Our goals for returning to on-campus operations are based on the following tenets:
- A phased approach. We anticipate a return to full campus research operations ( with a phased controlled reentry as well as enhanced safety protocols) in June and July. All phases of reentry to campus will be initiated in accordance with prevailing state laws and guidelines.
- Early start and early finish. We will shift the start of the fall semester to Aug. 10, bringing most students, faculty and staff back to Chapel Hill for on-campus instruction with a semester end-date of Nov. 24. Final exams will conclude prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, and there will be no fall break. Graduate and professional programs may have slightly different start and end dates. We will announce plans for Winter Commencement at a later time this fall, pending prevailing COVID-19 trend data.
- Flexibility without compromising excellence of instruction. We will prepare for the delivery of a variety of alternative, pedagogically sound, instructional models for students and faculty to learn and teach in a variety of formats (in–person, hybrid and remote, synchronous and asynchronous) to encourage excellence, provide flexibility and foster inclusion. This “new normal” may be how we operate for the foreseeable future, and we will make this the best experience we can, together.
- Reinforcing values and behaviors for our times. We will develop and implement community standards and policies to maximize safety on campus and foster a learning, working and residential environment that aims to protect students, faculty and staff; helps students (and their families) to decide about on-campus learning, remote learning or a hybrid of the two; provides options for residential life and housing; and ensures that Campus Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are adequately resourced to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
- Ensuring the Carolina experience remains uniquely Carolina. We will continue to offer a high impact, high quality student experience that stays true to our values as a leading global public research university, safely connecting students with each other, their professors, the campus community and their University by fostering equity, inclusion and accessibility, while providing all students with the co-curricular/experiential opportunities we value.