​UGA Student Handbook



The Student Handbook is published by the Division of Student Affairs. Since the programs and services described herein are subject to continuous review and evaluation, this document is intended for informational use only. Any portion of this handbook in conflict with the policies of the Board of Regents shall be null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

​Alumni Association

The UGA Alumni Association proudly supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of Georgia's flagship university and its alumni worldwide. The UGA Alumni Association invites students to get connected through the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Student Alumni Council (SAC.) Through the SAA and SAC, students can participate in Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, the G Book Tradition Keeper program, UGA Ghost Tour, 100 Days Until Graduation, Senior Signature and so much more.

Student should consider their time on campus the perfect time to get involved with and connected to the UGA Alumni Association in a meaningful way. If you are doing an internship, going home for the summer or visiting a new city, there are 118 Chapters around the world - 105 in the US and 23 in Georgia. Bulldogs are everywhere ready to connect with you! It is what makes being a student and graduate of this university so special.

Upon graduation, everyone is a member of the UGA Alumni Association.

​The University of Georgia Bookstore

Phone: 706-542-3171

8:00 - 7:00 Monday - Thursday
8:00 - 5:00 Friday
10:00 - 5:00 Saturday
11:00 - 5:00 Sunday

Extended Hours for Football games and Back-To-School Rush

Location: Next to Tate Student Center

The University of Georgia Bookstore, located in the center of campus across from the Tate Student Center, provides course materials (new, used, rental and digital), general books, supplies, technology, and gifts and apparel. Our goal is to ensure you have access to all the tools you need to make the most of your time at University of Georgia.

The UGA Bookstore is an Authorized Apple Reseller and Repair Center and offers special academic pricing on PC computers, and educational discounts on software which could save you up to 85% off the retail price.

​Bulldog Bucks and UGA Card Services

Bill McGee, IT Director, bbucks@uga.edu
706.54BUCKS (542.8257)
Bulldog Bucks is an online account stored value card program offered to the campus community.

The UGA Card is the official ID card for UGA students. It also serves as the Bulldog Bucks card. Bulldog Bucks is the FREE campus stored value card program; a convenient, secure, and widely accepted way to pay for day-to-day expenses both on and off campus. It is the only way to pay for laundry services on campus. There are no fees to open or maintain an account, and no convenience fees for deposits made via credit or debit cards. 
First, obtain a UGA Card at the UGA Card Office located in the Tate Student Center. Next, visit the website, click the ‘Don’t have an account? Click here to sign up!’ link located below the Access My Account button to complete the Bulldog Bucks agreement. Once the agreement is complete, return to the home page and click Access My Account. Registering one time for eAccount allows for online deposits via debit or credit cards, transaction summaries and account statements. In addition to online deposits, deposits can be made via check, cash, credit or debit cards in the Bulldog Bucks office, located outside Tate Plaza behind the ATM machines beside the UGA Bookstore. Please visit www. bulldogbucks.uga.edu/faq.php for FAQ and more information. 
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 4:30, except holidays.

​Campus Ministry Association

325 Tate Student Center
(706) 542-7774
Dr. Bill McDonald, Student Affairs Liaison

​Career Center

The University of Georgia Career Center
2nd Floor, Clark Howell Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602-3332
New Temporary Location: University Printing (210 River Road, Athens, GA)
Phone : (706) 542-3375 Fax: (706) 542-8431
E-mail: career@uga.edu

Open 8:00am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)

The UGA Career Center is a comprehensive career planning and employment center that provides a complete range of services and materials in the areas of career development, graduate and professional school preparation, experiential education, and employer relations.

Meet with your Career Consultant to explore your options and develop a plan to help you reach your career objectives.  To make an appointment, call 706-542-3375.

Don’t make the mistake of scheduling your most important interview before you prepare for it.  Participate in a Practice (Mock) Interview at the Career Center.  Mock interviews are designed to replicate the type of interview that you may expect with a recruiter.

For quick questions (5 - 10 minutes) about topics such as resumes and cover letters, a Career Consultant and/or a Career Development Intern will be on hand Monday - Friday from noon - 2PM in the Career Center Computer Lab.

In addition to walk-in hours, most colleges have their own set of hours when your Career Consultant comes to you!  Check the Career Center website for days and locations.

Assessments are available to help you learn about yourself and the world of work.  Learn how your personality, interests, values, and skills play an important role in identifying a fulfilling career. 

This office assists students in obtaining internships, on-campus and off-campus part-time employment.

DAWGlink is a site that gives UGA students and alumni access to on-campus interviews, internships, full-time and part-time job listings.  Each semester, employers come to the UGA Career Center to interview students and alumni for entry-level, full-time positions and internships.

Looking to get some experience? Intern For A Day is a volunteer “job shadowing” opportunity for students to spend one day to one week observing, and often working with professionals, investigating a career field and experiencing a typical day on the job.

ECHD 2050 & 3050
In partnership with the College of Education, the Career Center offers two classes, ECHD 2050: Academic and Career Planning and ECHD 3050: Career and Life Planning.  Both classes are offered fall and spring semesters and each are worth two credit hours.

There are a number of resources available to you online through the Career Center website.  These include GoinGlobal, which gives you insider information on international opportunities, and Career Search, a database profiling over 4 million companies and organizations.

The Career Center facilitates programs throughout the year to assist you in your career development.  Whether you are still exploring careers, looking to make the best impression as you interview, or just trying to expand your professional network, these programs are essential to your success!  See the full list on our site.

​Cultural Events


A variety of art exhibitions are on view throughout the year in the Visual Arts Main Gallery, Studio 2 Gallery on Broad Street, and the William Thompson Gallery of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Faculty, students, and other invited artists are featured in month-long exhibitions. Student work from current classes is usually on display throughout the building.

In the spring, the Ceramic Students Association sponsors a sale of ceramic work by students and faculty; dates are announced in mailings and local newspapers.

A Visiting Artist and Scholar series brings to the campus each year a number of nationally known artists who present slide lectures on their work. These programs are open to the public, although seating is sometimes limited. Inquiries may be directed to the School of Art office after announcements of programs have been released. For more information, call 706-542-1511.


Dance is alive at UGA! Through several performing groups and events, the Department of Dance offers a variety of opportunities for student dancers, choreographers, and production assistants. Young Choreographer’s Series Stage One is a student directed organization and Young Choreographer’s Series Senior Concert is directed and produced by senior dance majors. Other performance groups include Ballet Ensemble and CORE Concert Dance Company, oriented toward the intermediate to advanced dancer with performances on campus and on tour, and the Ballroom Performance Group. Concert Dance Company Series presents faculty and distinguished guest artist choreography annually in the Department of Dance’s new Dance Theatre. All auditions for these companies occur during mid-August. Please contact the Department of Dance at 706-542-4415 for more information.


The production program of the Department of Drama and Theatre consists of live performances, plays on video or film, and presentations created with the aid of the computer. Live performances of classical and modern plays take place on the stages of the Fine Arts Theatre, the Cellar Theatre (both in the Fine Arts Building) and the Seney-Stovall Chapel. The Subscription Season consists of six plays during the academic year and a premiere presentation in the summer of a new play which is selected on a national search and is the work of the Georgia Repertory Theatre, a professional company associated with the Department. The Department periodically showcases its videos, films, and computer-generated images and animation.

In addition, two student-producing groups in the Department create their own productions. The Thalian-Blackfriars organization usually produces a variety show and two plays during the year. The Commedianti Georgiani is an improvisational touring company. Drama classes also do presentations all through the year. For more information on the Department’s productions or its studies abroad programs, call (706) 542-2836 or visit the website.


The School of Music presents over 250 concerts each year. Free concerts include afternoon and evening performances by students, faculty, guest artists, and organizations such as the wind symphony, glee clubs, symphony orchestra, and chamber ensembles. A nominal admission to the 2nd Thursday Concert Series benefits the School of Music scholarship fund.

Students from all departments may participate in organizations like the Redcoat Marching Band, University Chorus, and more. Courses are offered for music majors, music minors, and students majoring in any field. Call the School of Music 706-542-3737 for more information.

​Directory Assistance

Manager: Christine Long
Phone: (706) 542-3000 
Hours of operation: M-F 8:00am - 5:30pm
e-mail: dirasst@uga.edu

The University’s Department of Administrative Services operates the University Telephone Information/Locator Service otherwise known as Directory Assistance.  The service provides a name and telephone number directory for student, faculty and staff and friends of the university community.  You may reach Directory Assistance by dialing (706) 542-3000.  The toll free number for long distance calls (originating in the U.S. only) is 1-866-423-2947 or 1-866-GA-DAWGS.

​Disability Resource Center

Director: Dr. Karen Kalivoda
Associate Director: Pat Marshall
Location: Clark Howell Hall (New Temporary Location: Business Services Annex, Building 0121)
Phone: (706) 542-8719
TTY: (706) 542-8778
Fax: (706) 542-7719

The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to promote equal educational opportunities and a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities at The University of Georgia. It seeks to eliminate both physical and attitudinal barriers that may exist on campus and to promote inclusion for students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998.
The DRC coordinates a variety of academic accommodations and support services to provide equal access to University programs and activities. Students served have a physical, cognitive, or psychological impairment that substantially limits major life activities. Types of disabilities commonly found among college students are both visible and hidden. Examples may include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, blind and low vision, chronic illnesses, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, psychological disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries.

Home of the Assistive Technology Lab, the DRC has state-of-the-art adaptive computer equipment and software specifically designed for people with disabilities. The DRC also houses an Alternative Media Center, which provides books in alternate formats to students with print disabilities, and captions videos for use in classes. 
To qualify for services, students need to complete an intake packet and provide current documentation supporting their disability related accommodations from a qualified professional (see specific criteria on website). For more information on eligibility and services, please call or visit us on the web.

​Division of Academic Enhancement

131 Milledge Hall
(706) 542-7575

The Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) provides academic support services and resources for all students at the University of Georgia by assisting them to develop skills necessary to achieve academic excellence at UGA. DAE strives to provide individual, group, audio-visual, and computer-assisted approaches to learning in an effort to improve students' math, writing, reading, learning, thinking, and study skills.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC), located in Milledge Hall near Sanford Stadium, hosts a vast number of resources for students at no additional cost, including tutoring, test review sessions, academic counseling, and workshops. The ARC's tutoring program includes drop-in labs for chemistry, math, physics, and writing, as well as appointment-based tutoring for over 50 courses. Services are available at multiple locations on campus.

​Embark UGA

Embark UGA works to increase the opportunities for students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness by providing supports that promote success and well-being beyond education through a resource and referral network. This effort is campus-wide and spans 17+ departments.

Resources include: Trio SSS, Office of Institutional Diversity, scholarships (Coca-Cola, Gates Millennium Scholars, Annexstad Family Foundation, etc.), free tutoring, Student Veterans Resource Center, 11/12 Month Housing, food scholarship/food pantry, academic coaching at DRC for low-income students, Student Health Center (Non-Traditional Housing), Aspire Clinic, Pell/SEOG/state-specific low-income grants, Safe Space Advocates, student employment with flexible (all over campus) hours, CTL/textbooks, 1 housing scholarship, 8 food plan scholarships, and emergency funds.

​Employment Services

Students and student spouses who desire part-time or summer work should register/apply in the Student Employment Office at the Career Center located in Clark Howell Hall, but temporarilty relocated to University Printing, 210 River Road (706-542-5284). Vacancies for part-time and seasonal employment are listed with this office.

Students’ spouses who desire to work for the University in classified positions, such as in clerical, professional, IT, service, or other positions should apply online by visiting the Human Resources Web page.

All students employed by the University either as graduate assistants or student workers are required to complete certain personnel documents. The department where the student is employed will assist with completing the forms and will answer any employment related questions.

​Equal Opportunity Office

Janyce Dawkins, Director and Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 706-542-7912
Address: 290 South Jackson Street Peabody Hall, Suite 3
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Monday-Friday
Email: ugaeoo@uga.edu

The EOO is responsible for ensuring that UGA complies with all applicable laws and policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, and disability. The EOO also administers the university’s Affirmative Action Plan, maintains the University System of Georgia Applicant Clearinghouse, a job placement referral service for colleges and universities in the Board of Regents’ system, coordinates UGA’s Ombudsperson Program and administers and enforces UGA’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy.

JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development – a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education. Founded in 1982, the Institute is named for UGA's first Vice President for Services, Dr. J.W. Fanning. His legacy of leadership development is embodied in the Institute's dedication to developing leaders of all ages, in every community, from all walks of life. A variety of clients call on the Institute's multi-disciplinary faculty for their expertise in community, non-profit, organizational, and youth leadership development. Fanning works with students and student organizations in the interest of helping to prepare leaders on our campus and beyond.

​Food Services

Interim Executive Director: Bryan Varin
Location: Food Services Administration, Lower Level, Snelling Dining Commons 
Email: letthebigdawgeat@foodser.uga.edu 

Welcome to The University of Georgia. We look forward to serving you during your time on campus. UGA Food Services is committed to supporting your learning environment by providing exceptional dining services. This means we want to make sure you receive the best quality food and service to help you be successful during your academic and extracurricular activities. UGA Food Services offers abundant residential and retail dining options on campus.

Residential Dining: 
The UGA meal plan offers you 5 day or 7 day unlimited, all-access dining options at our five dining commons. Enjoy a variety of delicious and nutritious menu items served at some of the busiest social hubs on campus. Open generous hours (including 24 hour weekday service at Snelling), our locations are conveniently located next to residence halls, offer wireless internet, and include free parking at dinner.  

The 5-day plan give you access to any of our dining commons, Monday-Friday. The 7-day plan gives you all the benefits of the 5-day plan plus weekend dining through Sunday dinner at the Village Summit and Bolton Dining Commons. Our weekend menu provides Sunday Brunch at Bolton and the Village Summit. Sunday Brunch favorites include a carving station featuring juicy tender meats such as slow roasted top round of beef alongside breakfast favorites such as ham and cheese frittatas and cheesecake crepes with an assortment of fresh berries. With this plan, you can savor the weekends and leave the cooking to us.

Meal plan customers also enjoy special event dining during various times throughout the semester. Additionally, nutrition services such as off-site meals, educational resources, the Eating Smart class, nutrition counseling, and online/mobile menu planning resources are available. Interested in working for Food Services? We are one of the largest employers of students on campus and offer jobs in dining, retail, catering, and administration. Emailfsjobs@uga.edu for more information.

All our dining commons are open to the public so you don’t have to be on a meal plan to dine at these locations. Non-meal plan customers may pay a fixed price for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Stay tuned as additional dining options will be available in Fall of 2015.

Retail Dining: 
From full-service cafes to grab-n-go eateries, there are twelve retail locations across campus ready to serve you. The Tate Student Center is home to Bulldog and Tate Café which offer a wide-variety of dining options including Chick-fil-A Express, Barberitos, pizza, pasta, hamburgers, Asian cuisine, and deli favorites. The Red Clay Café in Joe Frank Harris Commons provides East Campus with coffee, ice cream, soups, and made-to-order salads and sandwiches. Grab-n-Go eateries are located in academic buildings all across campus, on the Health Sciences Campus, and in the new Veterinary Medical Center. Please visit our website for a complete listing of locations.

Campus Catering:
Let us cater your next on-campus event. From weddings to meetings, to conference breaks, Campus Catering provides professional food service for your event. Gift-o-Grams can also be purchased through Campus Catering to surprise any student for their birthday or special occasion.

Contact Campus Catering

​Georgia Museum of Art

Location: 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-4662

Free admission to all visitors during regular operating hours.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday — 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday — 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday — 1–5 p.m.
Closed Monday and major national holidays

Museum Café:

Tuesday–Friday — 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Founded by Alfred Heber Holbrook in 1945, the Georgia Museum of Art has long offered its audiences a world-class art experience. As both an academic museum and the state's official art museum, it serves not only the University of Georgia population, but also the owners of its permanent collection—the citizens of Georgia—through award-winning exhibitions, publications and programming.

The museum is in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA's East Campus. Spacious galleries provide continual display of works from the museum's permanent collection and 20–25 temporary exhibitions per year. The Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, which is dedicated to the display of works by women artists and provides visitors with a quiet spot to visit, eat lunch, study or meditate.

Come to the Georgia Museum of Art for free inspiration.

​Human Resources

Student Health Insurance and Employment Opportunities
Phone: 706-542-2222
Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday - Friday
Email: gshiplan@uga.edu (for student health insurance)
employ@uga.edu (for employment)

Student health insurance plans are administered through Human Resources. To view detailed information about the plans, information concerning the groups of students required to be on the mandatory insurance plans, and enrollment and waiver period information, visit the Human Resources web site at www.hr.uga.edu. Students may contact Human Resources with any questions or issues regarding student health insurance by emailing gshiplan@uga.edu or calling 706.542.2222.

Human Resources is also the source for contact concerning employment opportunities for full-time or part-time positions. Position vacancies may be viewed online at www.hr.uga.edu. Questions concerning employment opportunities should be directed to Human Resources at the employment email address: employ@uga.edu or by phone at 706.542.2222.

​International Education

Contact Information

Associate Provost of International Education: Dr. Noel Fallows
Director of Immigration Services: Robin Catmur
Director of Study Abroad: Dr. Yana Cornish
Director of UGA Costa Rica: Dr. Hilda Mata
Director of Cortona Studies Abroad: Christopher Robinson
Director of UGA at Oxford: Dr. James McClung

Location: International Education Building, 1324 South Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30602
General information: 706-542-2900; oie@uga.edu
Immigration Services: immigration@uga.edu
Study Abroad: goabroad@uga.edu
UGA Costa Rica: ugacr@uga.edu
UGA at Oxford: oxford@uga.edu
Cortona Studies Abroad: cortona@uga.edu

The Office of International Education: Promoting a globally engaged university

We envision a globally engaged university in which UGA students gain a rich understanding of the world and are prepared to work in international and intercultural settings and the research and instruction of UGA faculty and graduate students are enhanced through international collaborations. We envision a state that is a powerful magnet for international talent and capital, whose products experience a growing international demand, and whose citizens reap direct benefits from this global engagement.

The Office of International Education supports the University of Georgia’s academic, research, and outreach missions and strategic themes by advancing comprehensive internationalization: the promotion of global learning experiences for our students; the sponsorship and exchange of international students, scholars, faculty and staff; and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations.

Mail & Receiving Services

Dwayne Weaver, Manager
Phone: 706-425-3263
Address: 4435 Atlanta Highway  
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30 pm


Campus Mail Service is responsible for providing an effective, timely and economical system of moving internal campus mail between the various offices and residence halls. Mail is picked up Monday - Friday from the post office and delivered to the residence hall. Each residence hall community has its own satellite mailroom facility and personnel who process the incoming letter mail and packages in accordance to their procedures.

The zip code for all residence halls is 30609.A +4 on the zip code is not required for mail and packages sent to the university. All packages sent via the USPS are delivered directly to the residence halls. Once the mail room has processed the package, a slip will be placed in the student’s post office box alerting them of the package. Residence Hall occupants are encouraged to check with their assigned hall mail rooms for policies and procedures in regards to the processing of incoming mail.

Other Post Office facilities: The main office on Olympic Drive, the downtown office at the corner of Lumpkin and Hancock Streets, the Alps Road Station, and the Georgia Square Mall office. There is a substation at Add Rexall Drugs,1695 S. Lumpkin Street at 5 Points. 

Best Mail Practices:
* Do not send cash or gift cards through the mail. Bulldog Bucks is the way to pay for goods and services both on & off campus. Visit the Bulldog Bucks website for further information: www.bulldogbucks.uga.edu
* When using UPS, Fed-Ex, or DHL, the sender “must” use actual street address of residence halls. The hall name will not suffice and mail pieces will be returned to the sender if not addressed properly. For more information on addressing mail, visit our website: www.busfin.uga.edu/mail/addressing.html
* When sending an important document or package to a student, send the item First Class with Certified Mail and Return Receipt. This will provide proof of when the important document or package was mailed to the student. It will also provide confirmation with a delivery signature of the person who received it.

​Museum of Art

Director: William U. Eiland
Phone: 542-GMOA (4662)

The Georgia Museum of Art was established in 1945 when Alfred H. Holbrook donated his collection of American paintings to the University of Georgia. Enriched by gifts and acquisitions, the collection now boasts over 9,000 works of art and includes 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, a Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, Southern decorative arts, and an extensive collection of prints and drawings by American, European, and Oriental masters from the 16th century to the present.

The museum presents a changing schedule of exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection and special traveling exhibitions. Lectures, gallery talks, film series, family days, and other events complement these exhibitions. Exhibition tours and special viewing of works in the permanent collection are available for university classes by request.

The Georgia Museum of Art, designated the official state museum of art by the 1982 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, has recently undergone a major renovation and expansion adding 18,000 of new gallery space, a sculpture garden and new study centers for research. The museum is scheduled to reopen in late January of 2011 and is located at 90 Carlton Street on the East Campus as part of the Performing and Visual Arts Complex. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Thursday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Admission is free. The Museum Shop is open during regular museum hours closing 15 minutes prior to the galleries closing.

​Performing Arts Center

Director: George C. Foreman
Phone: 706-542-4400

The UGA Performing Arts Center is a magnificent facility located at 230 River Road in the University’s Performing and Visual Arts Complex on East Campus. The Performing Arts Center houses two music recital halls: Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall is named for the founder of the UGA School of Music and seats 1,100 in a festival-style setting where seats surround the stage; Ramsey Concert Hall is the smaller venue seating 360 and is named in honor of the late Bernard Ramsey, a major benefactor of the University.

The Performing Arts Center serves as a showcase for world-class performers and ensembles, and it also provides a home for UGA’s faculty and student performers. Some of the internationally renowned artists who have performed at the PAC include opera star Jessye Norman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, Russia’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Garrison Keillor, the Vienna Boys Choir, and London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

​The Georgia Review

Editor:  Stephen Corey
Location: 0012 Gilbert Hall
Phone: (706) 542-3481

The Georgia Review is a prize-winning, internationally known literary quarterly published at UGA continuously since 1947. Each issue features 200 pages of fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and visual art. Writers range from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to new voices. Work from these pages is frequently reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, The Pushcart Prize, Best Stories from the South, and The O. Henry Awards. A frequent finalist for the National Magazine Award, The Georgia Review has won an “Ellie” for Fiction (1986) and Essays (2007).

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​The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Director: A. Jefferson Lewis III
Location: 2450 S. Milledge Ave.
Phone: 706-542-1244
E-mail: garden@uga.edu

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located approximately three miles south of the UGA campus. Founded in 1968, the Garden encompasses over 300 acres, some of which borders the Middle Oconee River. The Garden features a number of specialty gardens and plant collections plus over five miles of nature trails. The conservatory, natural areas, individual gardens and collections enable visitors to observe a multitude of both native and exotic species. The Garden offers numerous seminars, lectures, short courses, workshops and special events throughout the year and serves as a “living laboratory” in support of many University teaching, research and public service units.

Meeting and conference facilities are available in the Callaway Building, Visitor Center & Conservatory, Day Chapel, and Garden Club of Georgia state headquarters building. For information on rentals, please call 706-542-6467. Lunch is served Tuesday through Sunday in the Garden Room Café overlooking the International Garden. The Garden is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm, October-March, and 8 am to 8 pm, April-September. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Garden is closed on official UGA holidays.

​UGA Police Center

TTY NUMBER: 706-542-1188
Chief of Police: Jimmy Williamson 
Location: 286 Oconee Street 
Phone: 706-542-5813

The University of Georgia Police Department, located in the Hodgson Oil Building, is responsible for providing law enforcement services to an urban-like campus of approximately 40,000 students, employees, and visitors. University Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached in times of need by calling 542-2200. The objectives of the Department focus on the protection of life and property and the preservation of peace. The Department functions on the concept that each student is entitled to the protection of the law and is subject to the law; therefore, students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to comply with all laws.

The University of Georgia is a microcosm of society and is a community with urban-like problems, which make it imperative that each individual be concerned with his or her personal safety and protection. The Police Department offers a series of programs, on a request basis, covering all areas of personal safety. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of these training opportunities by contacting the Crime Prevention Bureau of the University Police Department at 706-542-0104. Please see the website http://www.ps.uga.edu for additional general crime prevention information. The Escort Van Service operates on an on-call basis by calling 542-2000 between 6:00 pm and 2:00 am Sunday through Friday. When classes are in session students are encouraged to use this service for their personal safety and protection.

​University Golf Course

Manager: David Cousart
Location: 2600 Riverbend Road
Phone: (706) 369-5739 

The University of Georgia Golf Course is one of the finest student/faculty recreational facilities in the nation. It is located one-fourth mile off of South Milledge Ave. on Riverbend Road. Only students, University employees, alumni, and their guests are eligible to play on the 18-hole championship course.

Information about membership fees and daily greens fees may be obtained at the well-stocked Pro Shop. Clubs, pull carts, and gas cars are available for rent. Tee reservations may be made on Wednesday at 8:00 am for Thursday through Wednesday by calling (706) 369-5739. The course and driving range are open from 8:00 am until one-half hour before sundown daily.

​University Libraries

University Librarian and Associate Provost: P. Toby Graham
Law Librarian: Carol A. Watson


Main Library 706-542-3251
Law Library (706) 542-1922
Science Library (706) 542-4535
Miller Learning Center (706) 542-7000

The Libraries contain more than 4.2 million books, serials and documents, and many other items, including manuscripts, photographs, drawings, and newspapers. The map collection incorporates over 400,000 maps and 250,000 air photos and the microform collection numbers more than 6.4 million. The collections support the curricular and research needs of the campus and are available to library users both on the campus and across the state.

The amount and variety of resources offered by the Libraries through the Internet continues to grow. In addition to the Libraries’ catalog, more than 400 databases, nearly 30,000 full-text journals, over 530,000 e-books, and 1700 DVDs of films and television programs available for checkout. The Digital Library of Georgia digitizes documents important in the history and culture of the state. These and many other resources are available on the Libraries’ web site (www.libs.uga.edu) and through GALILEO@UGA, the statewide online library (http://www.libs.uga.edu/research/).

Librarians offer research assistance though chat on the Libraries’ website; by phone, text, or email; and at reference desks at the Main and Science Libraries. Students working on research projects can request an individual research consultation with a librarian as well as free access and training in the citation management programs RefWorks and EndNote. The Libraries offer free interlibrary loan service and participate in GIL Express, a service that delivers books from all University System of Georgia institutions.

The Main and Science libraries have space for group and quiet study plus computers, WEPA print kiosks, scanners, and copiers. Features of the Main Library include the Media Department, the Map and Government Information Library, and the Digital Humanities Lab. The Media Department has a collection of commercially-distributed films and television programs available for checkout. The Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) has a GIS lab and is home to one of the largest academic map collections in the country. MAGIL is the state’s designated depository for federal and state government documents. The Digital Humanities Lab provides access to specialized software such as Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS. Features of the Science Library include a silent study room called the Think Tank and a Makerspace. The Makerspace provides 3D printers, a laser cutter, VR headsets, Arduinos, and other maker technology.

The Miller Learning Center (MLC) is designed specifically for undergraduate students with technology help desks; tutoring services; 26 general classrooms; 500 PCs and 39 Macs; a digital media lab; and 96 group study rooms. The MLC lends technology to students including laptops, tablets, DSLR cameras and accessories, camcorders, microphones, e-readers, and charging cables.

In 2012, the UGA Libraries opened the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries to house its three collections of archival materials: the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. (www.libs.uga.edu/scl)  In addition to secure space for archival research, there are three museum galleries with rotating exhibits, an auditorium, classrooms and meeting space. It is open M-F 8 am-5pm, free to the public.

For additional information on Libraries collections and services, contact the Office of the University Librarian, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 30602, (706) 542-0621.

Office of Emergency Preparedness

Location: Hodgson Oil Building, Suite 200 South
286 Oconee Street 
Athens, Georgia 30602-1977

Established in 2002 following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the University of Georgia Office Emergency Preparedness provides a comprehensive homeland security and emergency management program for the University of Georgia in order to save lives, protect property, promote continuity of operations and reduce the overall effects of large-scale disasters.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness

  • Develops, tests, reviews, revises, and distributes the University's Emergency Operations plan, pandemic influenza response plan, pre-disaster hazard mitigation plan, and other emergency plans as warranted
  • Oversees the management of the UGAAlert system, the University's emergency mass notification system
  • Manages the Building Safety and Security Representatives (BSSR) Program and provides emergency planning guidance, training, and recordkeeping
  • Activates and manages the University's Emergency Operations Center in the event of a large-scale emergency
  • Manages the University’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program
  • Monitors campus-wide compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) regulations and ensures required training is provided, and records maintained, for all campus responders
  • Coordinates the campus Community Emergency Response Team (UGA CERT) program at UGA
  • Develops, conducts, and coordinates drills and exercises including community-wide exercises, campus exercises, building drills, and departmental exercises (tabletop, functional and full-scale)
  • Coordinates the setup and activation of emergency shelters (human and animal) and Public Health emergency sites utilizing UGA facilities
  • Assesses threats and implements safeguards based on current trends and events
  • Conducts risk assessments and develops departmental and site specific emergency plans for Athens locations and other UGA campuses and research sites
  • Designs, develops, and delivers training, newsletters, and other informational brochures for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing, preparing for, and responding appropriately to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies
  • Investigates, develops, and implements UGA policies and procedures related to homeland security and emergency preparedness issues
  • Coordinates campus events to highlight emergency preparedness and security awareness
  • Serves on campus, University System, local, state, and national homeland security and emergency preparedness committees
  • Coordinates on-campus community service volunteer classes to encourage participation by faculty, staff, and students

​Office of Information Security

Location: Computing Services (intersection of East Campus Road and Cedar Street, building #1130 on the Campus Map) 
Phone: (706) 542-3106

Visit the Web site for the Office of Information Security to learn what you need to know about protecting your computer and yourself as you browse the Internet.  We all know about computer viruses and spam, but do you know about email phishing scams and other hoaxes? Learn how to spot a phish at freshphish.uga.edu. You can also learn security tips and much more on our main website.

​Office of Sustainability

Director: Kevin Kirsche
Location: Chicopee Building / Facilities Management Division (1180 E. Broad Street, Athens, GA 30602)
Phone: 706-542-1301

The UGA Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates and advances sustainability initiatives in academics, research, service, student engagement and campus operations. Programs that improve quality of life and reduce the University's impact on the environment include:

  • Student internships
  • Campus Sustainability Grants
  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability
  • Study Abroad in Sustainability Scholarship
  • WatershedUGA

​Parking Services

80 Carlton Street
Joe Frank Harris Commons
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-PARK

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Assistance: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Parking Services oversees 20,000 parking spaces in ten decks and 157 surface lots for a customer population of over 41,000.  Allocation of these limited parking spaces is based on time of service for employees and academic hours earned at the University of Georgia for students.  

REGISTRATION:  Unique to the University of Georgia is the Parking Priority System. This system ensures an equal footing for parking assignments for different groups (students, faculty, staff, etc.) of customers. In the spring and early summer, all parking participants register for parking choices. Lots are grouped into four priority areas based on an applicant's relationship with the University of Georgia.  Applicants will fare better by concentrating on those priority lots in which the applicant's grouping has preference.  Students must also register motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters.  The Alternate Transportation Program (ATP) is available for those who wish to walk, ride a bike, carpool, or use the bus, and can provide some parking for customers during inclement weather.  See our web site for further details.

PAYMENTS:  Permits are prepaid for an academic or calendar year with payments processed through the student account system.  If the permit is no longer needed, the permit should be promptly returned and a credit for the remaining unused months will be issued to the student account system.  Citations are charged to the student account system, and until paid to the Bursars office, no academic registration will be allowed by the Bursar's office.  Student account charges must be paid online or at the Bursar's Office at 223 Broad Street in University Business Office.

DISABILITY PARKING:  To park in a disability space you must have a State issued disability tag or placard and a valid University parking permit where you are assigned.  Campus Transit disability vans offer point to point transportation and appointments may be scheduled by calling (706) 542-7183 (Disability Services) or (706) 369-6220 (Campus Transit) for a pick up appointment to move you from your parking space to your desired location.

ENFORCEMENT:  In order to ensure space availability for our customers, Parking Services must enforce the parking regulations for all on campus.  Enforcement and monitoring of lots occurs on a routine basis from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Parking in fire zones, loading zones, yellow curbs and zones, handicap spaces, 24 hour reserved spaces, or state vehicle spaces will result in citations being issued.  Following Parking Regulations will preclude citation fees which range from $15 to $150 with most at $40.  Towing and boot charges are much higher.  The ability to move within campus is limited.  Plan to use the excellent bus transit system to move around campus.  

FOOTBALL AND SPECIAL EVENTS:  To accommodate the huge crowds on football Saturdays, certain procedures will be established that limit where customers can park (see http://gameday.uga.edu/index.php?/parking/).  Resident students, staff and faculty will be directed to park only in certain areas starting Friday night through the end of the game on Saturday. 

VISITORS:  Visitors may park in pay lots located around campus at the Tate, North, South, East, PAC, and Carlton decks.

PARKING SERVICES UPDATES:   Parking Services communicates with its customers through the University listserv system on campus and only sends messages to the assigned UGAMail e-mail address.  Parking Services cannot guarantee delivery of UGA e-mails forwarded to other email systems.  It is important for students to read these critical messages throughout the year to allow Parking Services to provide the best possible customer service and information.

CONTACT US:  Customers and visitors can always ask questions and clarify their parking situation through the excellent feedback system on the Parking Services website or by calling 706-542-PARK from 7:30a.m. to 10:00p.m. Monday thru Friday.

​Computing and Technology

Location: Computing Services (intersection of East Campus Road and Cedar Street, building #1130 on the Campus Map) 
Phone: (706) 542-3106


The EITS Help Desk is the central point of contact for computing services available to UGA students, faculty, staff and affiliates. The Help Desk provides information, documentation and support for EITS core services, such as UGAMail, eLearning Commons (eLC), MyIDs, ArchPass and the PAWS-Secure wireless network. The EITS Help Desk can assist you with MyID password changes and using ArchPass, UGA’s two-step login solution, to access UGA services.

In addition, EITS also supports the student information and registration system (Athena), online training tools (lynda.com and Microsoft Imagine Academy), the MyUGA student portal (http://my.uga.edu), the WEPA print kiosks, the UGA Mobile App and more.

For wired and wireless connections in University Housing, call the EITS Help Desk or visit getconnected.uga.edu. A dedicated group, called Student Technology Support (STS), helps students with their Internet connections in the residence halls.

Ramsey Center/Recreational Sports

Director:  Keith Wenrich
Location: 201 Ramsey Center 
Phone: 706-542-5060
Email: recjls@uga.edu

The Department of Recreational Sports, located in the Ramsey Student Center, promotes healthy lifestyle choices by providing development, growth and education for the University of Georgia through the spirit of recreation. The department offers programming in Competitive Sports (intramural and club sports), Outdoor Recreation (trips, clinics, climbing wall, challenge course), and Fitness & Wellness (group fitness, personal training, instructional and wellness programs). Aquatic activities include swim lessons, safety and lifeguard training, and open swimming.

The Ramsey Student Center, the main facility for Rec Sports, includes four gymnasia, two strength & conditioning spaces, a Natatorium with three pools, fitness studios, an indoor track, a climbing wall and bouldering wall, an outdoor equipment rental center, racquetball and squash courts, and many opportunities for recreation. The Rec Sports Complex on College Station Road includes fields, tennis courts, batting cages, walking trails, and the Lake Herrick pavilion. The Club Sports Complex on Milledge Ave. includes fields for club sports. Pound Hall is the recreational space on the UGA Health Sciences campus.

​Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders

Director: William Lindstrom, Ph.D.
Liaison: Gerri Wolfe, Ph.D.
Location: Milledge Hall
Phone: 706-542-4589
Fax: 706-583-0001

The Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders (RCLD) is one of three Centers across the state established by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents to provide specialized assessments for college students with learning struggles. The RCLD administers the state-wide policy on disability eligibility standards, allowing otherwise qualified students with Learning Disorders (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury) at USG institutions to access appropriate academic accommodations and services.

Administratively positioned within the UGA Psychology Department, the RCLD provides comprehensive standardized assessments for students experiencing a wide array of difficulties, including academic struggles, poor attention, disorganization, social difficulties, depression, anxiety, and others. The assessments are tailored to meet the needs of students enrolled or in transition to the postsecondary environment. Assessments not only accurately identify learning disorders but also make recommendations for individualized accommodation packages appropriate for the postsecondary environment.

Other services include review of disability documentation conducted by private practitioners, recommendations regarding appropriate accommodations and services, consultation, networking, and assistance with program development, clinical training opportunities, and research focusing on learning disorders.

For more information on RCLD services and current assessment fee, please call or visit the website at the contact information listed above.

​Student Academic Appeal

Students' Right of Appeal

University of Georgia students have the right to appeal to academic decisions. Usually the appeal goes first to the unit responsible for the decision, for example, grades to the faculty members who assigned the grades; department requirements to the department; college or school requirements to the school; university requirements to the Educational Affairs Committee. An unfavorable ruling at one level can be appealed to the successive levels. A faculty decision can be appealed to the department; a department ruling can be appealed to the college in which the instructional unit is located; a college-level ruling can be appealed to the Educational Affairs Committee; the Educational Affairs Committee ruling can be appealed to the President of the University; and, except for grade appeals, the Presidents's ruling can be appealed to the Board of Regents. All grade appeals must be initiated within one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade was recorded.

​Student Complaints

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs provides students with a means to submit formal complaints. By accessing the web page, students will be directed to the appropriate department to express their concerns.

​Transportation Services

Dept. Head: Ronald Hamlin
Location: Campus Transit Facility, 2505 Riverbend Road
Phone: 706-369-6220
Transit Information, Lost & Found: 706-369-6220
Disabled Student Transportation: 706-369-6220

The Campus Transit System is a unit of the Auxiliary Services Department providing transportation services throughout the University campus. Bus and disabled transportation services are provided on a no-fare basis. Regular route services provided by Campus Transit are available to all. Through an agreement between the University and the Athens-Clarke government, students, staff and faculty may also ride Athens Transit buses fare-free. Campus Transit services are funded by a transportation fee paid by all students.

Campus Transit provides service 24-hours per day from 6:00 a.m. Monday through 1:00 a.m. Saturday during the fall and spring semesters. Weekend service is provided on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall and spring semesters. Limited service is provided on other non-class days, as well. System maps are available at many offices on campus and on the buses which describe the various routes and service frequencies. Refer to the Campus Transit website for further route and schedule details.

Bus stops are identified on campus by signs and blue curbs. In addition, most stops have passenger waiting shelters for your convenience.


Van service is provided by subscription and on demand for students who have established eligibility with the Office of Disability Services (Clark Howell Hall, temporarily relocated to Business Services Annex, Building 0121, 542-8719). Students with temporary disabilities which restrict their use of the buses may request service by calling 369-6220. Service to and from academic functions within the boundaries of Campus Transit is available.


Director: Butch McDuffie
Location: 325 Pound Street
Phone: “The Bus”: 706-613-3430
“The Lift”: 706-613-3435

Athens Transit System (ATS) is a department of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. The system is managed through a contract with McDonald Transit Associates. ATS owns 23 full-size buses used for fixed-route transit service and five small wheelchair lift-equipped vans for service to those with disabilities. Transit routes operate throughout all areas of Athens-Clarke County. In 1991 ATS received the prestigious American Public Transit Outstanding Achievement Award as the best transit system of its size category in North America.

Fare Policy: Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia have an arrangement that allows University students, faculty, and staff to ride any of the regularly scheduled ATS buses free of charge upon presentation of a valid UGA photo ID. While ATS operators may not always ask to see an I.D., all students, faculty, and staff should have the I.D. available for spot checks by the bus operator or any ATS supervisor. Students, with disabilities have unlimited access to services provided by either “The Bus” or “The Lift.” Students desiring to use “The Lift” must qualify by completing a medical certification form available from ATS or the Office of Disability Services at UGA. As with the regular bus service, disabled students, faculty, and staff ride free by showing an I.D. All of the services are funded by a portion of each student’s transportation fee and other fees.

For information on fares for non-UGA riders, contact the Athens Transit System at 706-613-3430.

Catching the Bus: On campus, ATS buses stop at all campus bus stops. Students are not required to show an I.D. while buses are on campus. Off campus in the downtown area, buses stop only at marked ATS bus stops. The main transfer center is located at College and Washington Streets. Each bus route has a specific area for boarding and alighting. Signs clearly mark the boarding locations. Outside the downtown area buses may be boarded at any ATS bus stop sign.

Students, faculty, and staff must present a valid UGA I.D. card to the operator upon boarding any ATS bus off-campus.

Destination Signs: Buses have front and side destination signs which show the route number and any special route information required.

Timetables: All routes operate at least every 60 minutes with most routes operating every 30 minutes. Individual route timetables showing the areas covered and the times the buses operate are available on all buses, at the Information Center, and at the UGA Tate Student Center.

Information concerning the system is available by calling 613-3430.

University Health Center

Executive Director: Jean Chin, MD, MBA, FACP

Location: 55 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-1162

The University Health Center exists to advance the well-being of students and other members of the University community in a way that supports academic success and student retention by providing: primary and specialty health care; prevention focused services; and research and learning experiences which develop health knowledge and skills.

We strive for excellence in services that are student-centered, respectful, accessible, and offer satisfaction and value. As a campus health resource, the health center promotes individual and community health, teaches health and wellness, participates in research which increases knowledge about health care and student health needs, and participates in the education and training of future health care professionals.

University Health Center has been awarded the highest recognition for health care organizations, accreditation for all services by the Joint Commission. The recognition is the second consecutive time the University Health Center received a flawless report of findings.

​University Visitors and Information Center

Director: Fran J. Lane
Location: Four Towers Building
Phone: 706-542-0842 

Located in the Four Towers Building, the Visitors and Information Center includes an exhibit area, interactive computer screens, administrative offices, and meeting and conference rooms. The center assists visitors and maintains comprehensive and up-to-date information about campus, local accommodations, and special events. Campus tours are conducted seven days a week from the Visitors Center. The center is open Monday-Friday, 8-5; Saturday, 9-5; Sunday, 1-5. The center is closed on official university holidays. For additional information or to make a tour reservation, call the Information Line at (706) 542-0842.

​Vending and Solicitation Services

Vending and Solicitation Services are provided through a contract with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. There are more than 500 vending machines located in over 150 buildings on the UGA campus. These machines dispense a wide variety of drinks, snacks (including hot and cold foods) to students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

Vending and Solicitation Services oversees the distribution of newspapers, magazines and student papers in many of the racks on campus. In addition, the department is also responsible for solicitation on campus (excluding Athletic events). 

Information concerning vending requests or questions regarding Solicitation Policies on campus should be addressed to the Manager of Vending and Solicitation.