Guidelines for Leaving Campus in the Fall

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The final instructional days for the Fall 2020 semester are Nov. 23 and 24, 2020, or the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day. With final exams being held remotely, most students won’t be returning to campus after the Thanksgiving holiday. And, while they’re still allowed to return to campus, those who travel home for the holiday are encouraged to stay there until the start of the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14, 2021.

Detailed guidance will be issued next week, but students are encouraged to begin thinking through their plans now to ensure they are being as safe as possible leading up to and through the holiday.

Those who plan on traveling or returning home for and after Thanksgiving should take various precautions leading up to the final instructional days. These include isolating and social distancing more than usual so as to limit in-person contact, as well as getting tested before leaving campus. Georgia Tech’s on-campus testing sites — including symptomatic and asymptomatic sites — will remain open through the final instructional days.

Students who do travel or return home during the holiday are asked to complete the semester remotely. Some of those students may consider beginning the moveout process. The Department of Housing and Residence Life is hosting monthly town halls to answer questions for students living on campus. The last two of this year will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 17, both at 11 a.m. Click here for links to join, as well as a recording of October’s town hall.

Students living on campus should review Housing’s guidelines before leaving their rooms for the semester, should they choose to do so. Those not returning to campus in the spring — including graduating students — must move out by noon on their assigned move-out day. For graduating students, move-out day is Sunday, Dec. 13.

Changes in health guidelines, as well as Georgia Tech’s operational status, will be posted on the Tech Moving Forward page.



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  • Created:11/02/2020
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