Return to Campus Guidelines
COLT would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our faculty, staff and students who have worked hard this year to keep us Dawg Strong/Georgia Strong under these challenging circumstances. We look towards planning for a full return to normal operations this Fall Semester 2021. Please read the Arch News message issued on May 14, 2021. This message contains vital information from UGA and includes instructions from the University System of Georgia’s new guidelines for campuses.
RESUMING NORMAL OPERATIONS
It is our goal to have everyone back in the workplace in their pre-pandemic work arrangements on June 14, 2021. However, we also understand that some staff members will face difficult circumstances related to childcare and other concerns in this transition period. Therefore, we urge all supervisors to be as flexible as possible with those returning from teleworking or rotational schedules through June 30, 2021, the date the University System of Georgia (USG) has set for all COVID-19-based work arrangements to expire.
The USG has determined that Alternate Work Arrangements or accommodations granted to faculty and staff for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 will end no later than June 30, 2021. Current summer teaching assignments are excluded from this transition deadline. Alternate Educational Arrangements granted to students for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 also will end no later than June 30, 2021. All students are expected to return to their traditional educational arrangement beginning Fall Semester.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
As we prepare to return to our pre-pandemic workforce in a few weeks and to full campus activity in August, we urge you to remain diligent in following the latest CDC and DPH health and safety protocols. Most importantly, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated.
The University Health Center is scheduling appointments for students and employees through the UHC Vaccine Portal. For those members of the expanded eligibility groups (eligible dependents of UGA faculty, staff, and students; UGA retirees; spouses/partners of retirees, faculty, staff, and students; visitors to campus engaged in research, academic or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities; those visiting campus as part of Orientation; and active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity), please submit this survey at https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDI3Y9XrWdltlEW, and the UHC will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly. Please note that the UHC will provide second doses to any student, even if they have graduated before the date of their second dose is due.
Free surveillance testing will continue to be offered to our faculty, staff and students throughout the summer. Note that the location of the sample collection site will move from Legion Field to the University Health Center as of Monday, May 17. For the safety of your family and friends, please consider getting tested if you are not fully vaccinated. Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.
Social Distancing and Face Coverings
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals can resume campus classes and other activities without physically distancing or wearing a mask. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue socially distancing from others when possible and wearing a face covering while inside campus facilities. UGA will continue to follow social distancing this summer.
The daily email reminder for the DawgCheck symptom screener will be discontinued as of Monday, May 17. However, if you test positive for COVID-19 at any time, you are still required to report it through the DawgCheck Test Reporting Survey. We encourage you to stay at home if you become ill or until you have excluded COVID-19 as the cause of your symptoms. UGA adheres to current CDC quarantine and isolation guidance and requires that it be followed. Note that students, faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
Please note that the guidance referenced in this message is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, Governor’s Office or University System of Georgia. UGA will be monitoring conditions associated with the COVID-19 virus throughout the summer months, and we must all continue to remain flexible and be prepared to change course, if necessary. UGA will provide additional updates to the campus community on an as-needed basis over the summer.