How do I receive information about my classes and campus reopening?

A CourseDen course has been developed for all undergraduate students. This will contain safety information, campus updates, and more. All undergraduates will be enrolled in this course. You should have access by Aug. 12; if anyone has issues accessing the class, please contact UWG Online (online@westga.edu, 678-839-6248 , Live Chat).

The Graduate School maintains a CourseDen course for all graduate students. Safety information, updates, and more will be provided in an additional module for these students.

We recommend that all students turn on their Notifications for CourseDen so that they can be sure to receive information as it is provided. Students should also sign up for Wolf Connect for other updates and access the UWG Return to Campus Plan.

Am I required to attend my classes in person?

Specific attendance requirements and grading guidelines for each course are set by faculty. This information will be outlined in their syllabus. If you have concerns or questions, you should contact the appropriate professor and/or your academic advisor.

All courses will be taught in the instructional delivery mode that was defined in the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes (how to use this schedule) when you originally registered for your course. While we are ready to offer a great in-person, on-campus student experience, we plan to do so in ways that promote everyone’s health and safety.

What if I believe it is not safe to attend face-to-face classes?

Professors are creating an environment that allows students to attend the kind of class for which they signed up. If you signed up for a face-to-face class, you will get that delivery experience under conditions that are as safe as possible.

Should you decide returning to campus is not safe under any circumstances, please contact your professor(s) and Accessibility Services by calling 678-839-6428 .

My class is scheduled to be a face-to-face course, but I read/heard that I can only attend class on certain days. Why?

This is possibly true, but read on for more details. Some changes for courses with a face-to-face component must occur to allow access to in-person learning in a physical classroom setting while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

Classes that are scheduled to be taught face-to-face will require social distancing. The exact structure of each course depends upon the particular classes and subject areas. For example, in some cases, students might attend every session face-to-face but will meet with their professor online for office hours or conferences. In other cases, some students will attend class in-person with others attending online, typically by rotation; and in others, faculty may deliver online lectures with in-person breakout sessions.

In sum, a variety of options are available, and faculty members will use the approach or approaches best suited to their classes and discipline.

How will I know which specific day of the week I need to attend for each face-to-face class? Will my instructor let me know ahead of the first day?

If your class structure requires face-to-face attendance, especially one that includes an assigned class day to attend, your professor will let you know ahead of the first day of class via your UWG email.

If you have specific concerns or questions about when to attend your classes, you should contact your professors via email. That way, they can provide you with the specifics you need to succeed.

I don’t have reliable access to the internet, but some of my coursework is online. What can I do?

Please refer to this list of suggestions for finding reliable internet connections in your area, optimizing your connection at home, or possibly finding a free service: UWG Online’s New to Online Knowledgebase.

If you still need help, contact UWG Online to discuss your concerns or test your existing hardware: online@westga.edu, 678-839-6248 , or via Chat.

How will final exams work?

Final exams will be administered remotely so that students do not have to return to campus after Thanksgiving Break, unless they choose to do so.

Please recognize that some courses may require a remotely proctored exam. Depending on the tool or service used (typically ProctorU or Respondus Monitor with Respondus Lockdown Browser), there may be a fee associated with taking the exam, which is usually around $15-$25. In addition, minimum hardware, hardware, software, and internet connectivity may be required.

Just as with attendance and when to go to your classes, check with your instructor on the process they will use and the specific requirements and costs. Most likely, this information will be on your syllabus for each of your classes. And, of course, the UWG Online Help Desk is available to help with technical questions; contact UWG Online to discuss your concerns or test your existing hardware: online@westga.edu, 678-839-6248 , or via Chat.

Will the academic calendar be modified for the fall semester?

Classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, as originally scheduled. However, two changes have been made to the fall calendar. In order to shorten the fall semester, the dates previously designated for Fall Break (Oct. 8-9) and the first three days of Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 23-25) will be used as instructional days. This change will allow for regular instruction to conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Final exams will be administered remotely so that students do not have to return to campus after Thanksgiving break, unless they choose to do so. Campus will remain open.

The complete, modified academic calendar can be found here.

What do I do if I believe I was exposed to COVID-19, begin exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, and/or test positive for COVID-19?

For more information on how to properly quarantine and/or isolate, please refer to the documents below:

 

Classroom sanitization?

Custodial Services will disinfect instructional spaces each evening. Staff will frequently sanitize high-touch areas in common spaces such as restrooms, lobbies, corridors, elevators, stairs, etc.

How will I know where to sit in each of my classes? Will I be expected to sit at the same desk for each class meeting?

Classrooms are being assigned based on social distancing guidelines for the maximum capacity appropriate for your course. Spacing between student seats will be required and will be indicated accordingly.

Faculty may use a seating chart to aid in indicating which students are in class on any given day for contact tracing purposes; however, this may vary between courses.

You will learn more specific information about seating for your classes when fall semester resumes.

Who do I contact should I meet the conditions to be considered high-risk for COVID-19?

Students who fall into one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categories for being at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 may request an Alternative Educational Arrangement (AEA).

Students who believe that they fall into one of the risk categories must submit a request to Accessibility Services for an AEA. UWG will then undertake efforts to provide a reasonable alternative arrangement for the requesting students.

Decisions about what reasonable alternative arrangements are feasible will be made on a case-by-case basis, and the decision may vary by student, depending on the particular circumstances involved.

How will the shuttles around campus and to UWG Newnan be handled in regards to COVID-19 safety?

UWG is following CDC guidelines for mass transit which include:

  • Signage at bus stops
  • All riders must wear masks
  • Spaced seating
  • Daily bus sanitization
  • Enter at the front of the bus
  • Exit at the rear of the bus (one-way flow)

Do I have to wear a mask while on UWG’s campus?

Yes.

This is a University System of Georgia requirement that applies to all member institutions, including UWG, and information about that is below:

As from July 15, 2020, all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six-foot social distancing may not always be possible.

Face covering use will be in addition to social distancing and is not a substitute for distancing. Face shields may be used in addition to masks but are not a substitute for face masks.

Face coverings are not required when alone in an enclosed office or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students.

Reasonable accommodation may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons. Eligibility for exceptions to the mask requirements may be sought through Accessibility Services or the Health Center.

What spaces will be open on campus where I can study before, after, or in between classes? Will there be spaces on campus where I can access technology (computers, etc.)?

The first floor of Ingram Library will provide a space where students can access the technology they need for classes, such as desktops, Wi-Fi centers, and extended laptop checkouts. Social distancing will reduce the number of desktop computers available. The second and third floor of Ingram Library will remain closed. Ingram Library hours can be found here.

The Center for Academic Success will provide study spaces for students in the University Community Center. There you will find a quiet place to sit and study. However, please note that there will not be any computers available in these spaces.

Unless marked otherwise, the campus spaces available to students to study and access the internet remain as normal.

Will I be able to utilize Ingram Library as normal?

The first floor of the Library will provide a space where students can access the technology they need for classes, such as desktops, Wi-Fi centers, and extended laptop checkouts. Social distancing will reduce the number of desktop computers available.

Ingram Library hours can be found here.

What Academic Support is offered for my classes?

The Center for Academic Success will be open and available for students. We will offer tutoring and coaching in both face-to-face and virtual modes. Drop-in tutoring will also be available from 2-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Specific courses will have Supplemental Instruction (SI) with SI leaders attending classes and offering sessions in a hybrid mode of delivery. The SI schedule will be posted on the Center for Academic Success website before the start of classes and your SI leader will be in attendance on the first day of class.

Peer Academic Coaching will also be available with both face-to-face sessions as well as virtual appointments. Additionally, the University Writing Center will be available for face-to-face, virtual, and asynchronous options for students.

Students who need to utilize the Counseling Center should call 678-839-6428 .

You can see a more exhaustive list of UWG’s student support services and tools here.

I don’t have reliable access to the internet, but some of my coursework is online. What can I do?

Please refer to this list of suggestions for finding reliable internet connections in your area, optimizing your connection at home, or possibly finding a free service: UWG Online’s New to Online Knowledgebase.

If you still need help, contact UWG Online to discuss your concerns or test your existing hardware: online@westga.edu, 678-839-6248 , or via Chat.

I have a Chromebook, which isn’t always compatible with all online platforms and programs, so how will I be able to do the online work expected of me?

Depending on availability, the university may have a compatible laptop available for you to check out. Preparation is essential, though, so ask early, because the process may take up to three (3) business days.

Contact UWG Online to discuss your concerns or test your existing hardware: online@westga.edu, 678-839-6248 , or via Chat.

To request a laptop for checkout, use this form.

Why am I still getting charged the full price for less than a fully face-to-face experience in my classes?

The University of West Georgia’s tuition rates are based on the total number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled, not the delivery mode of the courses. There are course fees that may vary from course to course.

Will dual-modality affect the required textbooks for my classes?

No.

Will I be able to complete the internship I am scheduled for this semester?

Contact the department or program in which you will intern for details

Will there be any other costs associated with dual modality?

Some courses may require a remotely proctored exam. Depending on the tool or service used (typically ProctorU or Respondus Monitor with Respondus Lockdown Browser), there may be a fee associated with taking the exam, which is usually around $15-$25. In addition, minimum hardware, hardware, software, and internet connectivity may be required. If these fees are required, they should be outlined in the syllabus.

When are my tuition and fees due for fall semester 2020?

The fall semester fee payment deadline can be found by visiting the Bursar’s Office’s Fall 2020 Important Dates and Deadlines website. Fall 2020 tuition and fees are now due by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2020.

When is my housing contract payment due for on-campus residence halls?

If you have questions about your housing contract, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website.