In the Workplace and Lab

Guidance for Summer and Fall 2021

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A message to campus providing guidance for employees on planning for the Fall 2021 semester was sent on April 22, 2021.

When will employees who are working remotely return to campus?

The employee return date is July 19, 2021. Our hope is that by providing this date now, employees currently working remotely have sufficient time to prepare for a full campus return, and that those needing ADA accommodations or other workplace supports have ample time to work with their supervisors and managers, as well as the EOC Office, to arrange for them.

What will Fall 2021 look like?

We expect Fall 2021 to look more ‘normal’ in many ways.

  • We anticipate inviting all enrolled students back to campus in the fall;
  • Any instruction that previously transitioned to become remote will revert back to in-person, meaning students will receive their instruction in our on-campus classrooms. Programs such as Carolina Away and other pre-approved programs such as our traditional online degree programs will remain online.
  • Carolina Housing is expecting to maximize occupancy while still honoring the COVID-19 Community Standards and preserving space for quarantine and isolation; and
  • We expect our faculty and staff to return to on-site work accordingly, such that we can provide the full on-campus and residential environment expected by our students.




What do I need to know about returning to work?

Visit the COVID-19 HR Guide for information about returning to work and changes in the workplace.

It is the expectation that all members of the Carolina community adhere to the COVID-19 Community Standards.

Faculty and staff are expected to monitor your symptoms daily before reporting to work on campus by using the UEOHC Covid-19 Wellness Check tool. If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, you will be contacted.

Faculty and staff working remotely may also monitor your symptoms using the UEOHC Covid-19 Wellness Check tool. If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, you will be contacted.

All faculty and staff may participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. Faculty and staff who are accessing campus are in Group 6, anticipated to test once a week on a voluntary basis.

What if I have concerns about returning to work?

You may find helpful resources on the Faculty Support Hub and the Keep Teaching Website.

As faculty and staff transition to working on campus, the University will provide legally required accommodations through the EOC process.

We ask that employees use the secure ADA accommodations process administered by the University’s EOC Office where there are requests for accommodations or flexibility that are based on medical circumstances. More information about this process and how it works is available at the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office website.

For updated information, visit the Covid-19: HR Guide.

In the Lab

How will my lab work be affected?

Because no two school research programs are . alike, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in consultation with our infectious disease and public health experts, is partnering with each school and the College of Arts & Sciences to determine the order in which on-campus research programs should resume. Each school’s research dean will be responsible for developing the specific details and plan under which their on-campus research programs will resume.

Information for Research is being continually updated.