Frequently Asked Questions about DawgCheck

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, you are required to report your positive test through DawgCheck.

The health and safety of the UGA community is our top priority. Through DawgCheck, you will be asked to share names of close contacts to help the Department of Public Health with contact tracing.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should:

  • If unvaccinated, go into quarantine for 10 days.
  • If vaccinated, be alert to new symptoms and seek a surveillance test on day 3 to 5.

In addition to getting vaccinated, using DawgCheck will help protect fellow Bulldogs and the communities surrounding campus against the spread of COVID-19.

Students who do not report a positive COVID-19 test via DawgCheck will be referred to the COVID-19 Student Educational and Response Team (CO-SERT), which will review, and when deemed necessary, respond to reported concerns involving students and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. A student who willfully fails to report a positive COVID-19 test will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You can find more information about CO-SERT here.

An employee who willfully fails to follow and comply with University Policy and Procedure may result in an employee receiving disciplinary action such as verbal or written warning, suspension without pay, demotion, or discharge.

Guidance for UGA Students:

You are required to report the positive test through DawgCheck and isolate for 10 days per CDC/GDPH guidelines. The system will prompt you to provide information on others with whom you may have been in close contact. It will also trigger notifications to Student Care & Outreach (SCO) and the Facilities Management Division (FMD). Case managers in SCO will notify your professors and contact you to coordinate any support or assistance you may require, and FMD will coordinate cleaning and sanitation of spaces where you have been.

If you are a resident of on-campus housing, you will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall during the 10-day isolation period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, SCO can arrange for other housing and meal delivery on an individual basis.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should:

  • If unvaccinated, go into quarantine for 10 days.
  • If vaccinated, be alert to new symptoms and seek a surveillance test on day 3 to 5.

Guidance for UGA Employees:

You are required to report the positive test through DawgCheck and isolate for 10 days per CDC/GDPH guidelines. The system will prompt you to provide information on others with whom you may have been in close contact. It will also trigger notifications to the Facilities Management Division (FMD) and to your hiring authority (dean/vice president or designated supervisor).

Anyone who tests positive is required to isolate for 10 days, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, per the CDC. Fully vaccinated people can still contract COVID-19, although such break-through infections are very rare.

According to the University System of Georgia, telework may be possible, depending upon the nature of the work to be performed:

  • Faculty may temporarily transition the modality of their class, with the approval of the Provost’s Office. Change in modality is subject to an end date correlated to isolation guidelines. Department chairs will make arrangements for class coverage when faculty are unable to teach due to illness.
  • Staff members should consult with their supervisor to determine whether teleworking is an appropriate option under the “Occasional Teleworker” provision of UGA’s Telework Policy.

Provisions for special paid leave associated with COVID-19, other than Vaccine Leave, have expired. Those who are unable to telework must take accrued leave [Sick or Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay (LWOP)] during the 10-day period of isolation.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should:

  • If unvaccinated, go into quarantine for 10 days.
  • If vaccinated, be alert to new symptoms and seek a surveillance test on day 3 to 5.

Guidance for UGA Students:

Per CDC guidance, if you have been fully vaccinated [i.e., it has been two weeks since your final vaccine dose or you have had COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)], you do not need to quarantine if you come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. You may continue to attend class and activities as you normally do, but you should monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. The CDC recommends that you test 3-5 days after the last exposure and strongly recommends wearing a mask until a COVID test is negative or for 14 days. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you have not been fully vaccinated or it has been over three months since you had COVID-19, you should report your potential exposure via DawgCheck. If you live in on-campus housing, case managers in Student Care and Outreach (SCO) can help you to determine if quarantining is necessary. If quarantine is warranted, you will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall during the quarantine period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, SCO can arrange for housing and meal delivery. Students living off-campus can contact SCO directly at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774, after reporting the exposure via DawgCheck, if they need specific support with instructor notifications or require any other assistance. It is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, on Day 8 or 9 of quarantine. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the quarantine period, you must report it via DawgCheck. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken. SCO will continue to assist you during this period.

Guidance for UGA Employees:

Per CDC guidance, if you have been fully vaccinated [i.e., it has been two weeks since your final vaccine dose or you have had COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)], you do not need to quarantine if you come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. You may continue to come to work as you normally do. However, monitoring yourself for symptoms is still recommended. The CDC recommends that you test 3-5 days after the last exposure and strongly recommends wearing a mask until a COVID test is negative or for 14 days. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you have not been fully vaccinated, or it has been over three months since you had COVID-19, you are required to quarantine for 10 days. Per the University System of Georgia, telework may be possible, depending upon the nature of the work to be performed:

  • Faculty may temporarily transition the modality of their class, with the approval of the Provost’s Office. Change in modality is subject to an end date correlated to isolation or quarantine guidelines. Department chairs will make arrangements for class coverage when faculty are unable to teach due to illness.
  • Staff members should consult with their supervisor to determine whether teleworking is an appropriate option under the “Occasional Teleworker” provision of UGA’s Telework Policy.

Provisions for special paid leave associated with COVID-19, other than Vaccine Leave, have expired. Those who are unable to telework must take accrued leave [Sick or Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay (LWOP)] during the 10-day period of quarantine.

It is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, on Day 8 or 9 of quarantine. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time while quarantining, you must report the positive test to the University via DawgCheck. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken, using accrued leave or LWOP.

No, you do not. Vaccines are strongly encouraged; therefore, the USG allows faculty and staff to use “Non-Closure Emergency Leave” for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals will be compensated for this time without deducting from vacation or sick leave balances up to the amounts noted below.

  • Faculty and staff may take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a vaccine. If receiving a two-dose vaccine, this is a total of up to 8 hours across both doses. 
  • Faculty and staff who experience vaccine side effects that prevent them from performing duties of employment may take up to sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave rather than using sick leave. If receiving a two-dose vaccine, this is a total of up to 16 hours across both doses. 
  • Faculty and staff should inform their supervisors of time taken for these purposes and provide proof of vaccination.
  • If supervisors have questions about the information above, please contact your unit’s HR Liaison. These individuals will be in close contact with UGA’s HR and Payroll offices.

The University Health Center offers Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the campus community. Appointments may be scheduled via the UHC Patient Portal. Being vaccinated offers your strongest defense against COVID-19. The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that vaccinated individuals are not at high risk of symptomatic or severe infection, but new research has shown a vaccinated individual may be able to pass the virus to another individual. The University of Georgia and University System of Georgia strongly encourage all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated and encourage all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask inside in public areas.

DawgCheck is an online tool to help assess and respond to COVID-19 cases at UGA in an effort to keep the campus community safe. DawgCheck consists of a reporting function which must be used by anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Learn more about DawgCheck at dawgcheck.uga.edu/about.

The information you provide as a participant in asymptomatic testing, as well as your test results, are considered “sensitive information” under the University’s data protection policies and are protected by federal privacy laws. This information will only be accessible by authorized University employees with a need to know. This information will also be shared safely and securely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to help facilitate contact tracing.

Read more about how the Department of Public Health Facilitates contact tracing.

Learn more about DawgCheck at dawgcheck.uga.edu/support.