Returning to Campus

Research & Space Planning (8/3)


Critical research efforts have continued throughout the duration of the COVID-19 response with modified operations to promote physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols. USF Research & Innovation offers guidance for researchers regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on research operations. Please refer back to the COVID-19 Notice for Research & Innovation page frequently for updates and evolving guidance on research operations.

Space Planning

We will be flexible in allowing employees to continue telework as appropriate. For the phased return to campus, Facilities Management and Planning has developed guidance and engineering and administrative controls to facilitate proper physical distancing, including but not limited to:

  • Reduced occupancy of spaces based on square footage and required minimum 6 feet of separation between occupants;
  • Physical modification/re-orientation of the physical layout of the space;
  • Modification/staggering employee work schedules;
  • Modification of traffic patterns and modified/limited entry points within a space;
  • Installation of physical barriers (e.g., Plexiglas, partitions, cubicles, etc.) at point-of-service, shared/open landscape offices, and retail areas;
  • Development and installation of floor decals/signage specifying social distancing guidelines and area use expectations in high-priority/volume service areas (e.g., Registrar’s Office, dining areas, etc.); and,
  • Removal or taping of seating areas.

Examples of space planning considerations for both office and classroom space can be found in Appendices A and B.

For specific information about space planning and safety protocols for your office and/or building, please contact your supervisor or building manager.