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What You Can Expect in the Classroom

The goal is to keep as much of a face-to-face experience as possible while ensuring social distancing, and faculty and staff are devising ways to accommodate social distancing in courses.

Social Distancing in the Classroom

Methods may vary depending on the number of students, the course location/room, and the type of course.

  • UNG has arranged classrooms to allow students to sit six feet away from each other. Other methods may include flexible schedules for students, including hybrid courses.
  • Some courses that require a lab, clinical or practicum have developed customized plans to allow students to complete the courses.

Effective July 15, 2020, the use of face coverings is required by students, faculty, staff, and visitors in UNG buildings and facilities where six feet of social distancing may not 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.

Instructional Modality

Based on the capacity of the UNG facilities and USG guidance to maximize the face-to-face experience of students while following safety guidelines for all, the majority of courses will fall into one of the hybrid modalities identified below. The deans will monitor the percentage of courses that are moved totally online to accommodate faculty who are in high-risk categories. Colleges will identify and tag each course schedule with the instructional modality using the following definitions:

Spring 2021

Instructional Methods for Spring 2021:

  • F - Fully at a distance - All or nearly all of the class sessions are delivered via technology. The course does not require students to travel to a classroom for instruction; however, it might require students to travel to a site to attend an orientation or to take exams. (This is generally equivalent to delivering more than 95 percent of sessions via technology.)
  • P - Partially at a distance - Technology is used to deliver more than 50 percent of class sessions, but visits to a classroom (or similar site) are required.
  • H1 - Hybrid: 50% or once per week  face-to-face (F2F) instruction - Technology is used to deliver 50 percent of class sessions or student meet minimally one time per week in class. Segments of the class attend the classroom on a regular scheduled rotation based on classroom capacity with social distancing. Students will be notified of their attendance requirements prior to the first day of class.
  • H3 - Hybrid: Variable F2F instruction - Technology is used to deliver a percentage of class sessions. Segments of the class may attend the classroom on a regular rotation. The class format may necessitate close physical proximity with others. Additional safety precautions may be necessary. Students will be notified of their attendance requirements and additional safety requirements prior to the first day of class.
  • T - Technology enhanced - Technology is used in delivering instruction to all students in the section, but no class sessions are replaced by technology.
  • No technology - No technology is used in delivering instruction.

Check Your Classes

UNG is updating our course listing to show course instructional methods - the level of hybridity or if they are fully online.  We encourage students to review their schedule to verify the modality of their courses and then to make adjustments, if necessary.  If your courses’ modality is not yet shown, please check back.

Attendance Expectations for Spring 2021

Faculty have reported that many students are not attending classes in-person or online and are opting to review the class recording later. This has an impact on how classes are taught, how you learn and how well you can engage with other students and faculty. Please note the updated attendance expectations for Spring Semester.

  • The University of North Georgia expects students to attend all regularly-scheduled classes for instruction and examination. In hybrid courses, students are expected to participate fully in both the online portion and the face-to-face portion of the course. These two components of the course complement each other; one is not a substitute for the other.
  • When a student is compelled for any reason to be absent from class, the student should immediately convey the reason for the absence directly to the instructor. The student is responsible for all material presented in class and for all announcements and assignments.
  • Students who stop attending class may be administratively withdrawn (with or without academic penalty); a grade of W may be assigned when students fail to attend 10% of any class meetings prior to the midpoint of the term; a grade of WF will be assigned when students stop attending after the midpoint.
  • Individual instructors or departments may have attendance policies stricter than that of the university, as long as the policies are stated in the class syllabus.
  • Extenuating circumstances for which an absence may be excused include participation in university-sponsored activities, hazardous weather conditions, personal hardship, extended illness or hospitalization, family emergencies, or death in the immediate family. 
  • Instructors may request documentation to verify the extenuating circumstances. For illness or self-isolation related to COVID-19, the Deans of Students will notify the faculty.

Facility Evaluations and Modifications

  • All instructional areas will be field measured to determine occupancy that maintains social distancing requirements.
  • Data for allowable occupancies will be integrated with Banner scheduling to help inform decisions on appropriate modality by course section.
  • Non-instructional spaces will be evaluated for use as instructional spaces to offset area where required occupancy does not accommodate instructional requirements.
  • Furniture relocations will be made as needed to facilitate social distancing requirements.
  • Faculty and students will be instructed to not change the configuration of classrooms at any time during the semester.

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