Information for students and families

Coronavirus Website Image Coronavirus Website Image

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 and an appropriate booster shot.

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

Testing

For the latest information regarding testing site locations and hours of operation, please visit coronavirus.miami.edu/testing

Quarantine and Isolation

Students who test positive or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to isolate for five days and must continue to mask in all settings for an additional five days after isolation.

Students who are fully vaccinated (including a booster shot) and who have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19-positive will not be required to quarantine, but will be required to mask in all settings for 10 days and must test five days after exposure.

Students who are not vaccinated or who have not received a booster shot and who have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19-positive will be required to quarantine for five days, test five days after exposure, and mask in all settings for an additional five days.

Affected students will receive specific instructions to their University email address.

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

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.

Please note that requirements are subject to change based on the latest public health guidelines.

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. The University encourages the use of surgical masks versus cloth or other types of masks. We will revisit these requirements as more members of our community get vaccinated and the pandemic evolves.

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.

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.

We're Here to Help

If you need additional assistance, please contact: