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December 14, 2020: Winter Break and Spring Term

Dear Faculty,

I want to thank everyone for doing a great job this semester in helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19. By following the guidelines and protocols established by the CDC, the Georgia Department of Health, and our institutional policies, we were able to complete the semester with minimal disruptions. Thank you for doing your part in this effort.

As we go into the winter and Spring term, I want to remind everyone of the need for all of us to stay vigilant. Toward the end of the Fall term, there were a few instances where faculty, staff, and students strayed away from our guidelines and protocols, resulting in several close contacts with positive cases. It’s human nature to want to convene and catch up with friends and colleagues once we return from winter break, but we must remember how important it is to remain vigilant as the virus continues to be a threat in our state and across the nation. Please follow our policies, practice social distancing, and wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

For more resources on how to minimize the spread of the virus, please visit the university’s COVID-19 information web page.

The new year brings hope as the vaccine availability becomes more widespread, and we look forward with anticipation to improved conditions in the future. Until then, thank you for your continued adherence to our health and safety protocols and to keeping each other safe.

Please have a happy and safe holiday season and winter break.


Carl L. Reiber

Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs

Last updated: 8/18/2021