COVID-19 Updates 8.11.20
August 11, 2020
Return to Campus
Free COVID-19 Testing on Campus
UGA is offering free COVID-19 viral testing for faculty, staff and students who are not showing symptoms of the virus. By participating in the voluntary testing program, you can play a critical role in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 on campus and in surrounding communities. 

The UGA surveillance testing site is located at Legion Field directly across Lumpkin Street from the Tate Center. Parking is available at the Tate Center Parking Deck or the Hull Street Parking Deck. When you arrive at the Legion Field COVID-19 Testing Site, access to the testing site will be clearly marked at the entrance to Legion Pool (which will remain closed). Appointments are by reservation only at this time to ensure social distancing and to avoid unnecessary wait times. Testing is limited and will increase in capacity daily, with a maximum capacity of approximately 300 tests per day on or near August 17th.


(In order to protect your personal information, you must access this website on a UGA campus network or via VPN.)

More detailed information about surveillance testing can be found here.

Dean Smith got tested on Friday. Quick and easy!

DawgCheck Live Now!

Immediate self-reporting is critical to helping us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. That’s why UGA has created DawgCheck: an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool.
With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 daily and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But still respond through DawgCheck every day before you leave your home or dorm. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic, so using the DawgCheck tool every day is crucial to help us be proactive in stopping the spread. You will receive email reminders to use DawgCheck every weekday.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.eduQuestions? Visit DawgCheck FAQs.

IDTO Creates Guide, Hosts Training for Zoom

The Instructional Design and Technology Office is at it again! This time, the creative geniuses on the IDTO team have assembled “PharmDawg Quick Start Guide to Zoom.”  This guide will help answer almost any question you may have regarding the Zoom Video Conferencing Platform, including system requirements, UGA Zoom Account Creation, links to Zoom support documentation, tutorial videos, and a “Best Practices While Using Zoom” feature. Additional information relating to UGA Zoom Accounts, Zoom tools, features, and troubleshooting not found in the guide may be obtained by contacting CoP Zoom Administrators Sarah Jones and Chris Duran or at the UGA EITS Zoom Video Conferencing and Zoom Help Center webpages.

Along with the guide, IDTO will host Zoom faculty training sessions on August 12 and 19 from 10-11 am both sessions.  To participate, click here.

UGA Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program

On July 16, UGA announced a Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program for individuals eligible to retire on or before December 31, 2020. There has been a tremendous response to this program, with hundreds of applications received so far. Due to this, it is necessary that UGA limit the number of individuals approved to participate in this program. With more than 25% of retirement-eligible individuals already electing to apply for participation, the opportunity to approve current and future applications is becoming more limited. Applications for participation received after August 15, 2020 are unlikely to be approved. Faculty and staff may continue to submit applications to participate until September 15, 2020, but approval to participate in the incentive program may not be possible. Additionally, department-specific circumstances may limit the ability to approve both new and some existing applications, including those received before August 15, 2020.

Eligibility requirements, incentive payout information, FAQs, and other program details can be found on this website. If you have any questions about this program, please contact UGA Human Resources at or at (706) 542-2222.

DEI Dialogue

Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion: UGA's Non Discrimination Anti-Harassment Policy and the USG Sexual Misconduct Policy 

Training & Development is offering an interactive, introductory course on the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy (SMP) that explains the practical applications of each policy, what kind of conduct the policy prohibits, the reporting responsibilities of university employees, and discussions of case studies. Topics covered include: to whom and where the policies apply; definitions of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment; what to do if you're aware that discrimination or harassment is occurring; mandatory reporting obligations for persons in positions of authority; and EOO procedures for responding to and/or investigating complaints under each policy. This course is recommended for all University employees and counts as an elective toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. 

This class is being held online via Zoom.  All registrants will receive the login link in a separate reminder email from Training & Development or the instructor 1 day before your scheduled class. If you do not receive the email reminder, please contact us at


August 27, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

September 16, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

October 15, 2020, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Resource Library

Student Resources

UGA Resources:
UGA Student Care and Outreach
UGA Resources (including food pantry, housing, health & wellness, etc.)
Food and Necessities
University Health Center Services

College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs:
Career Counseling – Dr. Danielle Vitale, 706-542-5150
PharmD Advising & Registration – Mr. David Evans, 706-542-0804
Student Counseling –Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott, PhD, LPC, NCC,  607-275-6361

Emergency Funds:
College of Pharmacy (for all pharmacy students) - contact Dr. Duc Do for details
Student Care & Outreach (for undergraduate and PharmD students)
Graduate School Financial Hardship (for graduate students)

Disaster Distress Hotline:
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

AFSP Mental Health:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has compiled tools to help spread positive messages of hope, compassion, mental health care and suicide prevention
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

Student IT Support:
Continue to access the EITS Student Helpdesk

College of Pharmacy COVID-19 Resources

College of Pharmacy COVID 19 Resources and Information
COVID-19 FAQs for Pharmacists and Healthcare Professionals

UGA Resources

UGA COVID-19 Resources and Information
Critical UGA IT Services for Business Continuity
Continuity in Teaching and Student Support
Library Hours/Faculty and Student Resources
The Division of Academic Enhancement’s Distance Support Resources
UGA Research-Coronavirus
Staff and Faculty Wellness

Teaching Resources
Teaching and Learning Continuity at UGA
EITS status page (check status of IT Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning)
Contingency IT Resources at UGA
PharmDawg Guide to Zoom

COP Virtual IT Helpdesk (for emergency IT needs):
Join via Zoom -
Direct call in – 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592, meeting ID 333 252 017
(For non-emergency needs, please continue to submit tickets here.)

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