FAQS for neighbors and visitors

How are you handling vaccinations for students and staff?

Regarding vaccine requirements, the UNC System has advised the campuses that under state law, only the North Carolina Commission for Public Health may mandate immunizations for college students.

All members of the Carolina community will either be vaccinated or be tested weekly.

  • Faculty, staff and students who do not attest to being vaccinated will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program’s weekly asymptomatic testing.
  • In order to be exempt from weekly testing, faculty, staff and students are required to complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Certification Form. By filling out the form they attest to the dates they received the vaccine and the vaccine manufacturer.

Are you required to wear a mask on campus?

Everyone must wear a face mask at all times while inside any University building.

Limited exceptions have been made to this mask requirement:

  • In a student’s assigned residence hall room or apartment: A student is in an assigned residence hall room or apartment without guests, with the door closed.
  • In a staff member’s private office: A staff member is alone in your private office with the door closed.
  • Eating or drinking: An individual is actively eating or drinking.
  • While outdoors: Face masks are not required when outdoors but they are encouraged, especially when participating in any type of group event or gathering.
  • Face masks will continue to be required on buses.
  • Visit the COVID-19 Community Standards page for information on accommodations.

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

How will the University enforce the COVID-19 Community Standards?

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 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 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 is open on campus?

With the revised COVID-19 Community Standards, several restrictions will no longer be in place. Building access, classroom and building capacity will return to normal, as well as event and gathering limits will be lifted.

Visitors are allowed on campus at any time and you do not need to register prior to visiting. The UNC Visitors Center (located at 134 East Franklin Street) is open to guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. They have several resources that will be helpful during your visit to campus, however, one can also find the same campus map and Visitors Guide online.

When you visit Carolina, we hope that you’ll stop by the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina Basketball Museum, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, North Carolina Botanical Garden and other campus attractions.


What's happening with public transit to campus?

This August, Chapel Hill Transit will begin running routes that were stopped during the pandemic. Chapel Hill Transit’s B route, CCX route, F route, G route, JFX route and T route will begin running on Monday, August 2. Chapel Hill Transit will continue to require rear door boarding and require face coverings while riding on vehicles.

For more information on visitor parking, visit UNC Transportation & Parking’s website. For more information about parking in downtown Chapel Hill, visit parkonthehill.com.

How can I learn more?