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Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources

UNG Updates

We know that you have many questions based on this rapidly evolving news. Our university’s leadership is working to address these questions and make the necessary arrangements to implement the USG’s guidance, and we will share more information as it becomes available.

March 13, 2020 : UNG Operations Update

As you know, the University System of Georgia has suspended instruction until March 29; however, the university is not closed. This two-week timeframe, which encompasses UNG’s Spring Break scheduled for the week of March 23, will give us time to test our business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus in Georgia. 

一本之道高清视频在线观看道At UNG, this temporary suspension of instruction includes all face-to-face and online courses, but not eCore courses. Any decision to alter operations or move classes online beyond March 29 will be determined by the University System of Georgia in consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Dr. Chaudron Gille has provided guidance to our faculty and academic departments about these preparations. 

Is UNG still open?

While instruction is temporarily suspended for this two-week period, UNG will continue to operate.  Essential personnel will be on campus, though teleworking across the university will be encouraged to the extent possible.  As a result, students and visitors should be aware that in-person services may be limited and that use of online and digital communications will be expanded.  Please visit the UNG Resources section of the UNG coronavirus website for emerging details on facilities and services.

Employee Expectations

Employees should consult with their supervisors regarding expectations of essential personnel and teleworking opportunities.  Our IT department has created a Remote Work Toolbox that provides essential support to help you be successful.  We have also expanded the Employee FAQs on UNG’s coronavirus website to include USG guidance about leave, travel and student workers, and we will add to that as more information becomes available.  Please consult with your supervisors or the Office of Human Resources as needed.

Will campus activities be cancelled?

From March 16 through March 29, campus-based student activities will be cancelled.  Other events may be evaluated and changed on a case-by-case basis.  Please review the UNG Event Calendar or contact event organizers for updates. 

Please note that, as of today, the NCAA and Peach Belt Conference have cancelled all remaining regular season competitions and championships.

Stay Informed

Information continues to develop rapidly and may change with minimal notice as conditions evolve.  We encourage everyone to regularly visit http://go.serverandstorageio.com/coronavirus for updates, including those made this afternoon. 

The health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and DPH to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.  In the meantime, I encourage you to lean on one another for support and ask for help as needed – we are in this together.

March 13, 2020: Message to UNG Community

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Yesterday, we alerted you to a decision made by leaders at the University System of Georgia (USG) to suspend instruction at all USG institutions for two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16.  We will continue instruction and class assignments as scheduled through the end of this week. 

一本之道高清视频在线观看道The USG guidance indicates that most students should vacate residence halls by the end of today and remain away from campus until March 29. We know there are students who will be unable to go home or secure alternative accommodations easily, and we will make accommodations for those students to remain safely on campus and have access to essential services, including the dining hall.  Students do not need to remove all of their belongings from the residence halls. They should pack only whatever equipment and instructional materials they need to follow their courses remotely should that become necessary after this two-week period. 

We know that you have questions based on this rapidly evolving news.  Our university’s leadership is working to address these questions and make the necessary arrangements to implement the USG’s guidance, and more information will be forthcoming later today.  We encourage everyone to regularly visit http://go.serverandstorageio.com/coronavirus for updates. 

一本之道高清视频在线观看道The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation in this uncertain and evolving situation.  UNG is a strong, resourceful and caring community, and we will get through this successfully together while ensuring we minimize the impact on students.

March 12, 2020: UNG will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks

UNG will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks

一本之道高清视频在线观看道This afternoon the University System of Georgia (USG) issued guidance to temporarily suspend instruction at all USG institutions for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020. It is important for you to know, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among the UNG community. This decision was made after receiving new guidance from Gov. Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) this afternoon. This two-week timeframe, which encompasses UNG’s Spring Break scheduled for the week of March 23, will give us time to test our business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus in Georgia.

We know that you have many questions based on this rapidly evolving news. Our university’s leadership is working to address these questions and make the necessary arrangements to implement the USG’s guidance, and we will share more information as it becomes available. In the interim, please note the following:

  • Friday, March 13 is a normal class day and operational day for UNG. Students are expected to attend class and personnel are expected to report for work as scheduled.
  • The guidance to temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks includes face-to-face courses and existing online courses, excluding eCore. This will provide our faculty and staff important time to ensure the operation of online instruction should that become necessary.
  • The USG guidance indicates that students should vacate residence halls by the end of Friday, March 13, and remain away from campus until March 29. However, we know there are students who are unable to go home or secure alternative accommodations easily. We will make accommodations for those students to safely remain on campus and have access to essential services, including the dining hall.
  • Campus-based student activities will be cancelled during this two-week period.
  • As many of you may already have Spring Break travel plans, we encourage all students, faculty and staff who may be traveling in any capacity (either domestically or internationally) to register their travel information through UNG's Office of Global Engagement International Travel Registrynew window. As a reminder, the CDC strongly advises against anyone traveling to a location subject to a Level 3 or higher Travel Health Notice, including most of Europe, South Korea, China and Iran. We also encourage community members to check with the U.S. Department of State website, and talk with family and travel companions to make a wise decision about travel plans, particularly related to travel in Europe.
  • Gov. Kemp has suspended all non-essential professional travel for state workers.
Finally, prevention is paramount, and the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19 are:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this evolving situation. We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent and well-informed choices for the well-being of our campus communities and the public. We continue to prepare for all scenarios in this rapidly evolving situation.

The health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and DPH to act on the most up-to-date guidance available. The USG is providing regular updates to all institutions and the public on the .

March 6, 2020: Message to UNG Community

We continue to closely monitor the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the immediate risk of exposure to the virus remains relatively low in the United States.  However, we want to keep the university well informed with resources related to the illness and its spread. We have compiled important information and resources about COVID-19 at this website - http://go.serverandstorageio.com/coronavirus一本之道高清视频在线观看道. Please refer to the site often for updates, guidance and other useful information. Members of our university community are working closely together and with state partners to ensure we are prepared for future developments. Your understanding, knowledge and cooperation are critical to achieving our goals in addressing this public health challenge. 

一本之道高清视频在线观看道The health and welfare of the University of North Georgia community is a top priority at all times, and at this time of heightened concern it is critical that each of us does our part to limit and prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as flu and COVID-19.

January 30, 2020: Message to UNG Community

We have been closely watching reports of a new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.  There have been no identified cases at UNG or in the state of Georgia. As of today there have been six confirmed cases in the United States.

Our health professionals will continue monitoring the situation and are following the direction given by public health experts.  It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a recommendation to avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei Province, China. Students who have traveled from China in the past 14 days and have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should contact Student Health Services immediately at 706-864-1948 (Dahlonega) or 678-696-2676 (Gainesville).  

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the seasonal flu, which remains the higher risk for our population. This is also the time of year when we typically see a rise in cases of seasonal flu.  We encourage everyone on campus to follow the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: getting a flu shot, washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when experiencing symptoms of illness. Students who have paid their health fee are eligible for a flu shot at no charge, while supplies last. 

 

It is recommended that anyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot, and especially people with chronic medical conditions who are at high-risk for flu-related complications.

General FAQs

UNG Class and Online Instruction Update (March 13, 2020)

On March 12, 2020, the University System of Georgia (USG) issued direction to suspend instruction at all USG institutions beginning March 16 through March 29.  This decision was made after receiving new guidance from Gov. Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) this afternoon.  This two-week timeframe, which encompasses UNG’s Spring Break scheduled for the week of March 23, will give us time to test our business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus in Georgia.  At UNG, this suspension of instruction includes all face-to-face and online courses.

While instruction is temporarily suspended for this two-week period, UNG will continue to operate.  However, in-person services may be limited, as offices are encouraged to telework during this period.  Students and consumers should review information on the UNG website for details.  Employees should consult with their supervisors regarding expectations of essential personnel and teleworking opportunities. 

Any decision to alter operations or move classes online beyond March 29 will be determined by the University System of Georgia in consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

eCore Courses

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Courses offered through the USG’s eCore program will continue to operate as planned and scheduled.

Are students able to remain on campus during this time of suspended instruction?

The USG guidance issued on March 12 indicates that most students should vacate residence halls on March 13 and remain away from campus until March 29. We know there are students who will be unable to go home or secure alternative accommodations easily, and UNG will make accommodations for those students to remain safely on campus and have access to essential services, including the dining hall.  Students do not need to remove all of their belongings from the residence halls. They should pack only whatever equipment and instructional materials they need to follow their courses remotely should that become necessary after this two-week period.

Will campus activities be cancelled?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道From March 16 through March 29, campus-based student activities will be cancelled.  Other events may be evaluated and change on a case-by-case basis.  Please review the UNG Event Calendar or contact event organizers for updates. 

Please note that the NCAA and Peach Belt Conference have cancelled all remaining regular season competitions and championships. 

  • As many of you may already have Spring Break travel plans, we encourage all students, faculty and staff who may be traveling in any capacity to register their travel information through UNG’s Office of Global Engagement International Travel Registry.
  • Please note that Governor Kemp has suspended all non-essential professional travel, including conferences, for state employees.

International Travel and Study Abroad Programs

All non-essential travel has been suspended indefinitely by Governor Kemp. The State Department has updated their travel advisory to a on March 12, and which will preclude travel by UNG personnel and most study abroad programs will be suspended. 

Our Center for Global Engagement一本之道高清视频在线观看道 is working with faculty and students who are affected by any program changes or cancellations.

What are coronavirus symptoms?

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the seasonal flu, which remains a higher risk for our population. This is also the time of year when we typically see a rise in cases of seasonal flu. We encourage everyone on campus to follow the same preventative strategies used during a typical cold and flu season: getting a flu shot, washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when experiencing symptoms of illness.

What preventative measures should I take?

We continue to encourage all members of the university community to follow the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: getting a flu shot, washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when experiencing symptoms of illness. Additionally, UNG’s facilities teams are regularly disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?

If a student becomes ill with , which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should stay in place and contact Student Health Services一本之道高清视频在线观看道 or a medical professional who will help the individual evaluate their condition and determine the next steps. Similarly, faculty or staff should consult their personal healthcare provider. Anyone who is ill should avoid contact with other people (do not call friends to come over, walk around campus, etc.).

Faculty and Staff FAQs

What should I do if I am sick?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Employees should not come to work when they are sick. Employees should stay home and use appropriate leave. If an employee appears to be exhibiting symptoms associated with coronavirus while at work, a manager should excuse the employee from work and advise them to seek care from a healthcare provider. Regular benefits-eligible employees have leave available to them to cover absences. Employees should follow standard request and approval procedures. The employee will be expected to use appropriate leave to cover the time away and may be expected to provide a release from a healthcare provider to return to work.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath; you should contact your primary care physician or institution health center, if applicable for students.

What if I have been exposed but am not showing any symptoms?

Employees who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19, but are not showing symptoms, should self-quarantine consistent with DPH and CDC guidelines. Employees must contact their supervisor if they are unable to come to work or need to make a telework arrangement. Employees should contact their healthcare provider if they become sick and remain home

What if I have been exposed and am showing symptoms?

Employees who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine. During this time, employees should not come to work and should inform their manager.

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Managers have the discretion to determine if an employee’s duties and responsibilities can reasonably be performed from an employee’s home location, and, when they can, the manager may elect to offer the employee the option to telework.

Can a manager consider telework for employees?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Telework options should be allowed for employees who can conduct their job duties remotely without interruption.

  • Institutions may waive the requirement to complete a telework agreement, and the direct manager may approve the arrangement via email or alternative form.
  • Managers are encouraged to utilize this option where feasible.

What about flexible schedules?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Supervisors should implement schedules that will reduce the number of employees to the minimal level required on-site at any given time to sustain service, safety, and compliance.

  • Shift times for employees who will need to be on campus should be amended to limit the individuals on-site in a particular location at any given time. Alternative schedules may include adjusting start and end times, workdays, or location.

Leave Guidance

一本之道高清视频在线观看道In addition to use of telework and flexible schedules, institutions shall utilize all available leave options as explained below.

  • All available leave will be allowed for COVID-19 illness or to minimize exposure for those that are high-risk as defined by DPH and CDC and unable to telework.
  • USG Policy Reference:
    • Institutions should follow the established cascading rules for leave.
  • At the point that all accumulated leave has been exhausted, employees have access to the institutional shared sick leave pool. If the institutions pool becomes depleted, special enrollment periods may be initiated to accept additional program participants and leave donations.
    • USG Policy Reference:
    • Institutions may open a special enrollment for COVID-19 to allow employees to contribute the minimum eight (8) hours or greater to participate.
    • The sick leave pool may be used for individuals who have a serious health condition and those who are subject to high-risk of contracting COVID-19 as defined by DPH and CDC and unable to telework.
  • Employees who exhaust their paid leave options will be able to request “authorized leave without pay” in order to take care of themselves and our community without negatively impacting their continued participation in their USG insurance plan. FMLA will apply to eligible employees who contract COVID-19 or are caring for a qualified family member that has contracted COVID-19.
    • USG Policy Reference:
    • Employees will be required to pay their established premiums. Failure to pay will result in loss of coverage.
    • Members of the ERS retirement plan may request to reinstate forfeited leave for COVID-19 related absences.
  • Finally, please ensure that your employees know that it is imperative that they stay home if they or a member of their household is ill.

Guidance for Student Employees

Federal Work Study (FWS)

  • U.S. Department of Education Link -
  • FWS students may continue to be paid if their specific office is closed or they unable to perform their duties in accordance with DOE guidance.
  • “Federal law includes a provision allowing an institution to make FWS payments under certain limited circumstances to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working. Given the unique nature of this situation, it is unlikely that an entire region would be declared a Federal disaster area, yet to students enrolled at a campus that must close temporarily, the loss of this important form of financial aid can be devastating. The impact may be magnified if the institution accommodates students by providing alternative instructional opportunities and the student is required to continue paying tuition, but the student loses FWS as an important part of their financial aid award. For students enrolled and performing FWS at a campus that must close due to COVID-19, or for a FWS student who is employed by an employer that closes as a result of COVID-19, the institution may continue paying the student Federal work-study wages during that closure if it occurred after the beginning of the term, the institution is continuing to pay its other employees (including faculty and staff), and the institution continues to meet its institutional wage share requirement. Students who were prevented from beginning a term at the institution as a result of a COVID-19-related disruption would not be eligible for Federal Student Aid for that term, and therefore could not be paid FWS wages for hours they did not work. Graduate students who are paid FWS wages on salary may continue to be paid for the remainder of the term if the institution is also paying its faculty and staff during that period. In these instances, institutions should document (as contemporaneously as feasible) that the COVID-19 disruption was the reason the student received FWS funds without documentation of hours worked.”

All Student Employees

  • Students are eligible to telework where appropriate or utilize a flexible work arrangement.
  • Student that are unable to work shall not be paid.

Will FMLA cover me if I become ill with COVID-19?

It depends…

If you are eligible for FMLA and you have tested positive for COVID-19, then yes FMLA will be available to you.

If employees have only been exposed to the virus, FMLA is not applicable. However, they may still need to be quarantined, and applicable non-FMLA leave (to include sick leave) could be an option subject to standard request and approval procedures.

Will FMLA cover me if an immediate member of my family contracts COVID-19?

Yes, FMLA allows an eligible employee to take FMLA leave if either the employee or an immediate family member, defined as spouse, child or parent, contracts the virus.

What guidance is available for home quarantine and isolation?

If my job involves travel and I am concerned about potential risks, what should I do? What if I am a manager of an employee who is scheduled to travel for work?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道All non-essential business travel is suspended in order to comply with Governor Kemp’s directive. Managers have the authority to rescind prior travel approval. Required in-person meetings should be transitioned to an electronic format or rescheduled. USG official travel to a CDC Level 3 or higher country is not authorized and will not be reimbursed.

Will I be reimbursed for travel if my meeting is cancelled?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Employees should explore all options to obtain refunds or credits for cancelled or rescheduled conferences and business meetings. Employees will be reimbursed for expenses that cannot be refunded due to COVID-19 assuming the travel was properly authorized consistent with travel regulations.

What if I am planning personal travel or have traveled out of the state or country?

Employees should use their best judgement regarding travel plans to destinations other than CDC Level 3 or higher locations. Anyone planning to travel, either domestically or internationally, is encouraged to stay up-to-date with current travel alerts from the CDC.  UNG also recommends faculty and staff to register any international travel – personal or professional – through the Center for Global Engagement’s Travel Registry.

My children's schools are closed. May I bring them to work with me?

一本之道高清视频在线观看道Per the UNG Employee Handbook, section 5.4.4, on Children in the Workplace, “The University cannot accommodate children of employees and students on campus during normal operating hours.”  This is particularly important at this time of altered operations. 

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