Colleges and universities within the University System of Georgia will continue almost exclusively online for the remainder of the semester, students and faculty learned Monday afternoon.

Students were notified via email that the 26 schools in the university system will be closed through the end of the semester after a two week closure due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases was announced last week.

According to the University System of Georgia website, students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive permission from their institution, which will be forthcoming soon.

Additionally, residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home, or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Students will receive specific instructions from campus leaders regarding when they will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from residence halls. Students must follow those instructions. For those students who are unable to depart campus, we will make every effort to accommodate these students.

USG will be providing guidance to campuses on refunds for housing, dining, and other services. Students should wait for their campus to contact them.

Institutions will remain open, with minimal staff physically on-site, to ensure continuity of certain services.

The following email was sent to Georgia Southern students just before 7:00 P.M. Monday:

Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff: 
 
See below for updated guidance just released from the University System of Georgia. Please note that we will provide further information as soon as possible.
Following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks, the University System of Georgia (USG) has decided:

·         All 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester, with extremely limited exceptions.

·         Residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Students are not allowed to return to campus until given permission by their institution.

·         Institutions will make every effort to accommodate students who are unable to depart campus.

The USG will provide guidance to campuses on refunds to students. Additional details are forthcoming.

All USG institutions will remain open with minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services.

Please continue to adhere to public health and CDC guidelines regarding hygiene and social interactions, and be especially mindful during the transition this week and next.

Further guidance will be forthcoming.

This story is developing. 

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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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