Notice and Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Community Standards Spring 2021

Please note that the COVID-19 Community Standards have been updated for the Spring 2021 semester. You should carefully review the entirety of the COVID-19 Community Standards and this Notice and Acknowledgement.

It takes the commitment of the entire Carolina community to ensure a successful spring semester. We learned in the fall how our individual actions affect us all collectively. Following the COVID-19 Community Standards is a critical part of helping to keep campus safe and open for both in-person and remote operations.

We are prepared to support our community in adhering to the community standards and are responding to your feedback to provide more guidance in how to live these standards as part of your daily life. We will also have consequences for those who do not comply. Failure to comply may result in administrative or disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to, restrictions on access to campus facilities or disenrollment from the University. In the first three months of the Fall 2020 semester, there were 456 reports of violations and 380 students faced one of these administrative actions after violating a COVID-19 Community Standard.

The University has carefully studied the fall semester and is taking numerous steps to better prepare us for a successful spring semester. These steps, coupled with your commitment to the community standards, will best position our entire community to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some examples of measures for the Spring 2021 semester are:

  • Establishing the Carolina Together Testing Program to provide re-entry and ongoing asymptomatic evaluation testing and contact tracing.
  • Limiting occupancy in campus housing and only allowing for single-occupancy rooms
  • Providing more dedicated quarantine and isolation spaces and support for students during their time in quarantine or isolation
  • Providing five academic modes of instruction – two in-person and three remote – with clear expectations for students and faculty for a consistent academic experience
  • Adopting the COVID-19 Community Standards
  • Modifying classrooms and facilities on campus to facilitate physical distancing, limit capacity of certain facilities and create updated hybrid learning spaces

Despite public health measures taken by the University and governmental authorities, there is no definitive or guaranteed way to prevent or eliminate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in non-University clinical or other experiential learning environments that are located off-campus. The inherent risks and uncertainties relating to COVID-19 could disrupt your on-campus experience, including closure or restrictions on access to campus facilities, modification to instruction and other campus services, and other potential impacts on campus life.

We recognize that events can change quickly, and we are continuing to monitor public health information so we can be prepared to adopt and communicate new or modified health and safety measures as necessary and appropriate. By acknowledging that you understand and will abide by the COVID-19 Community Standards, you agree to play an important role in protecting the health and safety of our campus community.