The University of Georgia community is more than halfway through an unprecedented fall semester and looking ahead to Spring 2021. Our priority is to provide the quality of instruction that makes UGA a national leader in public higher education while at the same time protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. […]
Campus Messages regarding Campus Operations
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to faculty, staff, and students for your hard work and flexibility in fulfilling the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service during these challenging times. The ongoing pandemic continues to create challenges. This has necessitated reimagining our approaches to teaching, research, and service delivery in ways […]
Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Operations
There is not sufficient time between classes for FMD staff to disinfect every classroom effectively between classes. However, all classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected daily.
In addition, disposable disinfectant wipes are being placed at central locations in campus buildings so that commonly used hard surfaces and objects (e.g., desktops, classroom chairs, study tables, doorknobs, etc.) can be wiped down before use. These wipe stations offer an opportunity for immediate cleaning/disinfection between custodial routine cleaning of campus spaces, including classrooms, as a student or faculty member can obtain a wipe as they enter and wipe down their immediate touch surfaces.
The stations will typically be positioned outside the classrooms so that they can be readily available to students and faculty. In addition, they will be routinely checked and refilled to maintain availability.
The active ingredient in these wipes, which is approved by the CDC and EPA, provides campus stakeholders a mild form of chemical disinfection that is comparable to Clorox and Lysol household disinfecting wipes (but without chlorine bleach) and is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses and bacteria. More information about these stations and the disinfectant is available on the FMD website.
Departments are responsible for determining if a traffic flow plan is appropriate for the common areas of their building(s). For buildings used by more than one department, the departments should coordinate on this decision and any plans determined to be necessary. Building occupants have the best knowledge of building usage patterns and are in the best position to develop and implement workable measures that encourage social distancing throughout the day. While there are no printed best practice guidelines currently available to share with department heads for developing and implementing traffic flow plans in their buildings, the Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB) is available for consultation as the decision-making and planning processes move forward. The PMAB is available for consultation by email at email@example.com or through the PMAB Help Desk through this link PMAB Help Desk Request.
UGA police officers will wear masks on any call during which they have contact with the public and may take additional precautionary measures depending on the nature of the call.
The UGA Police Department will continue to offer all of the public safety services it has traditionally provided. In many instances, those services may be provided remotely. For example, many police reports can be filed by phone.
UGA MRC plans to meet again in the fall of 2020. An announcement with specific details will be sent to all members at the beginning of August 2020 and the revised meeting calendar will be on the MRC website.
Check the OEP website for updates on our Fall CERT class.
Messages about campus closure due to COVID-19 will come via ArchNews.
The accrediting agency for Stop the Bleed classes, ACS COT (American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma), strongly encourages all instructors to cancel Stop the Bleed courses until further notice (https://www.stopthebleed.org/covid-19). Until classes can be offered, but sure to check out the OEP website to obtain more information about the bleeding control kits and to get basic information on the Stop the Bleed program.
OEP will be happy to provide you with one of these training classes via Zoom. Contact OEP at 706-542-4845 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a class. These classes are also taught at Staff Training and Development on a quarterly basis (https://busfin3.busfin.uga.edu/human_resources/courses/fulldesc.cfm).
This website is being updated regularly. In addition, you can read past ArchNews messages related to coronavirus on the Campus Messages page.
The University campus is public, and outdoor spaces are accessible to the public. However, visitors to the campus should follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.
For the latest information about bus routes and schedules, please visit Transportation & Parking Services.
Campus visits and tours are suspended. We’re disappointed we won’t be able to guide you through our campus during this time. However, we have put together a Virtual Campus Visit Experience for you.
The Facilities Management Division (FMD) can be contacted via our Work Request Center or for facilities emergencies during normal business hours (7:30 am to 5:00 pm) call 706-542-7456. For after-hours facilities emergencies please call the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200.
FMD’s mission-critical staffing plan and essential services are available on the continuity page of the FMD website. If you need to request extra cleaning due to COVID-19 exposure, purchase extra departmental supplies, order a sneeze guard partition, or need to have a facility disinfectant wipe station replenished, please complete the online form at https://workrequest.fmd.uga.edu/.
Employees should consult with their supervisors about teleworking and flexible schedule options. Supervisors have increased flexibility to approve telework and flexible schedules in order to comply with the Governor’s directive to reduce the number of employees on-site at any given time. Authorized managers can waive the requirement to complete the usual telework agreement and may use email to confirm approval to telework.