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The safety of our UWG COMMUNITY is our priority

UWG faculty and staff are working hard to continue face-to-face instruction, programs, and services for Fall 2020.

THINGS TO KNOW

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Frequently Asked Questions

We continue to monitor COVID-19 and to take safety actions as warranted. We are operating in conjunction with our local, state, and national health agencies to include regular updates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the University System of Georgia (USG). UWG’s President established a task force composed of leaders from across campus who are working to continually assess the institution’s readiness plans and execute protocols related to medical health and safety, business continuity, emergency preparedness, and travel.

Our current plan implements a phased return to in-person operations in three (3) phases to be completed on or around Aug. 3, 2020. Each Vice President will notify his or her faculty and staff based on operational and service needs. Student employees, including student assistants, federal work study students, and graduate assistants, may be included in the divisional return to work plans based on operational and support needs and availability. We will make every effort to provide reasonable notice of at least 3 business days prior to an employee’s return to work date.

Faculty/staff monitoring is a process for employees to assess their health status and readiness for work. This process is aligned with CDC and DPH health monitoring guidelines.   

  • Employees must follow self-monitoring and self-reporting protocols on a daily basis.
  • Employees will utilize an electronic self-reporting application for efficient processing and assessment.
  • Employees will self-report by answering the following questions on a daily basis:
    • Do you have a temperature of 100.4F or greater without the use of fever reducing medication?
    • Are you exhibiting any of the symptoms for a potential COVID-19 infection? Symptoms are listed on the CDC website.
    • If yes to above, employee will attest to symptoms being related to COVID-19 or not. 
    • Have you been in contact with an individual who has confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 
    • Have you traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days?
  • Employees will be provided guidance on steps they need to follow based on their response to these questions. 

Employees who receive notification of a positive test for COVID-19 should follow the COVID-19 Reporting Process outlined here. UWG officials will notify GDPH, which will begin contact tracing, and individuals who the affected employee may have come into contact will be notified. UWG Human Resources will also contact the employee’s supervisor and other relevant parties, such as the Vice President, the Medical Director of Health Services, Campus Planning and Facilities and the Senior Benefits Administrator for leave tracking.

Effective July 15, 2020, USG institutions, including UWG, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, 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. 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.

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