July 9, 2020
Dear Carolina Community,
To make this semester successful, every member of our community will need to play a part. Each one of us – students, faculty, staff and visitors – must follow the Community Standards to contribute to a safe and healthy environment for us to teach, work, learn and live.
We will expect everyone to know and follow our W’s – wear a mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands often – every day. Your fellow Tar Heels are depending on you.
Tomorrow will mark one month until our first day of classes. We are preparing for the beginning of the semester and look forward to welcoming those of you returning to campus. Next week, we will share new guidelines on physical distancing and health monitoring that are being finalized. Like our guideline on face coverings and face masks, they are based on input from experts and feedback from across campus and provide detail and clarity for our Community Standards.
The Roadmap is also a community effort and this week’s updates highlight the hard work and dedication going into ensuring a safe environment this fall.
The University Libraries has developed a comprehensive re-entry plan to deliver collections and services, with a “digital first” emphasis that will serve faculty, students and staff regardless of location and that will prioritize health and safety in the unique library environment.
- Contactless pickup begins July 13. Anyone with an ONYEN or current community borrower’s card may request circulating materials through the online catalog for pickup at Davis Library or the Health Sciences Library. Learn more at this FAQ.
- Beginning August 3, designated spaces in Davis Library (floors 1 and 2) and the Health Sciences Library (floors 1, 2 and lower level) will open. Stack floors will be closed. Library staff will retrieve items.
- Complete information is on the Libraries website and summarized in the Roadmap.
Facilities Services has increased the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces across campus and is providing updates on their current operations on a dedicated website. Their guidelines for keeping workspaces clean include both increased cleaning by Housekeeping Services and responsibilities for University employees. Cleansers will be provided in each workplace, classroom, dining facility, residence hall, library and other University facilities.
Facilities crews have been posting signage across campus providing direction in buildings to achieve our physical distancing guidelines Working with the classroom operations team and individual schools, teams are setting up classrooms in a variety of ways including removing seating when possible and marking off seating for appropriate distancing. Carolina Together signage can be downloaded on the University Communications Identity website.
Handwashing stations or hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed throughout campus buildings, particularly at key building entrances and near elevators, restrooms and common areas.
All students can currently view their schedules in ConnectCarolina, but registration remains closed for returning students until July 21. During this period, changes will continue to occur as we maximize the flexibility in our fall schedule. Students should reach out to their academic advisor with questions.
We are collecting these updates and other communications on the Carolina Together website, and you can contact me with your questions, concerns and feedback using this form.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost