The University of Georgia communicates directly with students via email. You can encourage your student to share these emails with you. In some cases, the University will reach out directly to parents and guardians of record with important updates.

You can always learn the latest information about the University of Georgia COVID-19 response and plans by visiting this site. Stay informed by checking the site frequently and following the University of Georgia on Twitter.

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Housing

  • University Housing

    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. Every small act is a reminder that we’re in this together. For updates and FAQ, please visit https://housing.uga.edu/site/notices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Information

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. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Hands Only CPR method.

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

  • Protocol reminders
  • 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.

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.

Any students who want face coverings can pick them up at no cost at Information Desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center.

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

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COVID-19

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.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, 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.

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.

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.

Any students who want face coverings can pick them up at no cost at Information Desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center.

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

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.
  • Report positive COVID-19 tests through DawgCheck.

The University System of Georgia encourages everyone—whether vaccinated or not—to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. Learn more through the University Health Center.

DawgCheck

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.

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

Emergency Preparedness and Training

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. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Hands Only CPR method.

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Health & Wellness

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care & Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit sco.uga.edu. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services.

UGA has several resources for a student seeking mental health services or crisis support. Need help managing stress, anxiety, relationships, etc. or want to be connected socially? Visit BeWellUGA for a list of free workshops, classes, mentoring and health coaching led by licensed clinicians and health educators in the University Health Center.

When it comes to your health and well-being, know that you have the support you need, any time, any place. Whether you are on campus, studying from home, or studying abroad, UGA is here for you. 

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.

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

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. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Hands Only CPR method.

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

  • Protocol reminders
  • 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. Click here for more information.

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

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Any students who want face coverings can pick them up at no cost at Information Desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center.

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

Instruction

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.

Read more about Fall 2021 instructional plans here.

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UGA Police Department

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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