UCF introduces new university policy to help students ’remain healthy and well while on and off campus’

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The University of Central Florida introduced a new policy to help students “remain healthy and well while on and off campus” amid the pandemic.

According to the university, the new policy includes the following:

  • Students must not engage in conduct that could endanger the health, safety or well-being of others.
  • Students must avoid hosting or attending gatherings or events of 12 or more where there is woeful or willful disregard for public health best practices related to COVID-19.
  • At all other times indoors and outdoors, including when gathering in groups of fewer than 12, students must always wear facial coverings, maintain six feet of social distance, and practice frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Student organizations who receive approval for face-to-face events must follow health guidelines and model good behavior.
  • Students must comply immediately with a request from a university official addressing health, safety or welfare, such as a request to wear a face covering or practice physical distancing.
  • Students returning to any UCF campus must fill out the COVID Self-Checker available in the UCF Mobile app each day before arriving on campus.
  • Students must notify the university if they test positive for COVID-19 by calling the UCF COVID Line, 407-823-2509. They must follow the instructions provided, which includes cooperating with the contact tracing process.
  • There are additional expectations for UCF Housing residents listed in the policy that residents also acknowledged in the addendum to their housing agreement.

University officials said if students fail to comply, it could result in disciplinary action “up to and including separation from the university, removal from campus, and termination of a student’s UCF Housing agreement.”

To learn more about the new policy, click here.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.