The College's Response to the Coronavirus

College leadership continues to closely monitor developments related to the spread of COVID-19. We are working closely with the University System of Georgia and following the guidance of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional updates will be posted on this page as they become available.

Student Fee Refunds

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Coastal Georgia CARES Grant Program for Students

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Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund

For information about supplemental emergency grant funding, click here.

College of Coastal Georgia Announces Tuition Break, Waived Fees for Summer Semester; No Tuition Increase for Fall Semester

Summer Classes Moved to Online Delivery

April 2, 2020; 10:50 AM - Message to all faculty and staff of the College of Coastal Georgia from President Michelle Johnston

Good morning, faculty and staff. As we enter day 4 of delivering all of our classes online and complete the 3rd week of limited physical operations on campus, I hope you are finding some level of routine and that you are taking care of yourselves. Thank you all for the many, many positive ways you are supporting our students and each other!

As you may already be aware, Governor Kemp has issued a “shelter in place” order for the entire state, effective tomorrow. While this order may impact our personal lives according to the specifics of the directive, our operations at the College will not be drastically altered. The business continuity plan currently in place will continue until further notice. For those of us who are traveling to and from campus for essential operations, please be prepared to show your College ID card if it is requested and verbally confirm that you are traveling for work-related purposes. If you do not have a College ID card and are required to come to campus, please notify your supervisor so that other provisions can be made for identification. For our students traveling to a location for wi-fi access in order to complete their academic work, presentation of identification and explanation of their purpose is all that should be needed. If you or someone you know experiences issues related to the shelter in place order, please email for assistance. We are closely monitoring this account and will provide assistance quickly.

With regard to ongoing academic operations, the University System of Georgia has announced that all of its institutions will deliver Maymester and Summer terms fully online, with the intention of resuming face-to-face operations for the Fall term if health conditions allow. I will be sharing this update with our students this morning, as well.

Thank you for continuing to navigate through this together and for making the best of it. Please take care, support one another, and be well!

College to Move to Online Instruction for the Remainder of the Semester

March 16, 2020; 6:26 pM - Message from Dr. Michelle Johnston, President of the College of Coastal Georgia
Good afternoon, Students. Thank you so much for pulling together and staying positive in every way that you have. Your understanding and flexibility as we enter uncharted territory has been incredible! The decisions that have been made in light of this pandemic have been extremely difficult and painful, but have been made because we care deeply about your health and safety. Please view the following video and read the remainder of the email message below. Thank you so much!

I know you are aware already that all instruction is moving to an online format for the remainder of the semester. Our faculty and academic support personnel are doing an amazing job of preparing for the transition to online delivery, which will be implemented on Monday, March 30th. I have no doubt that you can do this! Yes, it is a change, but we are here to help you every step of the way. To make sure you have enough time to complete your academic work for the semester successfully, we are extending the Spring term one week. Therefore, the last day of classes will be Friday, May 8th, and final exams will be delivered between May 11th and May 15th. As I shared earlier this week, our Student Affairs team is preparing a move-out plan for residential students. Please remember that you should not return to campus to begin your move until you hear from us. I’m already thinking about the day that our residence halls are fully open and thriving again! I would like to share another decision that we do not take lightly … one that weighs heavily on my heart. In compliance with guidance from the University System of Georgia, our traditional Spring Commencement exercises will not take place in May, as planned. While this will NOT affect your eligibility actually to graduate from the College, and you WILL receive your diploma by mail, it will impact our ability to publicly celebrate you and your accomplishments in the time and manner we had originally planned. Trust me when I say, the entire Mariner community shares in your disappointment. Commencement is one of the College’s most meaningful and cherished traditions, one that you and your families have earned in every way. Please know we are committed to finding options for celebrating you and your success at a safe and appropriate time. Alternate plans for special ways to honor our graduates are being discussed, and we will share those once they have been finalized.

Again, Mariners, I understand and share in your disappointment, but I appreciate your kind support and understanding of the decision. Please know that we will continue to work through the many unanswered questions and details. There is no doubt that these are challenging times, but, together, we will navigate what is in front of us and make the absolute best of it. Please take care, support one another, and be well! #MarinerStrong

March, 18, 2020 - A Message to Students from Student Government Association President Kelsey Rios

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