University statement regarding operations during Tropical Storm Elsa

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Joe Glover and Senior VP and COO Charlie Lane
July 6, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville will be closed on Wednesday, July 7 because of Tropical Storm Elsa. Only essential university personnel should report for work. Classes will resume and campus will reopen Thursday, July 8.

Alachua County is currently under a tropical storm warning. We ask UF Health clinical and core service personnel to check with their supervisors as to whether they should report to work and provide support to the academic health center for emergency operations.

We also want to remind the UF community that students, faculty and staff who are not working at UF Health during the severe weather should not use UF Health parking facilities to safeguard their vehicles from the storm. This includes UF garages I, II, III, VI, IX, X, as well as the UF Health Shands garages south of Archer Road.

UF/IFAS personnel outside Gainesville should adhere to their county government guidelines on closing. Personnel in other UF programs outside of Gainesville should consult their supervisors.

Supervisors, please ensure that all employees, including OPS, are informed of this closure.

Some campus dining facilities will remain open on Wednesday. For a list of locations and hours go to Gator Dining Services. The Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry will have extended hours today until 6 p.m.

Notices of any scheduling changes can be found through a link on the UF home page.

We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions in advance of the forecast and monitor media reports.

As always, students and employees in need of immediate help should dial 911. Students may also contact U Matter We Care at umatter@ufl.edu or by calling (352) 294-CARE (2273). Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at (352) 392-5787.

Stay safe,

Dr. Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Charles E. Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer