COVID-19 - Moving to Online Instruction

March 16, 2020 – 7:45 p.m.

UWG will move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. For more information, please visit the university's coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

All 26 institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG), including the University of West Georgia, will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions. This action comes following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks to ensure business and instructional continuity, and to allow further state assessment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive permission from their institution, which will be forthcoming soon. 

Additionally, residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Students will receive specific instructions from campus leaders regarding when they will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from residence halls. Students must follow those instructions. For those students who are unable to depart campus, we will make every effort to accommodate these students. 

USG will be providing guidance to campuses on refunds for housing, dining, and other services. Students should wait for their campus to contact them. Institutions will remain open, with minimal staff physically on-site, to ensure continuity of certain services.  

The system’s goals in taking this measure are to ensure that our faculty, staff and students are safe; that we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia; and that we fulfill our mission to graduate our students even in the face of these challenging times. More information and guidance on what this decision means for faculty and staff will be forthcoming.

Please continue to adhere to Georgia Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding hygiene and social interactions. For more information on what you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19, visit the CDC website. For up-to-date information on the university’s response, visit UWG’s Information on COVID-19 website.

For more information on future updates at UWG, please visit the university's COVID-19 informational page.

As always, please remain mindful of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.