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Return to Campus Guidance

Faculty and staff began the return-to-campus process in mid-June of 2020. Everyone on campus has a responsibility to adhere to these guidelines to protect yourself and others and help contain the spread of the virus. 

Prior to Coming to Campus

  • Determine from your supervisor the date for your return, and talk with your supervisor about social distancing for your office space.
  • Arrange telework/flexible scheduling options with your supervisor and colleagues as necessary.
  • Learn more about the return plan for employees.

COVID-19 Training

We have developed specific trainings for supervisors, employees and students to complete. This training is required for all members of the UNG community.

The training includes proper sanitation, hygiene and social distancing practices. When employees and students complete the training, they will be asked to acknowledge the completion of the training and to commit to adhering to all safety protocols.

Daily Self-Screening

Check your temperature and COVID-19 related symptoms before returning to campus and before coming to campus each day. 

If you have any of these symptoms, DO NOT come to campus. 

Employees or students who have tested positive or who have symptoms of COVID-19 should seek medical care, notify their supervisor (in the case of employees), stay home, and complete the UNG COVID-19 Self-reporting Form. Reports for students are routed to the Dean of Students and reports for employees are routed to Human Resources.

Student Health Services on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses will offer COVID-19 testing in-house  to UNG students when certain criteria are met. Learn about COVID-19 testing for students at UNG.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever over 100.4°F or 38°C (without having taken any fever-reducing medications)
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • New or unusual headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
  • Review latest symptoms from CDC

If the answer is “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you should stay home.

  • Are you experiencing any of the COVID-19 related symptoms noted above?
  • Are you living with or caring for an individual who is suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Have you been in direct or close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 since your last screening?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official

Unsafe Practices

Report unsafe practices in the workplace to your supervisor or to Human Resources at

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