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Frequently Asked Questions

I do not need to be back on campus urgently. Why am I only given 48 hours to complete the screening questionnaire?
In order to ensure all faculty and staff are provided an opportunity to complete a COVID-19 test this summer, the scheduling of the screening process is being coordinated in a phased approach, with employees being notified in waves so as not to overwhelm the testing facilities. In anticipation of students returning in the fall, the goal is to have as many faculty and staff tested as possible this summer. By doing your part to respond in a timely manner, you will help ensure that everyone who wishes to do so has the opportunity to participate in testing. While you do not need to schedule your test within that initial 48 hours, completing the screening questionnaire within that time frame ensures everyone will have the same opportunity.
If I have been working remotely, can I continue to do so?
UF Health Screen, Test & Protect is a public health initiative designed to ensure a safer and healthier work environment for all faculty and staff as they return to the workplace, so regardless of whether you are continuing to work remotely, you should go through the screening process when prompted to do so. Working at an approved alternate location instead of physically traveling to a central workplace has been a work alternative supervisors were able to offer prior to this pandemic and may continue to offer when such requests meet the eligibility criteria established by the university’s Alternate Work Location Policy and when such working arrangements would benefit both the organization and employees.
What does the screening entail?
The screening includes a brief questionnaire to determine if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if you are caring for anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The questionnaire, administered by UF Health, will take approximately five minutes to complete. As part of this process, you are also encouraged to complete an in-person test for the virus through UF Health.
How will I know when it is my turn to be screened?
Departments and units throughout UF have been working on plans for the best way to return their employees to campus. Your department will notify you when it is time for you to return to your workplace (or, if you are already working on campus, when you will need to complete the screening). If you have questions about this timing, please contact your supervisor or your area’s HR administrator for more information.
What can I do if I want to be screened sooner so I can return to campus?
Please discuss with your supervisor your needs to return to campus. Departments throughout the university are doing their best to prioritize faculty and staff based on their needs for access.
What if I don’t feel I can return to work?
UF will follow ADA guidelines for reasonable accommodations. A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that does not cause an undue hardship on the department or unit and which permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job the application process, to perform the essential functions of a job or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities.
If a condition affects your ability to perform essential job functions, you may request a reasonable accommodation. For more information, please visit UF’s ADA website.
I read that employees were surveyed about returning to work. Why haven’t I received a survey?
Unfortunately, a recent Gainesville Sun article mistakenly reported that UFHR had sent a survey to employees about returning work. While employees will be contacted to complete a questionnaire as part of the screening process, there is no survey to complete.
I have continued to work on campus or at my assigned UF facility throughout the past several weeks. Do I still need to complete the screening?
Yes, screening is required of all UF employees regardless of whether they remained working at a UF facility or worked from an alternate location. You will be required to complete the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire and are strongly encouraged to complete a COVID-19 nasal swab test.
I have continued to work on campus or at my assigned UF facility and elected to complete a COVID-19 test offered by UF. Do I need to stay home until I receive my results?
If you were working on campus or at your assigned facility as essential employee over the past several weeks, you may continue to work on campus while your test results are pending. This includes employees who worked 100% of the time at a UF facility as well as those who worked at a UF facility on a part-time basis or occasionally.
Once I complete screening and/or COVID-19 testing, when and how will I be notified that I am cleared to return to my work location and the return date?
You will receive an email from UF Health advising you of your test results; however, your HR representative or supervisor will let you know the specific date you can return to work. Departments may need time to balance workspace needs to allow for a safe return of all staff. Please do not return to your workplace until you have been notified.
How do I reschedule my COVID-19 test?
If you have been assigned an appointment time for your COVID-19 test and need to reschedule, you may do so by emailing reschedule-covid@ufl.edu. Please communicate the fact that you are requesting a rescheduling of this appointment to your department’s HR representative.
How do I cancel my COVID-19 test?
If you have already scheduled a COVID-19 test and need to cancel it, please email employee-screening@hr.ufl.edu. Please communicate your need to cancel with your area’s HR representative.
My return-to-work date has been postponed, but I have already received the screening email invitation. Can I wait to complete the screening?
If you have questions or concerns about your return-to-the-workplace date and/or the fact that you have received the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, please contact your supervisor/chair and/or your area’s HR representative to discuss the most appropriate direction forward for your situation.
Should I complete the required COVID-19 screening if my work location is outside of Gainesville?
Yes, COVID-19 screening is required for all UF employees, regardless of work location. If your work location is outside of Gainesville, you can visit a local testing site, such as your county’s health department.

  1. Call your healthcare provider to schedule testing.
  2. Access testing at a community based testing site. Testing sites can be found at https://floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/.
  3. Schedule an appointment at your local county health department. Visit www.floridahealth.gov/all-county-locations.html to find your local county health department.
I accidentally opted out of the COVID-19 test, but I would like to be tested. Can I still schedule a test?
Yes. Please notify notify employee-screening@hr.ufl.edu of your desire to have a COVID-19 test. Upon notification of your desire to participate in the COVID-19 nasal swab test, we will place you in our queue for future testing. As soon as testing capacity is available you will receive another email to schedule your appointment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: By opting out of the COVID-19 test on the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, you have been automatically cleared to return to work and should follow the instructions of your supervisor for returning to work.
Will there be consequences if I opt out of the COVID-19 test?
No, by opting out of the COVID-19 test on the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, you will automatically be cleared to return to work and should follow your department’s instructions for returning to the workplace or continuing to work on-site.
Is there a method of COVID-19 testing other than the nasal swab?
At this time, UF Health is only offering the nasal swab test.
Will the university eventually retest people, for example, two months from now?
There are no current plans to do so.