I know there is a lot of anxiety currently with the Covid-19 policies and the shifting nature of the pandemic and how our various institutions are responding to it.

You might be asking yourself what you can do? Here are some items to consider.

The Faculty Survey

The Faculty Senate launched a new survey. It closes out tomorrow Tuesday 20th of October at 8pm. I encourage you to to fill this survey out if you have not already. Let’s support the Faculty Senate’s efforts in tracking and voicing your concerns about Covid-19 policies.

Welcome to the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Campus Safety Survey.

By filling out this new survey, you play a critical role in helping plan how UCF will continue to stay safe in the coming spring semester. We realize that many decisions have already been made related to how UCF will function during the next semester(s), but many other decisions will be forthcoming in which faculty can continue to provide a voice. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Here’s the link: https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NiZwBpKrNeFSZv

Board of Trustees Meeting Thursday October 22

You can attend the BOT meeting this Thursday there will be a 15 minute period of public comments, we hope some of those comments will address these concerns. Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting, the third item, please check the agenda.


United Faculty of Florida has launched a petition drive to address the return to campus for the spring. Please look over the petition and consider signing it and sharing it on social media and with people in your personal network. You can find links to the petition at the UFF-UCF website.

The AFT Trauma Counseling Program

I alerted you to the following Counseling program in an email update at the beginning of the month, please check it out if you feel you qualify and make be in need of assistance.

I want to bring your attention to the AFT Trauma Counseling Program. I was alerted to this program for all eligible members who might wish to get counseling or therapy related trauma related to the pressures or stress of COVID. You can learn more about the program here.

If you are UFF member you are also a AFT member so if you are interested in the program it is available to you.

In solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
UFF-UCF President