COVID-19 Notice and Student Acknowledgement
We all have to do our part to help create a healthy and safe environment for the Carolina community in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the University is communicating to students and the campus community the importance of adhering to the Community Standards and University Guidelines, the steps the University is taking to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on campus, and the inherent risks and uncertainties relating to COVID-19.
To promote the values of public health and mutual respect among campus community members, the University requires all students to attest that they will abide by public health guidelines and the Community Standards and University Guidelines as a condition of your enrollment and campus experience.
Your commitment to adhering to these Community Standards and University Guidelines is a critical component towards helping to keep campus safe for everyone. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and both the federal government and the State of North Carolina have declared a state of emergency. COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and health complications, including those who are young and healthy, and in some cases can even be fatal. Currently no vaccine or broadly effective treatment is available.
Consistent with guidance from federal, state, and local authorities and the UNC System Office, the University has modified its operations to reflect the outbreak of COVID-19 to try and reduce the risk of transmission to individuals present on campus. Some examples of these are:
• Modifying classrooms and facilities on campus to facilitate physical distancing
• Providing face masks to students, faculty, and staff
• Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces within campus buildings
• Providing testing and contact tracing services through Campus Health
• Limiting the capacity of certain campus facilities
• Providing dedicated quarantine and isolation spaces
• Messaging the importance of face masks, physical distancing, and hygiene
• Providing resources for further information for students, faculty, and staff
• Adopting Community Standards and University Guidelines
Despite the public health measures taken by the University and governmental authorities, there is no definitive 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. This means that 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 potential adverse impacts on your academic progress.
We recognize that events can change quickly, and we are continuing to monitor the public health information so we can be prepared to adopt and communicate new or modified health and safety measures as necessary and appropriate. By attesting that you understand and will abide by the Community Standards and University Guidelines, you will play an important role in protecting the health and safety of our campus community.
Acknowledgement of Community Standards and University Guidelines
The University’s COVID-19 Community Standards and University Guidelines set the expectations and requirements of students, faculty, and staff to engage collectively in health and safety measures that may help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and protect our community members. Your commitment to comply with these community standards – and to lead by example – is important to helping create a healthy and safe campus community.
There are three specific guidelines that form the backbone of our community standards – guidelines for face masks, physical distancing, and health monitoring. The individual guidelines are located here:
By clicking below, you attest that you read and will abide by the Community Standards and University Guidelines, including the Face Mask Guideline, the Physical Distancing Guideline, and the Health Monitoring Guideline. You also acknowledge that your compliance with these standards and guidelines is a condition of your enrollment, your access to on-campus facilities and services, and your continued presence on campus. You further acknowledge that your repeated and/or willful failure to comply with these standards may, under certain circumstances, result in your disenrollment, restrict or prohibit your access to campus, and/or subject you to disciplinary proceedings.
I acknowledge that I have read and will abide by the Community Standards and University Guidelines. (Students may acknowledge this document in ConnectCarolina)