Covid-19 Information for Students

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

Table of Contents
Classes and Coursework Campus Operations International Education
Academic and Financial Policy Updates Campus Events Research and Labs
Health and Safety Housing  

FAQ

Classes and Coursework

Why are we increasing on-campus interactions for the spring?

This fall, we gathered more than 6,000 student survey responses and talked to more than 200 students, faculty, and teaching assistants through listening sessions. The data revealed that on average nine out of 10 student survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their instructors have been empathetic and flexible with them during the pandemic.

Some of the feedback was not as positive. It showed us very clearly that students want more in-person experiences. We also heard various reports of difficulties around the hybrid model, including inconsistent personal engagement that left students feeling isolated, technology challenges associated with both synchronous and asynchronous delivery, and an increase in the amount of time needed to prepare and deliver courses. Read the student survey and focus groups summary report.

With this community feedback in mind, we will approach the spring course modes with the following goals:

  • Continue to be guided by the scientific evidence concerning the transmission and mitigation of the coronavirus, including recommended personal hygiene and physical distancing behaviors, consistent participation in surveillance testing, and appropriate preparedness and responsiveness to any positive cases within the Georgia Tech community.
  • Maximize the number of courses offered in residential and hybrid course modes.
  • For hybrid courses, increase the number of meaningful and regular interactions to provide students greater opportunity for personal engagement with faculty, academic staff, and peers.
  • Maximize synchronous interaction whenever possible, even when combined with asynchronous lecture content, and engage students in high-quality remote instruction when in-person or hybrid instruction is not possible.
  • Be clear and consistent in all our communication about course and attendance expectations.

 

Where can I find additional guidance on course modes?

Please see the Academic Restart FAQs


 

Will Spring 2021 final exams be delivered remotely?

For the Spring 2021 semester, final exams and assessment will be delivered in a format that is consistent with the course mode and as selected by the instructor to appropriately assess mastery of the course. This means residential and hybrid courses may have traditional in-person finals, and remote and some hybrid courses may have finals delivered remotely.


 

May faculty/instructors share a recording of class activities with students enrolled in the class?

A recording of class activities may be shared with enrolled students. Students may not share the recording with persons outside of the class.

More information about class recordings are on the Office of the Provost website.


 

Do faculty/instructors need to ask permission from students to record classes?

Faculty/instructors are not required to obtain permission to record a class if the recording will not be shared with persons outside of students enrolled in such class. Faculty, however, should inform students prior to recording.

More information about class recordings are on the Office of the Provost website.


 

Will Spring 2021 classes be delivered in the same modes as fall classes?

As in the fall semester, classes will be offered in one of three modes — residential, hybrid, and remote.

In all modes, instructors are asked to provide clear communication regarding course delivery and expectations. For the spring, however, we will take the opportunity to improve on the hybrid mode by substantially increasing the clarity of the in-person engagement that is expected within each offering.

Hybrid course instructors will clearly outline, in the syllabus and Course Description Tool, the expectations for regular and pre-scheduled in-person engagement and be explicit about details regarding assessments, attendance expectations, and other pertinent course details. Please note: Attendance policies are set by individual instructors.

The primary components of our spring plan include a revised academic calendar and refined course delivery mode expectations that promote meaningful and regular face-to-face interactions for students with faculty, academic staff, and peers.

Visit the Registrar’s Office to learn more about the course mode definitions and for detailed instructions on accessing specific course information in OSCAR.


 

How is the Spring 2021 semester calendar changing?

To minimize the health risk to our community due to travel-related transmission, there will not be a weeklong Spring Break, and the first day of classes has been delayed to Thursday, Jan. 14. To allow students the opportunity for a mid-semester break from instruction, no classes will be held (also no assignments or assessments due) on Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 24. The dates of final exams have not been changed.

The mid-semester break days from instruction are intended to provide students with a mental break from coursework, and as such, faculty are encouraged to not schedule exams or align major homework due dates for the day or two immediately following the break days.

The key dates of the Spring 2021 academic calendar are: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 14: Classes begin 
  • Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (national holiday)
  • Tuesday, March 16: No classes, assignments, or assessments
  • Wednesday, March 24: No classes, assignments, or assessments 
  • Monday, April 26 – Tuesday, April 27: Final instructional class days
  • Thursday, April 29 – Thursday, May 6: Final exams

Students will have the same number of instructional days as a typical academic semester and as required by accreditation norms. The Faculty Executive Board, acting on behalf of the Academic Faculty Senate, has approved these changes, as required by the Faculty Handbook.

Other relevant dates for spring include: 

  • Monday, Jan. 11 – Tuesday, Jan. 12: FASET orientation for incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: New spring resident housing move-in.

For a full list of Spring calendar dates, visit the Registrar’s Office.  


 

How will I know which of the delivery modes apply to my classes?

Students can access course mode designations in OSCAR. Course mode definitions are available on the Registrar’s website.


 

If officials order another shutdown because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, will classes move to a remote delivery approach similar to Spring 2020? How much notice will be given?

Given the uncertainty of Covid-19, we have prepared to move seamlessly from one method of instruction and operations to the other as public health guidance and conditions dictate. We’ve developed plans that respond to multiple scenarios outlined by the University System of Georgia.

We are evaluating multiple contingency measures under the current plan. For example:

  • Residential-spread and hybrid courses will be designed to move to remote delivery if necessary.
  • Supervisors in every department across the Institute will have their own contingency plans in place that align with guidelines from USG, CDC, GDPH, and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.
  • All undergraduate projects that require on-campus resources will have a contingency plan in case on-campus research operations must be suspended.

As always, we will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and will make adjustments, if needed.


 

What is the policy if students want to record part of their classes? 

Please check with your faculty member or instructor. They may prohibit students from making their own recordings unless required as an Institute-required accommodation. Faculty/instructors may allow recordings but prohibit sharing.


 

Will Georgia Tech offer digital proctoring options for tests?

Yes. Digital proctoring refers to controlling the test-taking environment and the real-time audio and video surveillance of test-takers to detect unauthorized behavior. Starting in Fall 2020, faculty members had access to Honorlock for digital proctoring at Georgia Tech. However, we strongly recommend that faculty review the decision diagram for assessment approaches and technologies before selecting digital proctoring for assessments.

For information and instructions for using Honorlock, please see the Honorlock Student Guide and the Honorlock FAQs for Students.


 

Will I still be able to meet with my academic advisor?

Advisors are meeting with students virtually. Advisors also are creating online resources for students and posting those resources in Canvas. Incoming students will meet with an advisor during your virtual FASET. For current students, Find Your Advisor.


 

I have been approved by the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for an accommodation and have requested to take my classes remotely. Can I register for a hybrid or residential course and take the class remotely?

If you have been approved by ODS for an accommodation and would like to take a hybrid or residential course in a remote mode, please contact the instructor to discuss the request. If remote mode results in a fundamental alteration of the stated learning outcome of the course, ODS, academic advisors, and the school offering the course will work with you to find a suitable alternative that, as far as possible, preserves your progress toward graduation.


 

CLASSES AND COURSEWORK RESOURCES


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


FAQ

Academic and Financial Policy Changes

Will my financial aid be affected if I change my enrollment plans for Spring semester?

Financial aid eligibility is always affected by enrollment status. Students should contact OSFA directly via email and consult with an OSFA advisor about their specific situation.  

Because students do need to apply for aid for each academic year, it is important to make sure you have applied for the 2021-22 year so that you will be prepared for returning. 


 

Will the instructional modes appear on student transcripts? How would this affect graduate or medical school admissions?

There is no current plan to record instructional modes of courses on transcripts. Many medical schools have already indicated they are aware of the move to remote learning and are showing flexibility under the current circumstances.

Specific questions about medical and graduate school applications or related issues may be directed to the Office of Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising.


 

Can I get help with online registration and academic advising?

Advisors are meeting with students virtually. Advisors also are creating online resources for students and posting those resources in Canvas. Incoming students will meet with an advisor during your virtual FASET. For current students, Find Your Advisor.


 

Will the Institute allow flexibility with the receipt of required application documentation including transcripts and standardized test scores?

Please visit the Undergraduate Admission Standardized Testing page for details on documentation submission requirements.


 

FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC POLICY CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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


ONLINE TEACHING CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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


FAQ

Health and Safety

I have tested positive for Covid-19. What do I do?

If you test positive for Covid-19 or begin to have symptoms, please follow the steps outlined in the Campus Guidelines: If You Get Sick.

Positive cases should be reported to Stamps Health Services. If a person received a test at Stamps or through the CLIA-certified surveillance testing on campus, that will happen automatically. Students and employees who utilize non-Georgia Tech-sponsored testing will be required to notify Stamps Health Services of the positive result through an online portal.

If a student tests positive, the student should isolate at their permanent home if possible. If the student lives in on-campus housing and cannot return home, Georgia Tech will provide a space for the student to isolate until the student meets criteria for ending isolation. If the student lives in off-campus housing, the student will need to isolate in their off-campus residence. Students in isolation and quarantine will be followed up by medical staff on a regular basis to monitor their welfare and progress. They will also have access to meal delivery.  

If a faculty or staff member tests positive, the person should work with their supervisor to identify co-workers or other members of the Georgia Tech community who were close contacts during the infectious period. The contact notification team will work with an employee’s supervisor to provide notification of exposure to close contacts and to provide information to the Georgia Department of Public Health as a part of DPH’s contact tracing efforts. 


 

What will happen if someone gets sick or shows symptoms? Will you notify their classmates/instructors/colleagues?

If a person received a test at Stamps or through the CLIA-certified surveillance testing on campus, positive results will automatically be reported to Stamps Health Services.

Students and employees who utilize non-Georgia Tech-sponsored testing will be required to notify Stamps Health Services of their positive result through an online portal. All test results reporting will be conducted in compliance with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

Optional Covid-19 Radar App 
Georgia Tech is using NOVID, a pandemic radar app that will help students, staff, and faculty get ahead of the spread of the coronavirus. NOVID is the only app that notifies you before you’ve been exposed to the virus so you can take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick. Use of the app is voluntary, and it is available at no cost to members of the Georgia Tech community. Information about the app is available on the Covid Central portal

First, download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Enter the community code “JACKETS” when prompted, or at the top of the Settings page. 

  • NOVID anonymously detects nearby users to build a web of people connected to you. If any of them reports an exposure or positive test result, you will receive a notification through the NOVID app. 
  • NOVID captures no personally identifiable information from users.  
  • The app exchanges information with other phones also running the app. It records a frequently changing code to other devices so they can be alerted if necessary — but without sharing any personally identifiable information.  
  • Pairs of code interactions are stored on the NOVID server for a limited period of time. 
  • If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test at Stamps Health Services, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones the app has recorded as potential exposures. 
  • If a student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is contacted by a contact tracer, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones within their network. 
  • Community members who have received positive tests elsewhere on campus or off campus are required, as part of public health regulations, to report this to Stamps Health Services. They will also receive an app notification code after they have contacted Stamps. 
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Software Assurance Branch evaluated NOVID for privacy protections to make sure it doesn’t record personal information that could identify users — and for cybersecurity issues to make sure it protects the device. 
  • More details about the NOVID app are available on the Covid Central portal and at novid.org.

 

Will students be required to wear a face mask or face covering?

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

Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. 

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.


 

How can I request an academic or student employment accommodation related to Covid-19?

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

Students may request an accommodation due to the presence of a condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or  identification as an individual at higher risk for Covid-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Registering is a three-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. 


 

I have been approved by the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for an accommodation. What are the next steps that I should take in the process?

If you have been approved by ODS for an accommodation, please contact your instructor to discuss the request. Instructors should work closely with you to understand your needs and make a good faith effort to investigate whether or not requested accommodations are possible for the course.

If the accommodation request results in a fundamental alteration of the stated learning outcome of the course, ODS, academic advisors, and the school offering the course will work with you to find a suitable alternative that, as far as possible, preserves your progress toward graduation.


 

If I need to miss class to self-isolate or quarantine due to Covid-19, what will my instructors do?

During the semester, some students may be required to quarantine or self-isolate to avoid the risk of infection to others. Quarantine occurs when a person has been exposed to the risk of contracting the virus but has not tested positive; self-isolation is when they have tested positive. If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate, you may feel completely well during this period, ill but able to work as usual, or you may be too ill to work until you recover. 

  • Remote courses and remote class sessions during hybrid courses
    Unless you are too ill to work, you should be able to complete your remote work while in quarantine or isolation.
  • In-person courses and in-person class sessions during hybrid courses
    When in isolation or quarantine, you will be unable to attend in-person course sessions, but your instructor may require you either to participate in the course remotely, complete some complementary work that parallels what you are missing in class, or make up some classwork when you return.

If you are ill and unable to do coursework while in isolation, you will be treated the same as any other time a student is ill. The Dean of Students will have been contacted when you report your positive test or are told that it is necessary to quarantine and, with your permission, will notify your instructor(s) that you may be unable to attend class events or finish your work as the result of a health issue. Your instructor(s) will not be told the reason. 

We have asked all faculty to be lenient and understanding when setting work deadlines or expecting students to finish work, so you should be able to catch up with any work that you miss while in quarantine or isolation. Your instructor(s) may make available any video recordings of classes or slides that have been used while you were absent and may prepare some complementary, asynchronous assignments that compensate for your inability to participate in class sessions. Ask instructors for details about how they will handle this situation. 


 

Will Georgia Tech’s student health insurance cover Covid-19-related expenses? Where can I get more information about the plan?

Please visit the Stamps Health Services Student Health Insurance Page for details about the plan.


 

What kinds of preventative practices are in place to protect students, faculty, and staff on campus?

Everyone is expected to continue to follow basic guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inner elbow.
  • Social distancing (6 feet of separation from others) at work:
    • Be respectful of others’ personal space.
    • Assess and adjust workspaces to maximize social distancing, including spacing furniture with 6 feet of separation.
    • Hold meetings virtually whenever possible.
    • Provide services remotely whenever possible.
    • Do not share phones, desks, offices, computers, or other equipment. In cases where equipment is shared, it should be disinfected before and after each use.
    • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • When interacting in open environments (e.g., outdoors, atriums, auditoriums) or in indoor common areas, keep a safe social distance.
    • Limit occupancy in elevators to maintain social distancing.
    • Use care when entering or exiting restrooms to maintain a safe distance.
    • Do not use a restroom when it is being cleaned.
    • Supervisors should allow employees to take meals outside or in separate locations.
    • Cancel or postpone any events or activities (networking happy hours, lunch-and-learns, etc.) or consider hosting them virtually.
    • Avoid all person-to-person contact, including handshaking.

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

Signs are posted at building entrances prohibiting anyone with a fever or symptoms of Covid-19 from entering. Contact-less thermometers have been supplied to all buildings.

To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Georgia Tech implemented a wellness check protocol designed to help protect the health and safety of our community. This wellness check includes temperature screenings. All employees are strongly encouraged to administer the Covid-19 Daily Self-Checklist before coming to campus.


 

Are there designated areas to isolate or quarantine students who live on campus?

Yes. Here is how the quarantine, isolation, and potential exposure process works for our on-campus residents:

If a student is tested and diagnosed with Covid-19, the individual has to isolate.

  • These students are given the option to return home or to take advantage of the isolation housing Georgia Tech Housing and Residence Life provides. The student must remain there until medically cleared to return to campus housing and normal campus activities.
  • Georgia Tech’s isolation housing – for people positive for Covid-19 – is located at an off-campus hotel and overflow is in a student apartment building at 10th and Home streets used only for this purpose. Housing and Residence Life helps with transportation to the off-campus location and provides meal delivery during the isolation period. 

If a student has not tested positive, but is still worried about exposure or illness, that student is directed to get tested through surveillance testing (if asymptomatic) or Stamps Health Center (if symptomatic). 

  • If the student becomes concerned about exposure or illness after hours, the individual should remain in place and away from others until tested. 
  • In these cases, there are two options:
    • They may be allowed to stay in their room if they do not share a bedroom or bathroom.
    • They may be placed in temporary housing as a precaution until they can seek testing the next business day.
      The temporary housing may be an empty, apartment-style space with its own bathroom in on-campus housing. This apartment space may be in a building where other residents may also live.
  • In both cases, meals are delivered to them so they do not have to leave the room until testing reopens or they can be moved to one of the designated isolation/quarantine locations. 

If a student is exposed to a person who has tested positive, the exposed student has three options for the duration of quarantine: 14 days, 10 days, and 7 days. Visit c.gatech.edu/quarantine and follow all testing and quarantine guidance based on the duration option chosen.


 

What additional safety measures are in place for classrooms, specifically?

  • Hand sanitizer stands are provided in every building at the entrances and in restrooms and classrooms.
  • Disinfectant and wipes are available in classrooms and for workspaces.
  • Supplies of disposable face coverings for students are available in many buildings across campus. See where you can pick up a face covering if you need one.
  • Classrooms have been configured to maintain 6 feet social distancing. The tables have been numbered to allow for assigned seating.
  • If classrooms have two entrances, they have specific designations for entering and exiting.
  • All classrooms are cleaned by Building Services staff and fogged daily.
  • Facilities Management has upgraded air filters to MERV-13 filters where possible, and ensured all systems are operating optimally.
  • Air purifiers have been installed in classrooms in Skiles and D.M. Smith, where HVAC systems could not be upgraded to MERV-13.
  • Air quality sensors have been installed in various classrooms across campus, and the data is being captured and monitored.

 

What accommodations will be made for students who are quarantined on campus?

Georgia Tech will ensure that students who isolate or quarantine on campus receive accommodations from their instructors, any health services they need, and individually boxed meals delivered to their isolation/quarantine location. 


 

How often are classrooms cleaned?

All classrooms are cleaned by Building Services staff and fogged daily. More information is available on the Facilities Management website.


 

How have cleaning and disinfecting protocols been stepped up to protect students, faculty, and staff on campus?

Building managers and Facilities Management adhere to the following measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus and promote a safe campus:

  • Buildings and labs first undergo proper cleaning and disinfection protocols before reopening.
  • All uses of indoor common areas must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Some common areas may be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained while in use.
  • Elevators have signs posted indicating their capacity to allow for proper social distancing.
  • Restrooms are disinfected four times a day. Use caution when entering or exiting to maintain social distancing.
  • Restrooms are closed to anyone other than cleaners during cleaning times.
  • Cleaning of labs is performed regularly by research personnel. They are trained in proper cleaning methods prior to resuming lab operations.
  • Instructions are posted for proper hygiene and handwashing, according to guidelines from GDPH, CDC, and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.
  • Campus Guidelines with health information and protocols are available for all faculty, staff, and students at health.gatech.edu/campus-guidelines.

Other precautions include installation of signage to encourage best practices regarding personal hygiene and the movement of people through campus spaces, upgraded air filtration systems (where possible), workspace modifications, and staggered scheduling for on-campus community members. Setup in offices, classrooms, labs, makerspaces, etc. is modified to facilitate social distancing and enable cleaning and disinfection protocols.


 

How often are high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces cleaned?

Georgia Tech’s staff disinfect door handles, railings, countertops, and other frequently touched surfaces at least once daily. They have also increased restroom cleaning, targeting four cleanings per day.


 

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.


 

How does the NOVID exposure notification app work?

First, download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Enter the community code “JACKETS” when prompted, or at the top of the Settings page. 

  • NOVID anonymously detects nearby users to build a web of people connected to you. If any of them reports an exposure or positive test result, you will receive a notification through the NOVID app. 
  • NOVID captures no personally identifiable information from users.  
  • The app exchanges information with other phones also running the app. It records a frequently changing code to other devices so they can be alerted if necessary — but without sharing any personally identifiable information.  
  • Pairs of code interactions are stored on the NOVID server for a limited period of time. 
  • If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test at Stamps Health Services, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones the app has recorded as potential exposures. 
  • If a student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is contacted by a contact tracer, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones within their network. 
  • Community members who have received positive tests elsewhere on campus or off campus are required, as part of public health regulations, to report this to Stamps Health Services. They will also receive an app notification code after they have contacted Stamps. 
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Software Assurance Branch evaluated NOVID for privacy protections to make sure it doesn’t record personal information that could identify users — and for cybersecurity issues to make sure it protects the device. 
  • More details about the NOVID app are available on the Covid Central portal and at novid.org. 

 

Where can I find information about the Covid-19 vaccine and the Institute's rollout plan?

Learn how the vaccine works; the Institute's rollout plan and current phase; eligibility requirements; appointments; and frequently asked questions here: Covid-19 Vaccines at Georgia Tech.


 

What do I do if I get a notification through the NOVID app that I may have been exposed to Covid-19?

Persons being warned through NOVID of a potential exposure will be encouraged to isolate themselves, monitor for symptoms, and be tested for the virus. The app will provide directions for how to contact relevant campus services when alerting a user that they have potentially been exposed.  

Persons being alerted that Covid-19 is in their network are encouraged to keep a close eye on their NOVID app and take proper precautions to avoid contracting Covid-19, including following all campus protocols. 


 

How will the face covering mandate and social distancing requirements be enforced, and by whom? What about events that violate campus guidelines?

Each member of our community must take responsibility for their actions and adhere to the guidelines of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as guidelines issued by the University System of Georgia and Georgia Tech, to protect themselves and others while helping to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Adherence to these new measures is vital, so the Institute has established new formal and informal processes and recommendations for incorporating accountability into safety guidelines.

Students and Student Groups
Led by the Division of Student Life and the Office of the Provost, the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Student Educational and Response Team (GT CO-SERT) is a temporary collaborative team charged with reviewing reported questions and concerns related to students or student groups and adherence to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The CO-SERT will review reported concerns or questions regarding students or student groups and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, communicate with individuals or groups, and determine further response or referrals, as necessary. Its actions may include follow-up with campus community members; clarification of current guidance and campus expectations; additional informational or educational efforts; and if necessary, referral to applicable campus resource or office to consider enforcement processes. CO-SERT does not to alter or supersede any existing campus enforcement processes; the team will be disbanded as circumstances related to Covid-19 dictate.

Note: 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

Questions and concerns from faculty, staff, and community members related to students and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines may be submitted to cosert@gatech.edu.  

Faculty and Staff
Equally important to helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus at Georgia Tech is ensuring that faculty and staff adhere to the guidance around preventive practices and cloth face coverings provided by the Institute.

Communicating with your co-workers – Keeping campus safe means recognizing that simple, individual actions affect everyone, and so responsibility also lies with individuals. The key to this guidance is recognizing that feelings and comfort levels vary.

A few recommendations for employee interactions:

  • Be mindful that your colleagues may not feel the same way you do about returning to campus. Some people will be eager to return, while others may be nervous and hesitant.
  • Be respectful of others’ feelings as you return and in your interactions with others.
  • Reinforce and remind other Yellow Jackets and visitors of the requirements and guidelines, where they can access face coverings in buildings, and to follow best practices to the extent you are comfortable.
  • Be mindful of language when addressing social distancing. Using words like “us” or “we” in the request to distance may help keep the situation from escalating. For example, “Let’s put a little more space between us at this table.”
  • Please step away from others or leave any situation if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Building signage should also be clearly displayed to assist other students, faculty, and staff in following expectations in different scenarios.  

If you are not comfortable speaking to any person directly, remove yourself from the situation and contact your supervisor and/or HR Business Partner/HR Director.

If the situation becomes a workplace dispute requiring conflict management, please work with your HR Business Partner/HR Director. You can also visit hr.gatech.edu/employee-relations/workplace-disputes for tips, recommended next steps, and resources.


 

What kind of Covid-19 testing is available on campus?

Georgia Tech is taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach for limiting the spread of the coronavirus on campus, a strategy that depends heavily on support and participation from members of the campus community.

  • Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing Program
    All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to undergo frequent testing as part of this program. 
    • Relying on saliva to obtain samples used to detect the virus, this program employs a dual pooling approach that combines samples from multiple individuals and tests them as a group in an on-campus lab.
    • Dual pooling dramatically increases the number of community members that can be sampled with a single coronavirus test.
    • Several testing sites are offered for asymptomatic Georgia Tech students, faculty and staff: Covid-19 Testing Locations and Hours.
  • Symptomatic Student Testing
    Testing for currently enrolled students with Covid-19 symptoms is available at the Stamps Health Center.

 

I’ve been exposed to Covid-19 but have no symptoms. What should I do?

Please refer to the Covid-19 Decision Tree to help you plan your next steps.


 

I’ve developed Covid-19 symptoms. Where can I get tested?

  • Students: Make an appointment with Stamps Health Services at health.gatech.edu. Let them know you are experiencing Covid-19-related symptoms when scheduling.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers: Those on the Student Health Insurance Plan will receive free testing at Stamps Health Services.
  • Staff/Faculty: Make an appointment with your primary care provider or refer to the state’s information resource for testing.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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FAQ

Campus Operations

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.


 

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.


 

CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES RESOURCES


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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


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FAQ

Housing

Will Georgia Tech provide on-campus residents with face coverings and any other preventative supplies?

All residential students will receive a wellness kit upon move-in that includes a thermometer, a cloth mask, health information, hand sanitizer, and tips for accessing other campus services.


 

How will you handle safety during housing move-in?

Move-in will be spread out over several days to limit the risk of crowding in hallways and elevators. New residents and their moving party must wear a mask or face covering during the move-in process, and all Housing staff will be in proper PPE.  


 

HOUSING CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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FAQ

International Education

May students and faculty engage in online learning outside the United States without approval from the Office of General Counsel?

Students and faculty who plan to engage in online learning physically from any of the following countries need to first gain approval from the Office of General Counsel (asklegal@gatech.edu): Cuba, Crimea Region of Ukraine, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.


 

I will be taking classes remotely overseas. Do I need permission to register for a class that is listed as hybrid or residential? Can I register for a synchronous remote class?

If you cannot travel to the U.S., contact your faculty members, explain your situation, and discuss the potential for taking hybrid or residential courses in remote mode.

In some cases, there may be compelling educational or instructional reasons a hybrid or residential course cannot be taken remotely. If this is the case, your faculty member will explain, and you and your academic advisor should work to find a suitable alternative.

If you will be attending synchronous classes remotely from overseas, be aware that time zone differences may make it difficult to attend synchronous sessions.


 

Will study abroad programs continue as planned for the spring?

Because of the continued unpredictability of the pandemic, including the myriad of international travel restrictions and uncontrollable decisions by third parties, we made the difficult decision to cancel upcoming international internships, exchange programs, and Georgia Tech-sponsored international curricular and co-curricular travel programs for Spring 2021.

Please note, this does not apply to Georgia Tech’s international campuses. Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen will be open and operating in Spring 2021.

Please see the Office of International Education website for more information and detailed FAQs.


 

What’s the plan for Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen?

Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen will be open and operating in Spring 2021.


 

Can I enroll at one of Georgia Tech’s international campuses for the spring?

Under certain conditions, you may take courses at one of our two international campuses — Georgia Tech-Lorraine or Georgia Tech-Shenzhen.

  • Georgia Tech-Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China): For the Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021. Inquiries can be sent to gtshenzhen@ece.gatech.edu
  • Georgia Tech-Lorraine (Metz, France): For the Spring 2021 semester, both the undergraduate and graduate programs will run with a modified calendar (students will arrive several days early to allow students to be tested and receive PCR test results prior departure). 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 Spring 2021. (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. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, by contacting the Academic Program Director (Catherine Bass for undergraduate students and Bertrand Boussert for graduate students). All interested students should email GTL-France@gtl.gatech.edu as soon as possible for more information.

 

Is Georgia Tech planning to operate programs abroad during Summer 2021?

Georgia Tech study abroad programs have been canceled for Summer 2021. Students planning to participate in an international internship should make an appointment with a GRIP advisor in OIE for questions about the GRIP program.

The Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) and the Georgia Tech Shenzhen (GTSI) campuses will be open and operating during Summer 2021.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Georgia Tech will continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic closely and will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and the University System of Georgia. 


 

STUDY ABROAD/INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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FAQ

Research and Labs

Will the remainder of research activities resume in the spring?

Research-related Frequently Asked Questions and answers can be found on the Research Ramp-Up webpage.


 

If industry sponsors ask for work stoppage and suspension of payment or cancel projects altogether because they can no longer afford to fund research, what should be done about student support, especially for those in the last 12-18 months of their degree

Research-related Frequently Asked Questions and answers can be found on the Research Ramp-Up webpage.


 

What are the guidelines for in-person undergraduate research?

Guidelines for in-person undergraduate research for the Spring 2021 semester are available on the Research website.


 

RESEARCH AND LABS CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


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