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Release to EGSC Students

Release to EGSC Students

by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29, 2020
Last Edited: April 09, 2020 by Victor Poole

   Dear EGSC Students,

   EGSC’s devoted faculty and staff miss seeing you on campus. During the last two weeks, they have prepared intensely for the beginning of wholly online classes on Monday, March 30, 2020. I encourage you to login right now to GeorgiaView D2L Brightspace so that you are ready to go Monday morning.
   At this time of year, Joyce Boehmer and I would normally be getting ready to have groups of students over to our home for taco dinners, smores, Klondike bars and conversation. Even though we are not going to be able to be with you personally, it is important to Joyce and me that you understand how much each of you means to us. Completing this semester successfully and registering for your next semester are critical to your success. So, please be patient and flexible to adjust to this new online environment and we will get through it together and we will all be better for it.
   For the safety and well-being of all, we may be more physically separated right now than ever before. But one thing holds true: As East Georgia State College, we stand together, always. We are nearly 50 years strong, and we will navigate these difficult times together. No matter where you are right now, please know that our heartfelt concern is for every member of our Bobcat community. I sincerely appreciate everything you are all doing to meet these challenging times.
   As you are aware, we have extended remote instruction for students and remote work for many of our faculty and staff through the end of this spring semester. In addition, all campus events are canceled or postponed for this time period, including commencement, honors night, athletic events and many other traditions that have helped to build our legacy.  We will come through this and come out stronger than before.
   I want to share some updates and resources that you will find helpful.

Your On-line Classes Begin Monday, March 30, 2020

   You will begin your new way of taking classes today, Monday, March 30.  Be patient with yourselves and the system.  It won’t be long before it all comes naturally to you.
   Keep Learning USG was designed by the University System of Georgia to support you as you make the shift to virtual learning. The site is created to be easily accessed on a phone. The information will lead you step by step through best practices to succeed in a remote instructional environment.
   https://www.usg.edu/keep_learning_usg
   Our outstanding department sent you a message earlier about getting ready for your on-line classes. Here are some of the highlights:

EGSC Has a COVID-19 Website to Keep You Updated

   This website includes an abundance of information that will answer most of your questions.
   www.ega.edu/covid19

EGSC Has Adopted a Student Fee Refund Plan

   East Georgia State College has adopted the following student fee refund plan:
   Refunds of Student Fees (All 3 campuses are included as described below):
   East Georgia State College will implement a prorated refund of various student fees for spring semester 2020 as outlined below for the campus designated as your home campus. 
   Our goal is to disburse refunds by April 16, 2020. We will communicate with you directly if there are any delays in this process. 
   The refund calculation date is March 16, 2020.  This refund plan was completed in coordination with the USG.

   *Students who did not pay the above fees because of the fee structure for the program in which they are enrolled (nursing students and students in the Fire and Emergency Services Administration program) will not receive a refund.

   Refunds of Swainsboro Campus Housing and Dining:

  • A prorated portion of housing rent charges will be refunded based on the March 16, 2020 refund calculation date. 
  • You will receive a pro-rata refund of the unused portion of your meal plan based on a March 16, 2020 refund calculation date. The exact amount of your refund will depend upon the specific meal plan which you purchased. 
  • Unused flex dollars will be refunded. The unused portion of any commuter meal plans and all other declining balance meal plans will be refunded.
  • Students who were granted an exception to remain in the residence halls during the remaining part of spring semester 2020 will not be refunded their housing rent or base meal plan.  

   Additional information about refunds:
   EGSC - Statesboro students who purchase a meal plan from Georgia Southern University should contact Georgia Southern University with any questions.
   Refunds of these fees will mirror students' normal refund process via BankMobile Refund Selection. You must make a BankMobile Refund Selection. 
   Please see the following link on how to make your Refund Selection.
   http://www.ega.edu/announce/bankmobile-presentation-02-19-20.pdf
   Fees, other than those described above, have been carefully studied and vetted with the USG and deemed to be essential to the continuity of instruction and business operations.
   Any outstanding balances owed to East Georgia State College (e.g., parking fines, lockout fines) will be deducted from your refund.
   Students will not receive refunds of fees paid by any need-based scholarship. However, the scholarship reversal will not exceed the refund amount and will not create a balance due from the student. Please note that the deadline has passed for a student to withdraw without academic penalty from the Spring 2020 full-term.
   Students who have registered for the Spring 2020 Mini-Session II term can withdraw without academic penalty through March 26, 2020 (Augusta Campus) and through April 7, 2020 (Swainsboro/Statesboro Campuses). 
   Refunds for Mini-Session II withdrawals will be processed under normal refunding guidelines.
   We understand that these uncertain times have left you with many questions. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to provide answers as fast as possible.
   Please reach out via email to accounts@ega.edu with any questions or concerns you have.

Here is More Important Information


   As you already know, some very difficult decisions regarding the delivery of your education were made by the University System of Georgia in an effort to protect you during the next several months. Despite the recent change to wholly on-line instruction for the rest of the spring semester and strictly limited access to the East Georgia State College campuses, the Office of Counseling and Disability Services is here to help with this transition and any other needs that you may have. Due to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to practice social distancing, our office has suspended all face to face counseling and disability services. We will work primarily in a remote capacity for the remainder of the Spring semester.
   Please be mindful that it is not uncommon for people to notice changes in mental well-being during major disasters such the Coronavirus Pandemic. Increased worrying, sadness, and fear are only a few of the symptoms that someone may experience. If there is a change in your mental well-being, it is very important that you cope in a manner that does not increase your stress level during a time that is already stressful. I can assure you that promoting student well-being and resilience will remain our focus.
   If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak to a counselor, please contact us via email (lrburns@ega.edu or sroyals@ega.edu). We will be monitoring our email accounts during normal operating hours, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. For emergencies, call 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line by dialing 1-800-715-4225.
   Stay in touch and check catmail, texts and social media regularly.  Stay in touch with your professors and instructors.
   I realize these emails are lengthy and I applaud your diligence in paying attention to each word.  Stay strong and stay resilient.  We remain focused on the health and safety of those in our campus community and we will emerge from this crisis with renewed commitment.  With every challenge, there is opportunity.
   My sincere wishes for a great week as you embark on this new venture.
   Stay safe, EGSC Bobcat Family!
   Bob Boehmer
   President