The University System of Georgia announced Monday that masks will be required on college campuses in the fall.
Effective July 15, USG institutions will 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 will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing, according to a statement from USG.
Face coverings won’t be required in a student’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,” according to the statement.
USG said reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.
Many schools have ordered masks to distribute to faculty and staff, including the University of Georgia who has purchased 150,000 cloth face masks — two for every faculty, staff and student at UGA, according to www.uga.edu .
Georgia colleges have also amended the fall academic calendar to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus from students traveling.
The University of West Georgia has decided to begin the semester on Wednesday, Aug. 12, as scheduled, and end regular instruction on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Final exams will be administered remotely so that students do not have to return to campus after Thanksgiving break, according to a release from the school.