UGA plans to return to in-person instruction without restrictions and with full classroom capacity for Fall 2021.
The University System of Georgia encourages everyone—whether vaccinated or not—to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. However, face coverings and social distancing are not required.
Use of pedagogical approaches that existed before the pandemic, such as “flipped” instruction or other active learning techniques, is permitted. All instructors who are scheduled to meet with their class in person should do so throughout the semester. A small number of Fall Semester courses were offered online prior to the pandemic, and these may continue to be offered in that format if they were previously approved for online delivery (e-suffix) by the University Curriculum Committee and were scheduled in that manner in advance of registration.
Pursuant to state and University System of Georgia (USG) rules, we cannot ask our students or fellow employees for proof of their vaccination status, and we should not treat vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals differently unless dictated by law or applicable guidance. In addition, students should not be asked about their vaccine status and segregated in a classroom or from other instructor-student interactions (e.g., office hours, group work, field trips, labs, etc.) based on their vaccination status. However, students may be required by off-campus partnering organizations to wear masks and/or be vaccinated as a condition of participation in experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad programs, externships and delivery of medical services.
The UGA class attendance policy has not changed. Instructors still have the flexibility to adapt and enforce an attendance policy that best suits their classes. It is strongly encouraged that instructors clearly describe their attendance policy on their syllabus to make students aware of the classroom expectations as early as possible. UGA is a residential campus where classroom attendance always has been an important part of the educational experience.