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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 will arrange 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, 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.

Distribution of UNG Face Coverings

UNG will provide all employees and students with a reusable and washable cloth face covering before fall semester.

Masks will also be available during Week of Welcome events on all campuses. Students and employees may also pick-up masks at the following dates and times. The Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses will be drive-up events where students and employees may pick up their mask without exiting their vehicle.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams.

Dates & Times

  • Monday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Wednesday, August 5, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 10, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. to Noon



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:

  • 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.
  • H - Hybrid - Technology is used to deliver 50 percent or less of class sessions, but at least one class session is replaced by technology.
  • H1 - Hybrid: 25-50% face-to-face (F2F) instruction - Technology is used to deliver 50-75 percent of class sessions. Segments of the class attend the classroom on a regular rotation based on classroom capacity with social distancing. Students will be notified of their attendance requirements prior to the first day of class.
  • H2 - Hybrid: < 25% F2F instruction - Technology is used to deliver more than 75% of class sessions. Segments of the class attend the classroom on a regular rotation 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.

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.

Faculty Flexibility

Faculty are asked to be flexible with students who are unable to participate in all course activities.

For example, while documenting attendance is a best practice for student success and retention in virtual and traditional environments, faculty should accommodate students who may fall ill or must care for families and friends.

  • Do not use an attendance grade.
  • Allow students to complete missing work in a timely fashion if they must miss class.
  • Do not require a student to submit a note from Student Health Services or their doctor to make-up missing assignments.
  • Incompletes: In circumstances where a student misses a portion of the course, a grade of Incomplete may be a suitable option over withdrawing. Incompletes are inappropriate if the student has not completed approximately 75% of the course work.
  • During class, faculty are encouraged to use projectors and white boards to interact with seated students. They also need to maintain access for students with disabilities.
  • If students seek feedback, be prepared to share it via email or messaging.
  • During labs, divide tasks equitably and ask students to step away periodically to allow other classmates to view results.

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