Campus Life

The important services students, faculty and staff rely on are making operational modifications to promote our Community Standards and other health and safety measures as recommended by infectious disease experts and public health officials.

Community Standards

Each one of us – students, faculty and staff – 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.

  • In accordance with the University’s  Guideline on Face Masks, face masks must be worn in all classroom settings by students, faculty, staff, and visitors from entering the building to leaving the building and in indoor common spaces such as common building spaces and hallways.
  • The University Guideline on Physical Distancing asks students, staff, faculty and visitors to stay at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible in all indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces you interact with and touch and wash your hands often. Visit the Facilities Operations COVID-19 page for more information.

Libraries

The University Libraries will continue to serve both remote learners and those who remain on campus to learn, teach or research. Beginning August 19, Davis Library and Health Sciences Library hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book pickup services and all digital collections and services will remain available.

Beginning Monday, September 28, Davis and HSC will extend their hours:

Study Space Hours as of 9/28/20
Health Science Library (floors 1, 2, lower level)

 

Davis Library (floor 1)

Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Seats may now be reserved for up to four hours/day (was previously two). The reservation be all at once or in separate blocks.

Students studying in the Davis Library, Health Sciences Library, or elsewhere on campus should continue to comply with University Guidelines and facility-specific rules.

Please direct questions to libraryreopening@unc.edu.

  • Contactless pickup service continues through the semester. 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.
  • Designated spaces in Davis Library (floors 1 and 2) and the Health Sciences Library (floors 1, 2 and lower level) are open for use. Stack floors are be closed to the public. Library staff will retrieve items through the pickup service,
  • Everyone in library buildings will need to wear a face mask and maintain six feet of physical distancing.
  • The Library will de-densify and spread out furniture in order to encourage physical distancing. The Library is seeking to implement a reservation system for tables.
  • Public computers, printers and other technology will not be available in library buildings.
  • Faculty and graduate students with offices and carrels will be able to make an appointment to retrieve books and belongings. However, offices and carrels will not be available for routine use.
  • Most reserve readings will be electronic. Remaining print reserves will be available in Davis Library, rather than the Undergraduate Library.
  • The Library will prioritize the purchase of electronic resources for research and teaching, and is expanding its capacity to scan, digitize and electronically deliver materials, especially from the Wilson Special Collections Library.
  • More questions? Visit the University Libraries Fall 2020 FAQ.

To learn more, read the University Libraries’ complete re-entry plan or send questions to libraryreopening@unc.edu.

Outdoor Spaces

The Carolina Together Campus Map provides locations for mask distribution sites, outdoor seating locations, food trucks, and indoor studying locations.
The outdoor seating locations and food truck locations are being coordinated by Facilities Services. These multipurpose outdoor spaces are for dining hall support, student gathering and study space.
  • Outdoor seating space istaking advantage of existing structures.
  • Temporary covered seating is being installed in a variety of locations across campus, including near existing dining facilities.
  • Seating and furniture will vary by location.
  • Food trucks will be located near many covered seating locations.
Fall, 2020 reservations will only be accepted for Bell Tower Quads and Bell Tower Amphitheater. All other designated open spaces (Facilities Use Standard) will be dedicated to campus use and not available for reservation by student or unit groups.

Indoor Spaces

Building Access

Following the University’s decision to transition to remote instruction for undergraduate courses, there will be additional changes to campus building access to reduce density as we continue to pursue the mission of the University.

These changes take into account that some graduate and professional school courses may remain in-person, as well as health affairs instruction. Libraries, dining facilities, campus health services, Carolina Union and bookstores will continue to serve campus but may have modified hours.

Effective Monday, August 24, most campus buildings will be locked for the rest of the semester. Certain buildings will remain open to support students, faculty and staff who need to be on campus. There will be no changes to existing One Card access for authorized individuals needing to enter buildings for research, work or academic activity.

Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and can be requested by building managers using this form. Questions about individual One Card access should be directed to your building manager.

Study Spaces

Beginning Monday, September 28, there will be additional study space for students open on campus:

  • 9 classrooms across 3 buildings will open for study during building hours. These rooms will be designated as “Quiet Study Areas” or “Learning Areas (conversation is permitted).” The capacities for each room are noted in the chart below.
  • Davis Library & Health Sciences Library will extend their hours
  • Carolina Union will continue to offer extended hours
  • Specific locations are identified on the Carolina Together map.
Study Space Hours as of 9/28/20
Carolina Union Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 7pm

Friday 7:30am – 5pm

Saturday/Sunday Closed

Health Science Library (floors 1, 2, lower level)

 

Davis Library (floor 1)

Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Genome Sciences Building

Rm 1370 – Quiet Study (14)

Rm 1373 – Learning Area (11)

Rm 1378 – Learning Area (14)

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm

Saturday/Sunday Closed

FedEx Global Education Center

Rm 1005 – Learning Area (30)

Rm 1009 – Quiet Study Area (10)

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday/Sunday Closed

Murray/Venable

Venable G307 – Learning Area (15)

Venable G311 – Learning Area (21)

Murray G201 – Learning Area (18)

Murray G205 – Quiet Study Area (14)

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday/Sunday Closed

Carolina Union and Libraries

Students studying in the Carolina Union, Davis Library, Health Sciences Library, or elsewhere on campus should continue to comply with University Guidelines and facility-specific rules.

Classrooms Study Spaces 

Housekeeping staff will perform regular cleanings and stock adequate CPE in buildings and rooms, including disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in each classroom’s sanitation station. Signage posted in the building and room will remind students of the University’s Community Standards.

Students will be asked to continue:

  • Wearing a mask at all times when inside the building, including in both Quiet Study Areas and Learning Areas.
  • Wiping down their stations with disinfectant.
  • Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Refraining from modifying classroom furniture layouts.
  • Staying home if they are having symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have been given instructions to self-quarantine or self-isolate by their medical provider.
  • Respecting reduced room occupancy limits.
  • Leaving classrooms and buildings when the building closes.

 

 

Care Kits

Student Care Kits

The University is making available a Carolina Together Care Kit for every student on campus:

  • two washable, reusable face masks;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • thermometer;
  • no-contact door key;
  • written instruction regarding the use and care for the items in the kit;
  • a Community Standards reminder card.

Carolina Together Care Kits are available for all students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester, with a priority for those who are taking at least one face-to-face/hybrid course. Kits are limited to ONE kit per enrolled student.

Student Care Kit distribution

Due to the shift to remote learning, off-campus undergraduate kit distribution will be available via appointment through September 30. Off-campus undergraduate students can schedule a time to pick up their kits. Simply go to this appointment link , select the kit pick up option, and then select a day and time that works best for you. You will be asked to provide your PID in advance so we can confirm if you are eligible to get a kit before you head over the pick up location (SASB-North).

Employee Care Kits

The University is making available a Carolina Together Care Kit for faculty and staff when they return to campus (kits will not be mailed):

  • two washable, reusable face masks;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • thermometer;
  • a Community Standards reminder card.

Kits will be available starting August 10. Kits will be distributed by their unit’s CPE coordinator.

Sorority & Fraternity Life

On August 24th, the University sent a letter to all members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Executive Director of Off-campus Student Life and Community Partnerships, Executive Director of the Carolina Union and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life addressing ongoing concerns over reports of large gatherings at fraternity and sorority houses and other residences that included multiple violations of our Community Standards, as well as local and state public health orders. The letter also provided updated guidance based on the August 17 operational changes at Carolina, including:

  • Discontinuing gatherings and events
    • The law states no formal gathering of more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
    • Public health guidance states that NO formal or informal gatherings of any number should occur at this time.
    • Given the current status of virus transmission, the University has revised its Guidelines on Gathering and Events and prohibits on-campus gatherings of any size until further notice.
  • Testing and contact tracing protocols; Notification requirement for students who test positive
    • Based on guidance from CHS and OCHD, it is recommended that all fraternity and sorority members get tested for COVID-19.
      • Students still in the area may be request a testing appointment at Campus Health by calling 919-966-2281 for by visiting the Healthy Heels secure porta
      • Students with a car may also receive a COVID-19 Test at the UNC Respiratory Diagnostic Center by filling out an online form.
      • Students who have returned to their permanent residence, visit the NCDHHS website to identify a testing location in their area.
    • Regardless of the testing location, the University’s Guideline on Health Monitoring expressly requires that “[a]ny student . . . who tests positive through a medical provider off-campus is required to notify Campus Health.”  Students who test positive will be required to isolate for a period of time.  Close contacts of an individual who tests positive must quarantine.  The Guideline on Health Monitoring further states that “[a]ll students . . . are expected to comply with all isolation or quarantine requirements as prescribed by University staff.”
      • Concealing a positive result or providing misleading or inaccurate information so that CHS and/or OCHD do not become aware is a violation of University guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.
      • To be clear, we do not use health disclosures as a basis for University disciplinary action.
    • Housing Occupancy and Additional Steps to Reduce the Risk of Transmission
      • Every chapter should employ additional measures to reduce further the risk of transmission, including:
        • Conducting chapter meetings virtually
        • Prohibiting parties, mixers, and other social events whether formal or informal
        • Limiting food service to takeout meals only
        • Restricting access in the chapter house only to residents in the house (i.e., no guests permitted)
        • Require face masks be worn in the house at all times except when in the privacy of one’s own room

 

 

 

Travel Guidelines

The University will continue to update  its  prohibitions and exceptions related to University-affiliated  travel  in connection with protecting against the transmission of COVID-19 and consistent with UNC System and state government guidance.

University-affiliated Travel

Consistent with UNC System guidance, Carolina is prohibiting University-affiliated travel outside of the State of North Carolina, unless the travel is approved in accordance with the following processes:

Out-of-State

Faculty and Post-Doc Travel

All exceptions for university-affiliated travel by faculty and post-docs must be pre-approved by the provost with a favorable recommendation, depending on reporting lines, from the traveler’s 1) supervisor; 2) department chair, center or institute director, or other unit head (if different from supervisor); and 3) appropriate senior administrator (school dean or executive dean, vice chancellor, or vice provost).

Requests for exceptions should be sent via email by the petitioner directly to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin (provost@unc.edu) and should copy Debbi Clarke, Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Projects (debbi_clarke@unc.edu); and Emma Dehne, Executive Assistant to the Provost (emma.dehne@unc.edu).

In their message, petitioners should include:

  1. The specific dates, routes/itineraries, and destinations of proposed travel;
  2. The purpose of the proposed research and an explanation as to why the work can’t be fulfilled remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  3. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  4. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the mission of the university;
  5. A description of travel risks and how the traveler proposes to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  6. A completed and signed faculty/post-doc assumption of risk and release of liability documentand
  7. Acknowledgement that the appropriate senior administrator and other supervisors listed above have approved the travel exemption request. When a determination is made, the appropriate senior administrator will be copied on the provost’s response. Please be sure to gain these supervisory approvals before submitting your request.

Graduate Student Research Travel

All exceptions for university-affiliated travel by graduate students must be pre-approved by the provost with a favorable recommendation from the traveler’s 1) department chair or director of graduate studies; and 2) appropriate senior administrator (school dean or associate dean).

Requests for exceptions should be submitted via Rapid Admin Service Request (RASR) system. Applicants should select “The Graduate School” under the Group Selection tab and complete the “Graduate Student Request for Travel Restriction Exception” form.

If you are unable to access the RASR system, please contact Julie Montaigne at julie_montaigne@unc.edu.

The application form requires the following information:

  1. The specific dates and destinations of proposed travel;
  2. The purpose of the proposed research and an explanation as to why the work can’t be fulfilled remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  3. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  4. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the research mission of the university;
  5. A description of travel risks and how the traveler proposes to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  6. Acknowledgement of the traveler’s Assumption of Risk & Release of Liability;
  7. A signed Advisor Approval Form (to be attached); and
  8. A copy of a proposed travel itinerary detailing the travel route (to be attached).

Applicants can follow the approval progress of their application in the RASR system under “My Forms.”

If you are an approver for this process, please visit The Graduate School website for more information.

Administrative Staff and Athletics Staff

All exceptions for University-affiliated travel by  administrative staff and athletics staff must be pre-approved by the chancellor with a favorable recommendation from the appropriate vice chancellor or the athletics director.

EHRA Non-Faculty and SHRA Staff Travel

All exceptions for university-affiliated travel outside the State of North Carolina by EHRA non-faculty and SHRA staff must be pre-approved by the chancellor with a favorable recommendation from the vice chancellor for human resources and equal opportunity and compliance.

Requests for exceptions for domestic travel should be sent via email by the petitioner directly to Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance Becci Menghini (becci_menghini@unc.edu), and copy Katie Nolan, interim chief of staff, (kbnolan@unc.edu), and Sherene Jenkins, executive assistant (sherene_jenkins@unc.edu). Finally, as noted below, the traveler’s immediate supervisor or manager and the appropriate school dean or senior administrator should be copied on the request. 

In their message, petitioners should include:

  1. The specific dates, routes/itineraries, and destinations of proposed travel;
  2. The purpose of the proposed research and an explanation as to why the work can’t be fulfilled remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  3. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  4. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the mission of the university;
  5. A description of travel risks and how the traveler proposes to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  6. A completed and signed Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability document; and
  7. Acknowledgement that the traveler’s immediate supervisor and appropriate school dean or senior administrator have approved the travel exemption request. When sending your request, please copy these individuals.

Students and Student Organizations

All exceptions for university-affiliated travel outside the state of North Carolina by undergraduate students and student organizations must be pre-approved by the provost with a favorable recommendation by the Office of Student Affairs.

Please note there are different instructions below for gaining approval for the following travelers: undergraduate students; student groups; and club sports. If you are unsure of your personal or group status, please contact Jessye Bongiovanni, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at jessye@unc.edu.

Undergraduate Students—including those seeking an exception for a credit- or non-credit bearing activity, e.g., internship, research, or service project; who receive University funding or other resources or support for the proposed travel, e.g., travel fellowship; or who utilize the UNC brand or logo as part of their proposed activity or program.

In order to submit a petition for an exception, the student must submit the following information via email to Bettina Shuford, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at bcshufor@email.unc.edu.The specific dates and destinations of proposed travel;

  1. The academic purpose of the proposed trip and an explanation as to why the activity can’t be conducted remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  2. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  3. A summary of how the trip specifically supports your progress toward degree;
  4. A letter of support from a faculty advisor or mentor;
  5. Approval by the dean of your school that you are submitting this request;
  6. A description of travel risks and how you propose to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  7. A signed traveler’s Assumption of Risk & Release of Liability(to be attached);
  8. A copy of proposed travel itinerary detailing the travel route (to be attached).

Student Groups—including all groups that are: registered student organizations (RSO); that receive University funding or other resources or support; or that utilize the UNC brand or logo as part of their activities or programs.

In order to submit a petition for an exception, the student group must submit the following information via email to Tammy Lambert, Assistant Director for Student Organizations, at lambert2@email.unc.edu.The specific dates and destinations of proposed travel;

  1. The purpose of the proposed trip and an explanation as to why the activity can’t be conducted remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  2. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  3. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the mission of the university;
  4. A description of travel risks and how travelers propose to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  5. Acknowledgement that all travelers, if the travel is approved, must sign the Assumption of Risk & Release of Liability;
  6. A copy of proposed travel itinerary detailing the travel route (to be attached).

Club Sports—including all sport clubs that are: registered student organizations (RSO); that are affiliated with the Sport Clubs Council and Campus Recreation; that receive University funding or other resources or support; or that utilize the UNC brand or logo as part of their activities or programs.

In order to submit a petition for an exception, the club sport must submit the following information via email to Bill Goa, Director of Campus Recreation, at bgoa@email.unc.edu.The specific dates and destinations of proposed travel;

  1. The purpose of the proposed trip and an explanation as to why the activity can’t be conducted remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means;
  2. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters;
  3. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the mission of the university;
  4. A description of travel risks and how travelers propose to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus;
  5. Acknowledgement that all travelers, if travel is approved, must sign the Assumption of Risk & Release of Liability;
  6. A copy of proposed travel itinerary detailing the travel route (to be attached).

In-State Travel

Carolina permits University-affiliated travel within the State of North Carolina if the travel is in connection with a site or event that is consistent with the state’s guidance on large gatherings and the University’s standard travel authorizations.  If in-state travel does not fall within this framework, it must be approved by the processes described above.

International Travel

Go to the UNC Global website for guidance on the approval process for University-related international travel.

All individuals returning to campus from international travel will be asked to do a personal assessment and if they present symptoms, to contact their healthcare provider and follow their recommendations.

If University-affiliated travel is pre-approved, faculty, researchers, staff and students may be required to register their travel information, including their expected dates of travel and location.  

The approval of travel does not rule out the possibility that the University may ask students, faculty, researchers and/or staff to self-quarantine upon their return, and the University may modify these guidelines before, during, or after their travel to use its best reasonable efforts to keep them and our community healthy and safe. 

The approval process for University affiliated domestic or international travel may be updated, revised or modified as necessary to respond to changing conditions. 

CDC Travel Guidance

The CDC recommends travelers be vigilant about following recommended precautions to prevent exposure to others including the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wait 6 feet from others, and wash your hands). If you’ve recently been in a situation with a higher risk of exposure such as a country, state or county identified by the CDC as having COVID-19 transmission that is high or increasing or you’ve attended a large social or mass gathering, the CDC has posted detailed recommendations on their website.

Event Guidelines

Event Guidelines

The University has established a University Guideline on Gatherings and Events. As set forward in the guideline, on-campus events and gatherings are prohibited. Off-campus gatherings are limited by the State of North Carolina to 10 individuals indoors or 25 individuals outdoors.  The limit on gatherings does not apply to classrooms or other campus spaces when used for instructional purposes, research, or administrative functions.

Any request for an exception to the limit on gatherings must be approved, in advance, by the Provost. Any request for an exception must include a description of the proposed gathering or event. The request must be submitted by the senior-level administrator of the unit (e.g. Dean, Director, Vice Chancellor). Any events granted an exception under this guideline must be held outdoors. No more than 25 people may attend the event at any one time. The submittal must include a plan for requiring masks and for assuring six-foot physical distancing for participants. Only University entities and units may apply for exceptions at this time. Registered Student Organizations may submit requests through the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.