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Guidance for UCF Faculty on Fall Syllabus and Football Planning

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

I remain grateful for how our faculty have adapted and supported our students during this historic semester in the wake of COVID-19.

We do not yet know how the pandemic will impact our fall semester, including our classes and our athletics events.

As President Cartwright wrote to our campus community earlier this week, our leadership team is planning for a variety of scenarios for possible impacts to our operations and how and when we could reopen the campus, including what it means for our teaching, research, clinical, student support, athletics and other activities.

These decisions will be made consistent with federal and state guidance with our UCF family’s health and safety at top of mind and in coordination with the colleges and administrative units, the UCF Board of Trustees and Florida Board of Governors.

In the event in-person classes resume in the fall and UCF’s football schedule is played as is planned, there is one Friday night football game that would impact some classes during the second week of the fall semester. We want to make you aware of this game as you plan your syllabus for the fall, knowing that there are many uncertainties at this time.

The Knights are scheduled to host North Carolina on Friday evening, Sept. 4, at a time to be determined. Faculty may wish to plan for the possibility of face-to-face classes being canceled that day starting sometime in the afternoon.

As with previous weekday football games, our goal would be to hold as many classes as possible while allowing enough time for a smooth transition to game-day activities. The exact closure time would depend on the kickoff time, and we will update you once we know more.

All other Knights home games are scheduled on Saturdays.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time, and please stay safe.