We look forward to seeing you on campus again this fall! We have spent the summer preparing for students to return to classes—both in buildings and online—and ensuring our campuses are safe and healthy places to learn. We encourage you to review the UNG Nighthawks Together website for full details and ongoing updates about our plans for this fall, and have highlighted below some topics that will help you understand what to expect this fall.
Fall semester classes are set to begin as scheduled on August 17. Instruction will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with final exams moving online following Thanksgiving.
Changes to classrooms and courses: Whether in person, virtual or a hybrid of the two, instruction at UNG will look different this fall due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have taken many steps to ensure that high-quality teaching and learning continues. To provide for social distancing in classrooms, many classrooms will need to operate with 25%-50% of their normal seating capacity. However, our goal is to have as many face-to-face interactions as possible. UNG has adjusted courses to reflect in-person, online or hybrid modalities. Students should review their schedule to verify the modality of their courses. While some adjustments may be possible during the drop-add process, we are not able to accommodate all requests. If a student adds a class during drop-add, D2L will not update until the following day, so students should also email the faculty member to alert them to the change. If a student has a documented disability or is immune-compromised, they should contact Student Disability Services to initiate accommodations.
Equipment needs: All students will need access to a computer with video and audio capability to fully participate in courses and to be able to do testing. UNG's Bookstores now have UNG IT Approved Dell laptops, webcams and accessories available in-store and online at ungbookstore.com.
The first week of classes: Students should go to their D2L course section for information about when to attend class for hybrid courses. The D2L platform will open the first day of class. They should also monitor their UNG email for messages from their faculty members with instructions for the start of classes. D2L support
UNG—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require 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, including all classrooms. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings will not be required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met, or for students in their own residence hall rooms or suites. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons. Please contact Student Disability Services to request accommodations.
We have purchased more than 30,000 cloth face masks—enough for every student, faculty and staff at UNG, with extras on hand. These will be distributed to students at move-in, at drive-in events, and at welcome tents at the beginning of the semester.
Health and Safety
All members of the UNG community should be aware of the many safety precautions being taken by the university and understand their individual responsibility to abide by the guidelines issued by public health agencies and UNG to contain the spread of COVID-19. UNG has developed mandatory health and safety online training for students and employees; the student module will be available soon and should be completed before coming to campus.
All members of the UNG community will be expected to conduct a daily self-screening, including a temperature check, before coming to campus. All students should have access to a personal thermometer to conduct this screening.
To complement enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms, offices and common areas across campus.
Student Health Services will offer COVID-19 testing for students by appointment. Additional testing options are available through the Georgia Department of Public Health or private healthcare providers.
We are doing everything within our power to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all of us to live, work and learn. Your commitment to safety, cooperation and flexibility remain essential for our success. A webinar for students and their families is planned for July 27 at noon. If you are unable to participate, the presentation will be recorded for viewing later.
We look forward to seeing you next month!
Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs
Dr. Chaudron Gille
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. James Conneely
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management