What You Need to Know for the Spring 2021 Semester
The UWG faculty and staff are excited to welcome you to another exciting semester in Spring 2021!
Our highest priority at UWG is to create an excellent learning environment that is safe and helps you realize your full potential as a student in our community. For those of you who are returning, we welcome you back and look forward to your continued success. And for those of you who are new to the UWG community, welcome! We’re delighted that you all are part of the UWG Pack.
We are dedicated to the safest and best on-campus and online learning experiences possible. We know that offering a diverse set of courses will best meet your needs, and we are planning our courses with you as our primary focus. Some classes will be on campus, some will be online, and some will be hybrid. Whatever modality you choose, be assured that your Spring 2021 will be a fantastic experience to grow, learn, and have fun.
The following details help you best understand what the Spring 2021 semester will look like and answer some of the questions you may have. Please use the following to plan your semester, and please reach out to your advisor and departments if you have any questions. We are here to help.
We look forward to seeing you soon in 2021.
When will spring classes begin and end?
The Spring 2021 academic calendar will not be modified. UWG will begin the spring semester on Jan. 9, 2021, and hold spring break the week of March 15 as scheduled. View the Academic Calendar for more information.
What will classes be like in the spring?
As noted in a resolution adopted by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents on Oct. 13, institutions in Georgia will continue to offer safe, in-person instruction for the Spring 2021 semester.
- The University of West Georgia will offer as many opportunities for face-to-face instruction as possible while still maintaining physical distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the USG to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- To accomplish this goal, class times will be more equally distributed. Instead of class times being highly concentrated on Monday through Thursday during the middle of the day, courses will have a more evenly distributed usage of early, evening, and Friday/Saturday time slots. Additionally, courses may be held in non-traditional settings, including the Campus Center and Z-6.
Instructional Modality of Courses
- Entirely at a Distance – 100 percent online. The course must not require students to meet on-campus at all during the course of the semester. The student cannot be required to attend a proctored exam at one particular site; proctored exams must be allowed at any approved testing site worldwide. Sections with this designation will be marked with an "E" Section code (E01, E02, etc.) and may impact student’s fees.
- Fully at a Distance with One Meeting at the Carrollton Campus – 95-99 percent online. The course may require only one face-to-face meeting and perhaps a proctored exam using distance technologies for more than 95 percent of instruction time. Sections with this designation will be marked with an “N” in the Section Code and may impact student's fees.
- Fully at a Distance with One Meeting at UWG Newnan – 95-99 percent online. The course may require only one face-to-face meeting and perhaps a proctored exam using distance technologies for more than 95 percent of instruction time. Sections with this designation will be marked with an “N” in the Section Code and may impact student's fees.
- Fully at a Distance with One Meeting at UWG Douglasville – 95-99 percent online. The course may require only one face-to-face meeting and perhaps a proctored exam using distance technologies for more than 95% of instruction time. Sections with this designation will be marked with an “N” in the Section Code and may impact student's fees.
- Partially at a Distance – 51-94 percent online/distance courses. The course will meet through videoconferencing, online, or other technologies, instead of face-to-face, for 51-94 percent of its instructional time. These sections are marked with a “D” in the Section Code.
- Hybrid – 1-50 percent online. Courses that are hybrid will have two different delivery scenarios, listed below. Face-to-Face classroom instruction is unique content and integral to learning. Students will be notified of their attendance requirements by the instructor prior to the first day of class.
- Technology is used to deliver 50 percent or less of class sessions, but at least one class session is replaced by technology. All students enrolled will meet in the classroom at one time.
- Split Roster – Technology is used to deliver 50 percent of class sessions, and students meet minimally one time per week in class. Segments of the class attend the classroom on a regular scheduled rotation based on classroom capacity with social distancing.
- Technology Enhanced – Technology is used in delivering instruction, but no class sessions are replaced by technology.
Check Your Classes
We encourage students to review their schedule to verify course modality, room location, and any other schedule updates by reviewing UWG’s course listing.
To see where you can find this information in the Schedule of Classes, check this flyer: Course Info (PDF).
Will physical distancing be practiced in classrooms to keep everyone safe?
Yes, physical distancing in the classroom will be implemented. UWG will arrange classroom seating to allow for physical distancing. Additionally, courses may be held in non-traditional settings, including the Campus Center and Z-6.
Will anyone be required to wear a mask?
Face coverings will be required in all in-person classes on campus. Effective July 15, 2020, USG institutions, including UWG, require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside any campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing may not always be possible, including all classrooms. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.
Will masks be required anywhere else on campus besides classrooms?
Yes, physical distancing and masks will also be in effect in other spaces across campus that support academic instruction, including places like Ingram Library, advising, the Center for Academic Success, and academic departments. Students will have opportunities to set up either virtual appointments or arrange in-person meetings as needed on campus to support their learning. Labs and other specialty courses (for example, in the Tanner Health System School of Nursing) may have additional requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Your program or instructor will notify you of these requirements.
How will UWG support student learning and success in classes this fall?
UWG will have in place plenty of instructional support and resources (both with on-campus faculty and staff and online) to support student academic success in every learning environment. We encourage you to call or visit the following: