October 9, 2020

Dear Students,

The middle of October marks the start of midterms.

From group project to papers and exams, this time of year requires added focus, proper planning, and a dedication to hitting the books.

It is common to feel overwhelmed. Time and stress management are vital to academic success when there are many activities and responsibilities competing for you attention. Whether you are in Gainesville or joining us from afar, GatorWell offers resources to help you build skills in these areas and create an action plan. Additionally, the Counseling & Wellness Center can provide more in-depth support if needed.

Tutoring is also available through the Teaching Center and Knack.

Even though we are not yet halfway through this semester, it is never too early to look ahead.

In a Faculty Senate Town Hall this week, Provost Joe Glover and Vice President Jodi Gentry discussed the university’s plan return to a more robust set of face-to-face course offerings during the Spring 2021 semester. We have heard from many students over the last few months who want more in-person academic offerings. Based on our extensive investment in mechanisms to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and under the ongoing guidance of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect, the university is in a better position to provide these offerings to students who wish to have a richer on-campus experience this spring. We also plan to utilize HyFlex classrooms to accommodate both in-person and remote learners.

As more information about Spring 2021 becomes available, I will be sure to share with you. In the meantime, I encourage you to watch this message about how UF is preparing for the next semester from Dr. Michael Lauzardo, deputy director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program.

Also regarding preparation for the next semester, advance registration for Spring 2021 will open at or after assigned start times on November 16, 2020. Prior to this date, you will receive an email with instructions for obtaining your start time. Information on how to register can be found online.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and take time to plan for what is ahead!

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!

Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

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