Return to Campus Plan FAQs for Current Students
How is UWG going to operate in the fall?
We are taking steps to make sure we are ready to offer a great in-person, on-campus student experience in a fashion that promotes health and safety. Students, faculty and staff will be expected to follow the best practices recommended by state public health officials and the CDC to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The current working plan is for students, faculty, and staff to return to in-person operations and instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. However, plans have been developed if guidance is received to begin classes fully online or transition to online at some point during the semester.
When will classes begin?
UWG will begin Fall 2020 classes as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
What happens if I begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
If you are a student and begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please call the Student Health Center at 678-839-6452 to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment.
Do not walk in to schedule an appointment. Additionally, do not attend classes. If you live on campus, Housing and Residence Life will identify a place where you can self-isolate.
What is the university’s guidance on the use of face coverings on campus?
- Effective July 15, 2020, USG institutions, including UWG, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of 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 are not required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
- 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.
Will I be Provided a Face Covering?
Yes; the University of West Georgia will provide each student two cloth face covers at no cost.
Residential students will receive their face coverings at Move-In Day Check-In. Non-residential students may pick up their face coverings at designated tables on campus during the first week of class.
What supplies has UWG acquired?
The University of West Georgia has received 28,000 disposable masks; 9,700 gloves; 2,000 gowns; 500 clear face masks; 1,600 face shields; 1,000 N-95 respirators; 300 gallons of disinfectant; 50 cases of disinfectant wipes; 5 touchless thermometers; and more from Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) in addition to the PPE and materials we have already acquired.
Could this plan change?
Yes; each scenario we have developed allows for instruction to continue and for us to continue following the guidance of our governing and guiding organizations as the situation develops.
We will remain responsive to the changing environment and the guidance we receive from these organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the University System of Georgia.
What WILL classes BE LIKE in THE Fall 2020?
Like many other universities, UWG has developed a dual-modality delivery structure for every face-to-face class on campus.
These changes will allow you to have access to in-person teaching and mentoring from faculty in a physical classroom setting while maintaining social distancing guidelines. For more information on what this means, visit our page on What You Need to Know for the Fall 2020 Semester.
WhEN WILL CLASSES BEGIN AND END?
UWG will begin Fall 2020 classes on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
- UWG has modified the Fall 2020 academic calendar in preparation for the upcoming semester, prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.
- Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 12 as originally scheduled. However, Fall Break and the first three days of Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 23-25) will be used as instructional days.
This will allow for regular instruction to conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
- Final exams will be administered remotely so that students do not have to return to campus after Thanksgiving break unless they choose to do so. Campus will remain open.
- The complete, modified academic calendar can be found here.
Will social distancing be practiced in classrooms to keep everyone safe?
Yes, social distancing in the classroom will be implemented by reducing the number of students in class on any given day.
Students will not miss any instruction, since all course content will be available online.
Courses will be optimized into regular classrooms at a lower percentage and physical classroom seating will be limited to half of the students meeting on alternating days for T/R and M/W classes, and 33% on M/W/F courses.
This will result in most classes having 10-15 students in a room that holds around 50.
Will masks be required anywhere else on campus besides classrooms?
Yes, social distancing and masks will also be in effect in other spaces across campus that support academic instruction, including places like the Library, advising, the Center for Academic Success, and academic departments.
Students will have opportunities to set up either virtual appointments or arrange in-person meetings as needed on campus to support their learning. Labs and other specialty courses (for example, in Nursing) may have additional requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Your program and/or instructor will notify you of these requirements.
How will UWG support student learning and success in classes this fall?
UWG will have in place plenty of instructional support and resources (both with on-campus faculty and staff and online) to support student academic success in every learning environment.
We encourage you to call or visit the following:
What if I have questions related to course instruction and classroom safety?
Please review the Student FAQs Related to Fall 2020 Courses page for information on Academic Instruction, Classroom Health & Safety, and more.
How will campus be cleaned and sanitized? Classroom spaces? Living spaces?
Custodial Services department will provide enhanced sanitation services and will perform enhanced cleaning of instructional spaces regularly throughout the return to campus.
- Students are responsible for the cleaning and disinfecting of their individual room, to include in-room/suite bathrooms. Cleaning supplies for these locations must be supplied by the student, and it will be recommended they follow CDC guidelines for appropriate cleaning products.
- The cleaning and disinfecting of common areas in living spaces will be carried out by University employees based on a predetermined schedule.
Are classrooms going to be continually cleaned?
Custodial Services will perform enhanced cleaning of instructional spaces each evening. Staff will frequently sanitize high-touch areas in common spaces such as restrooms, lobbies, corridors, elevators, stairs, etc.
Are there going to be sanitation stations around campus?
The University is placing stations with alcohol-based hand sanitizer at each building entrance. These stations will be monitored and restocked by Custodial Services as needed. Departments will provide hand sanitizer stations at public-facing interaction points in administrative offices.
When can I move on campus? What does move-in look like for keeping me safe?
To support social distancing, the dates when students will move into residence halls will vary and be based on a number of factors.
Students will receive instructions for their move-in day including date, time, and location to their UWG email account by mid-July.
What if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?
As space is available, we will attempt to provide on-campus residents space for quarantine and isolation.
Off-campus residents will need to consult with their property manager and/or Housing and Residence Life for space availability. Any student testing positive for COVID-19 should work with the campus medical team.
How will my individual room in my residence hall be kept clean?
Residents are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their room.
Students should inform their Resident Assistant if they need training or recommendations for cleaning supplies.
How do I social distance with a roommate?
As residents of the same residence hall room or suite, you will not be expected to socially distance yourself from your roommate or suitemate.
Living in a residence hall is much like living at home with family members prior to arriving on campus.
What guidance is being provided to encourage social distancing in the residence halls?
We are educating and encouraging everyone to take personal responsibility to create a safe environment.
If you feel uncomfortable with something in your residence hall, speak to your Residence Life Coordinator, we’ll make whatever adjustments necessary to remind others how important it is to keep everyone in our community healthy. Our goal with these protocols is to build a culture of mutual respect.
What do I do if I need housing accommodation, because of a medical condition/I’m in a high risk category?
Accessibility Services staff will work with Housing and Residence Life to accommodate all students with medical documentation of unique needs. All student health information will remain confidential.
What will our options for dining be like?
Like other restaurants in Georgia, dining services at East Commons and Z-6 will be converted to full cafeteria-style dining with socially distanced seating as well as to-go options available in accordance with guidelines from state agencies including the Office of the Governor of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Other facilities will continue to offer food-court style services and retail food services with social distancing and occupancy standards.
What are the plans in place for the Wolves Den, Fresh Deli Market and Starbucks?
Wolves Den, Market Fresh Deli and Starbucks are all available to students. Each restaurant is set up to welcome guests and manage social distancing while providing great quality food and excellent hospitality. Dining in each of these locations will be to-go only allowing the former seating space to be used for queueing.
As with the other dining halls on campus, each restaurant will follow the guidelines from the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Is Pack Premiere still happening?
Yes, Pack Premiere will be UWG’s on-campus experience prior to classes beginning Aug. 12.
Please check your UWG email for more information in July.