On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff along with other Athens community members gather on North Campus in front of the Administrative Building to participate in a die-in silent protest and express their concerns with the University’s plans to conduct face-to-face instruction beginning Aug. 20.
Many of the participants remained silent the entire length of the protest, posing as dead bodies, which they believe may be the result of returning to campus. All of the protesters were required to wear masks and remain 8 feet apart while laying down on the lawn.
Around 1 p.m. Union Marshal Savannah Downing walked up the steps of the Administration Building with the United Campus Workers of Georgia's 1,000 signature open letter in hand and attempted to enter the building and present President Jere Morehead with the document. She was unable to enter due to the university’s decision to keep all building doors locked due to COVID-19.
A few minutes later, a person who was also wearing a mask opened the door and received the letter from Downing, agreeing to give it to Morehead. As a result, the protest ended with an eruption of clapping from the participants before they dispersed.
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