Returning to Campus

Housing, Dining & Parking

Housing & Residential Education

Residence Halls on the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses will open at design capacity to accommodate current demand for on-campus housing. Isolation spaces have been identified on both campuses to accommodate positive cases and suspected contacts. Our projected occupancy rate for 2020-2021 is 84%; our three-year occupancy average is 95% (ranges from 92%-97%). We will have 175 beds available for isolation. The identified isolation space is inadequate to accommodate all residents who are awaiting test results, and the space will be used for on-campus residents only. If demand for isolation spaces exceeds supply on the Tampa campus, students will utilize designated space at the St. Petersburg campus.

Policy changes have been made to accommodate the current environment. A Student Housing Agreement Addendum with these changes has been included in all contracts. There will be limitations on use of common areas and lounges and access restricted to building residents only (no guests). There will be expectations on the use of face coverings, physical distancing and other CDC guidelines to align with campus requirements. Residents must exhibit compliance with testing, reporting and relocation directives.

The grand opening for move-in will occur in scheduled time frames over several days.  Students will be able to select appointment times, with a cap on the number of residents moving in per day and per building. Move in will follow CDC guidelines on physical distancing and face coverings and the number of helpers with each resident will be limited. Virtual room condition reports will be completed and students will be encouraged to only bring items they need for the semester. 

Various modifications will be made to the housing facilities. This includes Plexiglas barriers at high traffic service areas and work spaces, turning off water fountains and alternating sinks in community bathrooms and potential installation of automated fixtures and paper towel dispensers.


Dining Services have been operating according to modified protocol throughout the duration of the COVID-19 response period. As we progress through the phases toward the fall semester, additional modifications will be made for sanitation and to promote physical distancing. This includes instituting enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, physical barriers at registers, capacity limitations, directional arrows/stickers on floor for entry, service and exit queues and floor markings to remind patrons to physically distance.

Parking & Transportation

In order to address the health and safety of Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) employees as well as the university community, numerous protective measures and social distancing protocols that align with the CDC, USF COVID-19 Task Force and State/local government guidelines have been implemented. These measures/protocols include:

  • Drivers have been provided PPE including gloves, face coverings and face shields as well as materials to disinfect their work area(s).
  • Implementation of administrative controls by limiting the number of passengers on buses, based on the dimensions of the bus, in order to minimize the potential for occupants to be within 6 feet during operations.
  • Implementation of a bus disinfection program to help protect both drivers and passengers from potential exposure. All buses are fully disinfected once per day and driver areas are disinfected 2-3 times per day (dependent on the number of driver changes).
  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfection of all bus shelters and parking garage high touch points/ surfaces is completed on a daily basis.

With respect to university golf carts, administrative controls have been established and will be communicated to the campus community. These controls include limiting the number of individuals (i.e., limit two (2) person carts to a single individual, four (4) person carts to a maximum of two (2) employees, and six (6) person carts to three (3) passengers) and staggering the sitting orientation, including facing opposite directions where feasible, during transportation to work areas in order to increase spacing between employees and limit prolonged, face-to-face interaction. In addition, drivers will be instructed to roll-up cart enclosures to increase ventilation during transportation. Lastly, all cart drivers will be instructed to disinfect carts prior to use.