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 health and wellbeing of residents is University Housing’s highest priority. We have revised to our rigorous cleaning protocols, increased the frequency of touchpoint disinfection and added soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, hand sanitation stations and sanitizing wipe dispensers in all buildings. Moreover, we will remind residents that a healthy environment is their responsibility, too. Habits such as wearing masks, staying six feet apart, limiting visitors and washing hands will be crucial to preventing illness from spreading. Every small act is a reminder that we’re in this together.

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.

To ensure you have a safe and healthy experience as you return to campus or start your first semester at UGA, Dining Services is temporarily adjusting our dining procedures. We are introducing a new online ordering program, to-go options, and a reservation system to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. During this period of temporary dining adjustments, residential dining locations will be open for meal plan participants only. Those using credit/debit, Paw Points, or Bulldog Bucks to purchase food may do so at our retail dining locations

Learn more about the safety and sanitation measures we are taking to keep UGA Dawg Strong this fall by watching our videos on residential and retail dining.

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. 

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

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.

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 students, staff, and faculty will be issued two (2) reusable and washable cloth face coverings. To order cloth face coverings for your department or college, supervisors will submit an order in the UGAmart PPE punch out.Additional instructions on ordering the face coverings will be available in UGAmart. Although a speedtype or chart string is a requirement for your UGAMart order, the face coverings are $0.00 and the system will not charge your account. 

Mail & Receiving will deliver all face coverings to the department/college, unless the supervisor notates in their order that they need face coverings mailed to their employees’ home addresses. Another option is for a supervisor to pick up their department’s face covering order from Mail & Receiving Services. If supervisors opt to have the face coverings mailed to their employees’ home addresses, then the supervisor should remind their employees to update their home address information in the OneUSG Connect via the employee self-service portal. Human Resources will make addresses of employees available to departments and units to utilize for this process.  

Departments/units may order additional black face coverings, in addition to the two being provided by the University, and other types of PPE (if needed) via regular Procurement purchasing processes using their own departmental funds. The additional black coverings are available in the UGAmart PPE punch out. 

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.   

OEP will be happy to provide you with one of these training classes via Zoom. Contact OEP at 706-542-4845 or prepare@uga.edu 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).

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

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the agency that issues the CPR and First Aid cards when classes are taught by OEP.  In early March, the AHA issued extensions for certification cards beyond their recommended renewal date.

Recommended Renewal Date on Card (end of month)New Renewal Due Date with 120-day Extension (end of month)
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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.

The academic calendar for the Fall Semester has not changed. Classes will begin on Thursday, August 20. In-person instruction will conclude at Thanksgiving Break, with all remaining coursework and final exams moving online following Thanksgiving. For more information about the plans for Fall Semester Instruction, read the June 23 announcement (see student message).

On June 15, essential staff and supervisors returned to campus to begin the phased, gradual and carefully planned return to normal operations. Phase 2 will begin on Monday, July 20, as supervisors, personnel who perform mission critical/time-sensitive functions and appropriate support personnel return to campus. Phase 3 will begin on Monday, August 10, when all faculty and staff return to campus for Fall Semester, unless they have been approved for telework.

Employees should not return to campus prior to Phase 3 without instructions from their supervisors.

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.

A separate training module will also be required for all faculty and staff that will review policies, practices and provide resources for reopening UGA. This training is now available within PEP. Training should be completed before or by August 10.

  • Requests from faculty and staff due to COVID-19 will be handled through the University’s existing Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accommodations process.
  • Please contact your unit HR Liaison or the Office of Faculty and Staff Relations in University Human Resources if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 workplace accommodation request or visit UGA ADA accommodations website for more information.
  • Faculty seeking an accommodation are asked to submit their COVID-19 related accommodation request by Thursday, June 18. This deadline will assist in planning for the delivery of instruction for fall semester.
  • Staff seeking an accommodation are asked to submit their COVID-19 related accommodation request by Wednesday, July 1.
  • Faculty and staff may submit an accommodation request at any time as the need arises or circumstances change.
  • The workplace accommodations related to COVID-19 are NOT meant to address circumstances for employees who care for or live with individuals at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19.

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.