Read about academic deadlines and reminders for Spring 2021, a message from Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction.

Read “Spring 2021 Instruction and COVID-19 Related ADA Accommodations Requests,” a message from S. Jack Hu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction.

News You Need

  • Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

    Spring 2021 classes will begin on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (originally scheduled to start on Monday, January 11, 2021).

    • There will be no Spring Break (originally scheduled for March 8 – 12, 2021).
    • Three one-day “instructional breaks” will be added (February 17, March 12, April 8). There will be no classes on these days, but the campus will remain open.
    • Other key dates and deadlines, such as Drop/Add and Withdrawal deadline, have been adjusted accordingly.
    • Reading Day (May 4, 2021) and Final Exam Week (May 5 – 11, 2021) will be held as originally scheduled. Commencement is scheduled for May 14, 2021; please monitor commencement.uga.edu regarding plans for the ceremony, which will follow guidance from public health officials.

    View the revised Spring 2021 academic calendar here.

  • Spring Instruction

    Classes offered in Spring 2021 will be taught using one of five instructional formats: fully face-to-face, hybrid synchronous, hybrid asynchronous, online synchronous, or online asynchronous. Review what these five different instructional formats mean.  We will continue to have an additional five minutes for transition between classes. We encourage you to walk, instead of taking the bus, whenever possible. To see the new class periods, visit the Registrar’s website here. 

    Read more about Spring 2021 Instruction here.

  • Daily Class Schedule

    The Daily Class Schedule has been adjusted to add five minutes between classes to allow you additional time to walk between classes, should you choose to do so. Campus Transit buses are operational with social distancing measures in place that will limit passenger capacity.

Campus Information

  • Dining Services

    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.

  • Face Coverings

    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.

  • Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB) Help Desk

    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.

  • Self-Monitoring

    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 & Parking Services

    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. 

Instruction Info

  • Social Distancing in the Classroom

    Classes will be taught face-to-face with social distancing. This will look different, depending upon classes and subject areas. For example, in some cases, students will attend every session in person but will meet with their professor online for office hours. In other cases, some students will attend class in-person with others attending online, typically by rotation; and in yet others, faculty may deliver online lectures with in-person breakout sessions. A variety of options are available, and faculty members will use the approach or approaches best suited to their classes.

Remote Teaching

  • Preparing to Pivot

    The CTL offers an asynchronous short-course for instructors with the goal of providing you with the foundations and guidance you need to create plans that will effectively support student learning no matter the mode of your engagement. This experience will help you establish a blueprint for your courses. It will also equip you with the skills and insight needed for efficient deployment should you need to shift again to remote instruction. Register here.

  • Teaching and Learning Continuity

    The Office of Instruction units have developed resources to help you continue to teach your classes, hold advising sessions or conduct business remotely using technology available to everyone at UGA. The Teaching and Learning Continuity website includes links to resources for preparing for remote teaching, accessibility and accommodations, video conferencing proctored exam alternatives, and more.

  • University Libraries – Course Reserves

    UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the fall semester, with some changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by July 17 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of fall semester classes. The Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also allow students to access materials after the Thanksgiving break and position faculty for a potential pivot back to online instruction at any point in the semester.

Health & Wellness

  • DawgCheck

    Immediate self-reporting is critical to help us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 daily and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But still respond to the survey every day before you leave your home or dorm.

  • BeWellUGA at Home

    The trained dietitians, mindfulness instructors, wellness coaches, health educators, and clinicians at the University Health Center, as well as other campus partners, are here to support your wellbeing no matter how far from campus you are. They will share ways to stay organized; strategies to wake up feeling rested; and live virtual sessions on mindfulness, yoga, mental wellbeing, and stress reduction, among other topics.

  • Mental Health for Faculty and Staff

    Help for coping with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak or other life matters is available through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Plan via phone at 844-243-4440 or  online  (company code is  USGCares). These services are available to all full- and part-time employees and their families and other members of their household. Kepro  also offers online resources, many related to the stress of working from home and returning to work.

  • Recreational Sports

    Have COVID-19, quarantine and working from home caused you to be less active and more stressed? Now it is more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing. We all know that exercise benefits our strength and cardiovascular function, but did you also know that regular exercise can boost your immune system, fight depression and anxiety, give you more energy and help you sleep better?   

    If you are ready for better health and wellness, the department of recreational sports is committed to helping you. To better serve the UGA community, new outdoor and virtual fitness options are now available in addition to our in-house options. 

    Read more about Rec Sports Fitness options.

    Follow UGA Recreational Sports on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for at-home workouts, mindful activities, fitness challenges, UGA-themed exercises, and live and pre-recorded group fitness sessions. All members of the University community are invited participate.

Additional Resources for Faculty

  • Recreational Sports and the Ramsey Student Center

    For complete information about Rec Sports programming and facility guidelines, please check out our Know Before You Go website. This page is designed to provide members with detailed descriptions of programming and facility changes as well as health and safety guidelines for patrons.  The fall semester hours of operation for the Ramsey Student Center and Pound […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Athletics

Campus Information

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.

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.   

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

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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Commencement

COVID-19

UGA is reporting test results on a weekly basis on the University Health Center website. Results from the prior week are reported each Wednesday. The website displays the COVID-19 positive test results from three sources: the UGA surveillance program, tests performed at the UHC and those reported in DawgCheck by employees and students. Analysis of the swabs sampled on Friday are not completed by the VDL until the following Tuesday—thus, the reason why results are reported on Wednesdays.

Students who are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center. Please do not walk in. Make an appointment via telehealth or in person by calling 706-542-1162 or your primary care team’s number.

Employees who are showing symptoms should seek care and testing from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine.

UGA is performing surveillance testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Individuals will be randomly selected to participate in testing at Legion Field. Individuals who are not presenting symptoms and who have not been chosen in the random selection process may still sign up for a time to receive a test. 

Schedule a time for a test here.

Learn more about UGA’s surveillance testing plan here.

An appropriate face covering has the following qualities:

  • Made from at least two layers of washable, breathable material
  • Completely covers of nose and mouth areas
  • Fits snuggly against the sides of the face and doesn’t have gaps

Face coverings with exhalation valves are not considered effective as they can allow virus particles to escape. Cloth face coverings are recommended to be worn with face shields.

Read more about appropriate face coverings and how to wear them from the CDC here.

When sick, one should assume that COVID is possible and isolate until an accurate assessment of the cause can be determined. Isolation, similar to quarantine, requires that you remain out of contact with others and limit movement in public. Isolation and the support needed to accomplish it is best achieved off campus or at a permanent residence. Student Care and Outreach can help with various means of support, and the Health Center can assist with medical assessment and testing. Students should contact Student Care and Outreach to discuss the option that is best suited for their individual circumstance.

Employees should not come to work when they are sick and should self-isolate until they can determine the cause through consultation with their healthcare provider. This requires the appropriate use of available leave. If an employee appears to be exhibiting symptoms associated with coronavirus while at work, a manager should excuse the employee from work and advise them to seek care from their healthcare provider. 

The College of Public Health has developed and will continue to update a guide to local testing sites for faculty and staff. Note: Only PCR nasal test sites are listed here: https://publichealth.uga.edu/coronavirus/local-testing/

Public health officials strongly encourage people who test positive to notify those with whom they have had close contact, and in many cases, this is the most effective way to notify those who have been exposed.

Remember to respond to the DawgCheck questionnaire every day and report all symptoms. If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you are required to report those results through DawgCheck.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

Guide for Students Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms and Needing to Isolate

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.

You can help prevent illness by taking several simple steps:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Be open with your travel history or possible exposure to others.
  • Respond to the DawgCheck questionnaire every day before leaving your home or dorm room.
  • Report positive COVID-19 tests through DawgCheck.

Learn more through the University Health Center. The CDC also has tips and resources for helping prevent illness, including COVID-19.

Emergency Preparedness and Training

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

Employee Benefits

Yes, for those faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360-hour calendar year cap for vacation leave time is still in effect. While the implementation of public health emergencies across the United States and the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic have restricted travel and made it more difficult to take a vacation, all employees should consider how they plan to use their vacation leave time if their vacation leave balances are currently near or over the 360- hour calendar year cap.

USG provides an employee assistance program to employees and family members with free, comprehensive support through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-844-243-4440.

UGA also offers additional support for employees, including:

  • Grief Counseling through MetLife (USG life insurance). Call 1-888-319-7819 for more information.
  • Kiz Adams/Human Resources, UGA Well-being Coordinator. Email wellbeing@uga.edu or call 706-542-7319.
  • The database of mental health professionals in the Athens area can be found here.

Yes, for COVID-19 related in-network provider visits and testing, out of pocket costs such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, will be waived (no cost) for you and any covered dependents if you are enrolled in one of the USG healthcare plans through Anthem BCBSGA or Kaiser Permanente (including employees enrolled in the Consumer Choice HSA).

It depends...

If you are eligible for FMLA and you have tested positive for COVID-19, then yes FMLA will be available to you.

If employees have only been exposed to the virus, FMLA is not applicable. However, they may still need to be quarantined, and applicable non-FMLA leave (to include sick leave) could be an option subject to standard request and approval procedures.

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.

Employment

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.

Facilities and Cleaning

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

Future Events

Health & Wellness

Per current CDC's guidelines, there is no need to quarantine if your test was positive in the previous 3 months, and you have recovered and remain free of COVID-19 symptoms. The sensitivity of COVID-19 PCR tests in discovering viral RNA is very high and it is not uncommon for individuals to have positive tests in the wake of an infection for up to 3 months. The 3-month span extends from the end of your isolation period from your infection with COVID-19. Thus, the 90-day period would begin 10 days from symptom onset, or 10 days from the day of a positive test if you have not had symptoms. At the end of the 90-day period from your last infection, you would resume all the usual CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

By CDC's definition, members of the same household, including roommates in a dorm, are considered a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive person, even if wearing masks. You should contact your local medical provider and arrange for a COVID-19 test. You should immediately quarantine yourself at home.

While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC's 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

If you do not fit the CDC's definition of a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, there is no need for quarantine or isolation. You can continue to go to work or school. Continue to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, please isolate at home and call your medical provider to arrange for COVID-19 testing. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have improved, AND at least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

If you meet the CDC's definition of a close contact, you should contact your local medical provider and schedule a COVID-19 test. You should immediately quarantine yourself at home.

While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC's 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation

Please stay home and isolate yourself from others and contact your local medical provider to determine if continued isolation is warranted or additional testing is indicated. If COVID-19 is suspected despite your test results, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have gotten better, AND, at least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation

Guide for Students Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms and Needing to Isolate

Please stay home and isolate yourself from others for 10 days. Contact your local medical provider to see if COVID-19 testing is warranted. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have gotten better, AND, at least 10 days have passed by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

Guide for Students Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms and Needing to Isolate

No, if you have not had symptoms and have not been identified as a close contact, you may continue to work or go to school per the guidance of your employer or school; be sure to wear a mask, physically distance and use good hygiene. If the test comes back positive, then you must stay home and isolate away from others for 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken.

 Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

UGA is reporting test results on a weekly basis on the University Health Center website. Results from the prior week are reported each Wednesday. The website displays the COVID-19 positive test results from three sources: the UGA surveillance program, tests performed at the UHC and those reported in DawgCheck by employees and students. Analysis of the swabs sampled on Friday are not completed by the VDL until the following Tuesday—thus, the reason why results are reported on Wednesdays.

Students who are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center. Please do not walk in. Make an appointment via telehealth or in person by calling 706-542-1162 or your primary care team’s number.

Employees who are showing symptoms should seek care and testing from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine.

UGA is performing surveillance testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Individuals will be randomly selected to participate in testing at Legion Field. Individuals who are not presenting symptoms and who have not been chosen in the random selection process may still sign up for a time to receive a test. 

Schedule a time for a test here.

Learn more about UGA’s surveillance testing plan here.

While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC’s 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

An appropriate face covering has the following qualities:

  • Made from at least two layers of washable, breathable material
  • Completely covers of nose and mouth areas
  • Fits snuggly against the sides of the face and doesn’t have gaps

Face coverings with exhalation valves are not considered effective as they can allow virus particles to escape. Cloth face coverings are recommended to be worn with face shields.

Read more about appropriate face coverings and how to wear them from the CDC here.

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, 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.

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

If you receive verbal notice that a student has received a positive COVID-19 test, is symptomatic, or has been in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 (i.e. a notification that does not come to you through DawgCheck),

  1. Direct the student to complete the survey in DawgCheck and follow the guidance within the survey;
  2. Tell the affected student to isolate;
  3. In rare cases, a report may need to be filed on behalf of an individual. Please contact Student Care and Outreach at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774.

Student Care and Outreach will notify instructors of students in their classes who have tested positive following conversations with the affected student.

In no event should faculty disclose the identity of a student who has tested positive or developed symptoms. However, public health officials strongly encourage individuals who test positive to take it upon themselves to notify other persons with whom they have had close contact. In many cases, this is the most effective way to notify those who have been exposed.As timing of notifications may differ based on the testing agency, it is possible that a student may receive notification during a class and disclose this information publicly to faculty and/or students.

If a student receives notification of a positive COVID-19 test result during a class period (e.g. via email or a text message), the student should leave the classroom and record the positive test in DawgCheck.

If the instructor believes that the test result notification to the student has created a significant distraction, the instructor may decide to dismiss the class for the remainder of the class period. The Preventative Measures Advisory Board has reviewed this matter and indicates that there is, however, no need to cancel classes in the classroom for the remainder of the day, as maintaining social distancing and the mandatory use of face coverings, as well as the disinfecting wipes provided for faculty, staff, and students to use as they deem appropriate, will keep the risks low for all others.

If you receive verbal notice that an employee or student employee has received a positive COVID-19 test, is symptomatic, or has been in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 (i.e. a notification that does not come to you through DawgCheck)

  1. Direct the employee or student to complete the survey in DawgCheck (http://dawgcheck.uga.edu) and follow the guidance within the survey;
  2. Tell the affected employee/student to isolate;
  3. In rare cases, a report may need to be filed on behalf of an individual. If a case needs to be reported on behalf of an employee, please contact Human Resources at 706-542-2621. If a case needs to be reported on behalf of a student, please contact Student Care and Outreach at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774.

For the employees you supervise that choose to use the Check for Symptoms tool in DawgCheck to monitor their symptoms daily, you will receive an email notification from DawgCheck that your employee has used the symptom checker in DawgCheck and has been given directions, based on the employee’s responses in the tool of their symptoms, not report to work. If the employee is instructed not to report to work, the employee should contact you to discuss leave options or telework, if available, for the day.

You will also receive an email notification from DawgCheck if an employee in your area has been given directions to isolate, or if they have been given directions to quarantine, based on the information the employee provided in the Check for Symptoms and Report Exposure tool.

If the employee is instructed to isolate or quarantine, the employee should contact you to discuss leave options or telework, if available, for the isolation or quarantine period. 

Finally, you will receive an email notification if an employee in your area has reported a positive COVID-19 test. Employees who test positive should not report to work and must remain in isolation until 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and 24 hours have elapsed without a fever without the use of medication. The employee should contact you to discuss leave options or telework, if available, for the isolation period.

A COVID-19 calculator is available to help determine how long the employee will need to quarantine or isolate and when they can return to normal activities: https://dawgcheck.uga.edu/covid19-calculator/.

Supervisors must not disclose the identity, circumstances, and/or condition of an employee or student who has tested positive to close contacts or other individuals, except as specified to authorized UGA personnel.   

Please do not share the information from any DawgCheck email with staff or co-workers in your office or work unit. Supervisors should contact their department head, dean, or vice president as appropriate to inform them of the notification of a positive COVID-19 test for one of your direct reports and to receive further instructions from them regarding the positive test notification.

Employees do not need any medical documentation to confirm that they should either isolate or quarantine and not report to work. In some cases, employees may receive medical documentation and clearance to report before the isolation period or the quarantine period concludes. Employees may be allowed to return to work if they receive medical clearance to report to work.

You may contact Human Resources at (706) 542-2621 if you have questions regarding leave options or telework for employees who have been instructed by DawgCheck isolate or quarantine.

If one of your employees notifies you that they incorrectly checked a question in DawgCheck and DawgCheck gave directions for the employee to stay home, you may allow the employee to report to work if the question was incorrectly checked by the employee.

For more details on how to report a positive COVID-19 test on behalf of an employee, see the information provided in “What if I’m unable to access the DawgCheck tools to report a positive COVID-19 test?”

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.

USG provides an employee assistance program to employees and family members with free, comprehensive support through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-844-243-4440.

UGA also offers additional support for employees, including:

  • Grief Counseling through MetLife (USG life insurance). Call 1-888-319-7819 for more information.
  • Kiz Adams/Human Resources, UGA Well-being Coordinator. Email wellbeing@uga.edu or call 706-542-7319.
  • The database of mental health professionals in the Athens area can be found here.
  • 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.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate based on the CDC’s most up-to-date recommendations which can be found here.

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC’s 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Students who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center.  Please isolate until you can be assessed and do not walk in.  For everyone’s safety the Health Center is seeing patients by appointment only.  For respiratory complaints we will often schedule a telehealth visit via Zoom through which we can determine how best to arrange for both care and testing. To make an appointment via telehealth or in person please call 706-542-1162, or, if you know it use your primary care team’s number. 

Employees who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine. During this time, employees should not come to work and should inform their manager. Managers have the discretion to determine if an employee’s duties and responsibilities can reasonably be performed from an employee’s home location, and, when they can, the manager may elect to offer the employee the option to telework.

Employees who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19, but are not showing symptoms, should self-quarantine consistent with DPH and CDC guidelines. Employees must contact their supervisor if they are unable to come to work or need to make a telework arrangement. Employees should contact their healthcare provider if they become sick and remain home.

Students should follow this same guidance and they can reach out to Student Care and Outreach for general assistance or the Health Center for medical concerns.

Check your symptoms each day through DawgCheck. If you are a student and are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID contact the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162.  If you are an employee, you should contact your Primary Care Provider for guidance.

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fever (>100.4 degrees)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell (without a stuffy nose)

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 symptoms, check the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov. By coming to campus, faculty and staff are acknowledging that they have completed the self-monitoring requirements earlier that day and confirmed that they do not have signs/symptoms of COVID-19.

Guide for Students Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms and Needing to Isolate

When sick, one should assume that COVID is possible and isolate until an accurate assessment of the cause can be determined. Isolation, similar to quarantine, requires that you remain out of contact with others and limit movement in public. Isolation and the support needed to accomplish it is best achieved off campus or at a permanent residence. Student Care and Outreach can help with various means of support, and the Health Center can assist with medical assessment and testing. Students should contact Student Care and Outreach to discuss the option that is best suited for their individual circumstance.

Employees should not come to work when they are sick and should self-isolate until they can determine the cause through consultation with their healthcare provider. This requires the appropriate use of available leave. If an employee appears to be exhibiting symptoms associated with coronavirus while at work, a manager should excuse the employee from work and advise them to seek care from their healthcare provider. 

The College of Public Health has developed and will continue to update a guide to local testing sites for faculty and staff. Note: Only PCR nasal test sites are listed here: https://publichealth.uga.edu/coronavirus/local-testing/

Public health officials strongly encourage people who test positive to notify those with whom they have had close contact, and in many cases, this is the most effective way to notify those who have been exposed.

Remember to respond to the DawgCheck questionnaire every day and report all symptoms. If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you are required to report those results through DawgCheck.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

Guide for Students Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms and Needing to Isolate

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

You can learn more about quarantine and isolation on the CDC website.

Students showing symptoms should schedule an appointment with your UHC Primary Care Provider by calling 706-542-1162 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m). Please DO NOT walk-in. All others, please contact your community healthcare provider.

All patients arriving at the University Health Center with cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and respiratory issues will be masked to protect other patients as we evaluate the cause of their illness. All patients will be asked to provide a travel history to determine if they are at risk for coronavirus. We are also mindful of the increased stress caused by the situation.

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.

Human Resources

Instruction

Classes offered in Spring 2021 will continue to follow in-person instruction with social distancing. Classes will be offered in a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online formats. Faculty interactions with students are essential in all our instructional formats and should remain a priority. However, the trajectory of the pandemic remains unpredictable, and we must be prepared to adopt a different approach on short notice.


All on-campus classes and activities will continue to require social distancing measures that are currently in place unless guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) changes. Per USG guidance, all individuals must wear a face covering in campus buildings, unless granted an accommodation. Details about social distancing and face coverings that were announced in August 2020 will continue to be in effect.

Read more about Spring 2021 Instruction and COVID-19 Related ADA Accommodations Requests.

All First-Year Odyssey Seminars (FYOS) will need to be taught in-person, as a high level of engagement between faculty and first-year students is an essential element of this program. As all FYOS classes have low enrollment, faculty who have approved accommodations to teach other classes online may choose to teach FYOS in-person.

Classes offered in Spring 2021 will continue to follow in-person instruction with social distancing. Classes will be offered in a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online formats. Faculty interactions with students are essential in all our instructional formats and remain a priority. However, the trajectory of the pandemic remains unpredictable, and we must be prepared to adopt a different approach on short notice.

All on-campus classes and activities will continue to require social distancing measures that are currently in place unless guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) changes. Per USG guidance, all individuals must wear a face covering in campus buildings, unless granted an accommodation. Details about social distancing and face coverings that were announced in August 2020 will continue to be in effect.

The Office of Instruction has created a Teaching and Learning Continuity website that provides tips and tools to help you move your classes to an online format. Through this website you’ll also be able to access an online course designed to help you make the transition. If you need additional help or a one-on-one consultation to help you move your courses online, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition, the University Libraries has also posted resources for faculty moving instruction online.

Research

Spring 2021

Classes offered in Spring 2021 will continue to follow in-person instruction with social distancing. Classes will be offered in a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online formats. Faculty interactions with students are essential in all our instructional formats and should remain a priority. However, the trajectory of the pandemic remains unpredictable, and we must be prepared to adopt a different approach on short notice.


All on-campus classes and activities will continue to require social distancing measures that are currently in place unless guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) changes. Per USG guidance, all individuals must wear a face covering in campus buildings, unless granted an accommodation. Details about social distancing and face coverings that were announced in August 2020 will continue to be in effect.

Read more about Spring 2021 Instruction and COVID-19 Related ADA Accommodations Requests.

All First-Year Odyssey Seminars (FYOS) will need to be taught in-person, as a high level of engagement between faculty and first-year students is an essential element of this program. As all FYOS classes have low enrollment, faculty who have approved accommodations to teach other classes online may choose to teach FYOS in-person.

Classes offered in Spring 2021 will continue to follow in-person instruction with social distancing. Classes will be offered in a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online formats. Faculty interactions with students are essential in all our instructional formats and remain a priority. However, the trajectory of the pandemic remains unpredictable, and we must be prepared to adopt a different approach on short notice.

All on-campus classes and activities will continue to require social distancing measures that are currently in place unless guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) changes. Per USG guidance, all individuals must wear a face covering in campus buildings, unless granted an accommodation. Details about social distancing and face coverings that were announced in August 2020 will continue to be in effect.

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.

Transportation

  • Disinfectant sprayers will be used to sanitize parking deck stairwells overnight as well as inside each bus. The sprayers contain a solution proven to kill coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • All rails and handles on buses will be wiped down with disinfecting wipes between class breaks. 
  • All pay meters and elevators in the parking decks will be sanitized throughout the day and overnight.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to passengers on each bus.

Walking and bicycling are great options for quickly navigating campus. The Daily Class Schedule has been adjusted to add five minutes between classes to allow students more time. UGA reCYCLE is a need-based bicycle recycling and redistribution program for the UGA campus community. The program refurbishes bikes that were abandoned on campus bike racks and puts them in the hands of UGA students and employees who need them for transportation to and from school or work.

Routes will be updated on the UGA app soon. Please note that you may need to update the UGA app once routes are in effect to see changes. Please visit routes.uga.edu to view updated route information in the meantime. Additional information on new routes can be found at https://tps.uga.edu/routechanges

All changes are in effect August 3, 2020, with a limited number of buses running from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each route. 

Regular service will resume August 20, 2020: 

  • Monday - Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Thursday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

*All times and dates subject to change.

To ensure the safety of all passengers by keeping crowding to a minimum, Transportation and Parking Services is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding reduced occupancy on buses (ex. 18-20 people per bus). The number of riders on a bus is subject to change based on guidelines from the CDC and FTA. Shorter bus routes will ensure buses get through campus more quickly. 

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 are required on UGA buses as well as at bus stops.

Travel & Study Abroad

Students arriving from international travel should take extra steps to monitor their health for 14 days after returning from travel. Please visit the CDC’s travel website for post-international travel guidance. Check your symptoms each day through DawgCheck. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID contact the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162.

Visit coronavirus.uga.edu for the latest campus messages and information on COVID-19.

Employees should explore all options to obtain refunds or credits for cancelled or rescheduled conferences and business meetings. Employees will be reimbursed for expenses that cannot be refunded due to COVID-19 assuming the travel was properly authorized consistent with travel regulations.

All non-essential business travel is suspended in order to comply with the Governor’s directive. Managers have the authority to rescind prior travel approval. Required in-person meetings should be transitioned to an electronic format or rescheduled. USG official travel to a CDC Level 3 or higher country is not authorized and will not be reimbursed.

All non-essential business travel is suspended in order to comply with the Governor’s directive. UGA faculty and staff are limited to essential business travel only, as deemed appropriate by his/her supervisor(s) and/or higher administrative authority. Managers have the authority to rescind prior travel approval. Required in-person meetings should be transitioned to an electronic format or rescheduled when allowable. The UGA Office of Global Engagement must approve all international travel. Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for US Department of State international travel advisories.

If you are traveling through a University of Georgia-sponsored trip, you should stay in close contact with the sponsoring organization since the situation may change between now and your planned trip. If you are planning your own travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department have valuable information for travelers.

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, the CDC will require all air passengers entering the United States provide written documentation of a negative COVID-19 viral test within 72 hours of flight departure. Up to date information regarding this new testing requirement can be found here on the CDC’s website. Individuals arriving from international travel should continue to take extra steps to monitor their health for 14 days after returning from travel. Please visit the CDC’s travel website for post-international travel guidance. Check your symptoms each day through DawgCheck. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID contact the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162.

UGA Police Department

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.

Yes.  The UGA Police Department will continue to respond to traffic accidents, educate our community on traffic safety, and when necessary, engage in enforcement actions directly related to the safety of our community.  Expect police officers to use precautions such as protective equipment and proper social distancing during traffic stops.  The officer may ask for your driver’s license information instead of taking your license from you in order to minimize cross contamination risks.

You may contact the UGA Police at (706) 542-5813 to obtain copies of police reports.  Reports may still be picked up in person, mailed or faxed. The UGA Police Department is taking the necessary precautions to maintain social distancing by placing barriers between records personnel and the public. These preventative measures are being put into place to protect our public and police department staff.

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