The University of Tampa fully intends and is planning a safe resumption of face-to-face teaching, learning and campus life. This is dependent, of course, on the directives of public authorities.

UT faculty and staff will work hard to deliver the rich in person educational experience that is uniquely UT. We will add many safety adjustments and precautions to protect our campus community. While we can’t eliminate all risk, we are working diligently to mitigate in every reasonable way the risks for students, employees and the broader community.

Of course, a successful Fall 2020 opening also depends on the entire UT community. We will expect all UT community members to invoke the Spartan Code, in terms of such things as self-monitoring health, social distancing, respecting other community members’ right to privacy and well-being and following recommendations and policies specifically focused on community health.

UT will begin the traditional Fall 2020 semester on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The reason for delaying the start date from Aug. 31 includes:

  • To allow more flexibility for the fall campus move-in and for family travel around the Labor Day holiday.
  • To ensure UT administration has maximum time to prepare campus for a safe return of students.

To allow for extra classroom days as appropriate, the time allotted for final exams in December will be reserved for extra classroom days as needed. December Commencement will remain on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

UT leadership is currently developing a comprehensive, operational COVID-19 safety plan that addressed policies, procedures, facilities and operations that will mitigate the COVID-19 threat on campus. That plan will be available in early summer.

Please remember that this situation is dynamic, and this is our best information at present. Please check this page regularly for news and updates concerning Fall 2020 opening plans.

UT COVID-19 Health Safety Task Force UT COVID-19 Health Safety Task Force has been charged... more » close »

The University of Tampa COVID-19 Health Safety Task Force has been charged with the responsibility to recommend practices and procedures for the safe return of staff, faculty, students and visitors. This work will have four main areas of focus, including testing, tracing and containment; sanitization, personal hygiene and personal protection equipment (PPE); physical/social distancing; and instructional continuity. Each of these areas is key in keeping the UT community healthy and safe for the foreseeable future.

The task force includes seasoned UT faculty and staff who will be working with campus and Tampa community experts, following best practices from the CDC, WHO, federal government and the American College Health Association, to name only a few. They will be soliciting feedback from many to strengthen the plan, which will evolve over time as we learn more about the coronavirus and health safety. This team will consist of: 

Task Force Leadership
Linda Devine, Operations and Planning, co-chair
Stephanie Russell Krebs, Student Affairs, co-chair
David Stern, Academic Affairs, co-chair

Task Force Members
Sharon Charles, Dickey Health and Wellness Center
Sabrina Griffith, Operations and Planning
Paul Greenwood, College of Natural and Health Sciences
Mary Anderson, Political Science
Carol Botwinski, Nursing
Gina Firth, Wellness
Eric Freundt, Biology
Jack Geller, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Frank Ghannadian, Sykes College of Business
David Gudelunas, College of Arts and Letter
Ali Jenzarli, Information and Technology Management
Joseph Letter, English and Writing
Jay Pendleton, Academic Affairs
David Reamer, English and Writing
Jennifer Scaia, Student Conduction, Orientation and Residence Life 

Staff Resource and Administrative Support
Katie Godwin, Operations and Planning

The committee will be working over the next few weeks to formalize the initial plan. If you would like to submit feedback, you may do so at SafeUT2020@ut.edu. While the group won’t be able to answer emails, please write to let them know your ideas.

The work of this committee will be incorporated into this webpage, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Residence Life/Move-In The Office of Residence Life looks forward to welcoming... more » close »

The Office of Residence Life looks forward to welcoming new and continuing students back to the residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester. Since classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the arrival and move-in process has been delayed accordingly. It is anticipated that strict social distancing measures will not be in place at the local, state or federal level by the time the residence halls reopen. However, the arrival process has been extended to provide students and families more flexibility and reduce congestion on campus. 

  • International students should plan to arrive on Thursday, Sept. 3.
  • New students should plan to arrive on the day and time assigned to them by the Office of Residence Life on either Friday, Sept. 4, or Saturday, Sept. 5.
  • Continuing students should plan to arrive on the day and time assigned to them by the Office of Residence Life on either Sunday, Sept. 6, or Monday, Sept 7.

We strongly encourage that students do not arrange their travel until they have received a confirmation of arrival day and time from the Office of Residence Life.

It is important that families and students arrive on the day and time assigned to them to prevent excessive traffic and congestion on campus and improve the move-in experience for the thousands of students and guests arriving over this five-day period. Additionally, we ask that you limit the number of family members or friends to two per student. More information regarding residential arrival and assignments will be communicated over the summer to the student’s Spartan email address from the Office of Residence Life.

UT will continue monitoring COVID-19 and quickly communicate any change in operations to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Week of Welcome (Student Orientation) and Family Orientation The orientation program at UT, both online and Week of Welcome (WOW)... more » close »

The orientation program at UT, both online and Week of Welcome (WOW), is designed to ease and support student and family transition to the University. In light of our delayed start, discussions and planning are underway to provide this important orientation experience with some modifications. Online orientation will be available for all new students beginning on Monday, Aug. 3. As we prioritize the health and safety of our students and families, more information regarding Week of Welcome (WOW) and Family Orientation will be communicated this summer by UT and the Office of Orientation and Family Engagement.

Athletics The UT intercollegiate athletic program intends to fully operate... more » close »

The UT intercollegiate athletic program intends to fully operate in the 2020-2021 academic year. We are waiting on final decisions from the NCAA national office on limitations, of start dates, reductions in the number of contests for each sport and end dates for competition before we move forward and complete scheduling. We are very proud of our successful program both on the field and off and are making every effort to assure we continue with our past traditions. We hope to update the webpage in the very near future as soon as we get further information.

Campus Recreation The Office of Campus Recreation has begun benchmarking... more » close »

The Office of Campus Recreation has begun benchmarking university institutions, businesses and corporations, attending roundtable discussions, and opening various lines of dialogue to ensure sound decision making regarding the reopening of the Fitness and Recreation Center, as well as the reintroduction of programs. In doing so, Campus Recreation plans to follow CDC guidelines in creating a multiphase plan.