A test of USF's Emergency Notification Systems at the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses will be conducted on Wednesday, January 22, at 11:00 a.m.

The test message will be sent via the following emergency communication channels:

  • AlertUSF on all campuses (text messaging).
  • Digital displays across the Tampa campus.
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  • Desktop Alerts on the all campuses (includes faculty/staff computers and classrooms and labs where computers are maintained by USF IT). Note: The desktop alert must be manually installed on USF-owned Macs purchased prior to summer 2014 or Macs not managed by USF IT. Mac owners can submit a request to have the software installed by emailing
  • The public announcement systems on all campuses (exterior loudspeakers and strobe lights are intended for outside areas, NOT to reach inside buildings or facilities).

It is anticipated the testing will take less than five minutes and no significant disruption in campus activities are expected. All systems will state that the activation is only a test. To dismiss the alert on your desktop, click on the "Acknowledge" button at the bottom of the screen and you will be able to continue your work.

Faculty and students please note: Most technology classrooms and open use computer labs (i.e., Library computers) have been installed with the desktop alert system. The emergency alert will appear on computers and projection screens in use during the test and/or an actual emergency.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Emergency Management at 974-0870.

2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Per the requirements of 62-550.824 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the University of South Florida (PWS ID# 6291882) 2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, describing the source and quality of your drinking water on the Tampa campus, is available.

 If you have any questions regarding the information in the report, please contact USF Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at (813) 974-4036.

USF Golf Cart Policy - Publix At USF

To all USF students, faculty, and staff...

Per University policies, USF System owned vehicles and golf cart/utility vehicles are to be used only by employees and students while they are engaged in official USF System business.  Further, if an accident and/or injury occurred while an employee or student was operating a USF System owned vehicle or golf cart/utility vehicle outside of the course and scope of official University business, the individual would not be covered by the University’s liability insurance or Workers’ Compensation policies. 

As you are aware, the Publix Super Market located on campus at 4425 East Fletcher Avenue is now open and serving our university community and the general public. If you go to Publix on personal time (lunch, for example), you should not use a USF System owned vehicle or golf cart. In the event that you are required to visit Publix on official USF System business, please be sure to park all vehicles and golf cart/utility vehicles in a regular parking space only; do not block the sidewalks or storefront.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Annual Golf Cart Safety Training

Anyone who operates a golf cart on a USF System campus is required to take the training program. Training is available online and in person (see below).

The training can be found on the Environmental Health & Safety Website at

Along with completing the required training, please review the new Safety Procedure changes as well (

Supervisors please note the new procedure change requires the following: "All operators must also complete an annual statement reaffirming his or her understanding of an agreement to all university policies and procedures regarding cart/utility vehicle operation."  This requirement can be satisfied by sending a Golf Cart Safety Procedures signature sheet ( to EH&S each year, or users may choose to retake the online training or attend a classroom training session. 

Please contact Peter Masters with any questions. - or 974-1808