The University has developed a list of frequently asked questions regarding UWF's Return to Campus Plan. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.
What are the safety protocols for face-to-face instruction?
Classroom facilities in use for Fall 2020 will be thoroughly cleaned and include signage and barricade tape that indicates where students can sit based on social distancing guidelines. It will also include an indicator of where faculty may stand and how close students may get to faculty to ensure six feet of distance at all times.
UWF will provide one reusable cloth face covering and a bottle of hand sanitizer for every student and employee. Face coverings will be required in ALL UWF locations. Exceptions include private office settings, as well as outdoor work and areas separated from others by at least six feet. A person not wearing a face covering will be asked to put one on or leave the area.
How will students be informed of guidelines for face-to-face instruction?
UWF will utilize a shared responsibility and accountability model that establishes and implements procedures to check that students comply with safety measures, pre-screening and training.
Pre-Screening: All students visiting campus are required to take the Daily COVID-19 Return to Campus Pre-screening every day before coming to a University location or leaving their residence hall room.
Training: All students returning to campus are required to participate in the mandatory COVID-19 Student Training before the first day of the semester.
The University is also producing videos, posters, billboards, yard signs, student street team takeovers, email campaigns and a variety of other promotional strategies specific to face coverings and social distancing.
Failure to comply with the safety measures, including wearing face coverings and social distancing, may result in accountability measures and student conduct and/or disciplinary repercussions for students.
To read more about student compliance, visit the Returning to UWF Compliance webpage.
Is “experiential” identification necessary to deliver a course face-to-face for upper division courses? Will I have the option to deliver these courses face-to-face?
This option is potentially available by discussing with your department chair. We ask Chairs and faculty to be mindful that the goal of the framework is to reach a comfortable and safe number of students on campus.
Upper Division Courses generally will be delivered remotely except in the following cases:
- Courses identified by department and faculty as experiential.
- Courses paired (by department and faculty) with an experiential course.
- Capstone courses with significant face-to-face components.
- Clinical/internship courses that require faculty supervision and/or lead to certification or licensure.
- Courses that serve as practicum experiences.
- Courses that traditionally end with a public performance or presentation (as long as there is the possibility to effectively teach the course while observing social distancing guidelines). In semesters when culminating public performances are unlikely, preference will be to teach these courses remotely.
- Courses in which 50% or more of instructional time is devoted to personal interaction/skill development between faculty and individual students (e.g., art, music, theatre courses). Preference will be to teach these courses via remote instruction when possible.
Will there be a set time block required for students to meet for their online courses?
Class times can be preserved in the schedule for all course types except for full distance learning. The fully online option is assumed to be asynchronous. Careful consultation between Instructor and Chair should go into the choice of "online," "primarily online," "hybrid" or "face-to-face."
Will faculty be supplied with cleaning supplies to sanitize their classrooms?
The University is supplying each employee with a bottle of disinfectant wipes as they return to their work location.
In addition, UWF has increased its scheduled custodial cleaning of facilities on campus and taken extra measures to disinfect. Every effort will be made by Facilities to disinfect all classrooms; however, faculty members and students should share this responsibility to help ensure a safer, healthier classroom for all.
Is there a requirement for faculty and staff to wear face coverings? Will they be supplied by the University?
A disposable or cloth face covering is required inside all shared indoor spaces and in outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Examples of shared indoor spaces include classrooms, laboratories, hallways, shared offices, open offices, restrooms, conference rooms, lobbies and lounge areas, retail spaces, museums, libraries and dining facilities. Anyone using a dining facility should cover their face until they sit down to eat and then put the face-covering back on immediately after.
Face coverings may be removed when inside of private building space, such as a single-use office or residence hall room.
The University is supplying each employee with face coverings, as well as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes as they return to their work location.
Will remote work be an option for staff moving forward, post-COVID-19?
Department heads are responsible for determining which employees return to the work location. Department heads should consult with vice presidents/deans/directors, as needed.
Will the University allow high-risk groups the option of teaching face-to-face or online in the Fall?
Yes. Faculty members falling into specific categories will be made aware of their option to teach remotely if preferred. These categories include:
- Individuals with serious illness.
- Older adults.
- Individuals of any age with serious underlying conditions who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Individuals whose availability for face-to-face instruction is impacted by an enhanced need to provide home care for young children or the elderly.
All high-risk faculty should speak with their department Chair and Human Resources.
What documentation will be required to identify faculty as high-risk and who will have access to that information?
If you have not already discussed your situation with your department chair or Human Resources, please do so immediately.
If faculty choose to teach online due to health concerns, will any safeguards be in place with regard to annual evaluations, T&P and SPEs?
Faculty who complete their teaching assignments will not be adversely affected.
Is the age of risk 65 as dictated by CDC, or 60 years of age, as suggested by the State of Florida?
The University is using the CDC age of risk as 65 or older. If this recommendation changes, adjustments will be made.
How will internships and practica be handled, especially if students have contact with the public?
UWF will work with employers at worksite and internship sites to ensure compliance with University health and safety guidelines.
- A protocol will be developed for which students can report unsafe working conditions. Students completing internships for academic credit should work with academic departments to discuss guidelines and protocols for health and safety.
- UWF will inform students that they should follow the health and safety guidelines of the internship host site and actively promote virtual employment and internship opportunities.
- The UWF internship agreement template will be updated to include requirements by facilities to provide documentation of safe working protocols.
If a class has to disband because of illness/exposure (due to faculty or students falling ill), how will those classes proceed?
Chairs and deans should be contacted immediately if this situation occurs. In consultation with the Chair, the faculty member can move the class online. Faculty and chairs are asked to develop contingency plans for their classes should conditions change during the semester that requires a move to remote instruction. Instructors should have a detailed topic outline and a minimum of a 14 days lecture material available in advance.
Will additional time be provided between classes to allow time to clean desks, lecterns, PCs, and other classroom-based equipment?
The Office of the Registrar, Academic Affairs and Building Services have been working on a plan to revise the schedule accordingly.
Will there be limitations or guidelines on guests (e.g., guest speakers) visiting classes?
UWF will ensure visitors are aware of protocols that promote a safer and healthier campus. To learn more, visit the Visiting UWF webpage.
How will the number of students that a classroom can accommodate be lowered to provide space for distance between students and between students and faculty?
The UWF Classroom Review Board and faculty are conducting walk-throughs of every classroom to apply social distancing standards guided by the CDC to allow at least 6 feet between seats. Appropriate seats will be marked.
See the Academic Program Development page for examples of classroom layout.
Are we considering an institutional-level Zoom account?
We will take it under consideration and look at the cost and benefits. Additional features for breakout sessions in Webex are now available in Webex Training for faculty. These features can be found by selecting "Webex Training" in the lower-left corner of Webex. Additionally, faculty may use the "Webex Events" to host virtual events in Webex.
International students are required to take face-to-face classes to maintain their F1 student visa statuses. If a class is only offered online, will taking classes through video conferencing platforms count as face-to-face class?
Information on specific enrollment concerns for international students can be found on this page.
Will online course delivery affect students with military benefits who are required to take face-to-face courses?
The Registrar’s Office has been asking faculty if the change from face-to-face to online is COVID-19-related. During spring and summer we have been able to allow them to keep their benefits, although they are online. Normally they would lose a portion of their housing benefit. We are hoping there will be the same flexibility for fall. At this point, they must have at least one either face to face or hybrid hour to receive their same benefits but we are still getting updates from MVRC.
Is UWF planning to host a Fall commencement ceremony?
Fall commencement is still to be determined.
When will the HLS and Aquatic Center reopen?
Recreation facilities will reopen during Phase 2 of the Return to Campus plan and will operate on modified hours based on peak usage times and allowing time for additional cleaning.