ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The University of Central Florida issued a stern warning to its faculty after officials said at least one of them blatantly disregarded COVID-19 safety measures and endangered students.
In the letter Michael Johnson, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, wrote that he is “concerned - really, shocked - about several reports of faculty members not wearing face coverings during class and advising students that they can take theirs off.”
He said the “risky behavior” forced the university to quarantine an entire class recently because “face coverings were not being worn, the faculty member moved the tables close together, and the class then ate together as a group.”
At least one of those students later tested positive for COVID-19. It was not known how many students were in the classroom.
According to UCF’s COVID-19 dashboard, about 300 students and staff have tested positive since arriving on campus in the beginning of August.