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.

Exchange Programs Status

UGA Outbound Exchange Programs

The status of Fall 2020 outbound UGA Exchange Program participation is currently undergoing a review given the COVID-19 pandemic and potential impact on health abroad. Additional information regarding the program status, current immigration restrictions for students, as well as calendar changes and/or teaching format has been sought from our UGA Exchange Partner Institutions and will be taken into consideration as UGA further evaluates the feasibility of each individual program location. Should a program be canceled, OGE will work with impacted students and host universities institutions to defer participation to Spring 2021 where feasible.

Incoming International Exchange Programs

Incoming exchange students are still being welcomed to attend University of Georgia as long as their program has not been cancelled by their home university. Travel to the US will be dependent on immigration services – for more information, please visit https://globalengagement.uga.edu/immigration for updated FAQ regarding immigration status and services at UGA.

Non-UGA Programs

Please note that Non-UGA programs are external to UGA, and therefore are not affected by UGA program cancellations. If your program provider is still continuing operations (in-person or virtually), you may continue your participation with your Non-UGA program. We ask that you carefully consider your decision and consult with your program provider and the advice of the State Department and CDC, especially if you have certain respiratory or immune deficiencies.

Any questions in regards to your program continuation, contingency plans for academics, or program refunds should be directed to your program provider.

Please keep your Global Education Advisor up to date with any changes in your program plans or if you decide to withdraw and update your program itinerary in the StudyAway Portal with any travel changes.

University Bookstore

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

Advising at a Distance

Just because you’re not on campus doesn’t mean you can’t connect with your adviser. The Advising at a Distance guide offers instructions for remote advising and resources for registration, accessing your advising plan and a directory of offices ready to assist you.

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.

Communications Resources

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

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.

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.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center continues to support its students while instruction is online. Information about assistive technology resources, connecting with your coordinator, and accessing services from home is available on their website.

Experiential Learning

We know the pandemic has significantly affected your ability to complete experiential learning requirements and you may have questions about non-traditional coursework. The Experiential Learning at a Distance page connects you with information about service-learning, experiential learning and CURO.

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.

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.

Mental Health for Students

As UGA continues with remote learning, CAPS is still open and available to our students. If you need to speak to someone, we encourage you to call CAPS at 706-542-2273. We offer Telebehavioral Health services for UGA students. Staff are available to answer questions and to set-up free screenings during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm).

CAPS remains available for crisis services during business hours and after-hours (available via UGA Police, 706-542-2222). You can also access additional crisis services here.

Additional FREE support to students who may be experiencing anxiety or stress:

  • Georgia Crisis & Access Line, 1-800-715-4225
  • BetterHelp (UGA United Healthcare Student Insurance) — Students can find more information at www.counseling4students.com. BetterHelp Customer Service can be contacted at contact@betterhelp.com.
  • Optum’s toll-free help line, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. 

Online Orientation

All of our new students are required to attend an Orientation session before enrolling in your courses. We have built an online program that ensures you will start your new adventure on the right foot.

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.

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.

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.

Research Operations Q&As

The University of Georgia Office of Research has coordinated with other campus units to develop guidance for faculty, staff and students to manage their ongoing research and scholarship activities. The Q&As are available on the Office of Research site.

RRP Template

Research faculty members/principal investigators must develop and receive approval of a Research Resumption Plan (RRP) before resuming onsite research activity. The template is available on the Office of Research site.


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.

Small Business Development Center

UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available, please contact your local office to learn more.

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.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs continues to provide countless learning, development, and support opportunities that inspire students to lead, discover, and serve. Student Affairs spans the student experience, including housing and residential life, health and well-being, student and cultural centers, campus activities, student organizations, accessibility, student conduct, and more.

Student Care & Outreach

Student Care and Outreach is the hub of care and support at UGA, coordinating care and assistance for all students, undergraduate and graduate, by providing individualized assistance and tailored interventions. SCO helps students get connected to the resources that best address their needs, whether they are related to academics, social life, or health and wellness.

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.

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. 

UGA Extension

UGA Extension is providing online educational programming, consultations and essential lab services during the COVID-19 pandemic while observing safe health practices for employees and the public. We offer resources for adults and 4-H youth on health, food, finances, parenting, agriculture and more.

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. Habits such as wearing masks, staying six feet apart, limiting visitors and washing hands will be crucial to preventing illness from spreading. Every small act is a reminder that we’re in this together. For updates and FAQ, please visit https://housing.uga.edu/site/notices.

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.