COVID-19 Community Standards The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Updated Community Standards are in effect as of August 6, 2021.

The University COVID-19 Community Standards are:

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Wear a Mask
  • Carolina Together Testing Program
  • Practice Healthy Habits and Be Respectful
  • Contact Tracing and Quarantine/Isolation Requirements

Get Vaccinated

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Getting an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination is the best way for members of the Carolina community to protect themselves and others, to contribute to a typical, in-person experience at UNC-Chapel Hill and to stop the spread of the virus.

All members of the Carolina community are strongly urged to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Once you’ve been vaccinated, faculty, staff and students should let UNC-Chapel Hill know you have received one or both doses of an FDA-authorized vaccine by uploading proof of vaccination using the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form.

All students, faculty and staff must tell the University they are vaccinated or they will be tested weekly. Unvaccinated members of the Carolina community will be required to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing at a Carolina Together Testing Center. Unvaccinated employees will be required to begin testing weekly on September 15. Unvaccinated students will be required to participate in re-entry testing and weekly asymptomatic evaluation testing.

All members of the Carolina community are strongly encouraged (and, in some instances, may be required) to obtain immunizations that are covered by most health plans (including student health plans), especially the annual flu shot.

Members of the Carolina community are expected to refrain from asking others for their personal health information, such as vaccination status. While receiving a COVID-19 vaccination remains the very best way to protect yourself on campus, vaccination is not a University mandate.


Wear a Mask


You must wear a face mask at all times while inside any University building. Face masks are not required when outdoors but they are encouraged, especially when participating in any type of group event or gathering.

Additionally, students who attend any indoor, off-campus events or activities of registered student organizations must wear masks at all times.

All face masks must meet the following criteria:

  • Fit snugly and securely over the mouth and nose and against the side of the face;
  • Be secured by ties or ear loops;
  • Allow for unrestricted breathing; and
  • In the case of cloth face masks, be able to be laundered and dried without damage or change to shape.

There are limited circumstances where a face mask is not required while inside a University building. If you have a question, always check for posted signs and instructions.

  • In your assigned residence hall room or apartment: Students living in Carolina Housing or in Granville Towers are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned residence hall room or apartment and without guests with the door closed but must wear a face mask while in residence hall lobbies, hallways, elevators and other common areas.
  • In your private office: University employees are not required to wear a mask while working alone in your private office with the door closed. A face mask must be worn in common workspaces or when others are present in the employee’s workspace and in all common areas including elevators, hallways, restrooms and break rooms.
  • Eating or drinking on campus: While actively eating or drinking on University property.
  • Accommodations: An exemption to the mask wearing community standard will not typically be considered as a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability or health condition that prevents them from safely wearing a face mask may seek alternative accommodations through the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (faculty and staff) or Accessibility Resources and Service (students).
  • Medical attention: An individual who needs medical attention or services requiring temporary removal of the face mask.

Such other limited exceptions as may be expressly approved by the Chancellor or Provost or their designees in consultation with public health and infectious disease experts or as may be required by law.

Students, staff, and faculty are also expected to comply with any requirement to wear a face mask issued by state and municipal authorities for any off-campus location.

Wearing a face mask is a COVID-19 Community Standard and violating the community standard may subject members of the Carolina community to discipline.

The University will continue to monitor vaccination rates, Carolina Together Testing Program results and guidance from state and local health experts during the fall semester to ensure the community standard on face masks reflects the latest information.



Carolina Together Testing Program


All unvaccinated members of the Carolina community will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff will be required to be tested once weekly.

As of September 15, unvaccinated faculty and staff will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. In order to be exempt from weekly testing, faculty and staff are required to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Form.  By filling out the form you will attest to the dates you received your vaccine and the manufacturer of your vaccine. Faculty and staff who have already filled out the form or fill the form out by September 15 will not be part of the Carolina Together Testing Program. If you choose not to fill out the form, you will be required to be tested once a week at a Carolina Together Testing Center.

All students should update their vaccination status in ConnectCarolina. Students who are unvaccinated, who choose not to provide their vaccination status or do not complete the task in ConnectCarolina are required to participate in re-entry testing and weekly asymptomatic evaluation testing.

Audits of attestations will occur on a regular basis. Students, faculty and staff who are non-compliant with Carolina Together Testing Program requirements or are found to have falsified documents may be subject to disciplinary action.

The Carolina Together Testing Program also provides accessible, voluntary asymptomatic evaluation testing for all students, faculty and staff.

Visit the Carolina Together Testing Program webpage for more information.







Practice Healthy Habits and Be Respectful

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As UNC-Chapel Hill returns to a typical, in-person experience, we are committed to the well-being of our community – not just physically, but emotionally.

Each time prior to coming to campus, all members of the Carolina community should self-assess whether you are experiencing any symptoms using the COVID-19 symptom list on the Carolina Together website. If you have any of these symptoms, you should stay home. You should not enter any campus building, attend any class or report to work.

Supporting each other as we return to a typical, in-person experience will assist all members of the Carolina community to do their best work whether it is in the workplace, in the classroom or in the laboratory. It is important to lead conversations and decisions with respect for fellow community members, recognizing that people have different levels of comfort depending on the circumstance.

It is important to respect and honor members of the Carolina community who wish to maintain their personal space.

Members of the Carolina community are expected to refrain from asking others for their personal health information, such as vaccination status. While receiving a COVID-19 vaccination remains the very best way to protect yourself on campus, vaccination is not a University mandate.






COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Quarantine and Isolation

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If you have identified symptoms through regular health monitoring, you should visit a symptomatic testing center. For students, you should visit Campus Health. For faculty and staff, you should contact your health care provider.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing  

All students, faculty and staff are required to participate in Contact Tracing as established by the Orange County Health Department, Campus Health and Environment, Health and Safety. For more information, visit the Carolina Together Contact Tracing page.

All students, staff, and faculty are required to update ConnectCarolina with current and accurate contact information, including a local address, and to update contact information in a timely manner.

The University notifies the local health department with the current local residence information for any individual who tests positive. This residence information is determined by where the student, faculty or staff member is living at the time the positive test occurs.

Quarantine and Isolation  

For information on Quarantine and Isolation, visit the Carolina Together Quarantine and Isolation page.

Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to all quarantine and isolation protocols.

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination you will most likely not be subject to quarantine. visit the Carolina Together Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.







Compliance with Community Standards

All members of the Carolina community – students, faculty and staff – are expected to comply with the COVID-19 Community Standards and violating a community standard may subject members of the Carolina community to discipline. Anyone may refer behavior of students which is non-compliant with the COVID-19 Community Standards using this form. Student Conduct will review and address the behavior as appropriate based upon the information provided and, in some cases, the COVID-19 Administrative Process may apply.

Community Standards Conduct Summary

The University is sharing key data on a quarterly basis that summarizes our community standards referrals for violations and outcomes. We will do this in a way that balances our desire for transparency with ensuring that individuals’ privacy rights aren’t compromised.

Privacy Statement Summary

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has implemented the Carolina Together Testing Program to protect students, faculty, and staff returning to campus. Under the Program, individuals returning to campus who are participating in in-person employment, clinical, educational or other activities on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus are required to comply with measures that may include daily health checks, training, regular COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation. The groups of individuals required to participate in regular testing and frequency of those testing requirements is available on the Carolina Together Testing Program webpage. Records related to completion of these measures will be collected and maintained to manage the Program and meet state requirements. We respect your privacy and are committed to providing a transparent notice of our privacy practices describing the steps the University will take to protect the privacy of Program information while ensuring the health and safety of the Carolina community.