Updated Aug. 1

GGC remains committed to proactively educating and reminding students, faculty and staff of the individual responsibility to practice all of the behaviors known to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which includes encouraging vaccination against the disease.

MonkeypoxCOVID-19 Information | Self-reported COVID-19 Positive Test Data | CARES Act, HEERF II, HEERF III Reporting

Monkeypox Information

Monkeypox outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries including the United States. 

Georgia Gwinnett College administration is working with local and state health officials to monitor the situation and will update the campus community as the situation warrants. 

According to the Georgia Department of Health, when standard infection prevention activities are performed, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), the risk of exposure to monkeypox virus in a clinical setting is extremely low.

The following informational resources are available for further review regarding monkeypox signs and symptoms, how it spreads, prevention and more. 

COVID-19 Information

Courses: face-to-face, hybrid, online, eCore

When building your schedule, reflect on how your courses worked during previous semesters and talk with your advisor or faculty mentor.

Read the descriptions that follow to identify how classes will be taught and listed in the GGC schedule of courses.

Online

"Online" with "TBA" times and days: asynchronous class – you log in and complete according to stated deadlines, but there is no regular time when you and your classmates meet together.

"Online" with specific times and days: class meets synchronously – you will log on to an online platform to experience class at the same time as your classmates.

Hybrid

Hybrid includes a vast majority of in-person interactive instruction with students rotating in the classroom space.

Face-to-face

Listed class has neither online nor hybrid labels and meets in person.

eCore

"Online" with "TBA" for both times/dates and instructor: Usually an eCore class is taught by USG faculty, but not GGC faculty.

Student Life: events, GGC Athletics

Student Life

GGC will continue traditional student life activities and follow Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines in mitigating issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic during student programs and activities.

Events and Gatherings

As the University System of Georgia has instructed, GGC will follow the most recent executive order from the governor related to events and gatherings. GGC may also establish specific guidelines for hosting events and gatherings. Any campus specific guidelines will be communicated.

GGC Athletics

GGC will continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Prevention: vaccinations, social distancing, face coverings, etc.

Vaccinations

At this time, GGC does not require proof of vaccination. The college continues to educate and remind students, faculty, and staff of the individual responsibility to practice all of the behaviors known to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including encouraging vaccination against the disease.

Search for a location convenient to you on Vaccines.gov.

On Campus Drop-in Vaccination Dates

GGC partners with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus for Pfizer-BioNTech first and second vaccine doses and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single vaccine dose. CORE will also offer booster shots.

Student Center, third-floor lounge
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Social Distancing

Fully vaccinated individuals can resume campus classes and other activities without physically distancing. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue socially distancing from others when possible.

Face Coverings

The University System of Georgia and GGC work closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and encourage people to wear masks based on their preference and assessment of personal risk. People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings 

Hand Sanitizer Availability

Hand sanitizer stations are available in all campus facilities. Hand sanitizer (one gallon container) is available upon request for classrooms, office suites and other functional areas by emailing facilities@ggc.edu.

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Health and Exposure: symptoms, testing

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever (measured temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or you feel feverish)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Testing Resources

Free testing for COVID-19 is available from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Testing may also be available through your primary care physician or local pharmacy clinic. GGC does not offer COVID-19 testing on campus. GGC Health Services does not offer COVID-19 testing.

Health and Exposure: student reporting, isolation, missed class

Reporting COVID-19 Positive

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have recovered.

If you have tested positive at any testing site or facility, please self-report using the COVID-19 student report form.

Student Quarantine Instructions

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
  • After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
  • After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Missed class time due to COVID-19

Your instructors will work with you to help you get caught up. Other options, including a medical withdrawal, may also be open to you.

Health and Exposure: faculty/staff reporting, isolation, missed work

Reporting COVID-19 Positive

Faculty and staff who test positive should stay home from work and contact their health care provider as well as the local department of public health.

Should a student tell a faculty member that they have COVID-19, the faculty member should refer them to fill out the COVID-19 student report form. The class continues in person as normal, and arrangements in terms of make-up work should be made between the student and the faculty member.

Faculty and Staff Quarantine Instructions

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are:

  • Boosted, or have become fully vaccinated within the last 6 months (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or within the last 2 months (J&J vaccine):
    • You do not need to quarantine at home.
    • You should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • If possible, get tested on day 5.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.
  • Unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:
    • You must quarantine at home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If possible, get tested on day 5.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

Contact Sandy Schneider, Payroll and Benefits, at 678.407.5054 or email benefits@ggc.edu. Additional assistance / instructions on requirements for absences and return to work will be provided.

Missed work time due to COVID-19

Employees should contact Sandra Schneider, Payroll and Benefits, at 678.407.5054 or email benefits@ggc.edu for additional assistance / instructions on requirements for absences and return to work. Test results should be provided to Payroll and Benefits so they may handle appropriate notifications while ensuring confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Faculty notifications will be made to the Provost's office by Payroll and Benefits. Payroll and Benefits will maintain contact with employees during the period of their illness.

If well enough to work from home, faculty and staff may be allowed to perform their duties virtually for 5 calendar days. Supervisor approval is required for any telework. If the nature of an employee’s work does not allow for telework, accumulated sick leave time must be used. Provost approval is required for all faculty requests where a temporary change of instructional format (online/telework) is warranted. If an employee is not completely recovered by the end of the 5-calendar day period, employees will be transitioned to a sick leave status under applicable leave options to focus on their recovery. As a reminder, after five continuous days of any sick related absence, employees are to provide medical documentation to Payroll and Benefits to support appropriate review of leave options.

What if the pandemic worsens or new guidelines from the CDC, the GDPH, or the USG emerge?

All guidance listed is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). GGC will continue to coordinate with the University System of Georgia (USG) in order to implement all relevant guidance and to update policies and procedures as circumstances warrant.

Self-reported COVID-19 Positive Test Data

The following information comprises self-reported COVID-19 positive test results from GGC's community of students, faculty and staff. It is routinely updated in an effort to keep the campus community informed of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts our campus of over 13,900 members.

May 2022 – Present: Employees

Week Number of Self-reported Cases: Employees
9/28/2022 – 10/5/2022 1
9/21/2022 – 9/28/2022 1
9/14/2022 – 9/21/2022 1
9/7/2022 – 9/14/2022 2
8/31/2022 – 9/7/2022 4
8/24/2022 – 8/31/2022 2
8/17/2022 – 8/24/2022 4
8/10/2022 – 8/17/2022 8
8/3/2022 – 8/10/2022 7
7/28/2022 – 8/3/2022 3
7/20/2022 – 7/28/2022 3
7/13/2022 – 7/20/2022 8
7/6/2022 – 7/13/2022 4
6/30/2022 – 7/6/2022 3
6/22/2022 – 6/30/2022 9
6/15/2022 – 6/22/2022 6
6/10/2022 – 6/15/2022 3
6/2/2022 – 6/10/2022 3
5/25/2022 – 6/2/2022 3
5/18/2022 – 5/25/2022 4
5/4/2022 – 5/18/2022 6

January 2022 – May 22: Employees and Students

Week Number of Self-reported Cases: Employees Number of Self-reported Cases: Students
4/27/2022 – 5/4/2022 4 9
4/21/2022 – 4/27/2022 1 5
4/13/2022 – 4/21/2022 0 0
4/6/2022 – 4/13/2022 0 0
3/30/2022 – 4/6/2022 0 0
3/24/2022 – 3/30/2022 2 0
3/16/2022 – 3/24/2022 0 0
3/9/2022 – 3/16/2022 0 0
3/2/2022 – 3/9/2022 0 1
2/23/2022 – 3/2/2022 1 2
2/16/2022 – 2/23/2022 3 3
2/9/2022 – 2/16/2022 2 9
2/2/2022 – 2/9/2022 6 13
1/26/2022 – 2/2/2022 5 19
1/19/2022 – 1/26/2022 10 40
1/12/2022 – 1/19/2022 20 33
1/5/2022 – 1/12/2022 7 2
12/22/2021 – 1/5/2022* (two week period due to Winter break) 20 1

September 2021 – December 2021: Employees and Students

Week Number of Self-reported Cases
12/15/2021 – 12/22/2021 4
12/8/2021 – 12/15/2021 1
12/2/2021 – 12/8/2021 0
11/24/2021 – 12/2/2021 1
11/17/2021 – 11/24/2021 3
11/10/2021 – 11/17/2021 5
11/03/2021 – 11/10/2021 4
10/20/2021 – 11/03/2021 5
10/20/2021 – 10/27/2021 4
10/13/2021 – 10/20/2021 12
10/06/2021 – 10/13/2021 9
09/29/2021 – 10/06/2021 11
09/22/2021 – 09/29/2021 26

CARES Act / Emergency Funds

Federal CARES Act / GGC's Student Emergency Fund

As of April of 2020, the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provided economic relief for college students who qualified according to the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. Georgia Gwinnett College signed and returned the certification and agreement to receive $13,570,330 in funding through the CARES Act. GGC will use at least 50% of the total award ($6,735,165) to provide support to students who were impacted financially by GGC moving to online instruction. GGC’s Student Emergency Fund provides assistance to GGC students in need. View CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Section (a)(1) Institutional Portion and Section (a)(2). Email questions to cares@ggc.edu.

Qualifications for CARES Act economic relief?

Spring 2020

Title IV and Pell Grant eligible students (based on completed FAFSA) enrolled in spring classes who transitioned to online after March 13, 2020 were automatically awarded. All others will need to apply.

CARES Act/Student Emergency Fund Request form (login required)

Amount of CARES Act relief funding?

For student enrolled in Spring 2020 (only):

  • $900: Qualified full-time students (12 or more credit hours)
  • $450: Qualified part-time students (6-11 credit hours)

When to expect CARES Act funds?

Fund distribution began during the week of April 27 to qualified Pell Grant eligible students. Students who submitted an application for assistance received any approved funds as soon as possible following a thorough review of the application.

Notification of CARES Act award?

Eligible students receive updated financial aid notification with their CARES Act award through their GGC Claw Mail email.

Disbursement of CARES Act funds?

If the student is eligible, CARES Act funds will be processed in Grizzly Den within Banner. CARES Act funds will be disbursed by the student’s preferred method of payment on file with the College. For quicker delivery, we encourage students who are not currently enrolled in direct deposit to sign up through Student Account Center (login required).

Applying for additional CARES Act funds?

For CARES Act Funds: April 2020 – February 2021

Funds were made available for students who have a FAFSA on file and who applied for assistance by completing and submitting the emergency funding application. These requests were granted based on the individual’s need and circumstance. Additional funding is intended for expenses related to the disruption of campus due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Applying for Student Emergency Fund assistance?

Students applying for emergency funds through the Grizzlies Helping Grizzlies program must provide documentation of their expenses. These requests are reviewed by a committee and the maximum amount a student can receive is $500.

CARES Act award statistics?

GGC estimates that approximately 8,600 students may be eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

CARES Act Funds Awarded

Date Number of Students Amount
03/31/2021 6,395 $6,735,165
03/10/2021 6,144 $5,851,576.44
02/24/2021 6,131 $5,813,312.44
02/17/2021 6,122 $5,794,667.44
02/11/2021 6,118 $5,773,997.44
02/03/2021 6,095 $5,732,154.44
01/27/2021 6,078 $5,703,637
01/20/2021 6,060 $5,665,087
01/13/2021 6,049 $5,636,842
01/06/2021 6,042 $5,605,096
12/16/2020 6,040 $5,596,991
12/02/2020 6,030 $5,600,478
11/18/2020 6,019 $5,578,144
11/11/2020 6,015 $5,569,504
11/04/2020 6,010 $5,558,590
10/28/2020 6,010 $5,552,490
10/21/2020 6,008 $5,541,720
10/15/2020 6,004 $5,533,920
10/07/2020 5,967 $5,492,277
09/23/2020 5,965 $5,476,509
09/17/2020 5,964 $5,469,060
09/10/2020 5,964 $5,466,860
08/26/2020 5,961 $5,447,350
08/12/2020 5,956 $5,413,251
08/06/2020 5,953 $5,390,776
07/22/2020 5,937 $5,352,483
07/14/2020 5,930 $5,316,735
07/08/2020 5,910 $5,278,952
06/26/2020 5,910 $5,243,765
06/12/2020 5,903 $5,190,165
05/26/2020 5,869 $5,100,751
05/12/2020 5,830 $4,994,811

HEERF II and III / Emergency Funds

Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEERF II)

In December 2020, GGC was awarded additional funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEERF II) funding in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriates Act of 2021. An additional $6,735,165 in student funding was allocated to GGC. In June of 2021, GGC was awarded $21,194,446 in HEERF III funding. These funds were awarded to students who incur “emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.” GGC must prioritize awards to students who show “exceptional need” when awarding HEERF II and III funding. Need is determined by using a student’s financial aid application information. GGC’s Student Emergency Fund provides assistance to GGC students in need. View CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Section (a)(1) Institutional Portion and Section (a)(2). Email questions to cares@ggc.edu.

Qualifications for HEERF II economic relief?

Pell Grant eligible students (based on completed FAFSA) enrolled in spring classes 2021 who were registered on March 5, 2021 will automatically be awarded. All others will need to apply: HEERF Emergency Fund Request Form (login required).

Amount of HEERF II funding?

For Pell Grant eligible students enrolled in Spring 2021:

  • $800: Qualified full-time students (12 or more credit hours)
  • $400: Qualified part-time students (6-11 credit hours)
  • $150: Qualified less than half time students (1-5 credit hours)

There is a cap of $3,000 in CARES/HEERF II funds per student.

When to expect HEERF II funds?

Fund distribution begins the week of March 8, 2021 to qualified Pell Grant eligible students. Students who submit an application for assistance receive any approved funds as soon as possible following a thorough review of the application. Applications for emergency funding are reviewed weekly.

Notification of HEERF II award?

Eligible students will receive an updated financial aid offer notification with their HEERF II award through their GGC Claw Mail email.

Disbursement of HEERF II funds?

If a student is eligible, HEERF II funds will be processed in Grizzly Den within Banner. HEERF II funds will be disbursed by the student’s preferred method of payment on file with the College. For quicker delivery, we encourage students who are not currently enrolled in direct deposit to sign up through Student Account Center (login required).

Applying for additional HEERF II funds?

Funds may be available for students who are lawfully present in the United States, are not international students and who apply for assistance by completing and submitting the HEERF Emergency Fund Request Form (login required). These requests will be granted based on available funding, GGC’s awarding protocols as approved by the Board of Regents, and a student’s need and circumstance. This funding is intended for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. 

Applying for Student Emergency Fund assistance?

Students who self-identify their needs by completing a CARES Act/Student Emergency Fund Request form (login required) can apply for these funds regardless of whether or not they have completed a FAFSA form. The need will be evaluated and funds may be awarded based on eligibility and demonstrated need.

Didn’t complete 2021-2022 FAFSA for spring and summer fund requests?

Students who have not submitted a FAFSA application can complete and submit their FAFSA form as soon as possible (no later than June 30, 2022). In the event new FAFSA applicants receive Title IV eligibility status, GGC will work to provide HEERF II fund allocations to these students as soon as possible.

Students who apply for HEERF II funding for the Spring 2022 semester will need to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

HEERF II award statistics?

GGC estimates that approximately 8,600 students may be eligible to receive HEERF II funding.

HEERF II Funds Awarded

Date Number of Students Amount
02/02/2022 9,237 $7,968,004.01
11/10/2021 9,313 $7,971,850.00
10/07/2021 9,310 $8,000,000.00
09/29/2021 9,309 $7,999,683.01
09/23/2021 9,300 $7,987,297.92
09/15/2021 9,296 $7,983,897.92
09/01/2021 9,290 $7,975,824.76
08/25/2021 5,828 $4,099,435.23
08/12/2021 5,799 $4,050,170.69
08/04/2021 5,785 $4,028,204.23
07/28/2021 5,774 $4,010,128.07
07/21/2021 5,770 $4,006,422.81
07/14/2021 5,765 $3,998,603.30
07/06/2021 5,754 $3,993,403.30
06/22/2021 5,729 $3,982,716.30
06/09/2021 5,667 $3,951,722.82
06/02/2021 5,665 $3,872,768.25
05/26/2021 5,661 $3,869,738.25
05/12/2021 5,646 $3,858,200.51
05/05/2021 5,643 $3,857,000.51
03/31/2021 5,612 $3,829,260.51
03/24/2021 5,569 $3,798,460.51
03/18/2021 5,565 $3,797,460.51
03/10/2021 5,458 $3,701,434.00

HEERF III award statistics?

HEERF III Funds Awarded

Date Number of Students Amount
03/31/2022 5,857 $10,935,612.10
03/22/2022 5,854 $10,926,728.10
03/10/2022 5,816 $10,808,888.11
03/02/2022 5,742 $10,578,205.25
02/23/2022 5,708 $10,470,468.40
02/10/2022 5,596 $10,171,292.40
02/02/2022 3,701 $4,109,427.87
01/12/2022 3,633 $3,922,477.54
12/31/2021 3,507 $3,566,950.75
10/27/2021 3,486 $3,509,235.29
10/20/2021 3,482 $3,504,540.14
10/12/2021 3,472 $3,488,784.98
10/07/2021 3,466 $3,483,379.98
09/29/2021 3,456 $3,471,077.97
09/23/2021 3,450 $3,463,226.97
09/15/2021 3,446 $3,454,489.41
09/01/2021 3,414 $3,422,55.45