Secure Assessment for FSU Exposure Response (SAFER)

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The SAFER Team works with students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 to provide contact assessment and support.

Utilizing best practices established by the Florida Department of Health, SAFER works closely with the Leon County Health Department’s epidemiology efforts. The SAFER team understands university policies and resources available should you need it, logs support and response by the university, and provides epidemiological reports to FSU leadership to make informed decisions and protect the health of the campus community.

The SAFER team is made up of public health experts such as epidemiologists and disease investigators. If you are exposed while on campus or if you test positive for COVID-19, expect a call from the SAFER team. All information will remain fully confidential. Please be ready for their call and pick up the phone. The health of the FSU community relies on each of us doing our part.

Working closely with University Health Services and the Leon County Health Department, the SAFER team will help you know when you are approved to return to campus activities.

The SAFER team provides the following services:

  • Practical guidance after COVID-19 positive test result
  • Confidential review of potential contacts
  • Practical guidance for COVID-19 exposure response
  • Epidemiological assessment of infection on campus
  • Referrals for academic, personal and financial challenges for those affected by COVID-19
  • Coordination with other university stakeholders to ensure a cohesive, timely response to infections on campus.


Social Distancing
Symptom Checking
Clean Surfaces


UHS test sites


Contact Assessment and Exposure Guidance

UHS Clinical Support


Stay home if symptomatic

Stay home if instructed

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Voluntarily Self-reporting

FSU encourages all students, faculty and staff testing off-campus to self-report all positive COVID test results to FSU for timeliness of response. Students, faculty and staff should self-report their COVID-19 status via the Daily Wellness Check at or MyFSU app to submit their information confidentially. They can also report via email by submitting their information to

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is contact assessment important?

Contact assessment helps us reach those who are asymptomatic or who may not have developed symptoms yet. It is an important follow-up for those who test positive, and cooperation is important to prevent the spread of the virus across campus, even those who have not tested positive themselves. We will help you know when you should stay home and when you may return to campus if you have been exposed.

The SAFER Team works closely with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Leon County, FSU’s Public Health faculty, and on-campus clinicians at University Health Services and the College of Medicine.

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC , close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
  • The public health team may also utilize details about your interaction to give specific guidance for your situation.

What is the contact assessment process?

SAFER staff are trained on confidentiality and public health, and their guidance is informed by Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, FDOH, and our SAFER epidemiology team. You may be referred to make a telehealth appointment at UHS or with your primary care physician if you develop symptoms or if your symptoms worsen during your illness. While you are recovering or quarantining, SAFER connects you with support available on campus.

When will I be cleared to return to campus?

FSU utilizes CDC criteria to determine when those who are positive or exposed may return to normal campus activities.

  • If you are a student who has been exposed but does not develop symptoms, SAFER will stay in touch with you and let you know when you may resume normal campus activities. For more information on the latest information, please visit the Student Return to Campus Guide.
  • If you are a student with symptoms seen by UHS, they will report your information to the department of health to determine when you can return to campus activities.
  • If you are an employee, SAFER will stay in touch with you and let you know when you are approved to return to campus in accordance with HR policy.

What other functions does SAFER perform?

Our epidemiologists are working to keep tabs on infection levels on campus and provide reports to leadership for informed decision-making.

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