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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

Daily Symptoms Self-Check

COVID-19 Prevention

University leadership is in regular conversations with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Weld County Public Health officials to be sure that our policies are aligned with best practices for maintaining the health and safety of our community.

Campus community members are encouraged to report behaviors that put the health and safety of the campus community at risk, such as those who are not following UNC's Mask Policy.Serious consequences leading to suspension and expulsion could occur for those not following these guidelines.


Stay Healthy

  • Clean surfaces and work space daily
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Only use tissues once and discard after use
  • Don't shake hands, consider alternative ways to greet others
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Get tested when you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed.

UNC Releases Summer COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Beginning on Monday, May 10, UNC will implement new guidance regarding public health requirements for everyone who physically comes to campus. The new guidance includes:

  • Masks will be required indoors at UNC at all times, except when in a residence hall room or private workspace. While masks will not be required outdoors, we still encourage everyone to wear them while outside in accordance with Colorado Governor Jared Polis' recent mask order extension.
  • Dining will operate at 100% capacity with six-feet of distancing between cohorts/households. 
  • Offices will operate at 80% capacity.
  • Campus Recreation Center and gyms will operate at 100% capacity with six-feet of distancing between parties.
  • Indoor seated events will operate at 100% capacity with six-feet of distancing between parties.
  • Indoor unseated events will operate at 50% capacity, up to 175 people.
  • Outdoor events will have no capacity limits; however, events planned for more than 500 people must submit plan to the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and UNC's Environment, Health and Safety.
  • Group sports and camps can operate indoors at 50 participants per court and outdoors with no limits on participants/spectators.
  • UNC Bank of Colorado Arena is approved for up to 500 individuals with six feet of distancing between cohorts/households

UNC Mask Policy

Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a non-medical face mask helps minimize the spread of the virus. UNC requires anyone on campus to wear face coverings at all times while in public or shared spaces.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has implemented a statewide mask order and other public health directives that govern expectations for mask wearing and gatherings in public or private spaces.

Mask Distribution  Disability Accomodations

  • Masks are required whenever you are indoors in public spaces on campus—that is, whenever you are in any space other than your own residence hall room or a private office. 

    Students living on campus will be required to wear a mask unless they are in their own room or doing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a mask such as eating – the mask must be put back on once the task has been finished. Students living on campus are required to bring enough cloth masks to wash and wear a clean mask every day.

  • Masks required outdoors any time you are around other people—even when those other people are roommates, family members, or loved ones who you live with.
  • There is no general exception to this policy based on distances between instructors and their students during class. UNC’s instructional spaces were configured by facilities to maintain 6-feet of separation between students and the instructor. Classrooms should not be reconfigured, and the expectation is that all faculty and students will wear masks during face-to-face instruction.

    For courses in which there is a pedagogical need for the instructor or students to temporarily remove their face coverings, or for the instructor to wear a clear face shield instead of a cloth face covering, the instructor should contact Glenn Adams for guidance.

Practice Good Hygiene

It's critical to practice good personal hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It's especially important to wash your hands:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your cloth face covering
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Washing your hands to the UNC Fight Song

Cleaning on Campus

Protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating campus buildings have been established by Facilities Management and the UNC Office of Environmental Health & Safety in consultation with the Student Health Center and Housing & Residential Education. Building custodial staff will clean and disinfect campus buildings more frequently to reduce the spread of pathogens via frequently touched surfaces.

The State of Colorado require plans for enhanced cleaning as part of our campus reopening. As defined by the CDC, sanitization includes two components:

  • Cleaning is the removal of foreign material (e.g., soil, and organic material) from objects;
  • Disinfection means the thermal or chemical destruction of pathogenic and other types of microorganisms.

Custodian disinfecting handrails in Campus Commons

Shared Responsbility

It is impossible for custodial staff to perform these functions with the frequency and extent needed to combat the novel coronavirus. Every member of the UNC community has a responsibility for sanitizing your own work and/or living area and shared resources. Disinfecting wipes (or disinfecting spray and paper towels) will be provided so you can do your part to prevent surface transmission of coronavirus.

Cleaning Supplies

Request Cleaning Supplies and PPE

Campus departments that need to request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or cleaning supplies can submit the standard Facilities Management work order. FM Warehouse will email the requestor when the supplies, based on availability, are ready for pickup at Parsons Hall. A FOAP is not required on the request form for COVID-related items. As a reminder, employees are required to wear face masks they supply on their own.


Practice social distancing by staying 6'

Social Distancing

Social distancing is critical for Bears return to campus. Over the weeks and months ahead, we need to reimagine the place where we work, learn, and live as a 6-Foot Campus. Physical separation is critical in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

  • Inside your living space
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6' between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your living space
    Place 6' of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household and wear face coverings or masks that cover your mouth and nose. Remember, some people without symptom spread the virus. 

Classrooms and Shared Spaces

We have reconfigured our classroom spaces to separate students by at least 6 feet, marked seats that should not be occupied and decreased seating to 30% of the pre-COVID-19 capacity. Solutions may differ from building to building and will be impacted by how many people return to campus versus continue to work or study from home.

Many individual programs followed the guidance of their professional organizations about best practices for instruction in the environment we currently exist.  Many music performance courses, art studio courses, science laboratory courses, for example, have additional considerations that restricted how they can be taught that had to be considered when finalizing the fall schedule.  Decisions on how these courses are to be taught were made by the faculty. 

Socially distanced classroom