Mental Health Initiative

A counselor chats and laughs with a student through a laptop conversation

With so many changes in the world and factors that compromise your health and wellness, we wanted to make sure that you had the support you needed, any time, any place. Whether you are on campus, studying from home, or studying abroad, UGA is here for you. 

The University System of Georgia has significantly expanded student mental support services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the University of Georgia, these programs will join an already robust offering of student mental health and well-being support services.

Your wellbeing is our top concern. We are more resolved than ever to ensure you have the support you need to accomplish your goals. If you or a friend are experiencing any mental health concerns, please do not hesitate to use one or more of the options below. We are always here for you. 

 

UGA Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) 
706-542-2273
CAPS is dedicated to student mental health and wellbeing. We support students in achieving both academic and personal life goals. CAPS is committed to providing high quality, affordable, and confidential services to UGA students and their eligible partners.

Student Care and Outreach 
706-542-7774 - sco@uga.edu
Student Care and Outreach coordinates care and assistance for all students, undergraduate and graduate, who experience complex, hardship, and/or unforeseen circumstances, by providing individualized assistance and tailored interventions.

Psychology Clinic (UGA)
706-542-1173
The Psychology Clinic is an outpatient mental health clinic operated by the Clinical Training Program of the Department of Psychology at The University of Georgia.

Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation (UGA)
706-542-8508
The Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation provides professional services for a wide range of interpersonal, behavioral, and educational concerns. 

ASPIRE Clinic (UGA)
706-542-4486
The ASPIRE Clinic offers an array of services that include individual, couple, and family therapy, financial counseling and education, nutrition counseling and education, and also legal problem solving. 

Health Promotion 
706-542-8690
Health Promotion strives to advance the wellbeing of our students and the UGA Community through health promotion and wellness programs.

University Health Center 
706-542-1162 - contact@uhs.uga.edu
The UGA Health Center is your one-stop-shop for integrated medical, wellness, and counseling services. Every student is assigned a primary care provider home (Red, Gold, Blue, and Green). We are a fully integrated model which means we treat and recommend services that are unique to each patient's needs, whether that is treating illness, providing wellness resources, counseling, health coaching, and more.

Division of Student Affairs 
706-542-3564 - askstudentaffairs@uga.edu 
UGA Student Affairs inspires students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities.

Office of Instruction
The Office of Instruction is responsible for supporting teaching, advising and student learning on UGA’s main and extended campuses. 

Wellbeing and Success Initiative
This collaborative initiative provides campus leadership for a broad range of clinical and non-clinical programs, resources, and services to promote student well-being and success. These efforts directly foster the holistic development of students, including the domains of mental health, wellness, student transition, and financial literacy.

Student Resources

Community Wellness Resources

 

Christie Campus Health
UGA Christie Campus Resources gives you 24/7 access to counselors and mental health resources to help you cope with concerns that very from minor and manageable to severe. 

  • A 24/7/365 mental health support line for in-the-moment support and linkages to next steps, regardless of time of day or your location. Call us anytime, any place at 833-910-3371.
  • No cost Telehealth and in-person treatment sessions provided by a diverse network of licensed mental health clinicians. To learn about your options just call us at 833-910-3371.
  • Virtual Psychiatric Clinics to offer assessment and medication management. To learn about your options just call us at 833-910-3371.
  • Personal Student Navigators to assist with referral coordination and support.
  • A Self-directed iCBT program designed exclusively for students. To get access to this program please contact the counseling center at 833-910-3371.
  • “The Wellness Hub” which includes an App and an online wellness magazine with educational content, self-help tools and resource links. Click here to access the Christie Campus Health UGA Wellness Hub: https://ugawellnesshub.com/
 

JED Foundation
The JED Foundation (JED) provides a comprehensive public health approach in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide and serious substance abuse.

  • From Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, the University of Georgia administered the Healthy Minds Study, a web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students. 

  • Development of a strategic plan for promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide and serious substance abuse

  • Campus education and engagement services and a mental health resource library

 

USG Mini-grants
In recognition of the unique needs of each campus, USG will provide mini-grants to support mental health and wellness. These funds may establish new technology resources, increase campus programming or enhance communications.

Helpful Links and Contact Info

 
 
 
 
UGA Wellness Hub (Christie Campus Health)
24/7 Support Line: 833-910-3371

Student Transitions

A student during commencement.

About Student Transitions

The Department of Student Transitions provides dedicated support for key times of student transition, including entry into the University, development of educational pathways and fields of study, changes in residential status or funding, and preparation for future study or work following graduation.

Student Transitions offers robust programs and connect students to Student Affairs and campus resources in order to help students effectively navigate times of transition and continue timely progression to graduation.

Student Transitions collaborates closely with campus partners to innovate and integrate transition resources and meet students’ unique needs, particularly underrepresented, rural, first-generation, transfer, and other underserved student populations.

 

Programs

 

  • Welcome UGA
    https://welcome.uga.edu/ 

    Welcome UGA is a campus wide effort to celebrate and support first-year, transfer and returning students to campus at the beginning of each semester. With fun events, open houses, information fairs, and late-night programming, the first few weeks of each semester are filled with numerous opportunities to acclimate to campus, make new friends, and start building great memories!

    The great thing about WelcomeUGA is that there are opportunities that range in size, location, and focus—you are sure to find something that interests you!

    There are WelcomeUGA events almost every day during the first six weeks of classes, they’re free (with a valid UGA ID), and they’re an awesome way to meet new UGA students and build connections on campus.

 

  • Dawg Camp
    https://cls.uga.edu/content_page/dawg-camp

    Dawg Camp is a nationally renowned extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the University of Georgia community. These programs allow participants to meet other incoming students and connect with current campus leaders in the spirit of UGA’s history and traditions over the course of multiple days. Dawg Camp provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college.

    Beyond our summer experiences, Dawg Camp offers a fall first-year leadership course along with a series of specially curated fall events designed to assist new students in navigating their new campus home and finding their place in Bulldog Nation.

 

  • Transfer Student Experience
    https://involvement.uga.edu/transfer/home 

    Student Transitions is committed to supporting transfer students through their move to the University of Georgia by cultivating a sense of belonging, assisting students in building personal networks, and providing intentional programming. We help students adjust to their new home.

    The Transfer Student Experience (TSE) is a network of programs and resources designed to help you interact and connect with other students as you transition to becoming a successful student at the University of Georgia. We know that every student’s experience coming into UGA is unique, and we want to personalize your experience as much as we can so that we can offer you the support you need to be successful at UGA. We do this through a combination of sharing resources, programming and events, and creating connections and mentorship opportunities.

    The Transfer Peer Mentor Program connects incoming transfer students with current UGA students who were transfer students themselves. They have been selected and trained to answer any questions you might have about being a student, and are looking forward to getting to know you! Applications to be a part of this program will open in July.

Connect With
Student Transitions

transitions@uga.edu

Looking for resources and content from the Center for Leadership and Service or the Center for Student Activities and Involvement? 

Visit cls.uga.edu or involvement.uga.edu, respectively.

Director of Student Transitions

Professional photo of Donald Coleman in white shirt and red tie
Donald Coleman named inaugural director of Student Transitions
 
Donald A. Coleman Jr. has been named as the first director of Student Transitions at the University of Georgia. The Director of Student Transitions will play a vital role in the provision of programs and services to ensure the retention, progression, and success of UGA students.
 
The new department is part of the Wellbeing and Success initiative in the Division of Student Affairs 2025 Strategic Plan. The Plan also includes initiatives focused on developing essential skills and increasing engagement. Through the Student Affairs 2025 plan, Student Affairs will provide critical leadership and support for UGA undergraduate and graduate students to immerse fully in the campus experience, practice the skills, and develop the mindsets they will need to reach their fullest potential, at UGA and in life.
 
Working with campus partners, the Department of Student Transitions will provide dedicated support for key times of student transition, including entry into the University, development of educational pathways and fields of study, changes in residential status or funding, and preparation for future study or work following graduation. Student Transitions will offer robust programs and connect students to Student Affairs and campus resources in order to help students effectively navigate times of transition and continue timely progression to graduation.
 
In this role, Coleman will serve as a valuable resource for the University community and champion for students. The department will collaborate closely with campus partners to innovate and integrate transition resources and meet students’ unique needs, particularly underrepresented, rural, first-generation, transfer, and other underserved student populations.
 
Coleman will report to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michele Howard and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs. His appointment is effective July 20.
 
Vice President for Student Affairs Victor K. Wilson expressed his excitement for Coleman to lead this new initiative for Student Affairs.
 
“The creation of the Department of Student Transitions is a new strategic priority for Student Affairs making it imperative to identify a candidate with an extremely strong skillset and experience to implement our vision for this unit. Donald Coleman is viewed as a visionary leader who takes a thoughtful and evidence based approach to his work. As I look over the position description for this role, he is well equipped to meet each job requirement. We are thrilled to have him in this role to bring our combined vision to reality for Student Affairs but most importantly for our amazing students.”
 
Coleman desires to collaborate across the university in creating seamless transitions for students.
 
“The Director of Student Transitions role will require someone who has experience developing a new department, expanding existing resources, and creating a shared vision for student success across academic affairs and student affairs,” he said. “I have been able to do these things and
more in an ever changing environment and am particularly interested in working for a university that understands and values the holistic development of students.”
 
Coleman’s extensive background has made him a leader in the field of orientation, transition, and retention. His background in student transitions includes serving as the Director of Orientation and now the Director of Orientation and Transition Programs at Kennesaw State University, and
he previously held positions in housing and residence life at Valdosta State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention and has
conducted numerous national and regional presentations related to student transitions.
 
Coleman received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Engagement, Leadership
and Service

Students listening during a lecture.

About ELS

The department of Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) seeks to deliver programs, services, events, and significant learning experiences which strengthen students’ connection to the University, cultivate a sense of community, and empower students to be engaged and contributing leaders.

ELS believes student engagement is a pivotal part of an enriched collegiate experience. With ELS, students can join student organizations, participate in and lead service opportunities, engage with leadership trainings and content, coordinate and attend multiple events on campus, and so much more.

Looking for opportunities to be involved on campus or in the community? ELS is your entry point to hundreds of options.

 

Student Organizations

  • Involvement Network
    In addition to the wide range of programs and activities at UGA, ELS registers more than 750 student organizations annually. These organizations cover a broad range of interests that include: sports and recreation, religious and faith-based, multicultural, academic and pre-professional, service, and general leadership. For more information and to see a full list of organizations, visit the Involvement Network to communicate directly with organization leaders and see their upcoming events. 
  • Involvement Fairs
    Looking to connect with student organizations in person? Attend the Involvement Fair on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the Tate Student Center where 200+ organizations will be present for you to meet.
  • Involvement Coaching
    Interested in learning more about involvement opportunities in a one-on-one setting with a current student leader? Sign up to meet with one of our Involvement Ambassadors for an Involvement Coaching session. 

 

Leadership

  • Leadership UGA
    Established in 1985, this cohort-based, semester-long program serves as an opportunity for first- and second-year students to develop leadership skills, interact with campus and community leaders, and become more cognizant of issues facing our campus and community. If interested, follow the ELS social media accounts @UGAELS.
  • Collegiate Leadership Conference
    Each Spring semester, ELS hosts the annual Collegiate Leadership Conference on campus. This regional conference provides the unique opportunity for students to attend workshops, hear from keynote speakers, and network with other student leaders. Registration will open later this fall.

 

Service

  • Dawg Day of Service
    Participate in UGA’s largest day-of-service for students during the Fall semester. Continue to check @UGAELS for updates on the 2020 date and how to sign up.
  • ServeUGA
    Looking for a more in-depth or prolonged service experience? Consider an initiative hosted by ServeUGA. With a mission focused on sustainable service, ServeUGA has numerous opportunities such as service-based student organizations and service events in the local Athens community.
  • IMPACT Service Breaks
    Started in 1994, IMPACT is a student group dedicated to providing extended-format service trips to address community needs through service, as well as provide participants with knowledge on the systemic issues causing negative impact in communities. 

 

Events & Activities

  • University Union Student Programming Board
    One of the longest-running student organizations on campus, Union plans and hosts hundreds of free events for students every year. From movies in Tate and comedy shows to Dawgs After Dark and concerts, you’re not going to want to miss out on their events. Make sure to grab their semester event calendar when you get to campus. Follow @ugaunion for continued updates.
  • UGA Homecoming
    Home is where the Arch is. This fall, UGA Homecoming—a student organization—plans a week of events to celebrate our pride and traditions. Dates to be announced soon, but in the meantime, go ahead and pre-order the official 2020 UGA Homecoming t-shirt on their website.
  • Late-Night Events
    ELS is committed to providing fun and safe events for all students. Our late-night events are hosted once to twice a month and feature performers from all over the country—comedians, hypnotists, magicians, artists.

 

Student Governance

ELS advises the two autonomous student advocacy organizations on campus. The Student Government Association represents the entire student body through advocacy and governance initiatives. The Graduate Student Association serves as the advocacy organizations representing all graduate and professional students.

  • Student Government Association (SGA)
    • With three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) and First-Year Programs, SGA has a variety of opportunities for involvement. For updates on open positions, visit the SGA website.
    • For incoming first-year students, First-Year Programs (FYP) may be of interest. FYP serves as one entry-point into the organization. Three unique programs (Connect, Forum, and First-Year Senate) provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration, a greater understanding of student governance, and the opportunity to work alongside other first-year students to create positive change on campus. Additional information and application are available on SGA’s website.
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    • GSA is committed to assisting graduate and professional students with building community amongst one another, advocating for their peers, and to a culture of service. In addition to the executive council of the organizations—elected each Spring semester—, GSA also has a representative council comprised of one students from each academic department. Additional information can be found on GSA's website.

Connect with
Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS)

ugaels@uga.edu

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Looking for resources and content from the Center for Leadership and Service or the Center for Student Activities and Involvement? 

Visit cls.uga.edu or involvement.uga.edu, respectively.

Digital Engagement
During the COVID-19 Crisis

Students Gathered around a table

Supporting Our Students Remotely

Supporting students remotely may be new for many of us, though some of us may already be experts. Either way, now is the time for each of us to be active in our online student engagement, connect them to resources, and most importantly, ensure they know we care and we’re here to help.

Remote student support requires more than being attentive to your email inbox – it will require proactivity and effort on our part to locate and engage with the students.

This page contains unofficial, informal guidance on supporting our students via online tools. It’s not a playbook, as much as some general ideas to get you started as we continue to support our students while they are away from campus.

 

What do I do?

You know your students, and you probably know which forums they use the most (how do they normally engage with your office?). Go to those platforms (whether on Facebook, GroupMe, Twitter, etc.) and make yourself available. Reach out to students and ask them to engage with you - to ask questions, express concerns, share support.

When you are “live” on a platform, post an initial post of “[Your name and role] is online and live to chat and answer your questions. Tweet @[your handle] or use the #[your hashtag] or post in the comments below, etc.”

Initially, students are not going to come to you, so you will have to reach out to them. You can do this macro, “Hey UGA students – do you have questions? Come chat with me!” or individually, “Hey @[student handle], I hate that we missed our weekly meeting today. How are you doing? Do you have any questions for me?”

If you are more astute at online communication, feel free to post live on Facebook and invite questions via the comments, or host a Reddit “ask me anything” chat. Be creative – represent the University well, and refer to official University statements and resources when possible, but be present and support the students. “I don’t know – let me check on that for you” is a fine answer.

 

What if I don’t do social media?

That’s okay. Anyone can type an email, right? Ask your supervisor if it’s okay for you to communicate to students individually via email. You could simply start out with a particular student organization list, and start working your way through one by one. Individual, personalized communication will work best (single emails to entire lists are good for general information, but not for genuine connection).

 

What do we talk about?

So this isn’t necessarily about converting your daily job or student program into a digital format (although if you figure that out – awesome, go for it!) as much as it is about ensuring the students continue to feel engaged and supported during this strange time.

As we always are, we are here to support and serve the students. The simplest conversation can begin “just checking in. This is strange, isn’t it? Do you have questions? What are you worried about? Can I try to help with something?” and go from there. They may have specific questions for something not in your area, but you can offer to investigate for them. In short, be supportive, be a good listener, and work to find an answer whenever possible.

As always, please be mindful of the climate on social media before posting — just a quick check to make sure your posts are not tone deaf or insensitive to current events. This includes not just your post topic, but your tone on social (be careful with exclamation points, emojis, and gifs right now).

 

I'm a student - how can I help?

You can be as helpful in keeping your friends and fellow students connected as anybody! If you're a student organization leader or member, go ahead and check in with the other members of your student org and see how everyone is doing. Once you get in the routine of your online classwork, you and your fellow members may decide you might like to set up an online org meeting. That's awesome! Touch base with your Student Affairs adviser to let them know you're doing so, and for assistance in setting a meeting up.

 

Post Your Availability and Medium

It’s helpful for students to know when and how to reach you. It is a good practice to set times and platforms to be available and to post those on social, or provide them to your director for posting on your website. For example “John Doe will be available on Facebook at 2p to answer your questions” or the like. Or “Jane Doe will be checking the J.doe@uga.edu email inbox in real time at 2p today.” Then, make sure you’re immediately responsive during those times.

 

General Guidance on Content for Social Media Managers

There is no expectation to keep posting at this time, but if you do want to keep sharing content, here are some good options:

  • Updates + FAQ: Our highest priority right now is to make sure FAQs and campus updates are communicated and would appreciate your help with getting those messages out. (Don’t worry about the swipe up on Instagram stories, just point people to follow @universityofga for ongoing updates.)
  • Closures: Lots of events have been canceled/postponed or services have altered their schedules. Please share those if it’s relevant to your audience.
  • Campus Photos: If you have photos of cleaning (busses, windows, classrooms) or prep work for online learning (video conferencing), etc.
  • Relevant Content: Our team is working on some UGA research and expertise angles (everything from healthy tips to how to entertain kids to economic impact of a pandemic). Those stories should start trickling out on news.uga.edu over the weekend if not early next week.

 

Types of Posts

Now is a good time to produce valuable news-you-can-use content related to current events. The following types of posts are good options for conveying this information in a concise manner : 

  • Listicles
  • Quick Tips + Facts
  • Infographics
  • Quotes from Faculty Experts

 

Additional items to keep in mind:

  • Consider pausing any paid digital campaigns running.
  • Please do not alter or create your own emergency graphics or health guidelines.
  • Don't be the expert. Questions about COVID-19 and other health related matters are best left to the medical professionals to answer. Refer your students to DPH and CDC resources for those types of questions.
  • Share and amplify central communications and updates (these are typically posted after an ArchNews).
  • Post timely notifications and updates to Twitter and Instagram stories only — Facebook and Instagram Feed are algorithmic and can cause confusion if people see that post days later.
  • Please tag UGA Student Affairs and UGA in any cancelations or FAQ responses that need to be amplified centrally.

 

If you are receiving questions, point them to UGA’s page for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources.

UGA Marketing and Communications is also developing content around health, wellness and prevention, so please do not create your own. Instead, look to amplify those messages over the next few days.

Tips to Prevent Zoom-bombing

Zoom is a video and web meeting and conferencing application that faculty, staff, and students at UGA can use to connect with each other virtually. Learn how to set up a secure and private zoom meeting that will prevent "zoom-bombing".

Digital Engagement Resources for Staff

Contact Us

408 Memorial Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Wes Summers
Digital Engagement Lead for Student Affairs
wsummers@uga.edu

Stan Jackson
Assistant to the Vice President
for Communications, Data, and Technology

​ugastan@uga.edu

 

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Welcome UGA

3,500 hundred students form a large Oval G on the field at Sanford Stadium

Ready to engage in the tradition of unbridled excellence, more than 100 campus-wide Welcome UGA events bond together the new incoming breed of Bulldog.

For Welcome UGA, we have a variety of events planned to engage students when they come on campus,” said Nicole McConnell, assistant director for student activities for Student Affairs. “There's something for everyone as we kick off this Fall.”

Students create their own customized schedule of events they want to attend by downloading the Welcome to UGA app on their phones, McConnell explained.

Using the app, incoming freshman, Cameron Grant, looked over the schedule of events to determine what excited him the most.

“The Freshman Welcome will be a great way to meet new people and finally feel like I’m a true Bulldog,” he said.

Reflecting on her own Welcome UGA experience as a freshman, Rachel Byers, Student Government Association (SGA) president, said the Freshman Welcome event, where students go on the field in Sanford Stadium to learn football cheers and take photo together on the “G,” made her feel like she was a part of something bigger than herself.

“I am so excited to play a part in welcoming the class of 2023,” said Byers.

For the events hosted by the Center for Student Activities and Involvement, the planners aimed to develop experiences students may not get in other places, such as the Hypnotist Show and Film on the Fifty.

How often can students say that they saw their friend hypnotized while in the Tate Student Center, or how many times can they say that they got to watch a movie on the JumboTron in Sanford Stadium?” said McConnell.

Navdeep Singh, SGA treasurer, reminisced about the energy in the room of last year’s Silent Disco event.

“The room was packed with students just singing their hearts out, and I enjoyed running around making a fool of myself,” he said.

This year, he said he looks forward to the creativity of the Magic Show.

“The events are always a great time getting to meet new people and try new things,” said Signh. 

“Attending the events is an investment in the students’ experiences on campus,” said McConnell. “Students hopefully realize that we may be a large institution, but we’re one that values them as an individual and believes they can be successful.”

She recounted the feeling of watching students walk into the events that once began as a simple idea on paper, now enabling them to make a lasting connection to the University. 

“[A student] could have walked to the event with people they just met in their residence hall, and our events provided the opportunity for them to meet each other,” said McConnell.

Students all have great things to contribute to our University, and we will get the best out of them when they can identify with UGA and find a sense of community, she explained.

“​My hope for students attending Welcome UGA is that they find an event that makes them feel part of the campus,” said McConnell. “I want them to find something that sparks their interest and lets them know that we see them and want to engage them in their passion area.”

 

Key Events


Tuesday, August 13
    Freshman Welcome, 6 p.m., Sanford Stadium & Reed Plaza
    Hosted by the Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council


Wednesday, August 14
            Hypnotist Show, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., Tate Theatre
    Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, Tate Student Center


Thursday, August 15
    Taste of the Classic City, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Creswell Patio
    Hosted by the Residence Hall Association


Saturday, August 17
    North of the Arch, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Downtown Athens
    Hosted by the Office of Government Relations


Monday, August 19
            Magic Show, 8:30 – 10 p.m., Tate Theatre
    Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, Tate Student Center


Thursday, August 22
            Film on the Fifty, 7 – 10 p.m., Sanford Stadium
    Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, Tate Student Center, Athletic Association


Friday, August 23
            Pirate Dawgs After Dark, 7 p.m., Legion Field
    Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, University Union


Saturday, August 24
Dawg Day of Service, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tate Grand Hall
Hosted by the Center for Student Leadership & Service


Wednesday, August 28
Chicken and Waffle Wednesday, 8 – 10 p.m., Tate Atrium
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, Tate Student Center


Thursday, August 29
Involvement Fair, 7 – 10 p.m., Tate Student Center
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, Tate Student Center


Friday, August 30
Movie on Myers: Up, 8 p.m., Myers Quad
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, University Union


Thursday, September 5
UGA Night at Suntrust Park, 7 p.m., Suntrust Park
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement


Tuesday, September 10
Taste of Athens, 6 p.m., Legion Field
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, University Union


Thursday, September 12
Drive In: Sand Lot, 8 p.m., Parking Lot E01
Hosted by the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, University Union


Thursday, September 19
Ramsey Palooza, 8 – 11 p.m., Ramsey Student Center
Hosted by Recreational Sports

Student Affairs Leadership Team Roles

Leadership Team (VPSA, Administrative Team, and 16 Departmental Directors)

The overall leadership of Student Affairs

As a group, the Leadership Team:

  • Provides leadership to advance the UGA and Student Affairs missions and improve the overall student experience
  • Implements division strategy, integrating the collective efforts of Student Affairs, its 16 departments, and staff
  • Addresses identified high level issues and raises new opportunities
  • Meets monthly during the academic year, and at topical retreats

Additionally, Leadership Team members:

  • Serve as content area experts and resources for Student Affairs and the campus
  • Provide strategic leadership for content area and department-based operations and initiatives, and supervise departmental staff

 

Administrative Team (VPSA, Dean of Students, 3 AVPs, and Chief of Staff)

The senior leadership of Student Affairs

As a group, the Admin Team:

  • Further advises and supports the Vice President on division-wide decisions, strategy, operations, resources, and initiatives
  • Addresses identified high level issues and raises new opportunities
  • Meets weekly during the academic year, and as needed

Additionally, Admin Team members:

  • Supervise designated Student Affairs departments and directors
  • Implement key operations and initiatives on behalf of the VP, Student Affairs, and/or campus

 

Vice President for Student Affairs

UGA’s chief student affairs officer

  • Provides strategic leadership, administration, coordination, and budgetary/financial oversight for the Division of Student Affairs and its 16 departments
  • Primary decision-maker, including strategic planning and visioning, fiscal/budget development, facility management, and human resources
  • Primary Student Affairs liaison to University administration, the University System, state, and external audiences

New Staff Onboarding

Onboarding Overview

Supervisor support and engagement is critical to onboarding success. While each department and position have unique onboarding needs, UGA Student Affairs has established a common division-level onboarding plan (link to Division-Wide Onboarding page) for all new employees.

This website exists to support supervisors in providing a meaningful onboarding experience for their new employees. The UGA Student Affairs Onboarding Checklist is designed to be used in conjunction with department and position-specific onboarding plans. The pages within this site offer additional context and tips for utilizing the UGA Student Affairs Onboarding Checklist. Further assistance and information is available through UGA Student Affairs Learning & Strategic Initiatives.

UGA Student Affairs utilizes a multi-faceted approach to division-level onboarding, focusing on staff members' first six months of employment. The division onboarding plan, which is grounded in the Society for Human Resource Management's Four C’s model for employee onboarding, is designed to supplement experiences offered at the institutional and departmental level.

To supplement the onboarding you provide your new employee, UGA Student Affairs facilitates the following:

 

Email Engagement

Beginning on the first day of employment, UGA Student Affairs staff members receive an automated series of email messages. The messages deliver information and resources that are relevant and common across all position types and departments. The timing and content of the messaging is designed to complement the timing of onboarding tasks contained in the UGA Student Affairs Onboarding Checklist. Full content of the messages is available to supervisors upon request. An overview of Email Engagement topics is available here.

 

New Staff Welcome

Offered quarterly, New Staff Welcome focuses on establishing connections and preparing staff for a successful future in UGA Student Affairs. The welcome event begins at 9am with a welcome from Vice President Wilson and concludes at the culmination of a Student Affairs “tour” at 3pm. All new staff will receive a personalized invitation to attend the New Staff Welcome. Supervisors are responsible for establishing expectations and making accommodations for attendance at the session closest to their start date. A listing of scheduled sessions is available on the Staff Development Calendar.

 

New Staff Reconnect

All new staff are invited to attend a New Staff Reconnect six months after attending New Staff Welcome. The purpose of this two-hour event is to promote continued success following new staff members’ initial transitions. Staff will continue building connections as they explore successes and challenges encountered during the first six months and engage in conversations to promote continued success. All new staff will receive a personalized invitation to attend New Staff Reconnect. Supervisors should encourage participation.

 

* Email Engagement messages, the New Staff Welcome agenda, and the New Staff Reconnection agenda are available to supervisors upon request.

Onboarding Checklist

This is a downloadable and printable pdf of the onboarding checklist, so that supervisors can track their new staff member's progress.

2018 Hunger Bowl

Boxes filled with canned food

University Housing and Recreational Sports Win Divisions for 2018 Hunger Bowl

By Marilyn Primovic

UGA departments and organizations contributed to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s 2018 Hunger Bowl. University Housing and Recreational Sports’ Club Sports took the lead for their divisions.

“Food has a huge impact on the community we serve, due to the vast rate of food insecurity here in the Athens-Clarke area,” said Jenna Vaisvil, external relations assistant for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

She said there are more than 26,000 food insecure people in Clarke County, which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

“Without food drives, and participation from great groups like UGA, we would not be able to come close to meeting the needs of the community, which is larger than ever around the holiday season,” she said.

This hunger drive is the latest example of the impressive culture of philanthropy built by UGA students, faculty and staff. In the 2017-2018 academic year, students raised several million dollars to support charities and causes, and 17,641 students completed 265,598 hours serving the community.

 

University Housing

University Housing received the Overall Winner for Pounds per Person contributed at UGA for the second year in a row.

Carrie Campbell, University Housing spokesperson, said their annual initiative for the Hunger Bowl, “Housing Against Hunger,” focuses on impacting the local community.

“Our directors were looking for a way to support Athens the way the town supports us, and this program stood out as something everyone could contribute to,” she said.

She explained how University Housing’s tagline, “Home is where the Arch is,” places a focus on making the UGA and Athens communities a home for students when they arrive.

“Community members support each other, so this Housing Against Hunger campaign is a way we can leverage all the resources our residents and staff members have to benefit our community,” said Campbell

She explained how 24 bins were set up around the residence halls, and the department had drawings for prizes encourage participation.

“We had daily drawings for giveaways, like the chance to choose an on-campus space before everyone else,” she said.

Local businesses donated gift cards to be used as drawing giveaways to encourage staff members to donate too, Campbell said.

At the end of the drive, students and staff had collected 15,150 lbs. of food.

“We know students have a lot going on, and they’re not all in a position to give,” said Campbell. “That is why what we did this year is even more amazing—every little bit adds up to such a huge impact.”

 

Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports’ Club Sports took first place in the UGA Organizations division for the second year in a row.

Club Sports collected nearly 7 thousand pounds of food, which is an increase by about 2,000 pounds from last year, said Brittany Burris, Competitive Sports graduate assistant.

She said the swim team won the most contributions to the Club Sports collection.

“Clubs were able to collect the items and money however was best for them,” said Burris. “The teams would turn in their donations to a Competitive Sports staff member to accurately track the donation.”

Morgan Ethridge, dance team captain, explained how this collection excited her team members because some of them were already involved with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank.

She said making financial donations to the Food Bank is important because it opens the opportunity for more children to receive food and for the food bank to decide which foods are needed.

“This allows them to make the decision about what foods are needed to diversify the collection and keep everyone from bringing the same thing,” said Ethridge.

She said it was a great way for Club Sports to come together for one cause that impacts the community.

“Recreational Sports greatly appreciates the hard work and dedication our Club Sports participants show to both their chosen sport and the surrounding community,” said Heather Arnold, Recreational Sports spokesperson.

 

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Healthy Dawg Kickoff

Freshmen students, Dan Doss and Ariana Gilani, learn about resources available at the University Health Center.

Freshmen students, Dan Doss and Ariana Gilani, learn about resources available at the University Health Center.

Students learn about health and wellness resources at Healthy Dawg Kickoff
By Marilyn Primovic

Hundreds of UGA students learned how to live well and healthy on campus during the Healthy Dawg Kickoff on Aug. 30 at the University Health Center.

The event has been held annually since 2013 to encourage students to use the resources at the University Health Center, said Kristine Groft, senior communications coordinator for the Health Center.

Students received a card guiding them to different stations to learn about how to stay healthy and about different clinics and programs at the Health Center.

“There is an interactive component where the student must do some sort of activity to get their card checked off from that specific table,” said Groft. “They also receive free giveaways by participating.”

She said students are eager for information about sexual health, alcohol usage, and mental health.

“I learned that there are so many more options than I expected to deal with certain issues confidentially,” said Ariana Gilani, a UGA freshman.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness table showed students how to save someone from a gunshot wound using the resources found in AED packs around campus.

“I learned how to tie a tourniquet and pack a wound to stop the bleeding,” said LaTia Bell, freshman student. “Being a premed major made me passionate about this.”

She said she feels confident in her ability to help someone with a gunshot wound because of what she learned.

 

LaTia Bell, a UGA freshman, learns to tie a tourniquet at the Office of Emergency Preparedness table.

 

Other tables taught about vision resources, massage therapy, and nutrition education. James Namkoong, peer nutrition educator, hoped students will adopt the MyPlate method of portioning food.

“By visiting this table, I want students to know that you can still have the foods you want by portioning them out,” said Namkoong. “Moderation is key.”

 

James Namkoong, peer nutrition educator, and Mariah McDaniel, dietician assistant, pose in front of their UGA Dining Services Peer Nutrition Educators table.

 

Omar Gil, event attendee, said he knew a lot about food portions before visiting Namkoong’s table, but he realized some portions are actually bigger than he expected.

“I was surprised by how many grapes are actually in a serving,” said Gil.

To finish the experience, students visited the Fontaine Center table to participate in a demonstration about alcohol, said Groft.

"While we have the students attention for a brief moment, we provide an “ah- ha” tip for game day weekends," said Groft. "For students that choose to participate in alcohol-related activities, we want them to understand and question what really is in that drink and how much your body can actually handle."

Students celebrated making healthy choices by receiving a t-shirt for filling out their card, eating shaved Kona Ice and posing with Hairy Dawg.

 

Emory Perry, junior student, poses with Hairy Dawg after getting free Kona Ice.

New Student Affairs Directors

The Chapel Bell

University of Georgia announces three new directors in Student Affairs

The University of Georgia continues its commitment to student support and success, recently selecting new leaders for three Student Affairs departments. 

Rosa Githiora has been named as director of Multicultural Services and Programs, and Erin Benson will serve as director of the Disability Resource Center. Yvette Leverett, who already led University Testing Services as associate director, has been promoted to director and joins the Student Affairs Leadership Team.

Githiora will serve as a key campus leader in efforts to foster a more inclusive, welcoming and equitable community for students at UGA. She will oversee advisement for 13 multicultural student organizations and direct The Intersection, a campus hub for student dialogue, community building and multicultural education. Additionally, she will work with student organizations and campus departments to coordinate annual events, cultural heritage month celebrations and campus-wide programming that enrich the campus climate and foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusion.

In addition to serving as a primary point of contact and mentor for students, particularly those from underrepresented populations, Githiora will lead efforts to provide dynamic learning activities, programs, and dialogues that engage the campus community and foster shared understanding.

She brings unique expertise in diversity and inclusion, previously serving as director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Stratus Group Consultants, a Diaspora board member for the Center for Health Advocacy Network Gender and Education (CHANGE) in Nairobi, Kenya, and in leadership roles at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Akron.

Benson initially joined the staff of the Disability Resource Center in 2015 as senior coordinator and has served as senior assistant director since December 2016. Previously, she served more than nine years in Student Affairs at the University of North Georgia Oconee Campus, including seven years working directly with students with disabilities.

As director, Benson will lead the University’s commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities, ensuring equal educational opportunities as required by the ADA and other legislation. The Disability Resource Center houses three distinct services: the Test Accommodations Office for onsite classroom testing; the Assistive Technology Lab equipped with a variety of programs designed for people with disabilities; and Alternative Media Services which converts required printed material into accessible formats for students with reading disabilities.

Leverett joined the University Testing Services staff in 2008 as coordinator, and has served the past several years as associate director. As director, she leads University Testing Services’ efforts to provide centralized testing and evaluation services for students, faculty, and the surrounding community.

Prior to joining the University, Leverett worked as a Program Director for Boley Centers, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Yvette's experience in the fields of management and mental health services enables her to offer exceptional, tailored testing support for the University community.

“A thriving campus community must be an inclusive, supportive community," said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. “These three leaders are uniquely qualified to design programs that will support, celebrate and inspire UGA’s students.”

Leverette was promoted this past spring, Benson’s appointment will be effective July 1, and Githiora will begin at UGA on July 16.

Student Affairs Data Summit
Hosted by UGA Student Affairs

Swirl of colors

Connect Student Affairs and Institutional Data to Benefit Students

 

About the Summit

Increasingly, student affairs has a significant role in institutional data conversations on student learning outcomes and academic indicators.

On February 19, 2018, UGA Student Affairs hosted 87 colleagues from 38 instutitions across the country to explore how student affairs leaders:

  • Effectively gather, analyze, and act on student affairs data
  • Integrate student affairs data with institutional data and models
  • Address legal and ethical concerns
  • Advocate for a more holistic, institution-wide approach to student learning and development and academic success
  • Advance the broader conversation on utilizing student affairs data

 

Event Schedule and Agenda

Amelia Parnell, NASPA Vice President for Research and Policy, and Alexis Wesaw, NASPA Director of Data Analytics, joined us to review findings from NASPA's 2017 study, Predictive Analysis of Student Data. They also shared updates on the collaborative follow-up study being conducted by NASPA, the Association for Institutional Research, and EDUCAUSE. The full report of the follow-up study is expected to be published in late spring 2018.

View the agenda

 

Who Attended

The Student Affairs Data Summit was designed for any student affairs or institutional research staff interested in more fully utilizing student affairs data and understanding student affairs contributions to learning outcomes and academic success indicators. Attendees included senior student affairs officers; directors of student affairs learning, assessment, research, planning, data, and student success initiatives; institutional research staff; and representatives from NASPA.

Institutions represented at the 2018 Student Affairs Data Summit included:

  • Albany State University
  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College
  • Auburn University
  • Augusta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbus State University
  • Dalton State College
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Gordon State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • NASPA
  • South Georgia State College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University System of Georgia - Board of Regents 
  • University of West Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

 

Background

Beginning in fall 2016, NASPA began studying the role of student affairs in institutional data analytics efforts. The initial findings, released in April 2017, indicate that institutions primarily utilize academic data due to “limited capacity to gather accurate student engagement and behavioral data and connect them to the student information system” (Burke, Parnell, Wesaw, & Kruger, 2017). Simultaneous to NASPA’s study, chief student affairs officers across the nation identified a need for focused conversations on the utilization of data to inform operational decisions and strategies.

An initial questionnaire was sent to chief student affairs officers in September 2017 to gauge interest in participating in a conversation about utilizing student affairs and institutional data to empirically understand student affairs’ contributions to learning outcomes and academic success indicators. Respondents to that questionnaire received a follow-up message requesting details regarding topics of interest, conversation format (conference call vs. in-person summit), and ideal dates/location.

Results indicated interest in an in-person summit located in Atlanta, GA, which was held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the University of Georgia's Atlanta/Buckhead campus.

UGA Atlanta / Buckhead Campus

UGA Atlanta / Buckhead Campus

Student Affairs Data Summit
Hosted by University of Georgia Student Affairs

 

Monday, February 19, 2018
8am - 5pm
University of Georgia – Atlanta / Buckhead Campus

 

Terry College of Business Executive Education Center
Live Oak Square
3475 Lenox Road NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30326

 

Questions

Kara Fresk
Director of Student Affairs Learning and Strategic Initiatives
University of Georgia
kfresk@uga.edu or 706.542.8229

Executive Director of Housing

Photo of Linda Kasper

Linda Kasper named Executive Director of University Housing

September 14, 2017

Linda Kasper, currently executive director of residential education at the University of South Florida, has been named executive director of University Housing at the University of Georgia.

Kasper will provide strategic leadership for a comprehensive housing and residential life program for UGA students. She will report directly to the vice president for student affairs and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs.

“I am extremely excited for Linda’s innovative leadership in helping us to provide the best residential life and learning experience possible for UGA students," said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. “Her depth of expertise and experience, along with her leadership on the national level, will be a tremendous benefit for housing and residential life at UGA.”

Kasper’s appointment is effective December 11.

In this role, she will lead a department that accommodates more than 7,600 students in 22 residence halls, almost 600 family and graduate apartment units, 48 townhouses and six single family homes on the Health Sciences Campus, and four Greek Park fraternity houses. She will oversee more than 200 full-time employees, nearly 500 student employees, and administer a departmental budget of approximately $47 million.

Specifically, Kasper will further enhance the department’s impact on student learning and development and connections with faculty and academic partners, continue to upgrade and improve the campus’s housing supply, including the ongoing renovation of Russell Hall, and implement the Housing Comprehensive Plan.

Kasper noted the University of Georgia’s strong reputation while expressing her excitement to serve at UGA.

“I have known past interns, graduate students, staff members, and current staff working at UGA,” she said. “It is an honor to continue my career at an institution that is innovative, vision-driven, and one that promotes student and staff success.”

Kasper brings more than 20 years of experience in University Housing. She previously served as assistant director for residential education at the University of Arizona and director of residential education and associate director of University, Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University.

At South Florida, Kasper oversaw the implementation of a residential curriculum that contributed to increase USF’s overall persistence rate to record highs. She also served as interim chief housing officer, supervising facilities, operations and outreach, and budget and finance. USF is currently building one of the largest student housing facilities in Florida, to open 2,100 beds in 2017 and 2018.

Her professional associations include recent election as Residence Education Director for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) and service as co-chair for the annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute, as well as faculty chair for the National Housing Training Institute.

Kasper earned her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her bachelor of science in public relations with a minor in broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. 

Contact University Housing

UGA University Housing
415 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30602

housing@uga.edu

706-542-1421

OneCard Sub-Committee Overview

In-Depth Examination of Services 
Charge:  Develop a full list of the card usage on campus, collecting feedback from campus about other usage that may not have been captured in the original reports. This may include surveying campus and additional interviews to determine priorities.
Chair:  Dee Matthews
Members:  Jason Battles

Communications Committee
Charge:  Develop communications to campus, as well as a website and FAQs for the project and support the work of the subcommittee.
Members:  Dee Matthews, Stan Jackson, Lynn Latimer Wilson

Pilots
Charge: Identify 4- 5 potential pilot programs and the users of such programs so that we as a team are prepared to advise the consultants on some truly viable pilot projects.
Chair:  Jeff Swindle
Members:  Bill McGee, Mike Perkins and Michael Wharton

Technology Recommendation Committee
Charge:  Develop a Pros and Cons document that will assist the committee in making a final decision and will ultimately justify the decision.  Review and recommend opportunities for vendor presentations for the committee to become more familiar with the opportunities and how they can support UGA. 
Chairs:  Mike Perkins and Michael Wharton
Members:  Bill McGee, Jeff Swindle, Dee Matthews

Policy Committee
Charge:  Define the guiding principles for proper use of the card technologies available with the implementation of the new card.
Chairs:  Marshall Chalmers and Ben Myers
Members: Dee Matthews, and Brian Watson

Budget Committee
Charge:  Develop a full budget for the initial cost to replace the ID card and any underlying systems or hardware
Chair:  Carla Dennis
Members:  Jeff Teasley,Brett Jackson, Amanda Patterson


An additional future committee will include a Phased Implementation Committee that is immediately subsequent to the determination of the appropriate technology.

OneCard Sub-Committee Overview

In-Depth Examination of Services 
Charge:  Develop a full list of the card usage on campus, collecting feedback from campus about other usage that may not have been captured in the original reports. This may include surveying campus and additional interviews to determine priorities.
Chair:  Dee Matthews
Members:  Jason Battles

Communications Committee
Charge:  Develop communications to campus, as well as a website and FAQs for the project and support the work of the subcommittee.
Members:  Dee Matthews, Stan Jackson, Lynn Latimer Wilson

Pilots
Charge: Identify 4- 5 potential pilot programs and the users of such programs so that we as a team are prepared to advise the consultants on some truly viable pilot projects.
Chair:  Jeff Swindle
Members:  Bill McGee, Mike Perkins and Michael Wharton

Technology Recommendation Committee
Charge:  Develop a Pros and Cons document that will assist the committee in making a final decision and will ultimately justify the decision.  Review and recommend opportunities for vendor presentations for the committee to become more familiar with the opportunities and how they can support UGA. 
Chairs:  Mike Perkins and Michael Wharton
Members:  Bill McGee, Jeff Swindle, Dee Matthews

Policy Committee
Charge:  Define the guiding principles for proper use of the card technologies available with the implementation of the new card.
Chairs:  Marshall Chalmers and Ben Myers
Members: Dee Matthews, and Brian Watson

Budget Committee
Charge:  Develop a full budget for the initial cost to replace the ID card and any underlying systems or hardware
Chair:  Carla Dennis
Members:  Jeff Teasley,Brett Jackson, Amanda Patterson


An additional future committee will include a Phased Implementation Committee that is immediately subsequent to the determination of the appropriate technology.

Staff Photo Instructions

Within the first couple of weeks of starting work, please schedule to have your staff photo made. To do so, please follow these instructions:

Go to the UGACard website (http://ugacard.uga.edu/).

In the main menu, hover over “Other Services” and click on “photography” in the drop down menu.

Click on the silver box labeled “Make Appointment for Professional Headshot Photo” next to the sample headshot in the middle of the page.

Select your date/time.

You’ll be directed to a page where you’ll enter your name and email address.

Select “UGA Student Affairs” in the “purpose of photo” drop down menu.

Choose your department in the department drop down menu.

Select “My Department will pay” in the payment method drop down menu.

Confirm booking.

Black Theatrical Ensemble: Celebrating Diversity in Performing Arts

The BTE Experience: A Celebration of Diversity

The Black Theatrical Ensemble (BTE) is proud to present their Spring Production, The BTE Experience: A Celebration of Diversity. The event is a 4 day long festival with 3 days of performances from various different organizations and individuals across campus celebrating the diversity present in the performing arts. The festival will run from April 6th-9th at Morton Theatre.

The event will begin with a free celebration kickoff on April 6th at 7pm in Morton Theatre. There will be small performances as well as snacks provided by Insomnia cookies. The remainder of the days, April 7th-9th, will be performance days that are dedicated to Theatre, Dance, and Music respectively. April 7th and 8th have show times starting at 7pm and the April 9th show will begin at 3:30pm. All performances are at Morton Theatre. Individual tickets are $5 for students with a valid UGA ID and $8 for non-students and festival ticket package (includes all 3 nights) are $12 for students and $20 for non-students. Tickets can be purchased presale online or at the Tate Box Office or on the day of the event at the door.


About The Black Theatrical Ensemble (BTE)

BTE was founded at the University of Georgia in 1976 and was created with the purpose of preserving the legacy of Afro-centric theatre through the production of plays, essays, poems, and other literary works written by Black authors and playwrights, and authors of all races who write about issues in the African-American experience. To learn more, email us at bte@uga.edu

Black Theatrical Ensemble
404 Memorial Hall, The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-8468
bte@uga.edu

Student Affairs Weather Information

University of Georgia historical marker in snow

Jan. 6 - 8, 2017: Winter Weather Information

***This is a SAMPLE page for review by University administrators and staff.***

Official University of Georgia Announcement

01/05/17 - 10:00 p.m.
Due to inclement weather, the University of Georgia Athens campus will close early at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017. Activities after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017, are cancelled. Classes after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017, are cancelled. The Gwinnett, Griffin, Buckhead and Tifton campuses of UGA make individual announcements regarding their inclement weather operations. UGA will reevaluate conditions conditions in the morning and will modify plans if these conditions necessitate an earlier closing time. UGA will provide updates as conditions warrant at emergency.uga.edu.


Student Affairs Programs and Facilities
The Division of Student Affairs follows University procedures on decisions concerning opening and closing of facilities and operational changes. When the University is closed, Student Affairs facilities are closed. In lieu of a University-wide closing decision, such as during after-hours or on weekends, departments and facilities may individually determine whether to open or close. Information about Student Affairs programs and facilities may be found below. For information about other campus facilities, please refer to those departments' websites and social media. 


Academic Partnerships and Initiatives
No activities scheduled.

Assessment and Staff Development
No activities scheduled.

Center for Leadership and Service
Jan. 7 - Dawg Camp Leadership Retreat is on as scheduled.
Jan. 8 - Arch Society Retreat is on as scheduled. 

Communications and Marketing Initiatives
No activities scheduled.

Disability Resource Center
No activities scheduled.

Greek Life
No activities scheduled.

International Student Life
Jan. 7 - World Ambassadors Retreat moved from MLC to Memorial Hall Ballroom

LGBT Resource Center
Jan. 8 - LGBT Ambassador Retreat is on as scheduled.

Memorial Hall
Jan. 7 - MSP Student Leader Retreat is on as scheduled.

Multicultural Services and Programs
Jan. 7 - MSP Student Leader Retreat is on as scheduled.

Recreational Sports
Ramsey Student Center
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Open 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Athens Bulldawg Swim Club Invitational on as scheduled.)
Jan. 8 - Open regularly scheduled hours.

Intramural Fields
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Open 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Jan. 8 - Open regularly scheduled hours.

Pound Hall (Health Sciences Campus)
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Closed
Jan. 8 - Open regularly scheduled hours.

Club Sports Complex (South Milledge)
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Closed
Jan. 8 - Open regularly scheduled hours.

Student Care and Outreach
No activities scheduled.

Student Conduct
No activities scheduled.

Student Veterans Resource Center
No activities scheduled.

Tate Student Center
Jan. 7 - Chess and Community Conference is on as scheduled.

University Health Center
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Closed.
Jan. 8 - Open 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

University Housing
Jan. 8 - Room Sign-Up Tours are cancelled.

University Testing Services
Jan. 6 - Closed after 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Closed.
Jan. 8 - Closed. 

UGA Inclement Weather Policy

Finance and Administration Inclement Weather Policy

Functional Areas for Student Complaints

Per Academic Affairs Policy 4.05-5, Procedures for Written Student Complaints, the Division of Student Affairs oversees the University’s official web-based system available at studentcomplaints.uga.edu to collect, disseminate, address, and report on written student complaints. 

University functional areas denoted in the web-based system include (as of 9/2020):

Academic Enhancement
Admissions - Graduate
Admissions - Undergraduate
Air Force ROTC
Army ROTC
Athletics
Augusta/UGA Medical Partnership
Bookstore
Bulldog Bucks
Bursar and Treasury Services / Student Accounts
Career Center
Center for Teaching and Learning
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Environment and Design
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dean of Students Office
Development - Student Affairs
Dining Services
Disability Resource Center
Engagement, Leadership, and Service
Extended Campuses
Facilities Management
Financial Aid
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Golf Course
Graduate School
Grady College
Greek Life
Griffin Campus
Gwinnett Campus
Health Center
Honors Program
Housing
Human Resources
Institute of Higher Education
International Student Life
LGBT Resource Center
Multicultural Services and Programs
Odum School of Ecology
Online Learning
Orientation
Other
Payroll
Police
Recreational Sports/Ramsey Center
Registrar
School of Law
School of Public and International Affairs
School of Social Work
Student Care and Outreach
Student Conduct
Student Transitions
Student Veterans Resource Center
Tate Student Center
Terry College of Business
Tifton Campus
Transportation and Parking Services
University Testing Services
Vending & Solicitation
Vice President for Student Affairs Office
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Pillars of Student Success Prime Experiences

What are PRIME Experiences?

Current Experiences

Designation Process

Each department in UGA Student Affairs has the opportunity to showcase experiences designed to facilitate significant learning related to the Pillars of Student Success. Leadership within each department works in consultation with members of the Pillars of Student Success Team to annually identify these experiences.

Designation as  a PRIME Experience confirms that a UGA Student Affairs program, event, or service is designed to facilitate significant learning. Significant learning is characterized by sustained engagement through multiple touchpoints, application beyond the collegiate experience, and learning through a combination of learning methods. In addition to embodying the characteristics of significant learning, PRIME Experiences must also meet the following criteria.

  • The learner must be active or engaged, rather than passive.
  • The experience should have both learning outcomes specific to the experience and learning outcomes intended to transcend the experience.
  • Plans must be in place to formally assess the experience.
  • An improvement plan based on assessment results must be submitted on a regular basis. 

Pillars of Student Success Team

The Pillars of Student Success Team is a representative body comprised of UGA Student Affairs staff and campus partners. The team establishes and oversees the process of designating Pillars of Student Success PRIME Experiences. Members work closely with assigned departments to develop learning plans that establish the PRIME Experience as a significant learning opportunity. At the conclusion of each year, team members work with their assigned departments to analyze assessment findings and develop improvement plans.
 

2015-2016 Pillars of Student Success Team:

Resources for PRIME Experiences Points of Contact

Pillars of Student Success Learning Experiences

What are Pillars Learning Experiences?

Designation Process

The Department of Student Affairs Assessment & Staff Development (ASD) is responsible for designating UGA Student Affairs experiences as Pillars of Student Success Learning Experiences.

Designation as a Learning Experience confirms that a UGA Student Affairs program, event, or service is designed to facilitate learning related to the Pillars of Student Success. All UGA Student Affairs staff members are encouraged to seek designation for programs, events, or services that meet the following minimum criteria.

  • The experience must have at least one defined learning outcome.
  • Any learning outcomes for the experience must have a direct and authentic connection to at least one Pillars of Student Success learning priority.
  • The format of the experience is likely to produce the learning outcome(s).

Many programs, events, and services exceed the minimum criteria and meet the expectations set forth by the Pillars of Student Success Team for PRIME Experiences. In these situations, staff members should either:

  • seek designation as a Learning Experience to ensure the program, event, or service is recognized as having a connection to the Pillars of Student Success; or
  • consult with their supervisor to explore the possibility of seeking PRIME Experience designation.  

The first step in designating an experience as a Learning Experience is to complete the online submission form. In preparation for completing the form, staff members seeking a Learning Experience designation should be prepared to address the following:

  • Name of the experience
  • Description of the experience
  • Purpose of the experience
  • Learning outcome(s) of the experience
  • How the experience aligns with selected Pillars of Student Success learning priorities
  • Ways in which learning will be facilitated
  • Plans to assess the experience

Upon receipt, ASD will review the submission form. Within 7 business days, ASD will provide one of the following responses:

  • Approval of Designation
    • Once approved, the experience is added to the official list of Pillars of Student Success Learning Experiences. Future communications or promotions can reference the designation as a Learning Experience and/or include the Pillars of Student Success logo. Approved Learning Experiences retain their designation through the end of each fiscal year.
  • Request for Consultation
    • Questions may emerge as ASD reviews the submission form. In these cases, ASD will contact the staff member who submitted the form to request a consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to clarify responses submitted via the online form and/or to suggest modifications to strengthen connection to the Pillars of Student Success framework. 

On an annual basis, ASD will contact staff members with designated Learning Experiences to discuss renewal of the designation. Renewal will be contingent upon:

  • Continued facilitation of the experience
  • Continued alignment with minimum qualifications
  • Documentation of evaluation results
  • Articulated plans for improvement  

Pillars of Student Success Experiences

What are Pillars of Student Success Experiences?

Pillars of Student Success Experiences are UGA Student Affairs programs, events, and services endorsed to facilitate learning in the areas of Engagement, Intellect, and Character. All Pillars of Student Success Experiences:

  • directly align with Pillars of Student Success learning priorities;
  • are designed as intentional learning experiences; and  
  • undergo regular assessment for the purpose of improving student learning.

The designation process endorses two types of Pillars of Student Success Experiences – Learning Experiences and PRIME Experiences.

Learning Experiences

Any UGA Student Affairs program, event, or service that meets the following requirements may be designated as a Learning Experience.

  • The experience must have at least one defined learning outcome. 
  • Any learning outcomes for the experience must have a direct and authentic connection to at least one Pillars of Student Success learning priority.
  • The format of the experience is likely to produce the learning outcome(s).
  • Plans must be in place to evaluate whether intended learning occurred.

Staff interested in designating their program, event, or service as a Learning Experience, should visit the Pillars of Student Success Learning Experiences page to review submission requirements and access the online submission form.  

PRIME Experiences

Each department in UGA Student Affairs has the opportunity to showcase up to three experiences designed to facilitate significant learning. Significant learning is characterized by sustained engagement through multiple touchpoints, application beyond the collegiate experience, and learning through a combination of learning methods.

Staff interested in designating their program or service as a PRIME Experience should consult with their supervisor.

Academic Complaints Information

Making an Academic Complaint

If you have a complaint related to a faculty member or academic department it is preferable for students to contact the specific faculty member(s), academic department, and/or host School or College for resolution.

For complaints or reports involving discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence, please click here.

 

Following are resources to assist students in resolving academic matters at UGA:

 

Should no satisfactory resolution be available through the given School or College, please submit a complaint.

 

Submit a Complaint

Report Sexual Violence

Sexual assault refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse or sexual contact.  See Definitions of Sexual Harassment Terms.

Sexual assault occurring on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the University Community is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Sexual assault perpetrated by a University of Georgia student outside the University Community is a violation of the University’s Code of Conduct.

Sexual assault is also a crime.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

CLICK HERE to read the Equal Opportunity Office's instructions for what to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.

Welcome, Meg Evans!

Meg Evans

Meg Evans named director of the University of Georgia’s LGBT Resource Center

Athens, Ga. – Meg Evans, currently LGBTQ resources coordinator and housefellow at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named the new director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Georgia.

“The student experience will be greatly enhanced by Meg’s extensive experience and leadership in LGBTQ* resources,” said , assistant vice president for academic, campus and community partnerships. “Her approach at Carnegie Mellon was comprehensive and effective, and we look forward to experiencing similar success here at UGA.”

Evans’ appointment is effective August 10.

“I love this work because it means I get to engage in the difficult conversations,” Evans said. “I get to work beside incredible students and colleagues who want to work together to welcome and affirm LGBT people.” 

The LGBT Resource Center provides meaningful programming and engagement to meet the needs of the LGBTQ* and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education and support. Current programming highlights include Dawgs Making It Better, a weeklong program to promote awareness in the campus community; the student organization, Lambda Alliance; and the Safe Space program, which educates faculty, staff and students who are interested in learning how to better support and affirm the LGBTQ* community.

In addition to supervising the Resource Center’s staff, Evans will oversee and facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of educational, social, support and resource programs for students regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. She will also serve as an advocate for the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students on the University of Georgia campus and beyond.

“It is my hope that through continued intersectional programming and educational initiatives, the LGBT Resource Center will continue to provide a space for students to feel affirmed and empowered,” Evans said.

Evans earned her bachelor of arts in outdoor leadership from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, and her master of science in community leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

After serving at positions in public schools and hospitals, Evans began her career in student affairs as a housing coordinator and residence hall director at Warren Wilson College. She then served as health & wellness coordinator, student success program mentor and hall director at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, before joining Carnegie Mellon University as LGBTQ Resources Coordinator and Housefellow.

 

The LGBT Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center's mission is to create an inclusive, sustainable space of self-discovery for the LGBT community within the University of Georgia. We support and affirm every student regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression. The LGBT Resource Center serves as a space by which all members of the University of Georgia community can engage and explore the issues associated with sexual and gender identities. This mission is achieved by a commitment to an intersectional social justice framework, leadership development and equity. For more information, see lgbtcenter.uga.edu.

 

UGA Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs comprises 19 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu. 

Pillars of Student Success

Poster of the Pillars of Student Success: Engagement, Intellect, and Character

What are the Pillars of Student Success?

To focus our efforts on enhancing the learning environment and supporting student success, UGA Student Affairs adopted the Pillars of Student Success. The three Pillars of Student Success—Engagement, Intellect, and Character—and their associated learning priorities serve as UGA’s explicit commitment to our students. We commit to providing and supporting experiences that facilitate learning in the areas of Engagement, Intellect, and Character.

Engagement

Civic Engagement – Individual and collective action designed to make a difference in our communities
Teamwork – Working effectively with others toward a shared goal
Inclusion – Examining and challenging behaviors that prevent full and equal participation of all people

Intellect

Critical Thinking – Logical and reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do
Application of Knowledge – Meaningful use of ideas, experiences, and knowledge
Communication – Effective exchange of information in a variety of contexts

Character  

Ethical Reasoning – Examining coexisting personal and community values to guide our actions
Self-Identity – Understanding intersections of our identities, values, and abilities
Well-Being – Optimizing multiple dimensions of wellness to live a satisfying and productive life

Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia promotes a community of student learning, success and well-being. The abuse and illegal use of alcohol or other drugs jeopardize this community by placing the health and safety of individuals at risk and undermining the university’s academic mission. Therefore, we expect all students to act responsibly and in accordance with the law and the university’s code of conduct.

The departments of UGA Student Affairs support this statement through a wide range of programmatic initiatives including, but not limited to:

• Nighttime and late-night events that serve as an alternative to activities involving alcohol or other drugs.
 
• Alcohol education for full-time and student staff.
 
• Clear communication of expectations and policies to participants in student programs. Specifically, the University Health Center houses the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education which provides a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, early intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.
 
• Educating students and faculty about the UGA Responsible Action Protocol. 

 

Responsible Action Protocol

Students are encouraged to make responsible decisions in life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse and to seek medical attention for someone who is in danger because of intoxication.  Students should alert University officials, UGA or local police, or professional medical personnel when they or their friends are in danger.   Students who call for, seek, or require emergency assistance for an alcohol or other drug related emergency may not be subject to mandatory alcohol and other drug sanctions under the Code of Conduct.

CLICK HERE for more information about the purpose, scope, requirements and limitations of the Protocol.

 

The John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education

In an effort to promote an environment that supports responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drug use, on campus and in the community, a generous donation from the family of John Fontaine, Jr. has enabled the University of Georgia to create a center for alcohol awareness and education. The goal of the center is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, early intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.

CLICK HERE for information about the programs and services of the Fontaine Center.

In addition to serving as an essential campus resource for alcohol and other drugs education, the Fontaine Center offers the following programs:

AlcoholEdu - All incoming UGA students are required to complete an online non-judgmental alcohol prevention program designed to empower college students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol use.  This course resets unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol, links choices about drinking to academic and personal success, and engages students to create a healthier campus community.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) - BASICS was designed to help students to make well-informed alcohol and other drug-use decisions and to reduce their risks for substance abuse related harm. The program consists of three non-confrontational, nonjudgmental sessions with a Health Promotion/Fontaine Center staff member. Any student who's concerned about his or her alcohol or other drug use can choose to attend BASICS. Students who violate UGA’s alcohol and drug policies may be required to attend BASICS.  UGA students can also be referred to BASICS by the local courts and/or probation officers.
 
Mentor Program (In collaboration with the office of Student Conduct) - The mentor program promotes student success and persistence by pairing at-risk students with a faculty and/or staff member who assist these students in making progress toward developing a sense of personal purpose.  There is strong research supporting that students who participate in mentor programs are more likely to experience success and reduce high risk behaviors.
 
DAWGS (Drugs and Alcohol With Good Sense) - DAWGS is an interactive group alcohol and other drug education program for UGA students. During each session, a variety of subject matter is introduced, including Values Clarification, Alcohol and Other Drug specific information, Relationship and Group Dynamics, Stress Management, Harm Reduction, the Stages of Change, and Identifying Triggers for Use. In addition to the group sessions, students are required to attend two one-on-one sessions with a Fontaine staff member.
 
Collegiate Recovery Community - The University of Georgia offers a Collegiate Recovery Community for students who have made a commitment to lead sober, healthy lives. The Collegiate Recovery Community provides an environment in which students recovering from addiction can find peer support as well as other recovery support services while navigating their own college experience.
 
The Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board - The Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board was created in the fall of 2008 to increase student involvement in the efforts of alcohol awareness and education within the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. The group works to improve the safety and success of UGA students by advising the alcohol awareness and educational endeavors put forth by the Fontaine Center.
 
Bystander Intervention - The Bystander Intervention program teaches participants how to speak up and/or take action when they encounter problems on campus such as sexual assault situations, alcohol poisoning, noticing that someone may have mental health concerns, relationship abuse, verbal slurs, hazing, hate crimes, and more. Students and staff are trained on how to intervene safely and foster community ownership.
 
Continued Prevention and Education - As a follow up to the Alcohol and Other Drug Education information presented during student orientation sessions, continued prevention programs will be presented in the residence halls and in various academic courses throughout the year.
 
Social and recreational activity offerings – These programs will continue to be enhanced, including those in late evenings and on weekends including Sober Tailgates for many of the home football games, as well as Dawgs after Dark. The Fontaine Center will also work to ensure students who are not yet familiar with the university scene know what’s available, when and where.

Please do not hesitate to contact a Student Affairs staff member if you have any questions or comments about the Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement or programmatic offerings listed above. Be smart, be safe, and GO DAWGS!

Report Sexual Violence

Sexual assault refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse or sexual contact.  See Definitions of Sexual Harassment Terms.

Sexual assault occurring on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the University Community is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Sexual assault perpetrated by a University of Georgia student outside the University Community is a violation of the University’s Code of Conduct.

Sexual assault is also a crime.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

CLICK HERE to read the Equal Opportunity Office's instructions for what to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.

Accessibility

Our commitment

UGA Student Affairs is committed to ensuring accessibility of its websites for people with disabilities. All of the pages on UGA Student Affairs websites should conform to Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines. 

How we can help

For help accessing content:

If you have questions or comments about our policy or need content in an alternate format, please contact us at askstudentaffairs@uga.edu or call (706)542-3564.

Submit a Complaint

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Report Sexual Violence

Sexual assault refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse or sexual contact.  See Definitions of Sexual Harassment Terms.

Sexual assault occurring on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the University Community is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Sexual assault perpetrated by a University of Georgia student outside the University Community is a violation of the University’s Code of Conduct.

Sexual assault is also a crime.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

CLICK HERE to read the Equal Opportunity Office's instructions for what to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.

Policies and
Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct has been developed by the Office of Student Conduct to provide students with expectations for behavior that upholds the principles outlined in the Pillars of the Arch. In addition to describing regulations for behavior, the Code of Conduct provides useful information to students and student organizations regarding alleged violations of conduct regulations. All procedures for responding to possible violations of conduct regulations, including specifics of the conduct process, a listing of possible sanctions, the interim suspension policy, and the appeals procedures are included in the Code of Conduct. These procedures have been established to ensure due process and fundamental fairness to all involved in the University's judicial processes.

Individuals interested in submitting a report of potential Code of Conduct regulation violations should do so in writing. Reports not submitted in writing will be independently verified prior to beginning a conduct investigation. Reports should be submitted as soon as possible after the alleged violation. For individuals filing a report, a meeting can be arranged with a staff member in the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the conduct process. Reports should be submitted to Rebecca Scarbro, associate director of student conduct, by calling 706-542-1131 or emailing rcw34@uga.edu.

 

Freedom of Expression

The University of Georgia Freedom of Expression Policy is designed to promote and facilitate student expression and to respect students’ constitutional rights while allowing the University to make any necessary arrangements (such as arranging march routes, providing security, avoiding multiple events at the same time and location) and ensuring that such activities do not interfere with the University’s mission and operations or with the rights of others. Additional information about the policy is available through the Office of the Dean of Students, 706-542-7774.

 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia promotes a community of student learning, success and well-being. The abuse and illegal use of alcohol or other drugs jeopardize this community by placing the health and safety of individuals at risk and undermining the university’s academic mission. Therefore, we expect all students to act responsibly and in accordance with the law and the university’s code of conduct.

CLICK HERE to learn more the Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement, the UGA Responsible Action Protocol and the John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education.

 

Policy for Subsequent Use of UGACard Photo:

The UGACard is the official University of Georgia identification card for students, faculty, staff, official campus visitors, and their departments. The UGACard displays a color photograph, taken by the UGACard office ("UGACard photo"). The purpose of this policy is to prescribe the University of Georgia's subsequent use of the UGACard photo taken of a UGA student after a UGACard is made for the student.

Read more about the Policy for Subsequent Use of UGACard Photo

 

Motor Vehicle Policy for UGA-SA Volunteers:

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and policy governing the use of State of Georgia vehicles and/or rental vehicles by UGA-SA volunteers for the purpose of conducting UGA-SA business.

This policy applies to all UGA volunteers who are driving a vehicle as part of a structured program organized, controlled, and directed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by and on behalf of the University of Georgia - Division of Student Affairs (UGA-SA). This policy requires screening, documentation, and training based on the nature of the driving requirements associated with the UGA-SA volunteer's assigned duties.

Motor Vehicle Policy for UGA-SA Volunteers

 

Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC)

The Behavioral Assessment & Response Council (BARC) is a group of key administrators who assess and determine the appropriate response to students who exhibit threatening behavior to themselves and/or others.

BARC Policy and Procedures

Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC)

The Behavioral Assessment & Response Council (BARC) is a group of key administrators who assess and determine the appropriate response to students who exhibit threatening behavior to themselves and/or others.

CLICK HERE to to go to the BARC webpage.

BARC Policy and Procedures

 

CRISIS RESPONSE

If you are in contact with a student who appears to be an immediate threat to his or her own safety or that of others, please call 911.

Crisis situations include:

• Stated intention to commit suicide or inflict serious harm to self
• Stated intention or obvious behavior that indicates an imminent threat to harm others

Non-emergency situations in which the student does not pose an immediate threat to self or others but exhibits behavior revealing a potential for harm may be referred to Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 706-542-2273, the Office of the Dean of Students at 706-542-7774 or University Police at 706-542-2200.