The Gator Family Connection
April 2020
From the Gator Parent and Family Association:  

During this time of uncertainty, the Gator Parent & Family Association continues to strive to encourage growth, provide care, and promote accountability. Recently, we have all had to transition to a new normal. For UF students, this transition has resulted in online classes. This article suggests some ways to help your Gator be successful through COVID-19. You can also read more here about what a new "normal" means for you and your Gator.

As a valued member of our Gator Family, New Student & Family Programs and the Dean of Students office is committed to providing support in any way. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and/or concerns. The Gator Nation is here for you and each other.
UF is committed to providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Below are several helpful links:

With daily updates, please continue to monitor these pages, to ensure safety for all of the Gator community. If you have any additional questions, call the UF FACTS line at 1-866-UF-FACTS (833-2287). 
Additionally, there are a variety of resources for Gators as they transition during these unprecedented times:

  • Disability Resource Center is available for students who may need learning accommodations. Encourage your student to contact them at 352-392-8565 or by emailing
  • UF Housing can be visited at for the latest housing updates.
  • Aid-A-Gator is financial assistance intended as a funding bridge to cover education-related expenses. If students need help covering the costs of unanticipated travel, rent due to lost wages, additional technology requirements, replacement of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, or other needs, they can submit an application. More information can be found at
  • UF Field and Fork Pantry supports students, staff, and faculty who are experiencing food insecurity. For more information, including hours of operation, visit
  • UF Libraries can be assessed online. To search the library catalog, ask a librarian for help, or obtain off-campus access visit
  • The Virtual Student Union is a new digital hub for need-to-know resources, programs, services, and events that can be accessed at

Please encourage your students to utilize these resources, and reach out with additional questions or requests for support.

Be safe and Go Gators!