Student Affairs Updates and Information

The Arch with sun and trees and North Campus behind it

Updated: July 13, 2020; 12:00 p.m.

Please do not hesitate to contact sco@uga.edu to speak with a staff member about any resources you may be seeking during this time.

The best resource for ongoing updates is https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/info.php. UGA is updating this site often with new information.

July 8 Message to Students, Parents, and Guardians: New Safety Measures and Dates for Return in Phases 2 & 3: https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/messages/archnews-2020-07-08.php

June 23 Message to Students: Update on Plans for Fall Semester Instruction: https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/messages/archnews-2020-06-23-2.php

 

This page has been created to help students and the campus community stay informed of the day-to-day status of Student Affairs and other student services and activities.

The University Health Center will continue to serve as a resource for students who are unsure as to how best to seek medical assistance. Students seeking medical advice should call UHC at 706-542-1162. Please DO NOT walk-in. All others, please contact your community healthcare provider. Call 706-542-1162 or email contact@uhs.uga.edu with questions. 

Many UHC services are still available; please check https://www.uhs.uga.edu/healthtopics/coronavirus. The University Health Center Pharmacy is offering curbside service to minimize risk to patients—please call 706-542-9979 with any questions or needs. The Pharmacy’s services are open to all UGA community members to refill and/or transfer prescriptions. This service is available Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm.

Check out BeWellUGA at Home for ways to stay organized, strategies to wake up feeling rested, virtual workshops, and more. Along the way, we will continue to provide opportunities for you to stay connected, build community, and receive support from our team.

Stay in touch with us on social media @UGAHealthCenter and let us know if there are any areas of well-being that you would like us to cover.

 

Food Resources:
For updates from Dining Services, please visit https://dining.uga.edu/notifications.

  • The UGA Food Pantry's hours are 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Monday mornings. For access, call 706-542-7774 upon your arrival at the Tate Student Center. 
  • In the Athens Community:
    • Our Daily Bread (First Baptist Church of Athens, 355 Pulaski Street)
      • Serving grab and go lunches, Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • American Lunch
      • Serving hot lunch in Downtown Athens throughout the week. More information at americanlunch.org or on their Instagram: @americanlunch1

Financial Assistance:
For those experiencing financial hardships, please review the resources available at https://financialhardship.uga.edu/.

Bulldog Basics/ Hygiene Essentials Assistance:
Students in need of basic hygiene materials may submit a request to Bulldog Basics. Click here for instuctions on submitting a Bulldog Basics request.

Academic Support Resources:

Disability Resource Center:
To support the health and safety of staff and students, the Disability Resource Center is limiting in-person contacts. The DRC staff is still available to provide support via email at drc@uga.edu or via telephone at 706-542-4576. Frequently asked questions for students, faculty, and notetakers are available athttps://drc.uga.edu/content_page/student-continuity-faq

University Testing Services:
UTS’s main testing facility is currently closed and Saturday standardized test administrations are canceled through July. The Prometric Testing Center housed within UTS is open at half capacity and reduced hours. UGA-based standardized assessments are being administered online. Students can register for English and foreign language placement exams, graduation requirement exams, ETS Proficiency Profile, Terry Accounting exam, and the Grady and Engineering Statements on UTS’s website. For updates, please visit our Service Continuity page.  

Mental Health Resources:

  • UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is available for phone consultations during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 p. You can reach them at 706-542-2273.
  • CAPS is available for crisis services 24/7 at 706-542-2200.

Dawg Camp Extended Orientation:
Registration is open for Dawg Camp. All sessions have been postponed to the fall semester. See program dates below. Scholarships are available for students who require assistance with the registration fee. Registration and more information is available at dawgcamp.uga.edu.

Innovate – August 17 – 19
Adventure – August 28 – 30
Classic City – September 4 – 6
Fusion – September 4 – 6
Connect – September 4 – 6
Discovery – September 4 – 6

Dawg Camp Summer 2020 Virtual Programming Options:
In July, Dawg Camp will kick off their virtual summer programming series, Dawg Camp Days of Summer. This programming is open to all incoming students. This programming series includes a weekly newsletter, student panels, small group activities, and more! These programs are designed to give incoming students an inside look at life as a Bulldog and help prepare them to start their UGA journey this fall. New events are added every week. More information is available at dawgcamp.uga.edu.

Greek Life:
Recruitment procedures, activities, and events for the each of the four Greek councils may implement contingency plans that will optimize social distancing when practicable, including incorporating virtual engagement in lieu of in-person events. Potential New Members for Panhellenic organizations will be notified directly (via email) about plans toward the end of June. Any questions regarding recruitment or Greek Life may be directed to greeklife@uga.edu.
 

International Student Life:
https://isl.uga.edu/content_page/isl-service-continuity-resource-content-page

International Student Orientation will be available to all incoming international students on July 1st at 10am EST. The online International Student Orientation program is free to all incoming international students and covers a wide-range of topics focused on making your transition to UGA and the U.S. a successful one!

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking International Students (F-1 Visa)
Undergraduate students, including transfer students, should register for New Student Orientation through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at http://orientation.uga.edu. Note that completing orientation is a requirement for all incoming undergraduate and transfer students. By completing this process, you will then be provided further information about virtual academic advising during summer 2020. For more information, please visit Orientation's webpage at http://orientation.uga.edu.  All international undergraduate students will additionally be enrolled in the International Student Orientation portal, accessible through http://elc.uga.edu on July 1.

Exchange Students (J-1 Visa)
All exchange students, both undergraduate and graduate, will be automatically enrolled into the International Student Orientation portal online, available at http://elc.uga.edu on July 1. 

Graduate Degree-Seeking International Students (F-1 Visa)
Once you make the decision to attend the University of Georgia, all graduate students should complete this form to enroll into the online International Student Orientation portal. Once you enroll, you will have access to the orientation via http://elc.uga.edu on July 1.

Incoming Undergraduate International Student Academic Advising
The Immigration Services team is adjusting the effective date of Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) holds on student records to August 19. This should be completed by Friday, June 26. Once these adjustments are made, international undergraduate students may begin registering for courses and making adjustments to their class registrations up until the final effective date of August 19. All international students must complete the online check in process with Immigration Services prior to August 19, 2020. Immigration Services and International Student Life will remind students periodically over the summer to complete the online immigration check-in process when they physically arrive in the US. If a student successfully checks-in with Immigration Services before August 19, they will be able to immediately proceed with registering for classes and can make changes to courses as usual beyond August 19. Students who fail to check-in with Immigration Services before August 19 will be reported to the Registrar’s office, and will not be allowed to attend classes until the immigration check in process is completed and the VLP hold lifted.  If this is not completed by the end of the add drop period, these students will be dropped from their fall semester courses, and will jeopardize their legal status in the US.

Advising 101 Resource for New Undergraduate International Students
ISL has implemented an Advising 101 session in the International Student Orientation program for the past couple of years based on direct feedback from academic advisors. This resource hopefully better prepares international students for academic advising appointments. Due to the shift to online orientation, we are pleased to offer this resource through a recorded video presentation which can be accessed via the YouTube link below OR through an embedded Kaltura video on our ISL website (also linked below). Both options are provided as we know some students in China may not be able to access YouTube.

Incoming Undergraduate International Student Immunization Process
All incoming international students received an email from ISL in June that provided instructions on how they could access the UHC portal to submit immunization and health records. At this time, as long as an international student has submitted some type of required immunization or health record, they will have their immunization flag temporarily removed until August 19. Students should allow up to 72 hours after submitting records for this flag to be removed. If a student expresses concerns around being able to access forms or complete immunizations while in their home country, please have them email isl@uga.edu and someone from our staff will assist them accordingly.

Incoming Undergraduate International Student Visa or Travel Challenges
International students who cannot obtain a visa or travel to the U.S. prior to the start of classes on August 20 due to COVID-19 complications should contact isl@uga.edu and our staff will assist them in communicating with their faculty to explore available remote-learning options.

Employment Resources:
UGA Career Center: career.uga.edu

University Housing:
For updates from University Housing, please visit https://housing.uga.edu/site/notices. Housing also has an updated FAQ.

June 4 - August 10: University Housing is offering informational webinars for new students. Register for a first-year, graduate or transfer webinar for the opportunity to get your questions answered live. Register early—space is limited.

Recreational Sports:
For updates from Recreational Sports and related facilities, please visit: https://recsports.uga.edu/content_page/rec-sports-service-continuity-information.

COVID-19 Student Educational and Response Team (CO-SERT) 
The COVID-19 Student Educational and Response Team (CO-SERT) is a temporary collaborative team at UGA, charged and led by Student Affairs, to provide a central point of contact, review, and response or referral on identified questions and concerns involving students and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Questions and concerns from faculty, staff, and community members related to students and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines may be submitted to askstudentaffairs@uga.edu. Click here for more information: https://faculty.studentaffairs.uga.edu/content_page/COSERT

Facility Closures and Event Updates:
Several Student Affairs facilities will be closed to students and the public, including Clark Howell Hall and the Ramsey Student Center, pending further notice.

Beginning on August 13, the Tate Student Center's hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. - 9 p.m.). Tate will also open to the public on August 13. 

Beginning on August 13, Memorial Hall's hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. - 8 p.m.). 

Legion Pool will not open for the 2020 season. The University will directly contact individuals who purchased a Friends of Campus Life pass for the 2020 season to discuss the status of that donation.

All in-person student activities, student organization, and Student Affairs events are cancelled while campus is closed to students. Staff continue to engage students online. Staff across Student Affairs are available via email, social media, and other channels to assist students on an ongoing basis. Students are encouraged to check the social media handles of Student Affairs departments for useful Q&As and live chats.

Please email askstudentaffairs@uga.edu with any additional questions.