Returning to Campus
The university is committed to promoting comprehensive health and well-being of its students. We provide an array of health and wellness services and programs on all campuses. (The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus has a longstanding partnership with New College of Florida to support the health and well-being of its students.) The USF Office of Student Health Services, the USF Counseling Center and the USF Center for Student Wellbeing all work to assure that students have timely access to medical care, mental health services, and health promoting programs all designed to contribute to student success and to life-long health and career success.
All services and programs have remained operational, though in limited, remote or hybrid mode, and have included enhanced attention to screening, testing, tracing and supporting any students with COVID-19 symptoms or illness. Students asked to self-isolate have been provided with medical monitoring, mental health assessments and other supports including academic support. During the fall semester and as long as necessary, we will continue to provide twice-daily medical monitoring of COVID-19 positive cases, mental health assessments and delivery of counseling and Care Team support for all other academic, student and daily living needs.
As the university enters into its phased-approach to resuming operations, Student Health Services will remain in a hybrid service mode, offering Telehealth services and limited appointments scheduled to segregate well-visits from those related to COVID-19 or other illnesses. The numbers of in-person appointments will increase as additional staff are able to return to campus work, but Telehealth will remain a significant mode of delivery. All clinical sites will require temperature and symptom checks before entering and all customer service points will have physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglas) in place. Sufficient PPE supplies for health care and front-line personnel and enhanced cleaning/disinfectant protocols will be maintained. Spaces will be reconfigured and patient flow directed to maintain social distancing. The Counseling Center intends to operate in a similar fashion. Psychiatric visits and behavioral health consultations will remain largely in Telehealth mode, with exceptions for those at highest risk and deemed in need of in-person visits. Small group sessions may be arranged in phase II, if space allows for appropriate social distancing.
The Center for Student Well-Being will also remain in remote delivery mode for its services and has enhanced its presence on social media and held webinars and livestream events. In-person programming will increase as space allows to maintain social distancing and activities targeted at students returning to campus will be redesigned for outdoor venues and/or for curbside pickup of such items as wellness packs.
As students return to campus, a public health campaign designed to encourage influenza vaccinations will commence and multiple opportunities for free flu shots will be made available. Faculty and staff will also be encouraged to be immunized against influenza; USF Student Health Services offers free flu shots for students and the College of Public Health intends to offer multiple free flu shot days for the campus and surrounding communities in partnership with the FDOH, as it has done every year for over 25 years.