UNF is closely monitoring and following developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to make well-informed decisions for the protection of the university community. Updates and announcements are regularly posted to unf.edu/coronavirus.
In addition, resources and updates to address key areas within the campus community are also available.
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A safe and healthy campus depends on all of our personal and collective behaviors and actions. We are one Osprey family, and that means we always look out for each other and support one another in challenging times. Each of us must take steps to stay well and persistently protect each other, both on campus and in the community. Creating a safe and healthy environment for all Ospreys is a shared responsibility that will include protecting your own health, while also protecting your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues.
All UNF faculty, staff and students must complete the online COVID-19 Education Course. The course can be taken online via the new Cornerstone learning management system, Osprey Ascend. For instructions on how to access the training, please go to the COVID-19 Education Program website. Students are required to take the COVID-19 Education Course even if they completed the Fall program due to CDC updates.
UNF vendors and other visitors to campus can access the PDF training materials at https://www.unf.edu/cpdt/COVID19_Education_Program_PDF_Versions.aspx.
All Osprey community members must complete UNF’s daily self-screening tool prior to arriving on campus each day. The self-screening tool walks individuals through a series of questions and provides personal guidance in determining whether it would pose a health risk if you were to return to campus. The self-screening app can be accessed through the SafeOspreys App as well as online via the Daily Self-Screening Tool.
UNF strongly recommends that all members of the Osprey community (faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors) be tested prior to returning to campus for spring semester.
Free, walk-in COVID-19 testing will be available to all UNF students, faculty and staff throughout the spring semester at Osprey Landing, Building W, in the courtyard outside Room 106, as follows:• Monday: Open noon to 3 p.m.• Tuesday through Thursday: Open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Drive-up testing will be available in Lot 10 near Building W on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weather permitting.Testing is also available by appointment as needed. For questions or to schedule a specific testing time, email UNFcovid@unf.edu.
UNF is strongly recommending that all members of the Osprey community (faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors) be tested to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All residents assigned to on-campus housing for the spring semester will be required to be tested for COVID-19 the week of January 4, 2021. Appointments for these tests will be communicated directly to housing residents through UNF Housing and Residence life. More information available at https://www.unf.edu/housing/.
The form can be found on the Student Health Services web page.
Test results will take about 48 hours to process. The COVID-19 health team will call each individual with the test results.
The following are links to Duval and surrounding county testing locations. Please review information on each site for specific locations, availability, and cost.
Occupancy of all classrooms has been adjusted to ensure appropriate social distancing. Where possible, movement in and out of classrooms has been modified to prevent congregation of students. Masks are required in all classrooms.
Enforcement of this policy is the responsibility of the entire community. Any individual that witnesses a violation should remind the individual of UNF's new expectations and rules. If those efforts fail, then the next course of action would be to report the violation. The University Police Department is available to assist all faculty, staff, and students by keeping the peace when a student, faculty or staff member is attempting to enforce policy for non-compliance of social distancing, not appropriately wearing a face covering, and other breaches of the Coronavirus Safety Policy.
If an individual observes a faculty or staff member violating or has violated the Coronavirus Safety Policy, please submit a COVID-19 Measures Reporting Form, which will be found on the HR Infectious Disease webpage. Violation of the Coronavirus Safety Policy is grounds for discipline, up to and including termination for cause.
If an individual observes a student violation or has violated this Policy, please submit a COVID-19 Measures Reporting Form, which will be found on the Student Conduct website. Violation of the Coronavirus Safety Policy is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be charged as Endangerment, Disruptive Behavior, or another applicable conduct provision. If found responsible, a student may be subject to any appropriate sanction within the Student Code of Conduct.
All students and employees who are experiencing symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and/or have tested positive must submit the appropriate Self-Reporting Form via Student Health Services or Human Resources. Students can access the self-reporting form online at Student Self-Reporting. Faculty and staff can access the self-reporting form online at Employee Self-Reporting.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please reference the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance on what to do if you are sick, contact your medical provider to seek medical advice, and monitor your symptoms and follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
Isolation and quarantine protocols have been established and will be enacted for those who live in residential housing. Building W in the Osprey Landing serves as the isolation and quarantine area. Nurses from Student Health Services and School of Nursing students use existing triage protocols for daily checks to assess the student’s health status using remote technologies including patient portals, telehealth, and phones. Those in isolation or quarantined on campus must remain there for at least 10 days and test negative before returning to campus common areas (class, library, cafeteria, etc.).
Members of the Osprey community who are currently experiencing symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 need to self-isolate for at least 10 days. Ospreys can end self-isolation once they have completed the 10 days, are fever-free for at least 24 hours before leaving self-isolation (without the use of fever reducing medications), and other symptoms have improved. Ospreys who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 without proper masking and social distancing need to self-quarantine and avoid contact with others for at least 10 days, even if you have no symptoms of illness. Ospreys can end self-quarantine once they complete the 10 days (with or without a COVID test), and remain symptom free, but should continue to monitor for potential symptoms for a full 14 days.The CDC’s definitions of self-isolation vs self-quarantine can be found here.
This table will help students understand how various course types will operate as they review their course schedule.
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Yes. Due to the current Coronavirus emergency, the University has not returned to normal operations and as a result is adopting other alternative forms of education for students. Therefore, if you are on an F-1 visa as a continuing or SEVIS transfer student and unable to find in-person or hybrid courses offered in your degree program, then you are eligible to take all online classes.
If you are a new F-1 student, you must be enrolled in at least one course with an in-person component.
If you are a new F-1 student arriving on campus for Spring 2021, you must be enrolled in at least 1 course with an in-person component.
If you are not planning to arrive on campus for Spring 2021, you may enroll in online classes in the spring to start your enrollment. You will then receive an I-20 with a start date for Summer or Fall 2021. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Below is a brief summary of options for F-1 students who have completed their programs. However, students who find themselves in this situation should contact the International Center for guidance on their specific case. J-1 students need to contact the International Center for further guidance on this issue.Grace Period: F-1 students have a 60-day grace period following the end of their program. During this period, you must do one of these options.
OPT: F-1 students may apply for OPT, which would allow them to seek employment in the U.S. Additionally, students with a pending OPT application are automatically granted an extension of their F-1 status and are permitted to remain in the country while their application is pending. If you choose to apply, please refer to our F-1 Employment page for more information.Change of Status: If a student is unable to depart the country before the end of their grace period, and chooses not to apply for OPT, they may choose to file a Change of Status application with USCIS to request an adjustment of status to B-2 (tourist visa status).
Yes, the guidance does not affect your OPT eligibility.
Those individuals meeting the conditions for being at higher-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 who would like to self-identify their high-risk status, request modifications or accommodations to their work arrangements, work schedule, or disability accommodations under the ADA can do so by following these recommended steps:
Students: It is recommended that you first notify and work with your respective professor(s), advisor(s), department chair(s), college dean(s), to request a temporary modification to your method of instruction. Academic units are encouraged to be flexible with those preferences/requests for temporary alternative arrangements, within the limits of what may be provided without imposing an undue hardship on the professor or creating a fundamental alteration in a course. For example, at the discretion of the professor, and on a case-by-case basis, a professor may provide a temporary modification to the form of instruction, extend due dates, and permit medically related absences. If however, no mutual agreement can be reached and options have been exhausted, the student should submit the COVID-19: High Risk - Request for Reasonable Modification or Accommodation Form.
Employees: It is recommended that you first notify and work with your immediate supervisor to request a temporary modification to your work arrangements or work schedule. Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible with those preferences/requests for temporary alternative work arrangements, within the limits of what may be provided without imposing an undue hardship or creating a fundamental alteration in the University's or department's services. For example, on a case-by-case basis, the University may provide temporary work schedule modifications, minimize the need to be present on campus daily, or permit remote work for those positions that can be performed effectively remotely. If the job duties are such that no alternate arrangements can be agreed for those preference requests at the supervisor/department head level, then the individual should submit the COVID-19: High Risk - Request for Reasonable Modification or Accommodation Form, in order for a more structured ADA review process, to ensure that the supervisors are
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