UGA Gwinnett Responds to COVID-19

 

The University of Georgia, including the UGA Gwinnett Campus, continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to respond to COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our UGA community. Read on for details about how the university, and the Gwinnett Campus, are making modifications for the spring 2021 semester:

Health and Safety

We at UGA Gwinnett continue to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in UGA’s Return to Campus documents posted on UGA’s COVID-19 Response site:

  • Everyone will wear masks and maintain a safe distance at all times on campus. If you don’t have a mask, you can get one at the front desk.
  • All classrooms have been rearranged to reduce seating and ensure social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Furniture in public areas has been relocated or removed to enforce social distancing. Microwaves and a refrigerator are still available for student use in the UGA Lobby, and sanitizing wipes are placed nearby.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes are available in classrooms and throughout campus.
  • Breakout rooms are too small to use at this time. Student groups in need of a place to meet can ask in advance to reserve a classroom.
  • Everyone is asked to use DawgCheck before coming to campus.
  • Free surveillance testing for COVID-19 will be offered periodically throughout the spring semester, as it was in the fall. Dates and sign-up information will be sent to everyone via email, so be sure to read your Gwinnett Campus messages.

Every classroom on the Gwinnett Campus is cleaned thoroughly every day, before and after every class. Podiums, classroom tables, door knobs, and other surfaces are wiped down at every cleaning. Common areas are cleaned multiple times every day, by building maintenance staff and by UGA staff. We provide disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer in classrooms and common areas for students and faculty to use.

Before the fall semester, building management installed HVAC filters that meet COVID-19 air quality guidelines as recommended by the CDC. We prop open doors to common areas whenever possible to allow greater air flow and enable people to avoid touching surfaces.

Spring 2021 Academic Schedule

On October 29, the University released an announcement with modifications to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar. Review the revised spring academic calendar here. Spring 2021 classes will begin on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. There will be no Spring Break (originally scheduled for March 8 – 12, 2021). Three one-day “instructional breaks” have been 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.

Commencement is scheduled for May 14, 2021; please monitor the commencement website regarding plans for the ceremony, which will follow guidance from public health officials.

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. The instructional format for each class is indicated in the course catalog during registration. Your faculty members will communicate with you directly about any modifications to their course schedules.

Classroom Technology and IT Support

All the usual technology is in place. We have added ClearOne mics in the larger rooms to capture voice recording of the faculty member and the students during in-person classes. These mics help to ensure that uploaded course content can be heard clearly by students who may have to attend class online. If you need IT and AV/classroom support on campus: Call 678-985-6799 or gwin-helpdesk@uga.edu for assistance. In-person classroom support is available weeknights and on Saturdays.