TAMPA, Fla. (March 11, 2020) – The University of South Florida today announced several operational changes, in light of continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and wellness of students, faculty and staff is USF’s first priority as university leaders work closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the coronavirus.
As directed by the Florida Board of Governors, USF will join other state universities in beginning to transition all classes to remote instruction as soon as possible. For USF, fully remote instruction will begin March 23, following next week’s spring break. This will continue through at least April 5. Student support functions, such as counseling and advising, will continue remotely.
While classes are moving to remote delivery, USF’s campuses will remain open and many normal university operations will continue, including Student Health Services and USF Health clinical operations. USF residence halls remain open, however students are encouraged to remain off campus during this time, if other reasonable accommodations are possible.
For the next 30 days, all university-sponsored events on campus, at other USF instructional sites or off campus will be postponed or canceled. USF Athletics events will be addressed in the near future.
USF’s full message to students, faculty and staff announcing the changes can be found here. USF will continue to evaluate the situation and new guidance will be provided as needed. The university community and public can continue to check the website for the latest information and resources available.
About the University of South Florida System
The University of South Florida System is a high-impact global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.