Welfare of Students

Memo From: Joe Glover, Provost and David Parrott, VP for Student Affairs

The rhetoric and outcome of the national election is proving to be an additional stressor for many students.  This comes near the end of the semester, when anxiety levels customarily mount in connection with various academic and social concerns, including exams and job searches of graduating students.  Normally around this time of the academic year, we ask faculty and staff to be solicitous of students who may be having difficulty processing these increased levels of stress and anxiety.

The national and political atmosphere promises to remain unsettled through the end of the term.  Issues of gender, race, and national origin that were raised and continue to be discussed have produced an unsettled atmosphere that may leave some students wondering about their place in society at large and the university, in particular.  This can promote increased fear and anxiety.

We ask that you do three things.

First, as circumstances offer the opportunity, please reassure students, whether individually or in groups, that the University of Florida community's adherence to principles of diversity, inclusion, and opportunity remains steadfast.  The university is an open and welcoming environment for study and growth for all.

Second, please be sensitive to students who may be experiencing increased anxiety, especially around exam time.  If you feel a student is in distress for any reason, please email umatter@ufl.edu and the Care Team will reach out to the student.

Students can self refer to the Counseling Center at 352-392-1575 and/or seek support at a variety of helping offices including Multicultural and Diversity Affairs.

Third, please respect the university exam structure. Recall that comprehensive final exams are not to be given in the last week of class.  Final exams are not to be rescheduled. Respect the designated reading days that offer students the opportunity to prepare for final exams.

Thank you for your attention to this memo and to the welfare of our students.

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