Information for students and families

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The information on this page provides details about our protocols for the academic year. To safeguard your health and the health of all ’Canes, and in accordance with the latest public health recommendations, we are maintaining several COVID-19 safety guidelines. The information below should assist you in preparing for a vibrant campus experience. Please review it carefully. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe you have been exposed to the virus, call the University’s COVID-19 hotline at 305-243-ONE-U.

Vaccinations 

Students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to safeguard their health and the health of all members of our University and South Florida communities.

To be fully vaccinated, you must be at least two weeks past receiving the final does of an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine.

Students vaccinated outside of UHealth should upload a copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to their MyUHealthChart account. 

Fully vaccinated degree-seeking students enrolled in Fall 2021 classes are eligible to receive prizes through our Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program.

Testing

Surveillance testing played a significant role in our ability to successfully offer a safe, in-person educational experience during the past academic year. It will continue to be an important part of our overall efforts to prevent widespread COVID-19 transmission among unvaccinated individuals.

Any student who is fully vaccinated and who has provided proof of vaccination to the University via their MyUHealthChart account will be exempt from COVID-19 surveillance testing during the fall semester.

Any student who is not fully vaccinated or has not provided proof of vaccination will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once per week. Students will receive email or text message alerts to schedule their on-campus testing appointments. Students who do not comply with the testing requirement will be referred to the Dean of Students office and may have their campus access—including any on-campus living assignment—revoked and face appropriate disciplinary sanctions.

Symptomatic testing for students will be available through Student Health Service.

Quarantine and Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine.

  • Affected studentswill receive specific instructions to their University email address.
  • Once assigned to quarantine or isolation space, a flag will be placed on the student’s ’Cane Card to alert appropriate staff if any attempts are made to access other on-campus spaces.
  • Students in University-coordinated quarantine or isolation space will be provided with a pre-paid debit card to order their own meals for delivery.

Additional information regarding quarantine and isolation for residential students can be found on the Housing and Residential Life site.

The isolation period following a positive test result, regardless of vaccine status, is 10 days. The quarantine period following a close contact or known exposure for an unvaccinated individual is seven days, assuming a negative test result five to six days after exposure; for a vaccinated individual there is no quarantine period but testing and masking is required.

Students, faculty, or staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, should consult their health care provider regarding testing or additional steps and should not come to campus.

Contact Tracing

All COVID-19-positive individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must participate in contact tracing. Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts will not need to quarantine after a known exposure, but testing and masking will be required. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated who are close contacts will need to quarantine for seven days and test negative five to six days after exposure.

Masks and Face Coverings

Consistent with CDC guidelines, face covers will be required in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms and libraries, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoor masking is strongly encouraged when congregating in large groups. We will revisit these requirements as more members of our community get vaccinated and the pandemic evolves.

Daily Symptom Checker

The daily symptom checker will no longer be required for faculty, staff, or students to enter University buildings. Non-University of Miami students and volunteers must still complete the Daily Symptom Checker. UHealth patients must still be screened before entering any hospital or clinic facility. 

Travel

Domestic travel

Fully vaccinated individuals may resume domestic travel, and may refrain from testing before or after travel and from self-quarantining after travel.

International travel

The University’s recommendations for individuals traveling to the U.S. from international locations follow those outlined by the CDC.

For people fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine, the University recommends following these steps:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

For unvaccinated people, the University recommends following these steps:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

For people who recently recovered from COVID-19, the University recommends following these steps:

  • If you recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past three months, follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers except you do not need to get a test 3-5 days after travel unless you are symptomatic. People can continue to test positive for up to three months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others.

Wastewater Surveillance

The University will continue to test wastewater on a weekly basis to assess the prevalence of infection on the Coral Gables Campus.

Classroom Distancing

The University is utilizing a multi-layered strategy to protect the campus community from exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus. Where possible, classroom seating layouts have been adjusted to accommodate an average distance of two feet between students.

However, after vaccination, the single most important preventative measure is the consistent and proper use of face masks in the classroom and all indoor public spaces. This is backed by scientific data and is in keeping with CDC guidelines.

In addition, we have taken the following public health measures:

  • Eating or drinking in classrooms is prohibited.
  • The time between classes has been extended to 25 minutes to ensure air replacement.
  • Enhanced air handling and filtration systems have been refreshed.
    • Medical-grade systems are in use in most classrooms.
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes have been placed in classrooms and are replenished on a daily basis.
  • Antimicrobial protectant spray is applied in classrooms, and deep sanitation is performed on classrooms nightly.
  • All resident students participated in COVID-19 testing upon arrival.
    • The positivity for arrival testing was 0.5%.
  • Testing sites are set up at various locations on the Coral Gables, Marine, and Medical campuses.
  • Students who have not provided proof of vaccination are required to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week.
  • All faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated, with limited exceptions, including religious and medical exemptions. Those with an approved exemption must be tested for COVID-19 a minimum of once per week.
  • A temporary on-campus vaccine clinic was provided to students, faculty, staff, and campus vendors.
  • A voluntary vaccine incentive program for students was launched at the beginning of the fall semester to encourage vaccination among students.
  • Campus wastewater is monitored for early detection of COVID-19.
  • Quarantine and isolation measures are in place, as are robust contact tracing procedures to identify close contacts of positive individuals.

We experienced zero cases of in-classroom transmission last year. And we will continue to build on our successful health and safety protocols that made that possible.

CARES Act Funding

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University will receive and distribute funds to University of Miami students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency funds will be distributed to students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. For detailed information about student eligibility, eligible expenses, and the application process, as well as an application to request emergency financial assistance, visit https://canescentral.miami.edu/communications/cares-act/index.html.

Committed to the Latest Guidelines

We continue to monitor public health guidance and rely on the vast experience and expertise of our medical professionals at UHealth, the University of Miami Health System. We are committed to updating and revising our policies as new information becomes available and guidelines are updated and will communicate any changes to the University community.

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