From the UF Graduate School: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Resources

Release Date: August 26 2020

As we all face the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak together, accurate information and helpful contacts are vitally important to keep healthy and prevent its spread. Please see the resources below for help during this unprecedented time.

General Information

Extension to Summer 2020 Clear Prior Deadline for Eligible Thesis and Dissertation Students

UF COVID-19 Updates

S/U Course Option

Update on Attendance Waiver for Oral Examinations and Final Defenses

International Students and COVID-19

UF Health

UF Research

Back to Campus Behavioral Expectations

GatorWell Behavioral Expectations Toolkit

I Pledge Florida Initiative

Campus Resources

UF Wellness College of Medicine: Resources to Promote Well-Being During COVID-19 Outbreak

UF Student Health Care Center

Health Insurance: Gator Grad Care

UF Counseling & Wellness Center National and Local COVID-19 Resource Guide

UF Counseling & Wellness Center

UF HR: Working Through COVID-19

UF Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Graduate Assistants (6 Free Counseling Sessions)

UF GatorWell

Emergency Financial Aid: UF Short Term Loans

UF/IFAS Extension Family and Consumer Sciences: Accredited Financial Counselors:

Community Resources

UF Health

Alachua County Health Department

Florida Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHO COVID-19


General Student Well-Being: Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Maintaining Mental Health While Social Distancing

Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm During COVID-19

Self-Care Tips for COVID-19


Recognizing Distress – A Self Checklist

It’s not unusual to experience some β€” or even several β€” of the types of distress listed during times of uncertainly and stress.

  • Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
  • Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Excessive crying
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
  • A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
  • Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality

Seeking Support

If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual healthy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.)

If your distress continues or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help. The CWC has on-call counselors available for consultations at our Radio Road location (3190 Radio Road) during business hours (8am-4pm). Give us a call at 352-392-1575 if you need to speak to an on-call counselor.

UF has multiple resources to help with mental health related to COVID-19, such as GatorWell and the Employee Assistance Program for Graduate Assistants.


Adapted from: Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences: UF COVID-19 Updates and Information