Information for Students About UWG Operations During the Fall 2020 Semester
The Center for Academic Success will have virtual and in-person sessions and student hours to meet one-on-one with their Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader. The schedule will be posted on the SI webpage by the end of the first week of classes.
If your class has an SI leader, you will know on the first day. For more information, visit the Supplemental Instruction webpage.
Students can access tutoring three ways for Fall 2020:
- Face-to-Face Appointment
- Students will be able to access a face-to-face appointment with a peer tutor. They will be able to call and also book appointments online via EAB Navigate. The hours for face-to-face appointments will be Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All appointments will take place in the Center for Academic Success (CAS).
- Drop-In Tutoring
- The CAS will offer drop-in tutoring for students in the fall in the UCC. The hours for drop-in tutoring will be Mondays through Thursdays from 5-9 p.m.
- Virtual Tutoring
- All undergraduate students will be able to access virtual tutoring. Virtual tutoring hours will be set by the Peer Tutor and students can plan to book a virtual tutoring appointment during those hours.
UWG Newnan will also have tutoring services available. For more information, visit the Peer Tutoring webpage.
During the Fall 2020 semester, the University Writing Center (UWC) will provide writing support in three different modes:
- Asynchronous Paper Review
- Every UWG student at UWG will have access to our CourseDen location, University Writing Center Online Consultations, and have the opportunity to submit assignments for review. Turnaround time will be no more than 48 hours, and we do ask that submissions be no more than seven pages. (Availability TBD)
- Synchronous Video Sessions
- Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a synchronous video session with one of our consultants. The session will be scheduled by our staff, and a meeting link will be emailed to the student and the consultant. (Availability TBD)
Want a glimpse at the kind of writing resources we offer? Visit our Writing Resources webpage.
UWC at Newnan: Our location at the Newnan Center will host limited drop-in sessions on Mondays & Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
The UWG Student Health Center has maintained on-campus operations since the initial transition to online instruction and is prepared to operate at full capacity for the fall semester. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Student Health Center will continue to offer both in-person and telemedicine visits for appropriate conditions and will continue to adhere to the guidelines from governing and guiding agencies in an effort to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe.
Face-to-Face Health Center Visits
The following practices will be implemented/continued for face-to-face Health Center visits:
- On-campus appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. An hour is reserved at the beginning and ending of the day and during the lunch period to allow for additional cleaning and sanitization.
- Students must call the Health Center to schedule an appointment. Walk- in/work-in visits are discontinued at this time. Appointments will be scheduled by type and spaced to support social distancing whenever possible. With 17 exam rooms, patients can be spaced in a manner to support social distancing and areas of the building can be designated for defined visit types.
- Students requesting an appointment will be triaged by a member of our nursing staff and will complete a COVID-19 screening at the time of their appointment request. The information gathered during the screening process will be used to determine how to best serve the student (e.g., in-person visit, telemedicine visit, other).
- Visitors and patients are currently required to call Health Services prior to building entry. Signs displaying the number are posted at the front entrance. Health Services personnel currently complete a COVID-19 questionnaire with each party prior to building entry. Patients identified as at-risk are instructed to enter the building through a designated entrance. It is unknown whether it will be necessary to continue this practice during fall semester. We will reevaluate and adjust based on the manner in which students return to campus, the volume of patients presenting at the health center, and guidelines from governing and guiding agencies. We are prepared to divide the health center into designated COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 space, utilize designated entrances and exits, and adjust the schedule template to meet the needs of the students with block scheduling based on visit types.
- Waiting room seating will be limited/configured to support social distancing when use of the waiting room resumes.
- Hand sanitizer and facial covering stations will be placed at entrances and exits for student use as indicated.
- Physical and digital signage will be updated to communicate COVID- specific information and recommended guidelines.
- Posters outlining appropriate hand washing techniques will be placed in all restrooms.
- Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as indicated by the visit provider and review of the COVID screening will occur to ensure there have not been changes in the patient’s condition.
- Uploading charges to the student account will be encouraged to minimize exposure during the checkout process.
The following practices will be implemented/continued for telemedicine when needed or appropriate. Telemedicine visits are currently available to students and will continue to be offered during fall semester.
- Telemedicine appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m.
- Students must call the Health Center to schedule a telemedicine appointment. Students requesting an appointment will be triaged by a member of our nursing staff. The information gathered during the screening process will be used to determine whether the patient’s complaint is appropriate for a telemedicine evaluation.
- The Zoom platform is currently being used for telemedicine visits. All providers have established accounts and connectivity to support telemedicine visits.
- A telemedicine consent form is submitted to the patient for signature prior to the scheduling of the visit.
- Upon completion of the consent form, the patient is sent a link containing the appointment date and time. The provider is also notified of the scheduled appointment.
- Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as indicated by the visit provider.
Student Isolation/Quarantine Strategies
In conjunction with guidelines from governing and guiding agencies, UWG is developing a comprehensive plan to accommodate students who cannot return home and who require isolation or quarantine, which will address housing, food, medical and mental healthcare concerns.
For students who enter the isolation or quarantine protocol, they must meet ALL of the following minimum requirements before returning to campus:
- No fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Improved symptoms AND
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (known as COVID-19)?
Reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and dying. According to the CDC, symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.
Flu, Allergies, Common Cold, Or COVID-19: Know the Differences
Although there’s a lot we don’t know yet, understanding the differences between COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses can be helpful.
- Similarities and differences between COVID-19 and the flu (CDC)
- Allergy symptoms vs. coronavirus (WebMD)
- Coronavirus symptoms vs. cold: how do they compare (health.com)
What happens if I begin exhibiting coronavirus symptoms?
Do not walk in to schedule an appointment. Additionally, do not attend classes.
If you live on campus, Housing and Residence Life will identify a place where you can self-isolate.
At UWG, our highest priority is keeping you and everyone else safe. We are taking steps to make sure we are ready to offer a great in-person, on-campus student experience in a fashion that promotes health and safety. Sanitation and cleaning are services routinely performed by Custodial Services staff or other departmental staff on a scheduled basis.
Custodial Services department will provide enhanced sanitation services and will perform enhanced cleaning of instructional spaces regularly throughout the return to campus.
The university is placing stations with alcohol-based hand sanitizer at each building entrance. These stations will be monitored and restocked by Custodial Services as needed. Departments will provide hand sanitizer stations at public-facing interaction points in administrative offices.
Custodial Services will perform enhanced cleaning of instructional spaces each evening. Staff will frequently sanitize high-touch areas in common spaces such as restrooms, lobbies, corridors, elevators, stairs, etc.
- Students are responsible for the cleaning and disinfecting of their individual room, to include in-room/suite bathrooms. Cleaning supplies for these locations must be supplied by the student, and it will be recommended they follow CDC guidelines for appropriate cleaning products.
- The cleaning and disinfecting of common areas in living spaces will be completed by University employees based on a predetermined schedule.
All bus passengers and drivers will be required to wear masks on shuttles. Signage will be placed on all buses and shelters to provide guidance on seating, boarding, and social distancing. All passengers riding the buses will enter through the front and exit from the back. Shuttles will be sanitized at least once a day, and extra disposable masks will be available in the event a passenger is without one.
You are your best advocate.
Do your part to protect yourself and others. Whether you’re on- or off-campus, remember to:
- Practice social or physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces
- Wear a face covering, especially in instances where social distancing is not possible
- If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering, please call the UWG Counseling Center at 678-839-6428.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
- Clean high-touch areas and surfaces with disinfectant and a paper towel.
For more information on how you can stay safe off-campus:
Student Information Technology Services (SITS) provides a free service to UWG students to help in finding solutions to their software and/or hardware problems with their personal computers. Find more information about SITS.
Does UWG offer any software to students?
UWG participates in the Student Microsoft Campus Agreement, which enables students to obtain free copies of the latest versions of specific Microsoft software. Microsoft Office and the latest operating system are typically available.
NOTICE: You will need to use your email@example.com email account to download software.
- Be sure your system meets the minimum requirements for the software you wish to obtain. (System requirements can be found here.)
- To download software from SRS: Click here to go to the SRS site for the software.
You may install your own software or you may have a SITS technician perform the installation for you. You will be required to show your ID and sign the necessary release forms. You also need to bring in your information from the SRS download. After installation, you must activate your software.
Wireless coverage can be found throughout the campus. Wi-Fi is currently available in every classroom and administrative buildings on campus as well as buses. A detailed listing of the existing wireless hotspot locations can be found on our Wireless Access Points page.
For more information about wireless, including guidelines and connection instructions, visit the ITS website.
Coming (back) to campus is such an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff! However, it may also be a time of heightened anxiety for some, perhaps more so because of COVID-19. UWG cares about the mental health of students and wants to support students in feeling well and doing well!
- There are tons of online resources for students available here.
- The Counseling Center offers a variety of free and confidential services for students including groups, brief check-ins, and individual counseling.
- This fall, students are being asked to #Call4Counseling by calling 678-839-6428. Students will speak with a staff member who will assist them in connecting with a counselor.
- More information about the UWG Counseling Center can be found here. Questions about counseling can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are in crisis, please reach out. Someone is available 24/7. Call 678-839-6428, press option 2.
You may also use any of these off-campus services: