In the event of inclement weather that causes unsafe conditions, The UGA Gwinnett Campus may close to protect students, faculty, and staff. Information on Gwinnett Campus closures is reported on the UGA Gwinnett website, the UGA Gwinnett Facebook page, and on metro-Atlanta radio and television stations.
The UGA Gwinnett Campus responds to weather emergencies independently from the main campus in Athens. This means that UGA Gwinnett may remain open while the main campus is Athens is closed, and vice versa.
All students and faculty are encouraged to consider their own safety and local road conditions before traveling in bad weather. Students should contact faculty members directly about specific classes. Individual class cancellations are not reported to UGA Gwinnett staff and are not announced on the campus website.
A hardship withdrawal is a withdrawal approved by the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Gwinnett Campus as a documented event or serious illness that is beyond the student’s control and prevents the student from continuing or performing successfully in the semester. With a hardship withdrawal, students are expected to withdraw from all courses for the semester. Students withdrawing from any or all of their classes should be aware that a reduction in their course load may affect other aspects of their academic life, including financial aid, and they should contact these offices to discuss any potential impact.
If a student wishes to withdraw from the university after the semester midpoint, they should do the following:
- Speak with their professors about their situation to see if alternative arrangements can be made for completing coursework.
- If no alternatives are possible or advisable, prepare a specific, written timeline and explanatory details of the hardship and contact the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Gwinnett Campus, Dr. Laura Crawley.
- Discuss the situation with the director. Students will be asked to submit written documentation of the hardship from a credible third party who is unrelated to them. The specific required documentation will be determined by the director after speaking with the student.
- If the director believes a hardship is warranted, she will notify the student and their professors.
- Students must then complete the withdrawal process via Athena, saving a copy of the withdrawal verification page for their records.
Please note that the director does not assign grades. Faculty members assign grades and they will assign a WP or WF depending on the student’s class performance before the hardship occurred.
Students should never simply stop attending class without informing professors and advisors about their hardship situation. Hardship withdrawals must be complete before 5 p.m. on the last day of class. Students cannot withdraw once regular class meetings have ended. The documentation process typically takes several days, so students should plan accordingly.
For more information on withdrawals after the semester midpoint, contact Dr. Laura Crawley.
The services of the Athens-located University Health Center (UHC) are not currently offered at the Gwinnett Campus. Gwinnett Campus students do not pay the UGA student health fee as part of their standard fee package, but they are eligible to receive some services offered on the Athens Campus. Interested students should call the UHC at 706-542-1162 for more information about how to pay the appropriate fees and receive services. Students who are not already covered through parents, spouse/partner, or work health plans may wish to obtain coverage via a student health insurance policy at https://www.uhs.uga.edu/info/insurance.