October 2, 2020

Dear Students,

Welcome to October! We are now 33 days into the semester and gearing up for all the activity this month brings, including home football games and the first major exams of the semester.

As we prepare to cheer on the Gators in the Swamp, I want to remind everyone that tailgating is not allowed. Campus and local law enforcement will have increased patrols, and it is imperative you practice healthy behaviors to keep our community safe and flatten the curve.

Whether you are on or off campus, you must limit gatherings in large groups and wear a mask when you cannot be 6 feet apart. Please take advantage of the wonderful weather to enjoy the outdoors and reduce your risk by avoiding packed bars, restaurants, and indo
or gatherings.

Just as we are strong on the field, Gators everywhere can show their strength by caring for one another and wearing a mask.
October is also typically the time of Homecoming celebrations. UF will not be hosting Homecoming activities this weekend due to COVID-19 safety precautions, and as such, October 2 and 3 are no longer class days off. But the Gator will still growl. This year, celebrations will be reimagined and take place virtually over the course of the month. We invite you to participate in the Homecoming Parade, Gator Gallop presented by Truist, the Homecoming Leadership Pageant, Soulfest, and Growl. You can learn more about this year’s activities online.

Lastly, I want to recognize many of our students may still be trying to settle in and find a routine. I want you to know that you are not alone.
With this in mind, we have continued to evolve our Virtual Student Union to showcase online and in-person activities happening. If you are in search of something to do in your spare time, visit our events page.

The website also showcases places to study on-campus. Locations like Newell Hall, the Reitz Union and the libraries are all open to you. With midterms on the horizon, now is the time to find your favorite study spot, set a schedule and make a study plan. Free tutoring resources are available through a new partnership with Knack Technologies, Inc. — an online tutoring platform founded by Gator alumni.

Through the UF-Knack partnership, students have access to free peer tutoring for specific courses. You can schedule a one-on-one or group session to meet with a verified Gator tutor online at a time that is convenient for you. To find a tutor or to learn how you can become a paid tutor with Knack, visit ufl.joinknack.com and sign in with your Gatorlink account. More details about this and other UF Student Success initiatives is available at studentsuccess.ufl.edu.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

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