It’s official: Following the news from the World Heath Organization and guidance from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, USF has informed students that the remainder of classes will be online.
An email regarding the online courses have been sent out to all students from the University of South Florida’s President Steve Currall. Check it out below:
Dear USF community,
In light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), I wish to share with you some important updates for our university community. These decisions have been informed by official directive from state leaders as we work to maintain the health and wellness of our campus and our communities within the state of Florida.
Remote instruction for online courses
As directed by the Florida Board of Governors, we will begin transitioning all of our classes to remote instruction for two weeks following spring break, March 23 through at least April 5. Students traveling for spring break next week should plan to not return to campus for at least two weeks following. Students who had not been planning to travel for spring break should make plans to return home, if possible. Although students are encouraged to remain off campus during this time, residential students who wish to remain in their residence halls may do so. If you have questions or need to make other arrangements, contact Housing and Residential Education at 813-974-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org. International students and foreign exchange students will receive further guidance from USF World.
All classes and necessary support functions will continue remotely. USF has developed a myriad of tools, technologies, training and other resources to assist in this transition. Earlier this week, we rolled out a USF Toolkit for Instructional Continuity for faculty to assist with remote delivery preparations. We have also assembled a USF Toolkit for Continuity of Student Support to facilitate remote student access to important resources and services, such as counseling, advising, tutoring and other needs.
While classes are moving to remote delivery, many normal university operations will continue, including Student Health Services, USF Health clinical operations and university administration and staff functions. If you have specific questions about your unit, contact your supervisor.
Campus or university-sponsored events
At this time, all university-sponsored events on campus, at other USF instructional sites or off campus scheduled in the next 30 days must be postponed or canceled. Questions about a particular event should be directed to the appropriate vice president. Athletics events will be addressed in the near future.