The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve. Although no cases have been reported at UCF at this time, UCF will move to remote instruction effective Monday, March 16, to minimize health and safety risks to the UCF community. Students are asked not to return to campus for at least two weeks; however all UCF campuses will remain open with employees reporting to work.

Teams of university officials — everyone from emergency management and health officials to academic and student support leaders — are working together to quickly finalize more details so that we can share them with you by the end of this week.

The most up-to-date information always will be available on UCF’s coronavirus website and pushed to the entire campus community through email and UCF Alert.

Online Classes

All current online courses will continue as usual. Courses in other modalities, including face-to-face, will be canceled Monday and Tuesday. All faculty are expected to have their courses available to students online by Wednesday, March 18. More information on clinical courses, recitals and other performances, and other activities that do not as easily lend themselves to virtual environments will be coming soon.

The academic affairs team has been providing more information and resources to faculty about how best to move their courses online and what resources need to be provided to students.

Remote instruction will continue for at least two weeks. Because courses are being moved online, students should not to come back to campus for the next two weeks. Fourteen days is the period in which secondary transmission to others is thought to be highest, and UCF advises against any additional travel during this time.

Residence halls will remain open only for on-campus student residents who do not have an alternative place to stay. Students who need to return must follow the travel guidelines listed in this story. Housing will be reaching out to students who live on campus with further information and instructions for those who will be returning.

All UCF campuses will remain open for employees reporting to work. Student employees should contact their supervisors for guidance.

Closures and Cancellations

It has become increasingly clear that social distancing is critical in preventing the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing means avoiding mass gatherings and settings with large amounts of people and maintaining distance from others when possible.

In this dynamic situation, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of everyone at UCF.

Read the full UCF Today article by Michael Deichen, Student Health Services Associate Vice President.