Today begins an extraordinary chapter for UF. While we embark on a fully online teaching environment, there are others who are exploiting the situation: UF Information Technology is aware of several scams related to COVID-19, including phishing emails, fake websites designed to trick victims into providing sensitive information, and fraudulent charities asking for donations.
I ask you to be ever vigilant when opening emails that have ‘COVID-19’ in the subject line. Please only refer to trusted sites like UFL.EDU or a government website like the CDC for information on the coronavirus. The university will continue to post all major campus-wide announcements to http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates.
UFIT is dedicated to ensuring you have the technology platforms and tools to teach and work remotely during the university’s response to COVID-19. To make the transition to an off-campus work environment more seamless, new websites have been launched (or updated) so all the technology tools you need to thrive in a new setting are in one place:
Tools and support for quickly transitioning to online teaching and learning.
Tools and resources to remotely recreate your UF work environment.
We will update both websites as faculty and staff needs evolve, so please bookmark them and check back often. Also, in the interest of keeping faculty informed, we have created a website designed to support our students’ success in a fully remote environment: https://elearning.ufl.edu/keep-learning.
Please reach out to your local IT support if you have any questions about the remote work technologies. The UF Computing Help Desk is also available to assist you seven days a week: you may call (352-392-HELP/4357), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or submit a support ticket (https://my.it.ufl.edu).
We will overcome this challenge together.
Elias G. Eldayrie
Vice President and CIO