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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Steps to Take Before Returning to Campus (8/21)

Dear USF faculty, staff and students,

On Monday, fall classes will begin at the University of South Florida with additional requirements to help promote healthy campuses. Please read the below guidance carefully to ensure a smooth transition.

  1. By now, all faculty, staff and students should have filled out the Return to Campus COVID-19 Assessment. Those who plan to come to campus regularly during the current Phase II operations should have answered “yes.” Those who do not plan to come to campus regularly should have answered “no.” The survey will be open until Monday for anyone who may need to complete it or change their responses.
  2. If you indicated on the assessment that you plan to come back to campus, you will be required to complete a Daily Symptom Check. The link to fill out this survey will be emailed directly to you daily. You are required to fill this out BEFORE coming to campus each day.
    1. The first question will ask whether you plan to come to campus on that day. If the answer is “no,” the survey is completed. If “yes,” it will lead to several additional questions about symptoms.
    2. Based on your responses, you may be cleared to return with a Campus Pass, which appears as a green checkmark at the end of your survey. You may be asked to show this Campus Pass at various places across campus once you arrive.
    3. If you are not cleared and do not receive a Campus Pass with a green checkmark, please stay home and notify your instructor or supervisor. Student Health Services will be automatically notified and a representative will contact you.
  3. As described in our Return-to-Campus plan approved by state leaders this summer, any individuals returning to campus will be placed in a pool for random COVID-19 testing, which the university will implement as an important part of our disease mitigation strategy. If you are selected at random to receive one of these tests, you will be notified with further instructions. Any student, faculty and staff whose COVID-19 test comes back positive will be notified of their test results and instructed to self-isolate away from campus until medically cleared.
  4. Anyone who comes to campus is required to follow the university’s guidelines for wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, hand washing, disinfecting spaces and other posted mitigation measures. Anyone who does not comply with these requirements will be asked to leave. 

The health and safety of our campus community -- and the wider community around us -- depends on this important shared responsibility. Thank you for doing your part.

Please visit our Coronavirus site for more information and review our extensive FAQ. If you have further questions, visit

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Coronavirus Updates

This is an evolving situation. Please refer to the most recent information presented.

USF students, faculty and staff: Please check your USF email frequently. Your email will be used to convey targeted information.

The University of South Florida continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as university leaders work closely with local, state and federal agencies to share the most updated information.