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Faculty Information

UNG is preparing for students to return to campus in August and while preventive measures due to COVID-19 will change many things at the university, faculty members face additional changes.

UNG continues to work on details of the preventative measures that are necessary to keep our faculty, staff, and students safe and healthy on campus. Additional information and specific guidance will be shared as it is developed. There are various avenues of support for faculty already available, including best practices in online instruction, and more are forthcoming.

Classrooms may look different and the way that instruction is delivered may change, but the university supports our faculty members and knows that COVID-19 does not change your dedication to the success of our students.

COVID-19 Training

To return to campus safely we have developed specific trainings for supervisors, employees and students to complete. This training will be required for all members of the UNG community. The student training will be added soon.

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.

Academic Instruction Information

The goal is to keep as much face-to-face, high-quality educational experience while ensuring social distances. The following guidance applies to all academic units:

  • No changes will be made to courses or program that were online prior to March 2020.
  • Faculty scheduled to teach face-to-face or hybrid courses in fall 2020 semester shall not independently move their courses to fully online.
  • A determination regarding fall courses will be made by the university.
  • Where appropriate, UNG will leverage technology to support both teaching and learning.
  • UNG's planning and assessment processes will adjust, as necessary, to ensure it can continue to monitor the impact of changes made during this time on operational effectiveness and student learning.
  • Academic instruction will follow the guidelines under Workplace and Health Safety and Preventative Practices sections in the UNG Return to Campus Fall 2020 plan.
  • Faculty are encouraged to follow UNG guidelines, but may not be more restrictive than what has been put into place. 


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



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.


Undergraduate research may take place, with strict social distancing enforced. Students required to share laboratory space will use a facility scheduling scheme developed by each department. While it is hoped that all students wanting to participate in undergraduate research will be able to do so, social distancing will likely result in reduced research time for most students. 

Learn more about research spaces in Appendix D of the Employee Return-to-Campus Plan.

UNG Leads Virtually

On August 10, 2020, UNG will virtually host the second annual UNG LEADS Day (Learning, Engagement, Achievement, Development, Service) as a celebration of the upcoming academic year.

This year we are placing a special emphasis on developing training to help ingrain COVID-19 health and safety practices on campus.

Past Faculty/Staff Town Halls

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