FAQS for neighbors and visitors

How will the University enforce Community Standards and University Guidelines?

  • Through a combination of education, intervention, and accountability, and in cooperation with our municipal partners, we continue to engage our students in the importance of observing all public health requirements. All students will agree to the Carolina Together COVID-19 Student Acknowledgement prior to the beginning of spring courses, agreeing to abide by the Carolina Together Community Standards and accepting the penalties for violating those standards.
  • The University’s Office of Student Conduct follows up on all reports alleging violations by off-campus students or student organizations.  Under the University’s COVID-19 Administrative Review Process, students found responsible for violations are subject to an array of actions, ranging from written warnings to restriction of access of campus facilities to disenrollment from the University.  Student organizations may face restrictions as well, up to and including loss of recognition by the University. The Office of Student Affairs, UNC Police and the Chapel Hill Police Department are working together to proactively engage student organizations and individual students about gatherings restrictions and mask and distancing guidelines.
  • The University will share key data on at least a quarterly basis (Feb. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1) that summarizes our Community Standards referrals for violations and outcomes on our Carolina Together website. We will do this in a way that balances our desire for transparency with ensuring that individuals’ privacy rights aren’t compromised. We will continually assess the data to evaluate whether we may release it on a more frequent basis when we can assure the information is not identifiable to individuals.

How should neighbors handle violations and how will the University follow up?

  • We expect all students, whether they are living on campus or off, to abide by our Community Standards, which includes limiting group gatherings, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.


Students who fail to live up to the agreed upon expectations by blatantly disregarding state and local public health orders and our Community Standards on or off campus are subject to a range of outcomes as determined by local ordinance and the University.

How will the University report information about key metrics?

  • The University has developed a COVID-19 dashboard that is available to the public. This dashboard reports more than just positive cases but will also show metrics the University is tracking to inform decisions. Weekly updates allow the University to protect the privacy of student and employee information while enabling us to report data in a holistic way and to observe campus trends.
  • This dashboard is updated with information to guide the University’s decision making on how we may adjust operations and inform off-ramp decisions. We will make any operational decisions in consultation with the UNC System. The metrics include: 
    • Campus adherence to Community Standards and University Guidelines 
    • Public health and hospital capacity 
    • Availability of rapid and accurate testing and contact tracing 
    • Continuity of critical functions in support of on-campus operations 
    • Consideration of external factors that may influence campus operations 
    • UNC Cluster Notifications

What about public transit to campus?

  • All workers and riders on public or private transportation regulated by the State of North Carolina, as well as all people in North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops, must wear face coverings at all times, unless an exception applies. Guests may be removed from or denied entry to public transportation if they refuse to wear a face covering.
  • More information can be found at the Housing, Dining, and Transportation section of the Carolina Together website and COVID-19 updates are available at local and regional transit agency websites including Chapel Hill Transit and GoTriangle.

Can I still visit the University’s campus?

  • Thanks for your interest in visiting the Carolina campus. The UNC Visitors Center is currently closed, but visitors are permitted on campus.
  • We are asking students, faculty, staff and visitors to adhere to our community standards and county requirements to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Campus guidelines include staying at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible in all indoor and outdoor settings. Additionally, individuals should avoid gathering in large groups and avoid crowded areas. When indoors, all individuals must wear a face covering or face mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distance or observe facility specific requirements. When outdoors, individuals must wear a face covering or face mask when appropriate physical distancing is not possible.
  • For the health and well-being of residents and housing staff, residence hall visitation will be suspended until further notice, with the exception of approved accommodations (e.g., personal health aides). Only residents officially assigned to a particular room/suite/apartment/building are permitted to be physically present in those spaces. Non-residents and campus residents assigned to another building are not permitted in your residence hall.  This includes parents/family members, friends, study partners, and significant others. Violations of this requirement may result in loss of privilege to live in the residence halls.


How can I learn more?

Will there be classes and summer camps on campus this summer?

Yes, but activity will continue to be at a reduced level.

All summer programs or camps, regardless of whether they are overnight, residential or day camps or programs, will be required to collect prior-to-arrival test results from all participants. The prior-to-arrival test must be a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of the start of the camp or program.

In addition, overnight or residential programs are limited to participants 18 years old or over. Day camps or programs with participants 17 years old and under will be allowed on-campus provided they comply with the COVID-19 Community Standards and collect prior-to-arrival test results. Residential or overnight day camps or programs are being approved only for participants 18 years old or over.

For additional details, contact the camp or program you plan to attend. For more information about individual camps, please visit the Community Relations website.