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Welcome & Important Covid-19 Information

August 24, 2021

Dear UNC Faculty and Staff, 

Welcome to a new academic year! I am thrilled to be working with all of you as we navigate what is both an exciting and challenging time. I intend to communicate frequently, as I believe we are better and stronger when we share information, listen, and learn from each other. 

The health and safety of our entire UNC community is at the top of everyone’s minds. Below are timely Covid-19 updates, which also can be found on our updated FAQs site

  • Masks are required in all indoor public spaces—regardless of vaccination status—with limited exceptions. We expect everyone at UNC to comply with these rules, which aim to keep all of us healthy and safe. Students who fail to comply with this or any other UNC policy are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and should be referred to the Dean of Students, Dr. Colleen Sonnentag (dos@unco.edu). 

  • For positive Covid-19 cases, symptoms, or exposure, please use the reporting form found on both the HR website and the Coronavirus page. Contact tracers will follow up with impacted individuals to provide quarantine and isolation protocols as appropriate. (As was the case throughout the past year, faculty will only be notified of positive cases in their classrooms if there is need to quarantine.) More details can be found on our Coronavirus webpage.

  • Masks are available in the University Center, Campus Recreation Center, Michener Library, and Deans’ office suites. Any member of the campus community who forgets or loses their mask may go to one of these locations.  

Please submit questions or concerns to coronavirus@unco.edu so we can ensure the highest possible level of responsiveness. All Academic Affairs-related questions are referred to our new Academic Covid-19 Responsiveness Group: Professor Angela Vaughan, Professor Dawit Senbet, Associate Provost Nancy Matchett, and Dean Jared Stallones. Please join me in thanking them for helping us keep the lines of communication open as we all work together to continue the core business of teaching and learning at UNC this fall. 

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you for showing up—day in and day out—in service to our students and our mission.  

In gratitude, 

Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D.
Interim Provost