University of North Florida welcomes back students during move-in week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of students are returning to campus this week at the University of North Florida.

Action News Jax Alicia Tarancon checked out the new process that students will undergo in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Armani Cribbs just moved into the Osprey Cove dorms with help from her mother Shekia Jenkins.

“It was a little emotional, but other than that it was OK,” Jenins said.

Armani is an incoming freshman and she told me the move-in process was pretty easy and fast.

She said each student even got a small “welcome packet” to help students stay safe as they move in.

“It had like hand sanitizer, it had a mask. And they had this one little thing. It’s like a little key thing where you can push and you don’t have to touch things so it was really good,” Cribbs said.

Students told Action News Jax there are also signs posted all over campus reminding people to wear their mask, wash their hands, and practice social distancing.

Compared to previous years, move-in week at UNF is pretty quiet because the university is trying to limit the number of visitors they have on campus.

Students must make an appointment before arriving on campus and there’s only a limited number of appointments available each day.

And this year not all residential areas and floors will be open at the same time.

Also new this year, students can download the self-screening tool through the Safe Ospreys App to help monitor COVID-19 exposure on campus.

“It’s like a daily screening thing so you say whether or not you’re feeling well,” Cribbs said.

Cribbs told Action News Jax reporter Alicia Tarancon the campus is taking all the necessary steps to protect its students so they don’t feel nervous.

“Yes, I feel very safe, very safe,” she said.

Move-ins will be going on this week from August 10 through 16.