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The UT Health Guidance Team, made up of representatives from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, Human Resources, Wellness, Medical Services, Residence Life, Student Affairs, Public Information and Publications, and Operations monitors all community health threats and meets regularly to discuss responses to the threats in order to preserve the health and well-being of all UT community members and guests. The committee regularly consults with the Florida and Hillsborough County Departments of Health, and also reviews guidance from various sources including, but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

COVID-19

UT administration is taking the following steps in our efforts to ensure a safe and successful semester.

  • COVID-19 testing remains available both on and off campus. UT students can call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 253-6250.
  • If you are sick, stay home and consult with a medical provider. If you test positive for COVID-19 at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, the Health Center will provide you with resources and can notify professors about absences. If you test positive at an off-campus medical facility or with an at-home COVID-19 test, you will be responsible for communicating with your professors about your absence as noted in the class attendance policiesIf you get tested off-campus the Dickey Health and Wellness Center will not provide a professor notification. Residential students who test positive independently of UT must inform Residence Life themselves.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are encouraged to get vaccinated. Vaccines are readily available at no cost. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you click on this link, vaccines.gov, or call (800) 232-0233.
  • Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should self-report to Associate Director for Human Resources Leander Hamilton at lehamilton@ut.edu
  • Faculty and staff who test positive will be expected to stay home for at least five days and isolate from others. 
  • Faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine regardless of vaccination status if they do not have symptoms.
  • Continue to follow healthy habits, including best practices like frequent hand washing.

For up-to-date COVID-19 information, visit the CDC COVID-19 website.

Monkeypox

The University of Tampa is monitoring the monkeypox variant outbreak and is working with public health officials to ensure people who need care have access to it.

Monkeypox is not a very contagious disease, and the risk of contracting monkeypox is low. Human-to-human transmission requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with some who has an active rash, or indirect contact with an active rash through contaminated items such as clothing, towels and blankets. Most monkeypox cases cause mild illness. Severe illness and death from it are rare.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is offering the monkeypox vaccine, JYNNEOS, by appointment only, to individuals with specific risk factors and who are more likely to be exposed to monkeypox. For additional information on the monkeypox vaccine, criteria for vaccination and scheduling an appointment, visit the Florida Department of Health.

UT will update the campus community about monkeypox as necessary. For more information on prevention strategies, symptom recognition and treatment for monkeypox, visit the Centers for Disease Control's website. If you think you have monkeypox or have been exposed to monkeypox, call the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 253-6250.

Monkeypox FAQ

Social Gatherings and Monkeypox