Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQ

Will students and employees be able to return to campus this fall? (8/7)

Yes. The university is gradually resuming operations on each of our campuses in preparation for the start of the fall semester. University leadership have developed a complete plan outlining each step of this process. The plan has been approved for adoption by the Florida Board of Governors, and the latest information can be found on our Returning to Campus website.

Has there been a case of coronavirus at the University of South Florida? (3/18)

Yes. Please refer to the USF Cases page for detailed information.

Will areas on campus with confirmed cases be cleaned and sanitized? (3/19)

Yes. The areas utilized by an employee/student who test positive will be cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

Can HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems spread COVID-19? (8/17)

Infectious disease experts from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida have stated that, in non-medical buildings, the potential volume of COVID-19 in the air will not be at a sufficient level to be carried and spread through an HVAC system. This position is supported by the World Health Organization and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). 

However, USF has taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our HVAC systems, with a multi-disciplinary team completing a thorough evaluation across all buildings on campus. Based on this evaluation, where feasible due to system age and design, USF has upgraded (or is in the process of upgrading) HVAC filtration (to MERV-13), increased building outdoor ventilation rates, and adjusted temperature and relative humidity levels in buildings. 

We believe these efforts; combined with the university community’s compliance with the requirements to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands often, use hand sanitizer, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at USF.

Are USF Health clinics open to patients and visitors? (3/17)

Please visit the patient care website for up-to-date information and instructions for patients and visitors.

Are campus tours canceled? (3/11)

Yes. All upcoming campus tours and events, including housing tours, are canceled. 

How will mail services be handled at the USF Post Office? (3/25)

Please visit the USF Post Office's COVID-19 FAQ page for details. 

I know of a USF student who needs financial help. Where do I refer them to? (6/23)

USF has made an unprecedented investment of $20 million to help students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic remain on a path to timely graduation. The university has begun awarding the We Got U-SF Scholarships and Waivers to nearly 22,000 eligible undergraduate and graduate students to encourage full-time enrollment in the fall semester. Eligible students will receive an email from USF’s Office of Financial Aid or the Office of Admissions. 

Along with this initiative, the university is also distributing funds from the CARES Act as well as from several fundraising efforts designed to support students who may be struggling. Students can learn more about these programs and apply for funding through USF’s Office of Financial Aid.

Half of the CARES Act funding is going to USF students as required by the federal government. How is the university using the other 50 percent of the funds distributed? (4/27)

Institutions will receive allocations and guidance for the institutional share of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund in the coming weeks. Institutions will be able to use these funds to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. 

Frequently Asked Questions by Audience

Please refer to the pages linked below to find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the University of South Florida's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the multiphase approach to returning to campus. For additional questions about USF and coronavirus, contact COVIDquestions@usf.edu.

Students

New Students and Parents

International Students

Faculty

 

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Reliable, Up-to-Date Information about COVID-19 and Public Health