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Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources

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Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the newly identified coronavirus (COVID‑19).

Here is the latest news, which you’ll find in more detail on the “campus messages” page of this site.

  • The University of Georgia has transitioned to online instruction for the remainder of the Spring 和彩彩票 semester. In addition, Maymester and Summer course offerings will be online.
  • In addition, the University has temporarily moved to telework options for those staff members who can conduct their job duties remotely.
  • Resources for online teaching and learning are available for faculty and students.
  • The University community will receive updates via email, the University of Georgia 和彩彩票 page and this website.

 

Prevention is a key strategy with any virus, such as influenza or this coronavirus, so it is important to both protect yourself and take measures against spread to others. In addition to the resources on this page, the University Health Center has health-related resources about coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

About COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control has a that answers many basic questions about coronavirus. You can also explore their if you want more in-depth information. In addition, the University Health Center has resources about coronavirus.

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.

Many UHC services are still available. Please check the UHC website for updates on accessing available serves.

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 和彩彩票 if you’re feeling sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Be open with your travel history or possible exposure to others.

Learn more through the for helping prevent illness, including COVID-19.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Visit the to learn more about cloth face coverings and for instructions on making your own.

 

University of Georgia Operations

UGA has a number of comprehensive plans in place to address emergencies, including those resulting from infectious disease. Health-related plans result from in-depth exchanges between the University Health Center in conjunction with UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. OEP maintains the campus Pandemic Response Plan and is working with senior campus leaders and departments that have roles and responsibilities in the plan. UGA personnel are in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

UGA departments can utilize the UGA Department Coronavirus Planning Checklist to assist in their efforts to plan for the coronavirus.

Also, the Office of Emergency Preparedness encourages UGA departments to have a business continuity plan in place to prepare for possible employee absences, cross training for job duties and fiscal, academic and research continuity. OEP has a business continuity plan checklist and a department plan generator located at http://prepare./business-continuity-plan/.

Campus visits and tours are suspended. We’re disappointed we won’t be able to guide you through our campus during this time. However, we have put together a Virtual Campus Visit Experience for you.

The University campus is public, and outdoor spaces are accessible to the public. However, visitors to the campus should follow regarding social distancing and adhere to the statewide .

The Facilities Management Division (FMD) has adjusted its operational practices and significantly scaled down its on-campus presence.  They are utilizing small rotating teams and have taken a number of other steps to protect the staff.  FMD’s efforts are focusing on supporting the essential missions of UGA; however, they are a click or a call away if a team needs on-campus support during these times. 

For assistance, please contact our Work Request Center by visiting, http://workrequest.fmd./ 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 UGA PD at 706-542-2200.

Please visit http://www.fmd./continuity/ to learn more about FMD’s mission critical staffing plan and essential services.

The University Health Center recently set up treatment tents in our parking lot. These tents assist us with ensuring that the care of those with respiratory illness occurs separately from the services offered inside the center. We are continuing to see students and other patrons of our diagnostic, rehabilitation, and wellness services onsite, albeit in a limited scope, at this time. We are also offering curbside pickup from our pharmacy.

Although limited in scope, we are open, and we continue our primary mission of caring for the University’s students in the highest quality and safest manner possible, while also stewarding the health and wellness of our community.  We are working diligently toward more remote encounters for those who can be seen by phone or other telehealth measures by our medical and behavioral care providers, as well as virtualizing our wellness and outreach programming under a new initiative, “BeWell UGA at 和彩彩票.”

During a recent meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Chancellor Steve Wrigley told board members that while our hope is for institutions to return to normal face-to-face instructional operations in the fall, it will depend on direction and guidance provided by Governor Brian Kemp and public health officials. In the meantime, Maymester and Summer 和彩彩票 courses will continue to be offered online. The University of Georgia is using telework and flexible work strategies to minimize the number of individuals who remain on campus to maintain operations and support remote instruction.

 

Health, Wellness, and Prevention

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.

According to the CDC, you should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. The CDC website has more information available about , including information about cleaning solutions, hand hygiene and laundering cleaning supplies.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human 和彩彩票:

  • 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 .

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human 和彩彩票:

  • 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 .

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Visit the to learn more about cloth face coverings and for instructions on making your own.

 

Students

Students - Commencement

Spring 和彩彩票 commencement has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 16, 和彩彩票 for undergraduates. The spring 和彩彩票 graduate Commencement ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, 和彩彩票, in combination with the regularly scheduled fall 和彩彩票 graduate Commencement. Read the full announcement and visit UGA’s Commencement website for updates in the coming months.

While the UGA Bookstore doesn’t normally accept returns on regalia, it will issue refunds for any regalia that is not opened or custom, has a receipt, and is in resalable condition. Customers can send regalia to 40 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30602 or wait until the bookstore reopens to return it in person. This policy is subject to change.

Most regalia is available at . When ordering tassels and hoods be sure to specify your college and degree to avoid delays in processing your order.  If you have any questions please reach out to Adam Clark at akclark@follett.com

Students - Employment

The University has been advised that student employees who are not working may apply directly to the Georgia Department of Labor (GA DOL) for unemployment.  The GA DOL will review and determine eligibility for state and/or federal unemployment benefits. UGA will verify with GA DOL that student employees have lost work due to the reduction of campus operations resulting from the COVID-19 Coronavirus public health emergency.

Please visit the site or call 404-232-3180 (Atlanta office) for information on filing an unemployment benefits claim.

Students who earn Federal Work Study are still receiving this aid as provided by US Department of Education guidance. Students receiving Federal Work Study aid may still be eligible to apply for unemployment insurance for the portion of wages not covered by Federal Work Study aid.

The University is offering Emergency Funds and Financial Hardship Resources to assist our students during this time. Undergraduate students in need of emergency financial assistance should submit applications to the and graduate students to the . Please visit UGA’s Financial Hardship Resources website at for additional information.

Students - HEER Fund Grant/CARES Act

The CARES Act provided $11.8 million to be distributed to students in need due to the COVID-19 situation. At the University of Georgia, the funds will be distributed as need-based grants, with the highest amount awarded to undergraduates who receive Federal Pell Grants. Students who may not qualify for the grant based on typical financial aid measures but who have emergency needs caused by COVID-19 disruptions can submit an appeal for a HEER Fund grant by completing the (requires UGA Single Sign-On). 

Students must have a valid FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive federal student financial aid to be eligible for the .

The COVID-19 situation has created many scenarios in which students’ financial situations (or their families’ situations) have changed significantly. The University of Georgia has earmarked a portion of the HEER Fund allocation to be used for to awards to those students who do not qualify for a grant based on typical financial aid measures. To submit an appeal for a HEER Fund grant, students should submit the (requires UGA Single Sign-On). Students must have a valid FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive federal student financial aid to be eligible for the HEER Fund grants. To submit a FAFSA, please go to .

Students - International

International students, especially those from countries impacted by COVID‑19, should:

  1. Exercise proactive measures around planned spring and summer travel. Specifically, students should monitor airline service and immigration policy updates, and consider alternative plans if warranted.
  2. Consult with their UGA Immigration 和彩彩票 advisor if they have questions related to potential visa and immigration status implications.
  3. Contact UGA’s Department of International Student Life with any other questions or concerns.

Students - Online Learning

The EITS Continuity webpage contains FAQs and information on technology resources.

If you need assistance with these resources, please contact the EITS Help Desk at helpdesk@

You’re right, online learning is different from learning in a face-to-face classroom. The Division of Academic Enhancement has developed resources to help you be successful. To get ready for success in an online class, visit the DAE at a Distance page where you can learn more about adjusting to online classes, academic coaching, tutoring and more. You can also  to contact the DAE team for additional needs. More resources are being developed and will be added here when available.

Be sure you’re also communicating with your instructors. They want students to be successful, too, so let them know if you’re having challenges or have questions.

You can also reach out to the Division of Academic Enhancement. Its site DAE at a Distance has resources for adjusting to online classes, academic coaching, tutoring and more. If you’re sure online learning isn’t for you, the withdrawal deadline has been extended, but before you withdraw from a course, you should talk with your academic advisor about your concerns. He or she can explain the effect on your graduation plan if you don’t take a particular class. It’s also important to note that if you withdraw before April 17, you will receive a grade of W. Per UGA policy, no refund will be available for a reduction in hours due to individual course withdrawals that occur after the initial drop/add period.

The University doesn’t want this to be a barrier to your academic progress. Some internet providers are offering short-term internet access for free for students. In addition, the University of Georgia has resources available for qualified students. Send an email request to daeit@ to request a computer and/or hotspot. In the body of the email, simply state your name, 81x, and that you need a computer and/or hotspot.

Campus buildings are open only to essential employees. The University of Georgia has resources available for qualified students. Send an email request to daeit@ to request a computer and/or hotspot. In the body of the email, simply state your name, 81x, and that you need a computer and/or hotspot.

Students - Spring Semester Logistics

We anticipate completing the semester as originally scheduled, on May 6, 和彩彩票.

On March 20, the University sent students information about the Student Refund Plan. You should read that message for all the details, but here are the highlights:

  • A portion of Athletic, Green, Health, Recreation, Student Activity, Student Center Facility, and Transportation fees will be refunded.
  • For students on the Residential Dining 和彩彩票 meal plan, a portion of the cost will be refunded. Commuter (Block Plans) will be refunded based on the unused balance of meals.
  • Students with parking permits will receive refunds based on days remaining on the student’s permit.
  • For University Housing residents, UGA will refund the respective Spring semester rate per individual resident based on their number of unutilized bed nights and the specific rate for the residence hall in which they lived.

The most efficient way to receive your refund is via direct deposit. If you have not updated your Athena student account refund profile, please do so by March 30, 和彩彩票. If you have additional questions after reading the campus message, please email stuacct@.

The bookstore has provisions in place for students who need to rent, buy, or return textbooks. Visit the and click on the red banner at the top of the page to access this information.

Yes. Advising appointments are still required for registration and are taking place even if classes are not in session or if they have moved online. For more information, visit the Advising at a Distance page.

Students - Summer 和彩彩票 Logistics

Maymester and Summer Semester course offerings will be online. For more information see the April 2 campus message.

 

Travel and Study Abroad

If you are traveling through a University of Georgia-organized 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 and the have valuable information for travelers.

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 Maymester Study Abroad programs have been canceled, and participating students and faculty have been notified. 

Unfortunately, all Summer 和彩彩票 study abroad trips have been canceled in light of health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. If you have questions about the program you planned to participate in and/or alternative courses to meet credit hour needs, please contact your adviser or the coordinator for your study abroad program.

 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff - Campus Operations

This website is being updated regularly. In addition, you can read past ArchNews messages related to coronavirus on the “campus message” page.

While in-person instruction is temporarily suspended at UGA, Transportation and Parking 和彩彩票 will continue to follow our Spring Break schedule. Our focus will be on monitoring ADA spaces as well as fire and life safety issues to provide a safe environment for our campus and our students, faculty and staff. Our parking team will monitor lots to ensure permit holders have adequate space in their designated lots, while providing flexible parking across campus for those individuals who are required to be on campus. During this interim period, if space is available, existing permit holders can park in lots and decks outside of their assigned lots without penalty.

For the latest information about bus routes and schedules, please visit Transportation & Parking 和彩彩票.

We anticipate completing the semester as originally scheduled, on May 6, 和彩彩票.

 

The Facilities Management Division (FMD) has adjusted its operational practices and significantly scaled down its on-campus presence.  They are utilizing small rotating teams and have taken a number of other steps to protect the staff.  FMD’s efforts are focusing on supporting the essential missions of UGA; however, they are a click or a call away if a team needs on-campus support during these times. 

For assistance, please contact 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.

Faculty & Staff - Online Learning

The EITS Continuity webpage contains FAQs and information on technology resources.

If you need assistance with these resources, please contact the EITS Help Desk at helpdesk@.

 

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.

Faculty & Staff - Alternate Work Schedules

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.

Faculty & Staff - Health and Safety Guidelines

Employees should not come to work when they are sick. Employees should stay 和彩彩票 and use appropriate 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 a healthcare provider. Regular benefits-eligible employees have leave available to them to cover absences. Employees should follow standard request and approval procedures. The employee will be expected to use appropriate leave to cover the time away and may be expected to provide a release from a healthcare provider to return to work.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath; you should contact your primary care physician or institution health center, if applicable for students.

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 和彩彩票.

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 和彩彩票 location, and, when they can, the manager may elect to offer the employee the option to telework.

The CDC has guidance on this topic found at this . 

Faculty & Staff - Research

The Office of Research has developed a resource for faculty, staff and students to manage their ongoing research and scholarship guidance. This website will be your best resource for information and will be updated regularly.

Faculty & Staff - Travel

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.

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.

Faculty & Staff - Employee Benefits

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.

Yes, FMLA allows an eligible employee to take FMLA leave if either the employee or an immediate family member, defined as spouse, child or parent, contracts the virus.

 

Please refer to the campus message sent on March 19, 和彩彩票. It has information about benefits and resources available to employees through the USG Benefits programs. If your question is not addressed in the campus message, please contact Human Resources at 706-542-2222 or hrweb@.

The short answer is that it depends on your job. On March 25, the University sent a message to faculty and staff with an overview. The Human Resources office has posted a more detailed Q&A. If you still have questions after reviewing those documents, contact HR at hrweb@ or talk with your supervisor.

The Human Resources team has posted a chart to help you identify your situation and the work and leave options for each situation. However, you can always reach out to your departmental HR liaison for more help. 

The Human Resources Team has outlined provisions taken for each of the 16 required measures. You can read more in their document. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to your supervisor or contact your department HR liaison.

 

Parents & Visitors

This website is being updated regularly. In addition, you can read the campus messages sent to faculty, staff and students to learn more about the preparations on campus for online learning.

The students page of this website has links to dining, transportation and housing updates.

Finally, a message was sent to students on March 13 with a request that they forward it to their parent or guardian.

Campus visits and tours are suspended. We’re disappointed we won’t be able to guide you through our campus during this time. However, we have put together a Virtual Campus Visit Experience for you. 

In keeping with directives from the state and federal government to suspend large events and promote social distancing, most events this summer have been cancelled, postponed, or are taking place virtually. You can visit the UGA Calendar to check the status of events.

Yes, we will still have new student orientation, but it will look a little different this year. Given the effect of COVID-19 on our campus and world, New Student Orientation will be delivered virtually this summer. UGA’s Online New Student Orientation Experience will consist of online orientation learning modules, opportunities to connect virtually with other incoming and current UGA students, and webinars around certain topics that will help create an successful transition for our incoming students. New students will receive detailed emails from New Student Orientation in the upcoming weeks with details and instructions. If you have any questions about the Online New Student Orientation Experience, visit our online orientation FAQs or email the NSO team at orientation@.

All University of Georgia summer camps are canceled through June. We continue to monitor the evolving situation and will provide updates on July and August programs in the coming weeks. Please check directly with the individual camp contacts and the UGA Master Calendar for any announcements regarding modifications of the programs to online offerings, postponements, or cancellations.

 

New Students

Yes, we will still have new student orientation, but it will look a little different this year. Given the effect of COVID-19 on our campus and world, New Student Orientation will be delivered virtually this summer. UGA’s Online New Student Orientation Experience will consist of online orientation learning modules, opportunities to connect virtually with other incoming and current UGA students, and webinars around certain topics that will help create an successful transition for our incoming students. New students will receive detailed emails from New Student Orientation in the upcoming weeks with details and instructions. If you have any questions about the Online New Student Orientation Experience, visit our online orientation FAQs or email the NSO team at orientation@.

 

Alumni & Donors

The well-being of our students is a top priority for UGA. However, state dollars cannot be used for student scholarship support. That is why the University recently committed $600,000 in private funds from the UGA Foundation to immediately support students facing hardships due to COVID-19. Record numbers of students are requesting emergency financial assistance, so every gift from our generous alumni helps! You can learn more about these funds in our news story about the emergency assistance.

The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the lives of many UGA students as it has so many. Some students have lost critical income from student jobs or from jobs at area employers that are temporarily closed. In other cases, students’ families are no longer able to financially support their education. By giving to student emergency funds, our donors can have a powerful, direct and immediate effect on these students’ lives—providing them the means to buy food, pay rent, receive medicine and medical care, and secure the technology they need to continue their education. Emergency funding is prioritized for students who demonstrate significant financial need and have exhausted available resources such as student loans.

 

Athletics

For the latest information about athletic events, please visit: .