Return to normal UCF operations
The past 14 months have been difficult for everyone at UCF and beyond. We sincerely appreciate your innovative, high-quality work and Charge On spirit during the pandemic, and we are grateful for the way you have supported our students and supported our core mission of teaching, research and service. We appreciate you and are grateful to you for being at UCF.
Because of you, our remarkable culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness is the engine of our success, and we must continue to prioritize building and enhancing that culture.
From June 23, UCF will begin to operate in a manner more aligned with how we did before the pandemic. This date is a few days before the start of Summer B, when we will expand in-person activities further, and well ahead of our normal mix of in-person and online classes this fall. Specifically, we expect all staff to revert to their pre-COVID schedules and campus workspaces by June 23, or have implemented an alternate mode of approved work that complies with UCF’s remote work policy.
We are still learning lessons about virtual working and we know that flexibility and remote working can help our employees better balance work and private life. However, decisions about how to work remotely must take into account the effectiveness of the individual in performing their tasks remotely and the impact this has on their team and the institution.
It is essential for our students that we are ready to welcome them back and provide them with the in-person services that are so important to their success. Full staffing will also facilitate the expansion of classroom capacity.
Our instructors, lecturers, assistant and associate professors and professors will return to pre-COVID schedules starting in Summer B if they teach a face-to-face course during this term or August 8 if they teach at the autumn.
To help supervisors and employees with back-to-campus conversations, UCF expects remote working arrangements to be at most two days remote and most often only 20% per week. Full-time remote work will only be approved in rare situations.
Not all employees will be able to work remotely given their roles and responsibilities, including the need for in-person interactions on campus. Such arrangements require the approval of an employee’s dean, director or department head.
We recognize the value of some of our virtual services, and flexibility can mean flexible working hours and days to better support our students and faculty by continuing to provide them. Offices should individually assess whether offering later hours, extra days, or extended virtual services will better support our campus community.
We encourage supervisors and managers and their employees to have direct conversations about what this means to them and their fields. For more information on remote working arrangements, frequently asked questions, and resources to support supervisors, visit the HR website.
We thank you all for all you do to support our students and faculty, each other and our core mission. Together, we will make UCF an even better version of itself and become the world’s premier metropolitan research university.
Alexander N. Cartwright
President of UCF
Michael D. Johnson
Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
and Cabinet members