July 16, 2020
Dear Carolina Community,
This morning, carolinatogether.unc.edu underwent a helpful structure change to better achieve two of the most important goals of the Roadmap: communication and transparency. This new design provides clearer access to information for faculty and staff, and for students, families and the community and focuses on responding to the feedback and questions we’ve been receiving.
In the coming days we will update the website with information to guide the University’s decision making on how we may adjust operations and inform off-ramp decisions. We will make any operational decisions in consultation with the UNC System. These metrics include:
- Campus adherence to Community Standards and guidelines
- Public health and hospital capacity
- Availability of rapid and accurate testing and contact tracing
- Continuity of critical functions in support of on-campus operations
- Consideration of external factors that may influence campus operations
We have published the University’s guideline on physical distancing, providing additional detail on our Community Standard. All students, staff, faculty and visitors have a responsibility to remain at least six feet apart. We are placing signs and other markers across campus to provide a constant reminder of this guideline and our guideline on face masks.
Health and Wellness
Our campus medical and health partners continue to evaluate additional options and capabilities for testing and tracing. Their best practices have informed our guideline for health monitoring, testing and tracing, and isolation/quarantine. We expand on this guideline in a new, dedicated Health & Wellness section on carolinatogether.unc.edu.
There are a number of important updates for Fall 2020 from Transportation and Parking which take into account feedback from campus representatives to optimize on-campus parking, including changes related to student and employee schedules. Parking regulations for campus go into effect on August 1.
- Virtual permits– your vehicle license plate serves as your permit – are being introduced for fall 2020, visit the Transportation and Parking website for more information.
- Weeknight parking permits will be honored in designated lots beginning at 4 p.m. to facilitate campus access for evening classes and work schedules.
- Eligible commuters will receive a reduced-cost permit that reflects teleworking/hybrid class schedules adjusted for fall semester.
- Semester permits and increased daily parking options will be available for commuters.
Transit partners have made several operational changes, including requiring face masks, increasing sanitation, and reducing passenger occupancy as well as increasing the number of buses operating during peak hours. Transportation and Parking continues to work with our partners on campus service for Fall 2020, visit the website for additional information.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Carolina for the Fall semester. All regularly enrolled students are assessed the same tuition and mandatory fees whether participating in classes in-person, through remote instruction, or a combination of both. Student fees support a range of student services, including Campus Health, Counseling & Psychological Services, and student organizations among many others. These student service areas will continue to provide an array of services in both in-person and remote formats to support students regardless of their mode of instruction.
Campus Care Kits
The University is preparing Carolina Together Care Kits for students and for employees who return to campus. Each kit will contain masks, hand sanitizer and other items to assist our community in following the 3Ws. We will share details on how you will receive these kits soon.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost