We are excited to welcome you to UGA. Remember to get your textbooks and materials for your classes. Be sure to include everything you need for the fall semester including supplies, tech, and gear.  Our campus store is open and our team is available to help you locate the books you need. Click to view our store hours, and please be mindful that wearing a face covering in our store is required at all times. Coming into town for the first time and want to check out our store? Click to see our virtual tour

The Division of Marketing & Communications is developing signage and other resources to help make communicating during our Return to Campus easier. Resources include graphics, templates, and directional signage.

UGA’s dining commons (Bolton, Oglethorpe, Snelling, the Niche, and the Village Summit) are currently open for meal plan participants. Customers can dine-in or take food to-go from available stations. Snelling is currently open for grab-and-go orders via Grubhub only. While dining operations have been temporarily adjusted in response to COVID-19, Dining Services is focusing on providing as extensive of a menu as possible during this time and is not limiting the number of times an all-access meal plan participant can visit the dining commons.

View menus up to 10 days in advance on Build Your Plate.

Customers using credit/debit, Paw Points, or Bulldog Bucks to purchase food may do so at any retail dining location such as Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Starbucks, and more. 

For full updates and FAQs, please visit https://dining.uga.edu/notifications.

Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.  Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings will not be required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met, or for students in their own residence hall rooms or suites. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.  Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons; employees seeking such an accommodation should follow the ADA accommodations process outlined in the July 7 campus message while students should follow the Disability Resource Center's existing accommodations process.

The Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB) Help Desk is now available to assist you as you complete the evaluation of your specific work environment using the risk assessment tool included in the required COVID-19 Supervisors Training Module. The purpose of the PMAB is to provide information and recommendations on identified and emerging issues related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure our employees have a safe and healthy work environment as they return to work. The PMAB is comprised of medical doctors, infectious disease researchers, infection control experts, veterinarians, a veterinary pathologist, a communication specialist and Environmental Health and Safety professionals from UGA. The PMAB Help Desk is the convenient access point to ask a question or request assistance and/or recommendations from the PMAB on issues related to identifying and mitigating the hazards and risks associated with COVID-19 in your work environment. The PMAB Help Desk is available now by email at pmab@uga.edu.

UGA students, faculty and staff are required to self-assess (check for symptoms) for COVID-19 every day before coming to campus as outlined in the return to campus modules. To this end, UGA has provided a digital thermometer to all faculty, staff and students, as well as two (2) reusable and washable cloth face coverings.

DawgCheck is a tool to help you check your symptoms and provide guidance to support your health and safety as well as the health and safety of the UGA community. DawgCheck consists of a reporting function which must be used by anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result, as well as a symptom checking tool which we strongly encourage everyone to use before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall in the morning.

You can also view the COVID-19 self-assessment graphic to check your symptoms.

For more information about DawgCheck, visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/support.

Transportation and Parking Services is working carefully to ensure we all return to a safe and healthy environment. This includes focusing on cleaning, social distancing, employee safety, and alternative transportation options. Learn more about the safety and sanitation measures we are taking to keep UGA Dawg Strong this fall by watching this short video.

Please note the videos are intended to be an example of our temporarily adjusted procedures and were filmed with a small group of people to adhere to Phase 1 reopening guidelines in place at the time of filming. 

Campus Messages regarding Campus Information

Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Information

In response to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 03.31.21.02, the University System of Georgia has provided guidance on procedures to record time and absences related to COVID-19 vaccinations. In an effort to encourage more USG employees to receive the vaccine, the USG will allow faculty and staff to use “Non-Closure Emergency Leave” as of March 31, 2021 for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals will be compensated for this time without deducting from vacation or sick leave balances.

Read more about leave balances for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Quickly find indoor and outdoor study spaces across campus with UGA’s interactive map.

Study spaces at a glance:

Need a spot to log in to your online class while on campus? Consider using one of the Zoom Zones at the Main Library or the Miller Learning Center. The Main Library’s fourth floor study room is perfect for engaging in classes because it’s a place where talking isn’t frowned upon. At the MLC, the east side of the second and third floors (near the stadium) are designated as Zoom Zones. Headphones are encouraged, but feel free to speak up and engage in your online class in those study spots.

Notifications from DawgCheck will continue during the winter holiday break. As always, faculty and staff are required to report in DawgCheck if they receive a positive COVID-19 test or if they have been in close contact with someone who has received a positive test. Supervisors and managers will continue to receive notifications during the winter holiday break for these reported cases.  Upon returning from the winter holiday break on January 4, 2021, supervisors and managers should determine the length of the quarantine or isolation period for any employee who has reported a positive test or close contact over the break.  Please contact University Human Resources at hrweb@uga.edu if you have any questions.

The standard sizes advertised and made by FMD are 24”X30”, 36”X30” and 48”X30”.  Some custom installations are also available at the units’ request based on the specific needs of their faculty, staff and students which also determines the type, size, use and location of the plexiglass barriers.

If neither the standard nor custom units are acceptable, please notify the Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB) for further assistance by email at pmab@uga.edu or through the PMAB Help Desk.

Plexiglass barriers, also known as “sneeze guards,” reduce the chance of direct person-to-person droplet transmission.  Plexiglass barriers are a supplemental measure and do not replace the need for wearing a face covering and social distancing.  More information about plexiglass barriers can be found here.

The information you provide as a participant in surveillance testing, as well as your test results, is considered “sensitive information” under the University’s data protection policies and is 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.

Yes.  If you are being quarantined for potential exposure or if you are showing signs of illness, then we ask that you provide that information to our communications center when you contact the police department to request assistance.  If possible, we will evaluate if we can provide the requested service remotely, i.e. taking a report over the phone.  If not, our officers have the necessary protective equipment and training to safely respond in person to assist you.

Officers at the UGA Police Department have been adhering to social distancing and mask protocols recommended by the CDC.  The department has taken significant steps to increase our sanitation standards during this outbreak and officers have been directed not to report to work if they are feeling ill.  Our officers have been given guidance to self-quarantine if they have been exposed or if they are showing signs of illness.

No.  As part of steps taken to prevent the spread of illness, officers have been instructed to wear protective equipment whenever they deem it is necessary to keep them and our public safe.  Our officers have been instructed, when in doubt, to wear protective equipment for their safety.  Protective equipment will now be part of a standard response protocol.

All new staff and faculty are eligible to receive two (2) reusable and washable cloth face coverings and a thermometer. To order cloth face coverings for your department or college, supervisors will submit an order in the UGAmart PPE punch out. Ordering instructions are available in UGAmart. 

https://onesource.uga.edu/_resources/files/documents/Cloth_Face_Coverings_in_UGAmart.pdf 

Although a speedtype or chart string is a requirement for your UGAmart order, the face coverings and thermometer are $0.00, and the system will not charge your account. 

Mail & Receiving will deliver all face coverings and the thermometer to the department/college. Departments/units may purchase additional face coverings, in addition to the two provided by the University, and other types of PPE (if needed) through the PPE punch out in UGAmart using departmental funds.

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 pmab@uga.edu or through the PMAB Help Desk through this link PMAB Help Desk Request.   

High quality CPR includes both chest compressions and breaths using a CPR face shield or CPR mask; however, as in any situation, if you do not have access to a shield or you do not feel comfortable providing breaths, you can provide only chest compressions (also called “Hands Only CPR”). Should someone need CPR, first call 911. Have someone call 911 for you or place your cell phone on speaker mode. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. You should compress the chest 100 to 120 times per minute. The following video demonstrates the Hands Only CPR method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ACYp75mjU

All individuals on campus are required to follow posted signage. Signage will communicate important information including, but not limited to:

  • Protocol reminders, e.g. mask-wearing, social distancing, personal hygiene and DawgCheck.
  • Building entrance and exit points
  • Floor decals denoting six feet of distance for wait areas and lines
  • Occupancy limits in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces
  • Building-specific instructions, such as for laboratory work

The university will also regularly communicate with campus community members about protocols and other changes through emails, social media posts and updates to the COVID-19 website.

If you are a student, you should work through the Disability Resource Center’s (DRC) existing accommodations process. DRC professional staff work directly with students to assess their individual needs and to develop appropriate plans for accommodations and services. If you have questions regarding a COVID-19 accommodation, please contact the DRC at drc@uga.edu or 706-542-8719. More information can be found at https://drc.uga.edu/content_page/student-accommodation-guidelines.

If you are a staff or faculty member, you should work through the University’s existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations process.

Instructional faculty must wear an appropriate face covering while teaching.  Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons; employees seeking such an accommodation should follow UGA’s ADA accommodations process. Questions or concerns regarding face coverings in specific disciplines may be submitted by deans and unit heads to the Preventative Measures Advisory Board at pmab@uga.edu.

Follow this link to learn more about proper masks and masking behaviors.

  • All faculty, staff, and graduate assistants who received a COVID-19/ADA-related accommodation during the Fall 2020 Semester may continue to use their approved accommodations during the Spring 2021 Semester unless notified otherwise. This includes approved accommodations to teach fully online. The Deans and Vice Presidents of each unit will be provided a list of approved accommodations and will be asked to confirm all accommodations to ensure continued need and structure of the accommodation for Spring Semester. Please look for additional communication from the Dean/VP of your unit about these accommodations. Deans/VPs are asked to submit their confirmations to the Office of Instruction by October 10, 2020.
  • Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants may seek a new or different COVID-19 related accommodation for the 2021 Spring Semester if they fall within one of the categories for increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. ADA accommodation is for the employee and does not extend to members of the employee’s household who fall into categories of increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. We strongly encourage submitting requests to Human Resources no later than October 10, 2020 to allow adequate time for review and planning for the upcoming Spring Semester. Faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants must submit the necessary and appropriate medical documentation supporting a new or different request to commence the review process. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to Human Resources through the University’s existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations process.

Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings will not be required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met, or for students in their own residence hall rooms or suites. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons; employees seeking such an accommodation should follow the ADA accommodations process outlined in the July 7 campus message while students should follow the Disability Resource Center's existing accommodations process.

Follow this link to learn more about proper masks and masking behaviors.