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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates


UNC informs faculty, staff, students and their loved ones about COVID-19 updates in the following ways: 

Browse the list below of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, the university's response to those questions and other important information for students, faculty and staff.

announcementAs UNC's response to the COVID-19 situation is further defined, this page will be updated with the most recent developments as they become available.

UNC Guidance on Public Health

Masks and Classroom Guidance


  • Am I required to get tested for COVID-19?

    UNC does not require anyone to get tested but we do strongly encourage it, especially for unvaccinated individuals, or for anyone who thinks they were exposed to someone with a positive case of COVID-19 or anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19.  

    free community testing site is available on campus on the east side of Bishop-Lehr Hall. 

  • Where should I get tested?

    UNC students and employees who are seeking COVID-19 testing are encouraged to use the free community testing site, conveniently located on campus at Bishop-Lehr. UNC students who live in on-campus residential housing can walk up to the site to get tested. 

    Rapid At-Home test kits for faculty, staff and students at several locations across campus. Check UNC's COVID-19 testing webpage for test kit locations.

    UNC’s Student Health Center will only provide testing for individuals seeking medical care. 

  • How do I get my COVID-19 test results from the testing site located on campus?

    The free community testing site on campus is ran by Mako Medical and results are provided by them via an online account. The time it takes to get your results will vary depending on the volume of testing. If you haven't received your results within the time frame indicated when you were tested, please contact Mako Medical at 919-351-MAKO (6256).   

Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing

  • Will I have to quarantine or isolate if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

    Due to the extremely low amount of COVID-19 transmission and high vaccination rates within our university community, and in line with CDC guidance, the university is no longer performing contact tracing or placing individuals in quarantine or isolation. 

    • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should follow the CDC's quarantine and isolation guidelines and quarantine or isolate at home or in their room, if necessary.

    It is the responsibility of each individual to inform their supervisor/instructor if they have to quarantine or isolate. Faculty should notify their department chair/school director; staff should notify their supervisors; students should notify all of their instructors.

  • What happens if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?

    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should follow the CDC's quarantine and isolation guidelines and quarantine or isolate at home or in your room, if necessary.

    If you live with a roommate(s) and one of you tests positive for COVID-19, keep your distance, wear a mask and clean high-touch surfaces such as remote controls, sinks and doorknobs. The university is no longer providing temporary places for quarantine or isolation of sick or exposed people, or for healthy people who want to be separated from a sick roommate.

  • Are faculty required to provide special accommodations for students who are required to quarantine?

    All faculty are encouraged to post copies of announcements, handouts, PowerPoint slides, etc. on their Canvas website to assist students who are forced to miss a class for any reason. Students who are unable to attend class are responsible for notifying their instructor, but instructors may not require a doctor's note.

    Instructors should accommodate students as they would in any semester where a student was unable to attend class for an extended period of time. Faculty may not require doctor's notes during the pandemic.

  • Where can I find more information about quarantine and isolation?

    View the CDC's quarantine and isolation guidelines to learn about the difference between quarantine and isolation, as well as current recommendations.

Reporting Exposures, Symptoms and Positive Cases

UNC's Vaccine/Booster Requirement

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines