Campus Operations FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about campus operations, events, and student services.


[Editor's Note: This page was reviewed and updated on February 9, 2021.]

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FAQ

Campus Operations and Student Services

Will I be able to study, work, or hang out in community spaces around campus?

Georgia Tech has several academic buildings with larger open spaces designated for our community to gather, including:

  • Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
  • Crosland Tower
  • Price Gilbert Memorial Library
  • The atriums of West Architecture
  • Klaus Computing
  • IBB
  • Scheller

These buildings will be open to the Georgia Tech community following USG guidelines.

Study spaces, reading rooms, collaboration and rehearsal rooms, recording studios, and group study spaces will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine capacity and whether social distancing can be achieved. Most reservable rooms have the revised capacity listed in the Event Management System and can be reserved per the guidelines outlined on that site. Some small rooms or spaces may be limited to individual study.

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where 6 feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing.


 

How will dining locations operate in the spring?

Food at select stations will be packaged in single-serving containers and dining team members will assist with serving unpackaged items. Food carts and food trucks will be increased to encourage social distancing. All staff will wear appropriate PPE for food service and cleanliness, as outlined by CDC guidelines.   

Contactless/tap credit card terminals have been installed at all point-of-sale locations, and card readers will be disinfected frequently. Plexiglass shields have been installed at all point-of-sale locations to ensure social distancing.   

All dining operations will temporarily shut down after meal shifts for more thorough cleaning, and each facility will be disinfected overnight.   

Seating capacity in the North Avenue Dining Hall, West Village, and the food court in the Campus Center Exhibition Hall will be reduced. 

Brittain Dining Hall will provide to-go service only.

More information is available on the Dining Services website


 

Will the Stinger, Tech Trolley, and Stingerette run as usual during Spring 2021?

During the spring semester, seating on buses will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing. 

The Gold, Blue, Red, Green, Emory, Tech Square, NARA/TEP, and Grocery routes will operate during spring semester. 

The Midnight Rambler and the Weekend Gold routes will not operate during the spring semester; those resources will be refocused on providing socially distanced transit service across the remaining campus routes.

Detailed routes and schedules for spring semester can be found on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Stingerette service is limited to a single trip request at a time, with a maximum of two riders, to allow for social distancing. Stingerette service is available every night from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., excluding official campus holidays.

Guidelines for riding campus transit: 

  • Avoid riding  Georgia Tech buses and Stingerette vans if you are sick.
  • Face masks  must be worn by all riders and drivers. Riders without a mask may request a disposable mask from the driver.
  • Boarding and exiting will take place through the back door whenever possible. 
  • Seating guidelines will be in place for social distancing.
  • Standing will not be allowed on buses. If no seats are available, passengers will need to wait for the next bus. 

All transit vehicles are cleaned at the end or beginning of shifts. Frequently touched areas are cleaned throughout the day.


 

How will operations shift to protect students, faculty, and staff when the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) opens in the spring?

  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, the CRC’s hours of operation will be 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a cleaning closure each day.
  • On Saturdays, the CRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to8 p.m., with a cleaning closure midday. On Sundays, the CRC will be open from noon to 8 p.m.  
  • We will have adjusted hours on Monday, Jan. 18 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 10 p.m.).
  • The entire facility will be disinfected each night.
  • A reservation system will be used to help control demand and minimize gathering outside the facility. CRC members and currently enrolled students can visit mycrc.gatech.edu to sign up for reservation slots.
  • Only current CRC members and currently enrolled students may use the CRC. No guest passes will be permitted.
  • Fitness equipment is physically distanced.
  • Increased signage and ground markers will promote social distancing and help manage lines.
  • Plexiglass is installed at all front-facing service areas, and all points of sale will use contactless/tap technology.
  • Temperature checks will be required to enter the facility, and anyone with a temperature over 100.4oF will not be granted access.
  • The number of patrons will be limited in all areas of the CRC.
  • Group workouts will be restricted.
  • Intramural sports will be offered in the spring in a safe manner. For more information visit the Intramural Sports website.
  • Locker rooms and showers are open, but we ask that you come dressed and ready for your workout and shower at home whenever possible.
  • All CRC staff will wear face coverings and eliminate interactions that do not adhere to social distancing practices.
  • Staff are trained to work as extra fitness floor attendants to monitor patrons and help with cleaning efforts.Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the facility.
  • Face coverings are required at all times in the CRC, unless swimming or showering.
  • Most CRC events will have an online component.
  • A reservation system will be deployed for event attendance to promote social distancing.
  • Touchless temperature checks will be performed at entry.

A full list of FAQs for the CRC is available on the CRC website.
 
Virtual options are available now and encouraged for patrons  who do not wish to visit the CRC in person.


 

Will the Student Center be open as usual in the spring? How will operations and events change?

Services and operations will be modified for the next two years during the renovation of the Student Center. In the temporary spaces:  

  • Every other piece of furniture has been blocked off, distributed to other appropriate facilities on campus, or moved into storage locations to create space for social distancing. 
  • Increased signage and ground markers will promote social distancing and help manage lines. 
  • Plexiglass has been installed at all front-facing service areas, and all points of sale will use contactless/tap technology. 
  • All staff will wear appropriate PPE while in the facility and maintain social distancing. 
  • Staff will be cross-trained as extra attendants to monitor patrons and help with cleaning efforts. We will also implement intermittent cleaning throughout the day, between meetings, and after events.  
  • Facilities will be disinfected each night.  
  • All Student Center-planned events will have an online component. A reservation system will be deployed for event attendance to promote social distancing. 
  • Revised capacities for the event spaces have been developed for all spaces in the Student Center portfolio. 

 

Are the makerspaces on campus available for students?

Yes. Makerspaces will use virtual queuing and online scheduling when possible and designate waiting areas for high-volume machines.

Space managers will oversee lab and hand tool cleaning, ensuring that disinfecting processes are in place, that tools are cleaned after every use, and that all common areas are cleaned.

If you have questions about accessing and using a particular makerspace, please contact the individual space manager.


 

Will I still be able to get help with co-ops, internships, and career advising from the Career Center?

Information and answers to questions about co-ops, internships, and career advising from the Career Center (formerly the Center for Career Discovery and Development)in Spring 2021 are available in the Career Center FAQs.


 

Are construction projects on campus continuing?

Construction projects will continue as contracted during this time.

While on campus, all contractors, vendors, and sub-contractors are required to wear face coverings when working inside any lab, office, or classroom facility and to use all precautions to maintain a safe and protected environment. Violation or failure to comply with Georgia Tech Covid-19 requirements may result in cancellation of contract.

We have asked our independent general contractors and architecture/engineering teams to use their best judgment on all safety matters, including current health-related concerns, and to monitor their job sites as per their company policies.

If a member of their team displays any signs of illness, they are to send them home and take necessary precautions to clean/prepare the site to minimize exposure to other employees and to our students and staff, if they are working in an occupied area. The companies also continue to follow the direction of their risk management plans. More information can be found on the Facilities Management website.


 

Will outside vendors or other visitors be allowed on campus?

Yes, but all campus visitors and attendees at campus events will be expected to follow Georgia Tech’s health and safety guidelines.


 

Can I still get teaching assistant training from the Center for Teaching and Learning?

Yes. We will transition teaching assistant (TA) orientation sessions to a combination of synchronous remote or small-group sessions and asynchronous remote delivery using existing modules. The rest of the training programs, workshops, and academic courses for TAs will use a combination of remote delivery when appropriate and small gatherings with social distancing.


 

How are the CARE Center, Counseling Center, and Stamps Health Services operating and offering appointments?

CARE Center: CARE provides services primarily virtually via tele-behavioral health. We follow strict criteria that identifies which students need an in-person appointment and maintain staffing to accommodate those exceptions.  Any in-person appointments will be staggered to reduce the number of students present in the center at one time. Staff and students who are in the suite wear masks and maintain physical distance. Plexiglass is installed around the reception desk.

Counseling Center: Clients are served with our full range of services using tele-behavioral health and other forms of virtual meetings. We maintain in-office rotational staffing to support our remote work processes. In-office emergency appointments for established clients are available on a situation-by-situation basis. Staff and students who are in the suite wear masks and maintain physical distance. Plexiglass is installed around the reception desk.

Stamps Health Services: In-person and virtual appointments will be available to students. We will provide a separate treatment and waiting space for patients having symptoms associated with Covid-19 and use telemedicine when appropriate. Appointment schedules will be adjusted to limit the number of people in waiting areas, and all front-facing service areas will have plexiglass installed to promote social distancing.


 

CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES RESOURCES


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):


FAQ

Campus Events

What will be required for on-campus events to take place this spring?

Campus event spaces will operate with reduced occupancy and social distancing practices. All campus visitors and attendees at campus events will be expected to follow Georgia Tech health and safety guidelines.

We highly recommend that events take place in large outdoor spaces or spaces that are pre-approved and have a dedicated event coordinator to ensure that proper health and safety protocols are followed. Please review the Spring Campus Events Guidelines for pre-approved spaces and details on the review and approval process for events.

More information is available on the Special Events and Protocol website.


 

What’s happening with camps and youth programs planned at Georgia Tech this spring?

All Georgia Tech camps and youth programs operating in Spring 2021 will adhere to event guidelines set forth by Special Events and Protocol.


 

Can my student group plan our usual spring activities and events?

Student organizations are encouraged to host hybrid or online events whenever possible. If those activities cannot readily be moved online, events must follow Georgia Tech health and safety guidelines.

The latest guidelines for Registered Student Organizations are available on the Student Life website.

Please also review the Spring Campus Events Guidelines for details on the review and approval process for events. The Center for Student Engagement staff are available for consultation as student organizations revise their plans and event strategies.


 

Are there consequences for student groups who don’t follow event guidelines?

Georgia Tech’s student code explicitly prohibits behavior that endangers any person(s), including self. Hosting on- or off-campus events of any size that do not allow for social distancing or don’t take precautionary measures, such as additional hand sanitation stations and disinfecting protocols, and required face coverings, will be considered violations of the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy


 

Will the Ferst Center for the Arts be available for events?

The Ferst Center is open for campus and rental events, with a reduced capacity to account for social distancing, according to current guidelines from the GDPH, CDC, and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.

Digital ticketing will be used for all events to allow for more effective communication with audiences before and (if necessary) after the event. This will also prevent any physical contact between ticketholders and ushers/box office staff.


 

What’s happening with the Georgia Tech Arts Series for 2020-21?

Georgia Tech Arts hosted virtual conversations and professional artist engagements during the fall. Planned spring events include a mix of virtual events and live, in-person performances, depending on the directives of the Institute. A robust set of guidelines that align with previously established health and safety guidelines will ensure that the Ferst Center can operate safely.

More information is available on the Georgia Tech Arts website.


 

I’m feeling isolated. Are there safe opportunities to socialize and engage on campus?

Even in our “new normal,” there are plenty of opportunities on campus. Details are included in the Campus Life section of the Student Guidebook.


 

Will the Spring All-Majors Career Fair and recruiting activities continue?

The Spring 2021 All-Majors Virtual Career Fair will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26,  from  noon to 6 p.m. and will be hosted virtually on the CareerBuzz platform. For more information, visit the Career Fair website.


 

CAMPUS EVENT RESOURCES


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):


FAQ

Technology

What if I don’t have internet access available at home?

Some companies are offering free access to WiFi hotspots or free/discounted service for a period of time. Check their sites for details:

Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Affairs have launched a new website to help all Georgians find free public WiFi throughout the state.


 

What services can I use to conduct online meetings or collaborate with my colleagues?

Georgia Tech provides several tools and platforms for virtual collaboration. Guides and tutorials for those tools are available at services.gatech.edu.

Faculty should not use other, non-licensed or unapproved tools in order to protect student information.


 

Where can instructors find help using the audiovisual technology in classrooms?

When should I use VPN? Are there services that require it?

Most online tools do not require connection to the Georgia Tech VPN. However, you must be connected to the VPN to access:

More details are available on the Services & Support siteBlueJeans and WebEx video conferencing solutions should not be used while connected to the campus VPN. The services will not work as expected.


 

How do I get set up to telework?

Guidance is provided on the Teleworking Arrangements website. For help connecting to Georgia Tech's Virtual Private Network (VPN), refer to these guides:


 

Are laptops available for students to borrow? What about hotspots? Can they be shipped?

The Library has a limited quantity of laptops available for long-term loan for students in need. Students can contact customersupport@library.gatech.edu to request a laptop.

For students in need of a computer, a variety of laptops and tablets are available for no-cost, long-term loan and can be shipped to addresses off campus or picked up on campus by appointment.

OIT-Digital Services can also provide loaner laptops and hotspots to students. Requests can be made at services.gatech.edu (Georgia Tech login required).


 

TECHNOLOGY CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):