In the Workplace

We will return to on-campus work at Carolina through a phased reopening and adjust onsite workforce requirements accordingly, under the directions of our infectious disease and public health experts.

Return to Carolina Guide

This guide is intended to answer some of the questions we’re hearing the most from faculty and staff, and to point you in the right direction should you have questions.

Embedded in this guide are the University’s community standards, which are in place to protect the safety of you and the entire Carolina community. These standards are an expectation of your employment at the University as well.

How will I know when to return?

Because faculty, as well as the staff and graduate students who support the teaching and research missions of the University are key to our instructional and research efforts, they are among the first to report back to campus. Additional groups who work in support of teaching, research and on-campus student support will follow, though some faculty, staff and units may be asked to continue to work remotely to aid with social and spatial distancing until further notice. 

Decisions about who returns to campus, and when, will be managed centrally, and supervisors will be contacting their team members about work arrangements. For more information, visit the Covid-19:HR Guide.


Changes to the workplace

In addition to providing community protective equipment and following our community standards we will also ask units to consider and employ these measures. For more information, visit the Covid-19: HR Guide 

  • Staggered work schedules
  • Alternating schedules
  • Reconfiguring workstations
  • Placing visual cues to indicate to customers or others where to queue (such as floor decals, signage, colored tape, etc.)
  • Directional signage in buildings and rooms
  • Limiting in-person meetings, gatherings and contact

Concerns about returning to work

As we plan for our phased reentry to normal campus operations, we request and expect that we will all operate out of compassion, understanding and concern for each other. We will work to balance individual needs for flexible work arrangements  with the  broader needs of the campus unit/department and the overall University mission. We will do so with a strong sense of community and a compassion for one  another.   


Health and Wellness


Community Standards 

Each one of us – students, faculty and staff – must follow the Community Standards to contribute to a safe and healthy environment for us to teach, work, learn and live. We will expect everyone to know and follow our W’s – wear a mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands often — every day. 

  • In accordance with the University’s  Guideline on Face Masks, face masks must be worn in all classroom settings by students, faculty, staff, and visitors from entering the building to leaving the building and in indoor common spaces such as common building spaces and hallways. 
  • The University Guideline on Physical Distancing asks students, staff, faculty and visitors to stay at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible in all indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces you interact with and touch and wash your hands often.Visit the Facilities Operations COVID-19 page for more information.

Employees can complete a Protecting the Carolina Community from COVID-19 self-study unit containing important safety training information on the EHS website.