Frequently Asked Questions
- What is UNC doing to ensure student safety on campus this fall?
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.
We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and taking preventative measures including mask wearing, social distancing and increased cleaning of campus buildings. We are also encouraging our campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. As we move closer to our Fall 2021 full on-campus experience, we will evaluate our policies to ensure they are aligned with best practices for maintaining the health and safety of our community.
- If COVID makes a comeback this fall, how would UNC be impacted?
Our UNC community has been very successful in limiting disease transmission on our campus. There has been no evidence that COVID-19 transmission has occurred in our classrooms and we are confident that they are safe spaces for instruction.
We expect some of our current policies and procedures, such as wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and increased cleaning of campus buildings may still be in effect, and we are prepared to be flexible as public health guidance changes. We remain committed to keeping our community connected, safe and supported with every decision we make.
- How can I stay informed about COVID-related updates at UNC?
UNC informs faculty, staff, students and their loved ones about COVID-19 updates in the following ways:
- A dedicated coronavirus website with the latest updates and information about university operations, prevention, exposures and health alerts, testing, vaccination information, available resources and more.
- Weekly updates through UNC’s COVID-19 Digest that's emailed to all faculty, staff, students and parents.
- Dedicated staff who answer questions about COVID-19 and the direct impact on students, faculty and staff: email@example.com or 970-351-4848
- What resources are available for me/my student?
- What will Student Life look like for Fall 2021?
- Dining facilities will continue to offer a variety of dining options for students and plan to increase in-person dining location options across campus.
- UNC’s Residence Halls will return to nearly full capacity in fall 2021.
- The plan is to host events similar to pre-pandemic times unless state restrictions compel being outside.
- All units under Student Affairs will be staffed in person with UNC's Counseling Center still being in question on their operationsdue to proximity to the Student Health Center.
- The Boomerang/Bear Bus is expected to operate on a normal schedule.
- Campus Recreation is planning for all programs to be in person and back to normal, or close to capacities. Some virtual options may be available for flexibility and/or comfort level of participants. The reservation system will likely be retired for the fall, and masks may still be required for various activities within the building (dictated by the university’s decision). This fall’s RecFest will be in person and take place the week before fall classes start.
- Athletics will have its normal full schedule of games starting with football, volleyball and soccer in the fall. We look forward to having fans back to cheer on the Blue and Gold next year. Head Coach Ed McCaffrey’s first football game at Nottingham Field is set for September 18 against Lamar. Students can enjoy the free student tailgate before every football game.
- In early April, UNC’s Bank of Colorado received certification as an ‘extra-large venue’ that allows the arena to have 500 fans in the stands (with appropriate distancing, sanitation measures and other measures in place)
- What will Academics look like for Fall 2021?
UNC will return to a semester of course modalities mimicking what was offered pre-pandemic, meaning the overwhelming majority of courses will be taught in a traditional, face to face format. Similar to a typical semester, there will continue to be a small percentage of courses that will be offered either online or in a mixed face-to-face format (combining both in-person and online delivery). We anticipate that classrooms and other spaces will return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels but we will continue to follow guidance from local and state public health authorities to deliver our courses safely.
- What public health measures will be in place for Fall 2021?
- At this time, UNC doesn’t require any of its campus community members to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, we do encourage that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as they are able to do so.
- We anticipate that masks may still be required in some settings in the fall.
- Unvaccinated individuals will be expected to monitor their symptoms each day and stay home if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
- For unvaccinated individuals, we will continue with our current protocol of quarantine or isolation for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 who tested positive.
- If two full weeks have passed since an individual has been fully vaccinated, they will likely not need to quarantine if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
- We anticipate physical distancing may still be required in some indoor settings.