Faculty & Staff

As the health and safety of the Mariner community remains a top priority, here are some reminders and updates for the Spring 2021 semester.


Return to campus

The Coastal Georgia Return to Campus Plan was created with safety as our priority for employees and students. The plan is also aligned and consistent with local, state, and federal guidelines.

Everyone on campus has an individual responsibility to contribute to proper behavior and to adhere to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) guidance to protect themselves and others as well as to help contain the spread of the virus. Institutional controls are only as effective as the willingness of individuals to carry them out. Everyone on campus must take responsibility for their actions and adhere to the guidelines.


Spring 2021 Calendar

You can access the 2020-21 Academic Calendar to view important events/activities and dates for the Spring 2021 semester.

Important Semester Dates Full Session First Session Second Session
First Day of Class 11-Jan 11-Jan 15-Mar
Drop/Add 11-15 Jan 11-15 Jan 15-16 Mar
Attendance Verification - Initial Rosters - Due 5:00 pm 15-Jan 15-Jan 19-Mar
Attendance Verification - Final Rosters - Due 12:00 pm 21-Jan 21-Jan 24-Mar
Midterm Grades - Due 5:00 pm 26-Feb -- --
Midterm (last day for students to drop and receive a "W") 5-Mar 8-Feb 9-Apr
Last Day of Classes 30-Apr 2-Mar 30-Apr
Final Exams 3-7 May 3-5 Mar 3-7 May
Final Grades - Due 12:00 pm 9-May 7-Mar 9-May

No Classes On: Jan 18 (MLK), March 8 - 12 (Spring Break)


Academic Instruction Information

A critical component of this Contingency is to ensure that students and faculty are able to maintain face to face interactions while remaining safe. To that end, the College of Coastal Georgia completed an audit of its instructional spaces, including modification of the use of some non-instructional spaces to become instructional spaces. Maximum COVID-19 capacity was determined for each space based on:

  • Maintaining a minimum of six feet between all occupants.
  • Adjusting the arrangement of furniture to establish a maximum capacity.
  • Ensuring that student success is not compromised.

The classroom seating capacity chart provides a list of each classroom space, the type of furniture available (fixed or adjustable), the type of instructional room (lab, seminar, lecture), the traditional capacity, and the COVID capacity. The College recognizes that class sizes and alternative delivery strategies should adhere to social distancing guidelines required at the time, thus the stated capacities will remain fluid.

In a limited number of cases, some classes may be taught entirely online, while others will be augmented in a hybrid format using digital and online technologies. Please check the Spring 2021 semester course schedule for details.

Faculty members will continue to work with any student that has been exposed to or becomes ill because of COVID-19 to ensure they can continue to make academic progress during periods of quarantining or self-isolation.

Regarding clinicals, student teaching, or internships, students must follow the provisions and requirements of the site where the clinical, student teaching, or internship is being conducted.


Faculty Development

The College has established an Online Instruction Certification training, based upon the USG’s Certification training. This program is currently available for faculty to complete. Also, the Center for Teaching & Learning is planning to provide Departmental specific training to teach and reinforce best practices within specific disciplines. The College is currently working with the System Office to offer additional training/support opportunities.


Research

Faculty who are expected to engage in research should continue their activities as appropriate and safe to do so. Department Chairs and School Deans will work within their department/school structure to communicate with every faculty member about their current research agenda and the extent to which their research projects have been/are/will be affected by the disruptions from COVID-19 and the move to an online environment. Special care will be taken to protect the careers of early-stage faculty whose research may be disrupted during this time. Any disruptions will be noted in the faculty member’s personnel file and performance review to protect the faculty members' P&T progression. In all cases where students are involved in research with faculty, clear planning, and communication with Department Chairs/Deans will be required to ensure student safety.


Employees at Higher Risk
College of Coastal Georgia employees who fall into one of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and CDC categories for higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19 may request appropriate accommodations. Although the CDC no longer gives a minimum age for those at risk, the USG will continue to use 65 as its measure for evaluating requests for alternate work arrangements. Individuals who are younger than 65 can provide documentation from a health care provider that their age is a determining factor for risk that should prevent them from working on campus as scheduled.

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and may stay home and telework when possible. The employee should follow GDPH recommendations in caring for their family member. These employees are eligible for up to two weeks paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and can use any other available leave.


Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

Employees who have tested positive or who have symptoms of COVID-19 should seek medical care, notify their supervisor, and stay at home. These employees are eligible to use up to two weeks paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and can use any other available leave. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If an employee tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the institution will follow the direction of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) - click here for more information.

Using the GDPH guidelines for discontinuing home isolationnew window, the affected employees may return to campus when they have met all three of the following criteria and provides a physician’s note that they are able to return to work:

  • No fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicines), AND
  • Improved symptoms, AND
  • Been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

The College will continue to follow current sick leave policy and ask for doctor note, realizing that depending on level of outbreak, the note may not be quickly available if doctor offices are extremely busy. Supervisors who observe an employee with multiple symptoms, may consult with the Human Resources Office to require an employee to return home and seek medical care. There are infrared forehead thermometers available for employees to take their temperatures.


Human Resources Information
The Office of Human Resources can provide information concerning Families First Coronavirus Response Act and leave request forms- Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Request for Expanded FMLA.

Telework for employees who can conduct their job duties remotely without interruption

  • USG Policy Reference: https://www.usg.edu/hr/manual/teleworking_flextime_policy
  • Institutions may waive the requirement to complete a telework agreement, and the direct manager may approve the arrangement via email or alternative form.
  • Managers are encouraged to utilize this option where feasible.

Flexible Schedule to reduce the number of employees to the minimal level on-site to sustain service, safety, and compliance

  • USG Policy Reference: https://www.usg.edu/hr/manual/teleworking_flextime_policy
  • Shift times for employees who will need to be on campus should be amended to limit the individuals on-site in a particular location at any given time. Alternative schedules may include adjusting start and end times, workdays, or location.


WORK-RELATED TRAVEl
Non-essential business travel of any kind is currently prohibited for all University System of Georgia (USG) employees. As the circumstances change, any changes in travel restrictions will be determined at the System level and communicated by the University System Office (USO). Employees traveling outside of the country for personal travel will follow any state and federal guidelines inclusive of self-quarantine recommendations.

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