Campus Life

Coronavirus Update

Updated March 25, 2020


All University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, including Dalton State, are providing online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions. Students are not allowed to return to campus unless they receive permission from Dalton State.

Additionally, residence halls are closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Special efforts have been made to accommodate students who are unable to depart campus. Students departing have received specific instructions from Dalton State about returning to campus to retrieve their belongings from residence halls. Students must follow these instructions.

USG will be providing guidance to Dalton State on refunds for housing, dining and other services. Dalton State will contact students with information about refunds.

Dalton State remains open, with minimal staff physically on-site, to ensure continuity of certain services.

Our goals are to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, do our part to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to fulfill our mission to graduate our students, even during these challenging times.

Key Information
  • All face-to-face classes are being provided online. Professors have sent students instructions via email and/or on GeorgiaVIEW regarding each class. 
  • Online classes, such as eCore, continue as usual. 
  • All Dalton State sponsored non-essential travel is suspended, including but not limited to conferences and site visits. 
  • All on-campus events (both those hosted by the college and by outside groups) as well as college-sponsored off-campus events are canceled through the spring semester.
  • Students who need housing or who do not have access to the technology needed to complete coursework should immediately contact their professor. Students who have further questions that cannot be addressed by their professors should call the office of Academic Affairs at 706-272-4420.
  • Especially now, it is imperative students frequently check their Dalton State email. 

Updates about the impact of the COVID-19 at Dalton State will be provided via this webpage, Roadrunner Alert, the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Roadrunner Portal. Please check your Dalton State email frequently.

Dalton State will continue to follow and implement COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia.

The Department of Public Health Recommends You:

  • Follow appropriate preventative strategies, as recommended by the CDC: wash hands regularly; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes with tissues; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Stay informed: Use reputable sources, such as the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health for accurate information.

If you experience symptoms of an illness – particularly running a fever, coughing or have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – you should contact your medical care provider as soon as possible.

Contact COVID-19 hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

(Dalton State students and employees will find more FAQs on the Roadrunner Portal.)

Is Dalton State open?

Yes. Dalton State is offering all classes online and most student services are available online or over the phone. Face-to-face instruction and face-to-face student services are not available for the remainder of the spring semester and all on-campus events have been canceled. If you need assistance, please contact us.

What if I planned to attend an event on campus this spring?

All on-campus events – including both those hosted by the college and those hosted by outside groups – have been canceled through the end of the spring semester. Additionally, all college-sponsored events planned for off-campus have been canceled. 

Is the Testing Center open?

No. The Testing Center is closed through spring semester. For more information, please email Testing Center or call 706-272-2606.

What will happen to the turtles?

The turtles in both of our survival programs, the Turtle Assurance Colony (TAC) and Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE), will still be cared for.