few weeks — including 41 last week. This increased spread of the virus is a direct result of students not practicing UNF’s “Four Key Pillars of Shared Responsibility,” especially when socializing off-campus. The four pillars include (1) practicing proper social distancing at all times, (2) wearing a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas when around others, (3) practicing proper personal hygiene, and (4) monitoring your health on a daily basis.
Keeping our campus community safe and healthy is our shared responsibility. Attending gatherings off-campus without proper social distancing and masks will continue to spread this virus and put your friends, family members, and the rest of the Osprey community at significant risk. Continued spread could also force the University to move all classes fully remote again and reduce all but essential services on campus. We all need to do our best to avoid such a scenario.
We have successfully navigated through the first two months of the Fall semester, and we are only five weeks away from Thanksgiving and the planned transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. For us to finish strong, we need all of you to stay hyper-vigilant and abide by UNF’s four pillars at all times.
For more information, including updates on COVID testing, reporting, and enforcement, please continue to monitor our Coronavirus website at the unf.edu/coronavirus.
Together we can do this. Together we will be better, stronger.
UNF COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator
UNF’s Fall 2020 Graduates to be Honored Virtually on December 11
The University of North Florida will celebrate the Fall Class of 2020 virtually on Friday, Dec. 11, the date previously scheduled for Fall Commencement.
A website honoring the fall graduates will be launched that day featuring special videos, messages from our University president, academic and student leadership, alumni and others, musical highlights, links to department recognitions, graduate listings and more. In addition, the University’s social media channels will be active throughout the day and week recognizing the fall graduates. UNF’s plans are in line with the State University System’s recent announcement directing Florida universities to develop alternate plans for fall commencement.
More detailed graduation information will be provided directly to graduates, including instructions on ordering regalia for those interested.
Join your fellow Ospreys, family and friends in celebrating our Fall Class of 2020! Visit unf.edu and UNF’s official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts on Dec. 11 to honor our graduates and share in this significant milestone they’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Changes
At the University of North Florida, our highest priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, the University is adjusting the academic calendar for the Spring 2021 semester.
The semester will still begin Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, however, the University is canceling Spring Break in 2021. As a result, the semester will end Friday, April 23, 2021, a week earlier than originally planned (last day of classes will now be Friday, April 16 and final exams will be held the week of April 17-23).
UNF continues its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and we believe these adjustments will reduce the potential for members of the Osprey community to return to campus with the virus after traveling during Spring Break.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together to provide a healthier and safer environment for the entire campus community.
UNF. Better. Stronger.