To our students at CPH: In-person classes will resume for the Fall 2020 semester on August 20. We know you have a lot on your minds as you prepare to return to campus. This FAQ, which will be updated regularly, is designed to provide answers for some of the most common questions.

If you have any additional questions, please share them with Heather McEachern at cphadm@uga.edu.


Before Coming to Campus

Q: What should I do to prepare to come to campus each day?

A: Wash and sanitize your mask. Remember to take your temperature, self-monitor your health and use the University’s screening and notification tool called DawgCheck each day before you come to campus.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: According to the CDC, symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Q: What should I do if I have a fever, symptoms of COVID-19, or just feel sick?

A: Stay home and, depending on your condition, contact the University Health Center or your personal health care provider.

Also, contact your professor and if your health allows, attend class virtually. If you’re feeling too sick to attend class virtually, that’s ok. We are adjusting the attendance policy to prioritize health and safety.


On Campus

Q: What can I do to reduce transmission of COVID-19?

A: Whether on campus or off campus – Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Encourage others to follow these “3 Ws,” and stay home if you’re feeling sick.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask while on the Health Sciences Campus or main campus?

A: Yes. Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—began requiring all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.

We also recommend wearing a mask while moving outdoors on UGA campuses where six feet social distancing is not possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

The address listed in Athena as “current local” is the address to which your face coverings and thermometers were mailed. They should arrive by Friday, July 24. However, if you did not receive your mailing, you will be able to pick them up at the Tate Center or Ramsey Student Center upon your return to campus.

Q: What do I do if I forget my mask?

A: You must have a mask to enter campus buildings. It is highly suggested to keep a spare mask in your backpack, vehicle, or other items you routinely bring to campus.

Q: What is the right way to wear a mask or face covering?

A: Your mask/face covering should cover your entire nose and mouth snugly. Face coverings with air valves should not be worn.

While wearing your mask, it is still important to avoid touching your face, and you should still continue to practice routine hand washing and maintenance of physical distance.

Q: Will UGA Dining Halls, quick food stops and vending machines be available?

A: Vending machines will be available.  Please remember to wash your hands after using.

Dining Services is temporarily adjusting dining procedures. Commitment to providing an exceptional meal plan program with access to a variety of dining options remains the same. To ensure flexibility in dining choices, dining services is introducing a new online ordering program, to-go options, and a reservation system. During this period of temporary dining adjustments, residential dining locations will be open for meal plan participants only. Those using credit/debit, Paw Points, or Bulldog Bucks to purchase food may do so at our retail dining locations.

Please note that information is subject to change and will be updated regularly on the Dining Services website.

Q: Will water fountains be running?

A: Water bottle filling stations will be running. The manual touch points may be disabled.  Please bring a reusable bottle to campus for refilling.

Q: Will the computer labs in Rhodes Hall and Miller Hall be available?

A: The computer labs in Rhodes Hall and Miller Hall have been marked for social distance usage.  Please only use the stations that have been marked for use.   Sanitizing wipes are provided in or near the labs.  Please clean the workstation before and after each use.  Please also refrain from moving around furniture in any public space on HSC, which may affect the distance measured for safe use.

Q: Will there be socially distance study locations on HSC or main campus?

A: Yes, there are spaces in most all buildings at HSC.  Signage will be used to show how many should be in available spaces at one time.  You are also encouraged to use the many outdoor spaces on the HSC campus (being outside is a lower risk option).

    • The Garden Level in Rhodes Hall has three small study rooms, a student lounge, a computer lab, and a small classroom for use when classes are not in session. There are picnic tables with umbrellas on each side of the Garden Level as well as rocking chairs and benches on the porch.
    • Miller Hall has a few small conference rooms marked with social distancing guidelines, a small computer lab, and a covered front porch with tables and chairs.
    • Wright Hall has seating areas throughout the first, second, and third floors.  Classrooms can be used when classes are not in session, unless otherwise noted.
    • Russell Hall classrooms are available if classes are not in session, but maximum occupancy rules must be followed and only designated seats should be used
    • George Hall, the large auditorium, should be open during business hours.  There are lots of tabletop or desktop seats in this space, but, again, maximum occupancy and designated seat use must be followed.

Q: How are common surfaces like door handles and desks being sanitized?

A: Common areas will be cleaned throughout the day by building personnel.  Sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms for students and faculty to clean surfaces prior to usage.  Full cleaning of classrooms will also be performed in the evenings.

Q: Will the HSC buses run normally?

A: We expect HSC buses to run normally. You can use the UGA app on your phone to track buses and see all new routes effective Fall 2020.

    • The first bus departs Snelling Dining Commons toward the Health Sciences Campus at 7:11 a.m. The first bus departs the Health Sciences Campus toward
    • Main Campus at 7:15 a.m.
    • The last bus departs the Health Sciences Campus at 6:59 p.m. during the academic year.
    • The last bus leaves Snelling at 6:51 p.m. toward the Health Science campus during the academic year.
    • Night service is provided by the Prince-Milledge night route.

Classes

Q: I heard some classes will be in person, some will be online, and some will be a hybrid. How will I know what format my class is in?

A: Classes that are designated with the “E” (PBHL 2000E for example) are fully online. Other courses may be taught in-person or as a hybrid model for up to 49% of the instruction time. It is up to the discretion of instructors to be in-person/hybrid, and to the extent that the hybrid model will be implemented.

Therefore, faculty members will post information in eLC and/or on the course syllabus with instructional requirements. It is important to review all syllabi or eLC information the first week of classes. If you join a class during Drop/Add week, please email the instructor immediately and ask to be added manually to the eLC portal for the course.

Q: How do I find out if I’m supposed to come to class in person if I transfer into another class during Drop/Add?

A: If you join a class during drop/add week, please email the instructor immediately and ask to be added manually to the eLC portal for the course. Updates to eLC happen overnight if you do not contact an instructor. Emailing will not always guarantee that your instructor will process your request. Please be patient during this busy time.

In the College of Public Health, we are asking that ALL classes meet online during Drop/Add to avoid confusion about who should be in person and when. After the course enrollment is set after Drop/Add, your instructor will let you know what the in-person rotation schedule will be.

Q: What if I have an in-person class and a Zoom class back to back? Will there be a place where students can Zoom on campus?

A: Yes, there are spaces in most buildings at HSC.  Signage will be used to show how many should be in available spaces at one time.  You are also encouraged to use the many outdoor spaces on the HSC campus (being outside is a lower risk option).

    • The Garden Level in Rhodes Hall has three small study rooms, a student lounge, a computer lab, and a small classroom for use when classes are not in session.  There are picnic tables with umbrellas on each side of the Garden Level as well as rocking chairs and benches on the porch.
    • Miller Hall has a few small conference rooms marked with social distancing guidelines, a small computer lab, and a covered front porch with tables and chairs.
    • Wright Hall has seating areas throughout the first, second, and third floors.  Classrooms can be used when classes are not in session, unless otherwise noted.
    • Russell Hall classrooms are available if classes are not in session, but maximum occupancy rules must be followed and only designated seats should be used
    • George Hall, the large auditorium, should be open during business hours.  There are lots of tabletop or desktop seats in this space, but, again, maximum occupancy and designated seat use must be followed.

Q: Do I need to leave the classroom or building immediately after class?

A: To provide sufficient time for classroom transition, sanitation by faculty and students, and maintain physical distancing, it is important to leave classroom spaces immediately after class, and find public spaces to congregate, should you need to do so. Please refrain from gathering in halls and room entrance/exits points to allow for less congestion as classes switch. An extra 5 minutes has been added between each class period to help with extra time that will be needed.

Q: How will office hours work?

A: You should refrain from drop-ins with staff and faculty. Each department or unit will have a system in place based on the nature of their work and the spaces they use; therefore, students should call or email faculty and staff to set up meetings in advance, and when possible, try to use an online platform for conducting meetings or sessions. Doing so will help reduce traffic, congestion and possible exposure to UGA personnel.

Q: What is the new class schedule for fall with the new 20-minute break between classes?

A:   The new schedule can be found here: https://reg.uga.edu/general-information/daily-class-schedule/.

Q: What if I am not able to participate in-person because of a medical or other issue?

A: Students can submit a request for accommodations via the Disability Resource Center. The DRC will contact your instructors to work with them on your accommodation.


Laboratory Spaces

Q: What will lab sections look like for my classes?

A: Instructional labs are subject to the same physical distancing requirements as required for classrooms. Generally, labs will be at a much-reduced capacity. Instructors will set up a rotating schedule for in-person labs, with remote work set up for off-weeks. There may also be an expectation for using shared equipment or supplies. Make sure to check eLC for information on your specific courses.

Q: What policies will be in place for lab-based research?

A: Reduced capacities in research labs are also in place to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Each faculty member will have an approved research plan that will explain requirements specific to each lab/workspace. Make sure to check in before heading to the lab.


Testing, Reporting Symptoms, & Self-Quarantine

Q: How can I get tested if I suspect I have COVID-19 or have been exposed?

A: Symptomatic students can get tested at UHC, but you must call ahead to book appointments (706-542-1162).

Additionally, it is possible to schedule a test through the Georgia Department of Public Health’s fixed testing site at 1030 Mitchell Bridge Road (706-340-0996). The University has also announced plans for surveillance testing for students not exhibiting symptoms. Please read more info HERE about surveillance testing.

Q: What should I do while I’m waiting for results?

A: If you have symptoms or a medical provider has presumptively diagnosed you with COVID-19, you should self-isolated (more on this below). Additionally, if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive – spent more than 15 minutes with this person and within six feet – you should self-quarantine. Be aware that current return times for tests is >5 days (with additional testing capacity we hope this time will be reduced). Assume you are positive until you hear otherwise.

Q: What should I do if I test positive? How long do I need to stay home?

A: If you test positive, please stay home and follow the CDC guidelines on isolating while you monitor your symptoms.

Q: What do I do if my roommate is sick?

A: If you are able to safely go to another location to isolate or quarantine, please do that. Otherwise, we recommend reviewing and following the CDC guidance on quarantine scenarios that are specific to living arrangements.

Q: Who should I tell if I test positive?

A: You are required to report a positive test result in DawgCheck. This will inform administrators in the College and the University Health Center who will follow up. Please note that your report will be handled confidentially, though you are welcome to inform others of your positive test as you feel comfortable.


Other Topics

Q: If classes pivot online, will students still have access to buildings?

A: The University of Georgia administration determines policies for campus closure, and the extent to which students can continue to utilize campus services, including building access. If classes pivot in any way during the academic term, the policies on campus closure will be communicated as well.

Q: What will CPH Advising look like this Fall?

A: Advising will remain virtual like in late spring and summer. CPH is creating Zoom waiting rooms for walk-in chats for Drop/Add week when students would typically come to Ramsey and meet with an advisor.

The advising team will be posting updates for Fall protocols to the CPH Advising page in the next two weeks.

Q: How will my Teaching/Graduate Assistantship be affected?

A: The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) coordinates teaching/graduate assistantship information. Please visit, https://ctl.uga.edu/ for helpful links and resources.

Additionally, all Teaching/Graduate Assistants have a supervisor to report to for their duties and responsibilities. If you have an assistantship, it is important that you maintain constant communication with supervisors for COVID-19 related updates.