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Residence Life Policies 2020 - 2021 Video Transcript

Welcome home to UNG

We know that this year has been drastically different than what you probably expected. Whether you are a brand new incoming first year student, or a seasoned returner this will be a new experience living on campus for everyone. While we may be socially distant and virtual in many aspects, we can still achieve community amongst the residence halls to give you a residential experience that compliments and enhances your academic life.

Before the academic year officially begins, we have a few important pieces of knowledge and updates we wish to convey to you. So please pay attention to the entire video and refer any questions to your Resident Assistant.

To assist you in living on campus we have student leaders employed by our Office, called Resident Assistants also known as RAs. These RAs are responsible for your health & wellbeing, community building, and policy enforcement. RAs are staffed in each residence hall and are assigned to a floor of residents. We always have an RA on Duty- either sitting at the RA desk in the main lobby of each residence hall or serving in an on-call rotation where you can reach them by phone.

Your RA will let you know after this video where you can find the RA Desk, RA on Duty number, Laundry room, dumpsters, parking and other areas specific to your residence hall.

In order to create a safe and healthy environment for all residential students we have instituted some specific policies and protocols related to COVID-19.

  • Access to residence halls will be restricted to residents and appropriate staff. There will be no visitors allowed to any of our residence halls.
  • Masks or face coverings are asked to be worn while in the hallways, stairwells, lobbies and other building spaces. Masks do not have to be worn inside your room/suite/apartment. If we notice you are not wearing your face covering or mask in the appropriate areas, you will be gently reminded by our Residence Hall staff to wear it. If you do not have a mask or face covering please let your RA know.
  • Kitchen spaces in suite style and traditional style will have limited occupancy, and we ask that you utilize your own cooking supplies as much as possible. Limited supplies are available to check out from the RA desk. If you prepare your food in the kitchen please consume the food back in your personal space, to allow others the opportunity to utilize the kitchen.
  • Self-reporting and following best health practices are the personal responsibility of each resident while they reside on campus. We ask that residents be mindful of how they spend their time outside of the residence hall, wear masks or face covering when required or when unable to socially distance, and wash/disinfect their hands often.

To keep the fall running as smoothly as possible we have some regular policies and reminders that are important for you to know

  • For emergencies please make sure you have the RA on Duty number for your residence hall saved in your phone. For medical emergencies or emergencies requiring police presence please call UNG Police at 706-864-1500 or if necessary 911
  • You can register your phone for emergency notification via Banner Web. We also encourage you to download the LiveSafe app.
  • Work orders/maintenance concerns can be addressed by using the QR code on the back of your room/suite/apartment door. Scan, and fill out the associated form. If you have an emergency work order, contact the RA on Duty.
  • For easy internet use, your student login will allow you access to UNG ResNet. For media devices (streaming device, smart TVs, gaming systems) you will need a media key. Please use the IT self-help portal to request your media key.
  • Your Nighthawks Card (show them) is how you will gain access to your residence hall, room, apartment and or suite door and access your meal plan. Please do not lose the card, it is $25 to replace. If your card stops working for any reason, please let your RA or the RA on Duty know.
  • Roommate Success Plans (facilitated by your RA) are required for all residents. This is to ensure that everyone can successfully live on campus in their designated space with their roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates. Your RA will have more details on specific requirements.
  • When a fire alarm sounds in your residence hall you need to evacuate to the designated areas outside and away from the building. Do not tamper with any smoke detectors in the building or you may set the system off.
  • In the event of a tornado warning you should evacuate to the lowest point in the building away from windows and doors. Your RA will inform you of the designated area for your hall.
  • As a dry campus you cannot bring alcohol on campus whether you are of age or not. This policy includes empty alcohol containers.
  • No illegal drugs (marijuana is still considered illegal in Georgia) are allowed on campus and any prescription medication should be in a clearly marked bottle that is prescribed to you.
  • No string lights, candles, grills, fireworks, items that burn red hot or have an open “eye”/exposed heating element, or irons in the residence hall rooms.

Please note that these policies and protocols are outlined in detail in the Residence Life Handbook and Student Code of Conduct which you can find online on the Residence Life Webpage.

As mentioned before, even though this year may be different than what you expected, that doesn’t mean we can't make this a home.

Your RA, to foster a sense of community on your hall, will host various events throughout the semester. These events through virtual or socially distant programs, will give you an opportunity to get to know your fellow hall mates better and make some new friends.

We also encourage you to get involved on campus. One great way to get involved is through the Residence Hall Association, your student government of the residence halls. If you are interested in getting involved or even holding a leadership role for this year, reach out to RHA through their Instagram at ung_rha or their email 

This year, though not what you may have envisioned for 2020, is what we make it. So with perseverance, creativity, and diligence we can make this a great year to call UNG Home for the 2000 residents, like you, who reside on campus.

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