Due to COVID-19, graduating seniors missed most chances to live out their final days as Gators on campus, while freshmen were forced to let go of high expectations for their first year of college.
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Enrollment of Black or African American students at UF has stayed under 10% since 2008, and in the Fall, Black students made up 5.85% of UF’s total enrollment, according to the official enrollment data. This research initiative is one of the latest efforts to improve the Black experience at UF, a predominantly white institution.
Virtual graduations, reduced capacity at football games and the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases have made for a tough past year. Many students have had to navigate questionable quarantine procedures, the loss of 2021's Spring Break and study abroad cancellations.
Despite UF’s increasing confidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end, 56 UF Sponsored study abroad programs for this Summer have been canceled.
On Saturday, about 80 UF students gathered outside the Reitz Union and walked to Prayers By Faith Family Ministries, the original location of Gainesville’s NAACP chapter, in honor of Gainesville’s Black history.
The university announced plans Friday to have 14 in-person ceremonies at the O'Connell Center between April 29 and May 3, with the same safety protocols used for athletic events at the arena. Make-up in-person recognition ceremonies for 2020 graduates are still being planned.
The online bachelor’s program is available to more students than the roughly 4,000 who are currently enrolled. The courses offered are not exclusive to students only online but are available to traditional students who desire to take online classes.
UF professor Lance Gravlee created a class this semester called Whiteness in response to the racial injustice protests in 2020 over the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. He said the unequal impact of COVID-19 across racial lines also inspired him to create the class.
The 40-minute training is recommended for all students, faculty and staff and covers topics such as discrimination, intersectionality, oppression, inclusion and identity. The course had a deadline of Jan. 31 for faculty. Students have until April 1.
After canceling Spring Break, UF administration is urging faculty to suspend classes and exams for two days this semester to avoid student burnout.
To accommodate more students this Spring, UF gyms are increasing capacity restrictions. Students will also have to be cleared for campus to enter the gym, certain areas are closed and students will have to log attendance for contact tracing purposes.
UF’s parking ticket payment revenue is approximately $1.4 million, but this year’s is projected to be less than half at about $500,000. Despite the expected decrease in funds, TAPS has not increased parking citations for monetary gain.
UF's Counseling and Wellness Center officially launched its online counseling program, SilverCloud, at the beginning of 2021 in response to the center's high demand for services.
If a student tests positive, classes won't be moved online, but positive individuals will need to join an online or HyFlex alternative of their class and self-isolate. They can return to campus once they've been cleared on One.UF.
Depending on how available the COVID-19 vaccine is come March, UF hopes to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for Spring 2021 and make-up ceremonies for the class of 2020.
UF alumni not only missed the chance to walk up the stage and celebrate the culmination of their studies, but some also had to unexpectedly replan or readjust their career plans.
The plans for mandatory COVID-19 testing was unveiled by UF Health’s Dr. Michael Lauzardo
The first of a two-day UF Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, the board’s first in person since June, was dominated by timetables for COVID-19 vaccines, the specifics of mandatory testing and what UF will look like as students return to campus.
Hundreds of students workers will earn new wages in 2021
The university’s case total is quickly approaching Clemson’s, the current highest according to The New York Times