COVID-19 Academic Operations

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Academic Operations Status

UPDATED AUGUST 24, 2020: Georgia Tech’s fall semester started on August 17 with a mix of residential (in-person with physical distancing), hybrid with limited in-person attendance, and remote courses. These course modes were designed to provide options and reduce density.

Additional safety measures include:

  • Classrooms are cleaned on a daily basis.
  • Disinfectant and wipes are also available in classrooms.
  • Classroom capacities and seating arrangements have been modeled on 6-foot distances.
  • Face coverings are required in the classroom, as all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities and buildings, where keeping 6 feet of distance may not always be possible.

Find the latest updates, information, and safety guidelines at Tech Moving Forward: Our Road to Recovery  

Recent Academic Operations Updates

July 20, 2020 - Course Mode Designations Now Available

Dear Members of the Georgia Tech Community: 

We know you have been anxiously awaiting the course mode designations since we announced that we’d be offering a mainly residential learning format when we return to campus for fall semester. We appreciate your patience. We also know there have been and will continue to be many questions about what to expect for our return to campus next month.   

There is information below that we hope will help clarify many of your questions and help you better prepare for the start of the fall semester.  

Course Modes and Decision Dates 
Today, students can access course mode designations in OSCAR. As part of the fall plan, each course and section will be designated as residential (in-person with physical distancing), hybrid with limited in-person attendance, or remote. The majority of courses will have some in-person attendance. 

The health and safety of our students and faculty are our top priority in setting all class modes. An important part of that is allowing for safe physical distancing in the classrooms where these courses are held. 

We are still working through some final details of each available classroom to ensure physical distancing can be maintained consistently, so class locations are still being finalized. They will be shared in early August ahead of the first day of classes.  

Residential courses:  Courses that are residential will be held on a traditional in-person schedule and format. Until class locations are determined, they will be coded in OSCAR as hybrid, but you can find a current list of classes expected to be fully residential here. As we continue to determine classroom assignments, some sections planned as residential may have to be changed to hybrid mode due to space constraints.   

Hybrid courses (HYBR): In contrast to remote courses, all hybrid sections will maintain an in-person experience and can expect to meet in classrooms on campus regularly. The amount of in-person interaction will be determined by instructor teaching preferences and classroom availability for physical distancing.   

Remote courses: Those sections assigned to remote will be coded in OSCAR as asynchronous (ASYN) or synchronous (SYNC) based on the planned delivery. Asynchronous courses will deliver material unbounded by specific meeting times, while synchronous courses will meet virtually on a set schedule. You can find a list of all courses coded for remote delivery here

Students who have questions about their fall schedule or specific courses should contact their academic advisor or individual course instructor.  

As reported last week, decision dates around Phase 2 registration, deferral, and student leave of absence requests have been adjusted to allow each student and their families more time and the flexibility to make decisions that best support them and their academic progress. 

Important student decision dates include: 

  • August 1-21: Phase 2 registration open period for undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Current students, as well as undergraduate students attending FASET Orientation between now and July 31 who wish to make changes to their schedules, can do so during Phase 2. 
    • Note: New first-year or transfer students who are attending the final August 10 FASET Orientation session should plan on registering as part of that session.
  • August 3: Enrollment deferral deadline for first-year students who have paid an admission deposit. 
  • August 3: Student leave of absence request deadline for fall semester for undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • August 5: Registration opens for new students in the Online Master of Science in Analytics, Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and Professional Masters programs.

Accommodations 
Individuals who fall into higher risk groups, as defined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may request an accommodation. Institute personnel are available to assist any students, faculty, or staff who are seeking academic or employment accommodations.  

Students 
Students seeking an academic accommodation should start by contacting the Office of Disability Services. Students who work as undergraduate or graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants seeking an employment accommodation should also complete the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Higher Risk Alternative Work Arrangement Request Form. 

Faculty and Staff 
The course mode designations account for accommodations received up to the July 13 due date. Nevertheless, any faculty member who has a change of situation can request a teaching accommodation at any time. Other accommodation requests from employees may be submitted at any time between now and the start of the fall semester. 

The Georgia Tech Human Resources (GTHR) Return to Campus Manager’s Toolkit outlines higher risk categories, as well as the process for requesting Covid-19-related alternate work arrangements. If you need assistance or have questions regarding accommodation requests, email Ann F. Harris, GTHR-Employee Relations Compliance Advisor. 

Those who care for or live with individuals at higher risk for severe illness with Covid-19 should work with their direct supervisor to ensure that their work environment allows for social distancing and the ability to practice the behaviors known to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

Campus Safety Overview 
Coming back to campus safely will require individual and collective efforts. Beyond required face coverings, physical distancing, and personal hygiene that we will practice as individuals, you will also see necessary changes around campus. Hundreds of individuals across departments and units at Georgia Tech are hard at work planning and implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures; new configurations and seating in classrooms, labs, and office spaces; new expectations for campus, housing, and dining services; ongoing risk assessments and analyses; and detailed testing, contact tracing, and quarantine​ protocols.  

We will keep the Georgia Tech community updated on these details in the next few days, and expect to publish additional resources, including faculty and student guidebooks on our Tech Moving Forward site. We will also continue to update the Frequently Asked Questions as more details are available. 

Moving Forward 
Thank you to each member of the Georgia Tech community for your patience, consideration, and collaboration as we make plans to move forward together. I cannot thank enough the many faculty, student, and staff collaborators who continue to work tirelessly to make the transition back to campus a success. Evaluating the formats for almost 5,000 course sections during a time of great uncertainty has been an incredibly complex undertaking. You have all proven that you can do anything.  

The times still remain uncertain and the global pandemic is not behind us. There is still a significant amount of work in front of us. We commit to keeping you up to date each time we have new information. Even amid the changes, I know that together, we can all help ensure that our return will be as safe and productive as possible.  

We will be in touch again very soon.  

Take care, 

Rafael L. Bras, Provost 
Georgia Institute of Technology 

July 14, 2020 - Important Decision Dates, Student Accommodations, and International Student Resources

Dear Members of the Georgia Tech Community:

As the start of the fall semester nears, we know that many of our students and their families, as well as members of our faculty and staff, have felt growing frustration and apprehension as important deadlines loom and decisions must be made. We have heard from you through various channels, including the recent student survey, and we want to be responsive and supportive as you make these critical decisions.

Important Decision Dates
Decision dates around Phase 2 registration, deferral, and student leave of absence requests have been adjusted in the hopes of providing more flexibility and, ultimately, supporting academic progress and success for every student. Leaders from the colleges and schools are working with members of the faculty to determine the instructional format for all courses. These will be finalized by July 20.

Phase 2 Registration
To help you make decisions about your fall class schedule, Phase 2 registration will open earlier than previously announced, and will run from August 1-21 at registrar.gatech.edu/registration. Current students who wish to make changes to their schedules can do so during Phase 2 registration. Any student attending FASET Orientation between now and July 31 will also be able to make changes once Phase 2 begins. Note: New first-year or transfer students who are attending the final August 10 FASET Orientation session should plan on registering as part of that session.

Undergraduate Enrollment Deferral
First-year students who have paid an admission deposit are eligible to request an enrollment deferral. The deadline to request a deferral has been extended to August 3. For more details, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Any housing cancellation requests that were made after June 30 did forfeit the housing deposit, but that deposit is transferrable to a future term if a deferral request is granted.

Student Leave of Absence Requests
For fall semester, the deadline for students to submit a leave of absence request has been extended to August 3. Find eligibility requirements and more about requesting a leave of absence via the Registrar’s Office.

All incoming students, including summer start first-year and transfer students, are invited to attend the Incoming Student Town Hall, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, scheduled for Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Student Accommodations
Students seeking an academic or employment accommodation (including graduate teaching and research assistants) should start by contacting the Office of Disability Services (ODS).

Registering with ODS is a 3-step process that includes completing an application, uploading documentation related to the accommodation request, and scheduling an appointment for an “intake meeting” (either in person or via phone or video conference) with a disability coordinator.

Students who work as undergraduate or graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants seeking an employment accommodation should also complete the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Higher Risk Alternative Work Arrangement Request Form.

International Students — Resources and Important Dates
Last week’s guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) caused confusion and anxiety for our international students. We hoped to provide clarity on that guidance, but we recognize that we fell short in providing answers and reassurance. Please know that the well-being of our international students is paramount and we have engaged with the national higher-ed associations in order to advocate for our students.

We are very happy to report that a resolution of the issues has been reached and the government has rescinded the proposed guidelines. We will continue to engage with our peer institutions and these national organizations and follow developments closely.

As the Covid-19 situation continues to be fluid and the ground continues to shift, we are consulting with the agency to get greater clarity and to minimize the impact on our international students, where possible. For additional direction, a task force made up of faculty, student leaders, and administrators is now working diligently to develop resources and possible solutions that we will share with the community as quickly as possible.

Resources for International Students
We understand that there are many different challenges facing international students right now. We have several online resources available to assist in planning and decision-making:

  • International Student Housing Intention Form. If you are able to travel for the Fall 2020 semester, Georgia Tech Housing can accommodate those with a fall housing assignment as early as July 24. All international students must declare their intention by August 3 via the resources section of the My Housing portal. Additional guidance about move-in, late arrival, and housing cancellations for international students is available here
  • Fall planning, FAQ’s, and general guidance are available at the Office of International Education.
  • Immigration Information Sessions: 
  • Group Advising Sessions are held three times each week. Students should use their Georgia Tech email to sign up for a session here.

Inquiries With the Office of International Education
The Office of International Education (OIE) may need to be consulted with any detailed questions about a student’s specific immigration or visa situation. Note: OIE is currently experiencing a very high volume of email inquiries and phone calls. Response and wait times are longer than usual for individual inquiries, but additional guidance is coming together quickly to allow students’ questions to be answered as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to register for a group advising session. 

Moving Forward
The fall semester is now just weeks away and we eagerly await the day we are all able to be on campus again — together. Thank you for your commitment to your own safety and that of your fellow Yellow Jackets, and for your patience, resilience, and flexibility as we adjust to these changes and adopt new behaviors and practices.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. Please consult our Tech Moving Forward website and our Frequently Asked Questions, and know that we remain committed to the safety and success of our students under the parameters established by state and federal guidelines.

Thank you,

Rafael L. Bras, Provost
Georgia Institute of Technology

July 10, 2020 - Supporting Our International Student Community

To the Georgia Tech Community:

Georgia Tech is a global institution and embraces a culture of global engagement that allows us to tap the contributions of the brightest scholars from the United States and abroad. Our international student population is of importance to Georgia Tech’s academic mission and we value our students’ contributions to our global campus community. 

On July 6, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced proposed modifications of Covid-19 temporary procedural adaptations and guidance for international students and institutions for fall 2020 in a SEVP Broadcast Message: COVID-19 and Fall 2020. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities as a Temporary Final Rule in the Federal Register on August 4. In addition, SEVP published an FAQ on July 7. Some key points of that guidance are:

  • All Georgia Tech F-1 student visa holders currently inside the U.S. will be allowed to remain inside the U.S. and attend a mix of in-person and hybrid course delivery during the fall semester. Georgia Tech is planning to operate as close to a traditional way as health and safety allows us. The plan foresees the majority of courses will be offered in a hybrid (requiring physical presence) or in-person mode.
  • New Georgia Tech F-1 student U.S. visa holders will be allowed to join the institution for a combination of in-person instruction and hybrid delivery in fall 2020.
  • It is unclear if Georgia Tech international students outside the U.S. engaging in coursework from abroad will be able to maintain an Active SEVIS status. We will continue to work with SEVP to clarify this.
  • F-1 student visa holders in the U.S. cannot take a full course of study completely remote/online, according to the published guidelines. Unfortunately, that would imply that, if for any reason the mode of instruction were to change to completely remote or online, the students would have to leave the country, or take other measures to remain in lawful status.

To reiterate, Georgia Tech plans to open the fall semester with as close to traditional in-person modality of instruction as possible. We also believe that the personal nature of research and thesis work will not be affected or changed this coming fall semester.

We understand the concern and apprehension the SEVP announcement is causing for the Georgia Tech community. Due to the shifting landscape around Covid-19, updates from the U.S. government, and developing institutional plans, we ask for your patience and sustained attention to current and upcoming guidance. We call upon our community to consider ways in which faculty, staff, students, or offices can provide support and flexibility to international students during this time. As an institution, we are strengthened when we come together as a community to support one another in times of uncertainty. 

Sincerely,

Rafael L. Bras, Provost
Georgia Institute of Technology

P.S.  For further discussion, we invite you to join us for an online information session during which will explain what this proposed guidance means to our international students. 
 
Immigration Information Sessions: Analysis of recent guidance from SEVP

July 2, 2020 — Tech Moving Forward Student Update

The Institute’s Covid-19 Task Force has received questions on a number of topics this week, including when academic course formats will be shared, and the academic and residential options for international students. We’ve provided some additional information on these topics below:

PROCESS AND TIMING FOR ACADEMIC COURSE OFFERINGS

Fall 2020 courses will be held in one of five delivery modes, from a traditional format (in cases where physical distancing is a viable option) to a variety of hybrid options that leverage online technology.

Georgia Tech will prioritize certain classes for in-person delivery: lab classes, group project classes, senior design classes, small discussion classes, and classes that require interaction with physical projects and equipment in most or all sessions.

Many of you are awaiting a course list that is clearly marked with the delivery mode options for each course. We are committed to publishing that list by July 20.

Some undergraduate registration deadlines have been shifted based on the publication date. They include:

  • Deferral application deadline: July 24
  • Phase 2 registration: August 8-21

Application deferral deadlines for graduate programs vary. Admitted graduate students should contact their departments.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION

International students, both continuing and admitted, are making decisions about academic programs and courses this fall. However, we know that there may be various issues, particularly travel restrictions or visa matters, subject to guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).  

International Students with a Visa, Currently Outside the United States

If you have secured, or expect to have secured your visa, and plan to enroll for the fall semester on the Atlanta campus, you should plan for in-person, residential instruction.

You will be asked to arrive in Atlanta between July 24-26 and be required to follow quarantine guidelines.

Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any individual who is traveling to the U.S. from an international destination should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. This guidance should be followed by students planning to live in either on-campus housing or private housing located off-campus.

On-campus residents will be provided a place to quarantine and options for delivery of Dining Services during that time. Off-campus residents should plan to quarantine in their off-campus housing. If it is not available before August, please contact Georgia Tech Housing and Residence Life to learn about limited availability for quarantine of asymptomatic individuals at nearby hotels.

International Students Without a Visa or Unable to Travel, Currently Outside the United States

If you are unable to obtain an entry visa or travel to the U.S. for the start of the fall semester, you have some options.

  • Remote Courses
    Under certain conditions, you may be able to enroll and take courses remotely while you are outside of the U.S. The applicability of the remote course option will depend on the availability of courses from a particular academic program and restrictions on Office of Foreign Assets Control-sanctioned countries. More details on this option will be available in the near future. 
  • International Campuses
    Under certain conditions, you may also take courses at one of our two international campuses — Georgia Tech-Lorraine or Georgia Tech-Shenzhen.
    • Georgia Tech-Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China): For the Fall 2020 semester, first-year undergraduate students who do not need a visa to enter China can study at the GT-Shenzhen campus. New or current MS ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) students who do not need a visa to enter China can also study at GT-Shenzhen. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate other types of students at GT-Shenzhen during Fall 2020. Inquiries can be sent to gtshenzhen@ece.gatech.edu. 
    • Georgia Tech-Lorraine (Metz, France): For the Fall 2020 semester, both the undergraduate and graduate programs will run with a condensed schedule. International undergraduate and graduate students who are unable to get a visa for the U.S. may be able to obtain a visa to study in France. Students are advised to review Georgia Tech-Lorraine’s course schedules for Fall 2020 (see Undergraduate Schedule or Graduate Schedule). If transferring to the Lorraine campus, students may only enroll in those courses listed on the Lorraine course schedule. All interested students should email GTL-France@gtl.gatech.edu as soon as possible for more information.
  • Late Start to Fall Semester
    The Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s guidance allows F-1 students to arrive in Atlanta up to 30 days after the start of the semester. Students who cannot arrive at the start of the fall semester and are enrolled full time should contact their academic department and Office of International Education (oie.gatech.edu/isss_advising) for further guidance to see if a late arrival would be a viable option for them. Students arriving during this 30-day timeframe would be required to follow quarantine guidelines.
  • Deferral
    Graduate students may request a deferral of an admission decision for up to one year. Graduate students who were offered financial support must contact their academic program office to determine if their financial support package can be deferred, as well. To request approval for either of these options, graduate students should contact their academic program coordinator who will make the final determination.

Undergraduate students can make deferral requests by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Requests must be received no later than July 24.

We understand that the current environment has created a great deal of uncertainty, and we hope that you will be able to join us in Atlanta this fall. Please reach out to your academic program to discuss your individual situation and to discuss next steps. Please consult the Office of International Education’s list of frequently asked questions for international students, which will continue to be updated as new information is received: oie.gatech.edu/isss/Comprehensive-FAQ.

You can also schedule an advising appointment with an international student advisor: oie.gatech.edu/isss_advising

ONGOING UPDATES

We know there is a lot of uncertainty as we finalize details about the return to campus this fall. We are committed to communicating with you each time new information becomes available.

For more information about any aspect of our plan to resume in-person instruction in August, please consult our Tech Moving Forward website and our Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you, 
Covid-19 Response Task Force 
Georgia Institute of Technology 

 

July 2, 2020 — Tech Moving Forward Faculty Update 

The Institute’s Covid-19 Task Force has received questions on a number of topics this week, including how academic course formats are being managed, the process and deadline for faculty accommodations, and safety in the classroom during in-person classes this fall. We’ve provided some additional information on these topics below. 

In preparing for fall term, please be reminded that the University System of Georgia (USG) has instructed all institutions to develop plans for multiple scenarios, including:  

  • Fall classes begin with social distancing expectations.  
  • Fall classes begin online.  
  • Classes and operations go to an online format for some time during the semester.  

Currently, all USG institutions are expected to operate under the first scenario. However, we ask that you prepare to move from one method of instruction and operation to another as public health guidelines may change.  

PROCESS AND TIMING FOR ACADEMIC COURSE OFFERINGS 

Fall 2020 courses will be held in one of five delivery modes, from a traditional format in cases where social distancing is a viable option to a variety of hybrid options that leverage online technology and help reduce the number of students meeting in a classroom at any given time.   

School Chairs and College Deans have been asked to select the most appropriate mode of instruction for each course in order to maximize student learning while minimizing health risks. In consultation with the colleges and schools, the Registrar’s Office, and Capital Planning and Space Management, the Institute will confirm classroom assignments and delivery modes based on space available. Georgia Tech will prioritize certain classes for in-person delivery: lab classes, group project classes, senior design classes, classes where there is a pedagogical advantage, project-based classes, classes requiring physical equipment, and discussion classes.  

While most courses will proceed in their previously assigned space, some classroom reassignments may be necessary, especially in cases that can help optimize the residential experience for new incoming students and graduating students. In every case, classroom reassignments will be done in consultation with instructors and school chairs. 

Courses taught by a faculty member with an approved accommodation may be assigned to remote delivery. Also, courses that are typically offered online will continue to be offered online.   

Class delivery modes will be published to OSCAR by Monday, July 20, and Phase 2 registration is August 8-21. The& undergraduate deferral application deadline has been shifted based on the publication date and it is now July 24. Application deferral deadlines for graduate programs vary and admitted graduate students have been instructed to contact their departments.  

As a reminder, the semester schedule has changed to discourage travel, including canceling the two-day fall break currently scheduled for Oct. 5-6 and ending fall instruction by Thanksgiving break. Reading days and final assessments will be administered in a hybrid format, and the calendar will be modified, as follows: 

  • Aug. 17: Start of classes   
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday   
  • Nov. 23-24: Final instructional days (no new material or scheduling of any other assessments) 
  • Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving break   
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 8: Reading days and final assessments   
  • Dec. 9-10 or 11-12: Commencement   

The final instructional days should be taught in a way that is consistent with the mode of delivery for the entire course. For a residential spread course, this means the final instructional day will be taught in person. For a remote or hybrid touchpoint course, it will be delivered remotely. For other modes, instructors should use their professional judgment. 

We will continue to update you as more details are determined in consultation with the school chairs and academic unit leadership. In the meantime, please direct questions to your school chair or the Office of the Provost (provostsoffice@gatech.edu). 

COVID-19 ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS

Higher risk faculty and staff members, who are unable to return to campus due to Covid-19 and wish to request an alternate work arrangement, must complete a request form and provide medical documentation detailing their needs and requested support via Georgia Tech Human Resources.

Those who care for or live with individuals at higher risk for severe illness with Covid-19 should work with their direct supervisor to ensure that their work environment allows for social distancing and the ability to practice the behaviors known to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

The Georgia Tech Human Resources (GTHR) Return to Campus Manager’s Toolkit outlines those higher risk categories, as well as the process for requesting Covid-19-related alternate work arrangements. 

The process minimizes the number of individuals involved in review. Only GTHR will have access to forms submitted and any medical documentation requested. Accommodation request and supporting documentation are not maintained in the employee’s personnel file and are kept separately in a confidential file. All individuals reviewing requests understand the highly sensitive nature of the information being disclosed and have been instructed not to share this sensitive information.  

Faculty and graduate teaching assistants who teach should submit accommodation requests by Monday, July 6, 2020. Other accommodation requests from employees may be submitted at any time between now and the start of fall semester.

Please work with your supervisor and/or HR Business Partner. 

Faculty determined to be ineligible for an alternative work arrangement will receive written notice of this determination from GTHR together with information on how to appeal the determination. Faculty have five (5) business days from the date of written notice to send an appeal to the Assistant Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution (AVP-ACR) (kyla.ross@gatech.edu). Appeals will be reviewed by a three-person committee led by the AVP-ACR, working in coordination with the Faculty Status and Grievance committee. The appeals committee will have five (5) business days to issue a decision.    

If you need assistance or have questions regarding accommodation requests, please email Ann F. Harris, GTHR-Employee Relations Compliance Advisor at ann.harris@ohr.gatech.edu

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES FOR CLASSROOMS 

We’ve heard concerns from many of you regarding health and safety, and the use of face coverings, in a classroom environment.  As we’ve shared, students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when on campus. In some spaces where social distancing is difficult to consistently maintain, face coverings are required. 

Currently on campus, face coverings are required in the following spaces where it is difficult to consistently practice social distancing:  

  • All laboratory spaces  
  • Reception areas, waiting rooms, and lobbies 
  • Elevators 
  • Stairwells 
  • Hallways and vestibules 
  • Restrooms 
  • Common areas 
  • Meeting/conference rooms 
  • Shared workspaces 

In addition,   

  1. All classrooms are being reviewed and possibly reconfigured to ensure social distancing.  Special health and safety protocols for classrooms that are unable to be configured to ensure social distancing are being developed.  Among those protocols are: 
    • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will ensure that each classroom is provided with a supply of facial coverings for those who wish to wear one but who did not bring a facial covering to the classroom. 
    • Either plastic lectern barriers or plastic face shields will be available to faculty members to use while lecturing in classrooms. More information will be shared before the semester about how these items can be requested.
  2. Some classes will be transferred to larger spaces which allow for social distancing. 
  3. All employees and students will be asked to complete an online Covid-19 health and safety training prior to arriving on campus and will be encouraged to take a health and safety pledge as part of the training. 
  4. We will ask all members of the community to follow the Covid-19 Daily Self-Screening Questions before coming to campus or leaving their residence.  
  5. Thermal screening will be deployed in strategic locations. 
  6. When any member of the Georgia Tech community tests positive for, or is diagnosed with, Covid-19, we will follow direction and guidance from the GDPH. We will ensure that students in isolation or quarantine continue to receive dining, health, and academic services. 
  7. Testing is available for symptomatic students at Stamps Health Center. We’re exploring options to expand additional testing on campus for asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff. 
  8. A public messaging campaign is being created to strongly encourage the wearing of facial coverings while on campus. 

We have planned these preventative measures using guidance provided by the USG, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and all existing executive orders from the governor of Georgia. We will continue to add new measures and update our plans each time new information about Covid-19 becomes available from these groups.  

Personal Protective Equipment Supplies  

A critical component to reopening campus safely and responsibly is providing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to our community members. EHS is coordinating PPE orders for General Building and Campus Operations (non-GTRI), as has been done for research operations during the summer research ramp-up. 

All members of the campus community will be provided two reusable cloth face coverings.  

ONGOING UPDATES 

We know there is a lot of uncertainty as we finalize details about the return to campus this fall.  We are committed to communicating with you each time new information becomes available. 

For more information about any aspect of our plan to resume in-person instruction in August, please consult our Tech Moving Forward website and our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Thank you,  
Covid-19 Response Task Force  
Georgia Institute of Technology  

April 10, 2020 — Academic Programming Update

All institutions within the University System of Georgia, including Georgia Tech, will continue online courses during May and the summer semesters, with only limited exceptions. Limited campus operations also continue to be in place until further notice, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.

As such, programming, events, and services traditionally held on Georgia Tech’s campus during the summer have been moved online, postponed, or canceled. More details will follow, but several affected programs include:

FASET Orientation
All FASET orientation programs for new first-year and transfer students will be offered online this summer. Updates to the schedule of dates and a detailed day-of-schedule program will be forthcoming in the next few days. Additionally, there will be optional programs offered online by departments during the summer, and in-person sessions offered during the Week of Welcome.

iGniTe First-Year Summer Launch Program
The iGniTe Summer Launch program for incoming first-year students who will begin Georgia Tech during the summer session will be offered online. Students will take two online courses, plus an online version of GT1000 First-Year Seminar. Online community-building and co-curricular activities are under development to enhance the program.  

Wreck Camp iGniTe and Wreck Camp ATL
Wreck Camp iGniTe (Wreck Camp for iGniTe participants), and Wreck Camp ATL are canceled. As of now, Wreck Camp Odyssey, the four-day extended orientation program, is still scheduled for August 5-8. Students who have already registered for either Wreck Camp iGniTe or Wreck Camp ATL will be asked if they would like to move their registration to Wreck Camp Odyssey.

Georgia Tech Athletic Association (GTAA) Events
External GTAA summer events, including athletic camps normally held on campus, have been indefinitely postponed. If circumstances permit, a revised summer camp schedule will be issued at a later date. GTAA summer academic activities offered to our cohort of incoming student-athletes will be moved online.

Conference Services
Summer conferences hosted by the Department of Housing and Residence Life have been canceled for Summer 2020.  

Tech Wreck Day Camp
A decision about Tech Wreck Day Camp, hosted by the Campus Recreation Center, will be made at a later date.

CEISMC and College-Hosted K-12 Summer Camps
These camps are being evaluated separately, and further guidance about these programs will be shared as it becomes available.

We will continue to keep you updated on affected programs and activities.

April 7, 2020 - Course Registration and Campus Operations

Along with our 25 peer institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG), Georgia Tech will continue to deliver instruction remotely during May and for the summer semesters, with only limited exceptions. 

Registration for Summer 2020 began on March 23 and ends on May 15. Time tickets for registration are being released in groups and that process is ongoing now. The Schedule of Classes for Summer 2020 is online.

As a reminder, the USG has asked all institutions to continue current telework and flexible work strategies for faculty and staff until further notice. USG institutions remain open, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.

Consistent with the Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order to shelter in place, we will continue to operate in a research ramp-down mode with only previously approved essential research activities happening on campus for at least the next two weeks, and, after that, until further notice. Although instruction will be remote for the summer, our education and research missions are interrelated, so we are continuously evaluating the appropriate level of research activities that should take place on campus as we navigate this situation.

Impact on Fall Semester 2020

All institutions within the USG are tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the fall semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health allow it.

Registration for Fall 2020 also began on March 23 and continues through May 15 for continuing students. There will be a Phase II registration period for Fall 2020 that begins on August 8.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

April 2, 2020 - USG Continues Online Instruction for May, Summer Semesters

Georgia Tech and the University System of Georgia’s 26 institutions will continue to deliver instruction remotely during May and summer semesters, with only limited exceptions.
 
USG institutions are tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the fall semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health allow it.
 
In the interim, all institutions have been asked to continue their current telework and flexible work strategies for faculty and staff. USG institutions overall have remained open, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.
 
We continue to prioritize the safety of our students, faculty and staff as we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia and fulfill our mission to graduate our students in these challenging times.

Source: usg.edu/coronavirus

March 26, 2020 - Services and Resources Guide for Students

There has been a lot of change in the past few weeks. That much change in such a short time has left most of you with questions. We bet a lot of you are wondering how academic and administrative services and resources will continue in the virtual space.

The FAQs on health.gatech.edu/coronavirus is one source of information, but we thought it might help to simplify it a little. So, we created this resource guide for students to help answer questions. We hope you will find it to be a useful tool as we navigate this unique situation together.

Where do I go for help infographic    Academic Support Services