Potential Impacts To Your Experiential Learning Requirement

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the University System of Georgia (USG) decided that all 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the Spring and Summer semesters with extremely limited exceptions. This action comes following the previous decision to suspend instruction for two weeks to ensure business and instructional continuity, and to allow further state assessment of COVID-19. 

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the US Department of State, the CDC, various employers, non-profit and community agencies, research laboratories, and others have taken measures that may have disrupted the viability of the 2020 Spring, Summer, or Fall Experiential Learning course or non-credit activity with which you intended to fulfill the University of Georgia’s Experiential Learning Requirement.

Was Your 2020 Spring or Summer Experiential Learning Activity Disrupted?

Four Possible Scenarios:

1. My EL Credit Bearing Course Was Completed: If a student was enrolled in a credit-bearing course that satisfied their EL requirement, AND the course was completed successfully during the 2020 spring or summer semester regardless of instructional format (face to face, remote work, online, hybrid, etc.), then the student will automatically have met their EL Requirement. No further action is necessary.

2. My EL Non-Credit Activity Was Completed: If a student was enrolled in a non-credit bearing experience to fulfill their EL requirement, AND if that activity was completed successfully as planned (e.g. internships, service programs, clinical residency, etc.) then the student would meet their EL requirement. No further action is necessary.

3. My EL Course or Non-Credit Activity Was Disrupted: If a student’s EL activity (credit-bearing or non-credit bearing) was disrupted and could not be completed as scheduled, then the activity needs to be reviewed by the Office of University Experiential Learning to assess whether it may still meet the minimum threshold to meet the student’s EL requirement (e.g., the number of hours completed). Students or activity directors should contact Kay Stanton, Senior Coordinator of Experiential Learning Programs (okay@uga.edu). Note that many students complete multiple EL activities over the course of their academic programs, and it is possible that they would have met their EL requirement through a previously completed EL activity.

4. My EL Course or Non-Credit Activity Cannot Be Completed and I Plan to Graduate in Fall 2020: If a student has not completed any approved Experiential Learning activity, AND their 2020 scheduled EL activity was disrupted and cannot be completed, AND their academic plans do not allow for the completion of another EL activity without delaying their graduation, then the student should contact Kay Stanton, Senior Coordinator of Experiential Learning Programs (okay@uga.edu).

In very exceptional cases, students may qualify for a waiver of the experiential learning requirement. Students must be able to demonstrate that they were planning a course or activity that was negatively impacted by COVID-19 and that they are planning to graduate in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. These waivers must be approved at the college or school level. For more information, contact Kay Stanton, Senior Coordinator of Experiential Learning Programs (okay@uga.edu).

Still have questions? Please contact the Office of University Experiential Learning:
Email: ugael@uga.edu