Arriving

COVID-19 Guidance

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Check this page often for updates and let us know if you need any assistance!

The University of South Florida plans to return to pre-COVID-19 in-person classes and activities, with the expectation that individuals will take steps to protect themselves by choosing to get vaccinated and wearing a mask. The vaccine is free, readily available and is a reliable way to ensure that students do not face any disruption to their studies or social activities, and faculty and staff do not face disruption to their teaching, research or university work. 

We are glad you have chosen USF to develop your English skills, start your college career as an undergraduate student, or continue your education in graduate school. 

FOR COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS CLICK HERE

FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION LOCATIONS CLICK HERE

FOR OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES CLICK HERE


 

For on-campus students

Students will be medically assessed via a form when they arrive to check-in to campus. 

This form will include questions about you at the time of check-in. These questions could include:

  • Your current health that day
  • COVID vaccination or exposure
  • Arrival date to the US

All of these will be used to determine if the student is eligible to check-in to housing that day or will need to quarantine – those students 18 years and older will have to quarantine off-campus.

It is strongly recommended that all students make plans as back-up options should you be directed to quarantine. If you are directed to quarantine – please call 813-974-1415 or email intohousing@usf.edu immediately. We want to know what your plan is so we can best support you and ensure that other areas such as Orientation and Academics are aware of your situation.

Every housing student needs to immediately complete the following steps

  1. Submit your arrival details -  INTO USF offers a free car service transfer from Tampa International Airport to either USF or the surrounding area.  Students can submit their travel details here.  Please be sure to be as detailed and accurate as possible.
     
  2. Log into their USF Housing portal and review their information and complete the following steps if not already done.
     

   a. How to log in to USF Housing portal
        i.  Visit the USF Housing & Residential Education website
        ii.     Click "Housing Portal"
        iii.    Log in using your NetID and Password. Please click here for instructions.

  b. Sign up for Housing Check-in
        i.      Click on “Fall Move-In Sign Up”
        ii.     Complete steps

  c. Review your INTOHousing Move In Information:
        i.      Click "INTO" on the left side your screen
        ii.     Click "Move-In Information"
        iii.    Click "Fall 2021 INTO Housing Application"

  d. Review your assignment/roommates
        i.      Click "My Account" on the left side your screen
        ii.     Click "My Assignments"
        iii.    Click "View Assignments, Roommates and Suitemates"
        iv.    Click "Select a Term" and adjust to Fall 2021. 
        v.     Click “Preview”
        vi.    You  be able see your roommate, if they shared their information.

 

Any student arriving before their earliest designated move-in date above will need to find other accommodations. For a list of local hotels, please click this link

Once I arrive in the US, am I required to self-quarantine? If yes, for how long?

Students are expected to self-quarantine if they are unvaccinated travelers for at least 7 days after domestic and international travel. If you have been fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (Pfizer BioNtech, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Serum Institute Covishield), are asymptomatic and have tested negative for COVID-19 you will not be required to self-quarantine. You must complete your quarantine in a single location.

Once you are on campus, unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to a positive case must leave campus and remain in quarantine for seven days, if tested negative on day six, or 10 days if not tested. The university cannot accommodate exposed unvaccinated individuals who need to be quarantined. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic and directed to do so. You must complete your quarantine in a single location.

For more information on USF’s current quarantine policy click here. 

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the FDA authorized Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines; or the WHO authorized EU sites - Astra Zeneca (AZD1222), SK Bio - Astra Zeneca (AZD1222), Serum Institute India - COVISHIELD, BIBP - Sinopharm, and Sinovac - CoronaVac vaccines.

2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the FDA and WHO authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you do not see your vaccinate here – email vaccine-info@usf.edu to check if your vaccine is considered fully vaccinated. 

What if I am under 18 years old?

Please review the direct emails you have received from Janna Eveland. if you have not - email intohousing@usf.edu immediately.

 


 

COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for all students:

 

Once I arrive in the US, am I required to self-quarantine? If yes, for how long?

Unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to a positive case must leave campus and remain in quarantine for seven days, if tested negative on day six, or 10 days if not tested. The university cannot accommodate exposed unvaccinated individuals who need to be quarantined. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic and directed to do so. You must complete your quarantine in a single location.

For more information on USF’s current quarantine policy click here

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the FDA authorized Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines; or the WHO authorized EU sites - Astra Zeneca (AZD1222), SK Bio - Astra Zeneca (AZD1222), Serum Institute India - COVISHIELD, BIBP - Sinopharm, and Sinovac - CoronaVac vaccines.

2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the FDA and WHO authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you do not see your vaccinate here – email vaccine-info@usf.edu to check if your vaccine is considered fully vaccinated.

Will I be tested for COVID-19?

All students are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 on day 6 after your arrival. For a list of local COVID-19 testing sites click here.

Is USF offering COVID-19 vaccines to international students?

At this time, international students can be vaccinated at USF for free. For the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. We encourage appointments but will make every attempt to accommodate walk-ins in a timely manner.

Vaccine clinics:

  • Through August 5, 2021: Thursdays, 9 am - 4 pm, Student Health Services (SHS 100, 4107 USF Cedar Circle)
  • August 17 – September 8, 2021: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am – 2 pm, Argos Study Lounge (RAR 231, second floor above Argos Exchange Dining Hall)
  • September 14 – end of fall semester, 2021: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am – 2 pm, Holly J Residence Hall (HAJ)

If you need to make an appointment on another day, Student Health Services and INTO USF send regular email updates to students about when vaccination appointments are available and how to register. Appointments may be scheduled by calling Student Health Services (813) 974-2331 OR by contacting Brian, the INTO USF Student Services Manager - Care & Conduct. 

For off campus vaccine locations click here.

Are face coverings required?

Face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals. Face-coverings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals, although not required. 

What other COVID-19 protocols should I be aware of? 

You are expected to follow all posted signs and placards. Though some of the mitigation guidance has changed based on our evolving understanding of the virus, its transmission, vaccination effectiveness, etc., you should continue to follow any posted signs and placards relating to COVID-19 mitigation. You are also expected to wash your hands regularly and disinfect your personal/work spaces.

Learn more about the actions you can take to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 here.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Contact Janna, the Student Services Associate Director, here

 


 

 

PREPARING TO COME TO TAMPA AND USF

Prior to arriving in the U.S., it's important to confirm your housing, send all necessary documents and apply for your visa. The Welcome Guide has details on visas, documents, immunizations, etc. You can also reference the Community Resource Guide for information on things to do, places to eat, local places of worship and more. If you'd like airport pick-up, please complete the Arrivals Request 72 hours before your arrival. 

 


 

HEALTHY BULL TIPS

Fight off stress by establishing a healthy routine of sleep, diet, and exercise. On campus, get a great workout at the Campus Recreation Center and find tips on managing your stress at the Center for Student Well-Being in the MSC.