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UAF COVID-19 information

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UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every member of Nanook Nation to live, work and learn in a new environment. Whether you are on campus, in our communities around Alaska or anywhere in the world, this page is the place to find information about UAF’s response to the pandemic. We have used information from public health and higher education resources to develop a plan to protect educational access and keep Nanook Nation healthy. We’ll keep up with that information throughout the academic year and are ready to adapt as conditions change.

Safety measures

  • Face coverings are required in all indoor areas and outdoors where you can’t maintain six feet of distance from other people.
  • We’re cleaning common areas more frequently and providing supplies for students and employees to clean their areas before and after use.
  • You’ll see lots of reminders around campus to do your part: Wear a mask, wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home when you are sick and stay 6 feet away from others.
  • We have residence halls and staff ready to help students who become ill and need to isolate.
  • Things like chairs, tables, desks and lab stations have been rearranged to ensure at least six feet of distance between people in classrooms, labs, common areas and dining facilities.
  • COVID-19 tests are required for students and employees arriving from out of state and for everyone living in residence halls.

How we will operate

  • Classes will be offered both face-to-face and via distance delivery, with many having a mix of both.
  • Campus housing is available at reduced capacity.
  • Student activities will be available, but will be virtual or possibly in small groups to allow for physical distance between participants.
  • Many employees will still be working at home, but offices on campus will be staffed to make sure that employees and students can access the services they need.
  • UAF is currently not allowing mass gatherings and events.
  • Facilities such as the Student Recreation Center, Wood Center and Rasmuson Library are open, but have reduced capacity.
  • We aren’t planning on having athletics competition this fall, but hope our Alaska Nanooks teams will be able to start their seasons sometime this spring.

COVID-19 testing and other information

Download these PDFs for employees and students with information about COVID-19, including what to do if you're ill, or have contact with someone with COVID-19, testing locations, medical providers and more.

UAF Communications & Policies

reporting Forms

If you have had COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, use these forms to report to the university.

Resources & Supplies


  • Visit UAF FAQs for answers to UAF-specific questions.

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