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.
Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Funding
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
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.Free testing is available on campus in Osprey Landing, Building W Room 100. Walk-in testing hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Test results will take about 48 hours to process. The COVID-19 health team will only be calling those individuals who test positive.
The following are links to Duval and surrounding county testing locations. Please review information on each site for specific locations, availability, and cost.
Duval County: jaxready.com/SpecialPages/virus/COVID-19-Testing-InformationClay County: news.wjct.org/post/clay-county-opening-permanent-covid-19-testing-locationSt Johns County: stjohns.floridahealth.gov/events/2020/03/2020-3-1-chd55-updateNassau County: http://nassau.floridahealth.gov/events/2020/06/cvi-19.htmlPutnam County: http://putnam.floridahealth.gov/
In addition to testing, UNF highly recommends that all students, faculty, staff, visitors and vendors adhere to the following key actions/behaviors prior to returning to campus. These actions/behaviors will help keep you and your fellow UNF family members safe and healthy.
UNF is instituting the following on-campus protocols to promote the health and wellness of the Osprey community. These protocols will help all of us keep the Osprey community safe and healthy.
The Fall 2020 course schedule has been modified to help ensure a safe educational environment for our campus community by providing course offerings that adhere to social distancing guidelines. Most changes regarding delivery mode (face-to-face, hybrid, remote instruction) have been completed. Given the fluidity of the situation with the pandemic, some minor adjustments, including individual room assignments, may be necessary before the start of fall classes. All classes, regardless of delivery mode, will go fully remote following the Thanksgiving holiday. FAQs on Fall 2020 class types are available on the Registrar's webpage.
Students who are already registered for Fall 2020 courses should continue to pay close attention to their schedules in their myWings account. Changes will also be reflected on the Online Catalog. (To search Fall 2020 courses, go to Browse Catalog, Schedules, then make a category selection to search by term.) Students who have questions or need to make adjustments to their fall course selections should reach out to their academic advisors to ensure the changes fit with their programs of study.
Meal memberships started on August 14. The Boathouse will not open for fall term, and there will be no seating areas beside Chick-fil-A and Starbucks to allow for distance queuing. Seating has been reduced or eliminated beside the food venues in the Student Union. Hours of operation have been modified for some venues. Actual traffic and utilization during the first couple of weeks of fall term may further identify the need for additional changes.
The Osprey Café has modified its operations compared to previous semesters. As examples, the self-service salad bar has been replaced with employee-built or prepackaged salads and members of the Dining Services team will create all plates. There will be an increased use of disposables and to-go packages.
Engagements and gatherings will be limited to 25 students or less in indoor spaces and 50 or less at outdoor venues if space is large enough to accommodate six feet of distance between participants and masks are worn.
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:
All UNF faculty, staff and students must complete the online COVID-19 Education Course no later than August 14. The course will be taken online via the new Cornerstone learning management system, Osprey Ascend, for faculty and staff. For instructions on how to access the employee training, please go to the COVID-19 Education Program website. Students can access the COVID-19 Education Course within CANVAS. For more information on how to access Canvas or to find the course, visit the ITS Canvas FAQ Page for Students.
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.
UNF has a self-screening app to help members of the community monitor their health on a daily basis. The University expects all faculty, staff and students to utilize the self-assessment tool daily to determine if they should report to campus. The self-screening tool can be accessed through the Safe Ospreys Appas well as online via the Daily Self-Screening Tool.
Yes. To protect the health and safety of the Osprey community, all faculty, staff, students and anyone else on UNF’s campus must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas at all times. Each
faculty, staff, and student will be provided an initial washable cloth mask
upon return to campus. Face shields will also be made available upon request to
faculty teaching in-person classes.
Enforcement of this policy is the responsibility of the entire University 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 will be 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.
Violations by Faculty and StaffIf an individual observes a faculty or staff member is 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.
Violations by StudentsIf an individual observes a student is violating 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.
You should submit a self-reporting form and begin to self-quarantine if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions:
If you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or think you might have 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 has been identified as the isolation and quarantine area. Beds will be reserved for possible use. Nurses from Student Health Services and School of Nursing students will use existing triage protocols for daily checks to assess the student’s health status using remote technologies including patient portals, telehealth, and phones. Those quarantined on campus must remain in quarantine for 14 days and test (PCR) negative before returning to campus common areas (class, library, cafeteria, etc.).
Members of the campus community who are currently experiencing symptoms, have been tested for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 need to self-isolate and avoid contact with others during a period of 14 days, even if you have no symptoms of illness, and submit the appropriate Self-Reporting Form via Human Resources or Student Health Services.
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.
Hybrid courses provide a mixture of in person and online learning activities. UNF normally defines a Hybrid course as one in which at least 50 percent, and not more than 79 percent of the direct instruction of the course, is delivered using some form of technology where the student and instructor are separated by time or space.
During COVID-19, we have extended the definition of Hybrid to include any course that has some combination of campus meetings and online synchronous or asynchronous meetings to better capture the many alternative forms of instruction being used and to communicate to students what to expect as they register for classes.
This table will help students understand how various course types will operate as they review their course schedule.
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The COVID-19 task force members include: Scott Bennett, Eric Bruder, Joann Campbell, Dan Endicott, Bob Greenlaw, Carrie Guth, Marianne Jaffee, Curt Lox, Frank Mackesy, Dan Moon, Lee Moon, Doreen Perez, Simon Rhodes, Vince Smyth and Justin Sorrell.
More information can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
UNF continues to monitor and provide updates via email and online at www.unf.edu/coronavirus. Helpful resources or more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms and travel advisories can be found at: