Operation during a Pandemic

Introduction and Mandate

University of Florida administration is advising all faculty to plan activities that enable continuance of research computing in situations of possible campus closure resulting from a pandemic or epidemic of contagious illness.

The decision to close the campus will be made by the president or his designee. Depending on the nature of the emergency, the president may consult with various individuals on and off campus, including the Office of Facilities, Planning, and Construction, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, the City of Gainesville and Alachua County law enforcement agencies. Public safety is the primary consideration in any closure decision.

A decision to close the campus will be communicated through standard information dissemination processes and news channels.

It is the intent of current pandemic planning to maintain the processes and progress of research even in the event of campus closure. The goal is to ensure health and safety while maintaining operations to minimize disruption to student progress.

Depending on the severity and timing of an epidemic outbreak at the University of Florida, the three most likely scenarios are:

  1. High levels of absences due to illness which will require instructors to be flexible in delivering course content and providing for make-up activities;
  2. Class cancellations due to instructor absence or large numbers of student absences; and,
  3. Campus closure in which instruction will need to be moved entirely online for the duration of the closure.

For general information on teaching a course or communicating with your students during a university-mandated closing, please visit UF’s Teaching web page

Operations

To the extent possible the systems will be kept in production and faculty and their collaborators will be able to use the systems through the normal means.

Requests for setting up services for new faculty and users will be worked on to the extent possible within the constraints set by the University leadership.

Incidents and problems should be reported by email to support@rc.ufl.edu. Please monitor the main Research Computing website http://www.rc.ufl.edu for systems status and news updates before reporting a problem, since it may have been reported already.

If the campus is closed, all in-person training sessions will be suspended. However, many training sessions are available online at http://wiki.rc.ufl.edu/doc/Training and these can be viewed at any time. Questions can then be asked by email to support@rc.ufl.edu.