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Student Information

Welcome you to the UNG family to our spring starters! If you are a returning student, welcome back! The college experience may not be exactly what you had planned on and spaces like classrooms and dining areas may look different, but our goal is to have as much face-to-face experience as safely possible. One thing that will not change is the commitment of UNG faculty, staff and administration to your success; it remains steadfast.

Yes, social distancing will change the nature of everything we do at UNG for now, but it is our hope that we will all do our part to keep our campus communities safe and healthy.

If you are a new student, complete the required COVID-19 student safety training.

Miss one of the Parent, Student & Family Town Halls?

Revised Spring 2021 Calendar

  • Jan. 11 - Classes begin
  • Jan. 18 - MLK, Jr. holiday
  • March 9 - Instructional Break
  • April 1-2 -  Spring holiday
  • April 30 - Classes end
  • May 3-7 - Final Exams

Full Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

General Info

Classroom Accommodations for At-Risk Students

Upon request, individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19 will be given an opportunity to participate in courses with limited face-to-face contact with other individuals. The GDPH and CDC have stated that people of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Documentation for underlying medical conditions will be required as a part of the request. All student requests should begin by registering with Student Disability Services.

What if a Student is Sick or Exposed?

Students are encouraged to screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Students who have tested positive or who have symptoms of COVID-19 should seek medical care, complete the UNG COVID-19 self reporting form, and stay at home. Learn more about how UNG will manage COVID-19 reports.

Learn about COVID-19 testing for students at UNG.

Person Diagnosed with COVID-19

A student must leave the residence hall immediately upon being diagnosed (test or clinical diagnosis) with COVID-19. He/she is to follow CDC guidelines and must meet these criteria before coming back to campus:

  1. Symptoms improved
  2. No fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine
  3. It has been at least 10 days since first day of symptoms. The student cannot return sooner than 10 days even if improved.

The student must self-isolate and not return to any campus without meeting these criteria. Review the GDPH guidelines for discontinuing home isolation for full details.

Person in Direct Contact with Someone Diagnosed with COVID-19

If a student has been notified that he/she has been in direct contact with someone with COVID-19 and potentially exposed, the student must leave campus and quarantine.  

  • Quarantine can end after day 10 without PCR testing, if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Person returns to work or school on day 11.
  • Quarantine can end after day 7, if a PCR test is administered at day 5 or later and the results are negative and person is asymptomatic. Person returns to work or school on day 8.

Vaccinated Person in Direct Contact with Someone Diagnosed with COVID-19

People who have been vaccinated may not be required to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.  More information on COVID vaccinations from the CDC.

Students or employees who meet these criteria may submit verification to be exempt from quarantine by completing the Return to Campus Request form.

For complete details, review the GDPH Quarantine Guidance.

Students Who Live with Someone Who is At-Risk

UNG will provide alternate educational arrangements for students who fall into one of the CDC categories as high risk for COVID-19, but cannot guarantee the same options for students who live with someone at high risk. Instead, we encourage these students to reach out to their instructors to determine if there are reasonable ways to manage the concerns. Alternatively, students may explore UNG online and eCore options available and to adjust their schedules accordingly. While students may adjust schedules on their own, students should seek the advice of their Academic Advisor to assist in choosing course options that apply to the student’s Plan of Study.  

UNG continues to look for ways to support our students and their academic goals. If students have extreme circumstances, they may contact the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@ung.edu.

Guidance & Plans

UNG's plans follow guidance from the University System of Georgia (USG), the Governor's COVID- 19 Task Force, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make public health-informed decisions affecting the status of its campuses.

The COVID-19 situation is fluid, and guidance will very likely change over time.

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