What should I do before coming to campus?
Members of the UNC community are expected to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program.
What is being done to keep classrooms safe?
Facility Services has posted a comprehensive guide to classroom spaces:
- Lobbies, corridors and entries are marked “one-way only” where feasible. Look for wayfinding signs that will help direct traffic flow.
- In accordance with the COVID-19 Community Standards, masks must be worn in all classroom settings.
- Keep your mask on at all times while in the classroom. Refusal to wear a mask will result in a report submitted to the Office of Student Conduct.
- When indoors, all individuals must wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing in accordance with the COVID-19 Community Standards
- The HallPass web-based application provides ONYEN-based information about how to safely access classrooms by class schedule.
- Watch this video to learn about being inside a UNC-CH building. Disinfectant wipe stations will be available in classrooms and lobbies. Use one wipe to clean your area. Discard your trash as you leave the classroom. Sit in the furthest available seat in the designated areas only. Those closest to the door will exit the classroom first. Please do not enter a classroom until all students in the previous class have exited. In an emergency, use any exit available to safely get out of the building.
Any students or student organization that are reportedly not in compliance with the COVID-19 Community Standards may be subject to an administrative review process with disciplinary action up to and including disenrollment from the University.
Carolina Together Ambassadors will be outside certain academic buildings to assist with traffic flow and help direct students to their classrooms.
What is the revised academic calendar?
Grading accommodations from fall 2020 will be extended for the spring 2021 semester.
Undergraduate students: Classes that were scheduled to meet in-person will meet remotely until Feb. 8. Classes that were already scheduled to meet remotely will continue in that mode of instruction.
Graduate and professional students: Please note that the semester start dates for graduate and professional programs may vary, and all programs have the option of starting remotely. Your school will confirm your start date and the mode of instruction for your courses.
Faculty and staff: Faculty impacted by the change to in-person instruction should plan to return to campus on Feb. 8. As we are ramping up our campus operations, all other faculty and staff should work with their department heads and supervisors to clarify their work locations and schedules.
- The complete academic calendar can be found on the Registrar’s website.
- There will not be a traditional Spring Break during the semester, but we will incorporate five wellness days into the calendar. The dates for the wellness days are:
- Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16.
- Thursday and Friday, March 11-12.
- Monday, April 5.
- The last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 5, and final exams will run Friday, May 7 – Friday, May 14.
Spring 2021 Delivery Methods
The following course delivery options are planned for spring 2021.
In-person Modes of Instruction
- In-person, On-campus Learners
- In-person, On-campus and Remote Learners
Remote Modes of Instruction
- Synchronous Remote
- Mostly Asynchronous Remote
- Fully Asynchronous Remote
Instruction Modes: In-Person
|Mode||In-person, On-campus Learners||In-person, On-campus and Remote Learners|
|Student Type||On-campus students only||All students|
|Physical Classroom||Yes||Yes, and specific technology is needed|
|Meeting Pattern||Yes, including Final Exam period||Yes, including Final Exam period|
Instruction Modes: Remote
|Mode||Synchronous Remote||Mostly Asynchronous Remote||All Asynchronous Remote|
|Student Type||All students||All students||All students|
|Meeting Pattern||Yes, including Final Exam period||Yes, including Final Exam period||None|
- The majority of classes with 35 or more students will be assigned one of the three remote-only options, however, a limited number of courses with up to 50 students will be selected for in-person modes of delivery.
In the College, departmental course offerings for the spring are prioritized so classes that are in-person are:
- Classes designed for first-year students to explore a discipline,
- Classes typically taken by seniors so they may have an opportunity to complete a capstone experience, and
- Classes at any level that especially benefit from hands-on, in-person instruction.
- Accommodations for occasional excused absences as per usual in any in-person course will be allowed.
Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
How do I know where I can go on campus to eat, study and hang out between classes?
Maps.unc.edu provides locations for mask distribution sites, outdoor seating locations, food trucks, and indoor studying locations.
Is outdoor seating available?
Outdoor seating locations and food truck locations are being coordinated by Facilities Services. These multipurpose outdoor spaces are for dining hall support, student gathering and study space.
What role do building heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems play in reducing the spread of COVID-19?
With the exception of older, naturally ventilated buildings, building HVAC systems bring in outside air, which dilutes any potential concentration of infectious aerosols. HVAC systems also provide air filtration, which will capture a portion of any circulating particles, including viruses. To learn more about what the University is doing to improve air quality in indoor spaces, visit UNC Facilities Services.
Are there any spaces dedicated to studying?
- Designated areas in Davis Library and Health Sciences Library are open. More information about their spring operation and remote services for other libraries is available on their website.
- Monday – Thursday, 10am – 8pm
- Friday, 10am – 5pm
- Saturday, Closed
- Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
- The Carolina Union is open. More information about their spring operations and additional hours for the Carolina Testing program and specific Union departments is available on their website.
- Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 10pm
- Saturday, 9am – 10 pm
- Designated classrooms are for students to use as study space on campus Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm. These 11 rooms are designated as “Quiet Study Areas” or “Learning Areas (conversation is permitted).” The modified capacities for each room are noted in the chart below and are posted at each door. Available seats are limited to the new capacity and will be first come, first served. Carolina Together Ambassadors will help direct students to these spaces.
|Spring 2021 Classroom Study Spaces|
|Building||Building/Room||COVID Capacity||Type of Study|
|Genome Sciences Building||GSB – Rm 1370||14||Quiet Study|
|GSB – Rm 1373||11||Learning Area|
|GSB – Rm 1378||14||Learning Area|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0201||9||Learning Area|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0202||7||Learning Area|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0203||9||Learning Area|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0204||8||Learning Area|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0205||9||Quiet Study|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0208||9||Quiet Study|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0209||9||Quiet Study|
|Dey Hall – Rm 0210||6||Quiet Study|
- Students studying in the Carolina Union, Davis Library, Health Sciences Library, or elsewhere on campus should continue to comply with the COVID-19 Community Standards and facility-specific rules.
- Housekeeping staff will perform regular cleanings and stock adequate CPE in buildings and rooms, including disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in each classroom’s sanitation station. Signage posted in the building and room will remind students of the COVID-19 Community Standards.
Students will be asked to continue:
- Wearing a mask at all times when inside the building, including in both Quiet Study Areas and Learning Areas.
- Wiping down their stations with disinfectant.
- Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Refraining from modifying classroom furniture layouts.
- Staying home if they are having symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have been given instructions to self-quarantine or self-isolate by their medical provider.
- Respecting reduced room occupancy limits.
- Leaving classrooms and buildings when the building closes.
What hours are buildings open? Can I limit access to my facility?
Currently, campus buildings are operating with the same access as when the Fall 2020 semester ended and will remain in this status until February 8th or until undergraduate in-person classes begin. This means most campus buildings have controlled access, with OneCard access where available for authorized individuals needing to enter buildings for research, work or academic activity.
Beginning February 8th, all buildings will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. unless an exception is approved by the Building Access Committee OR unless the building has always been controlled access, including prior to COVID-19. As a reminder, requests for an exception are submitted on the Carolina Together website using this form.
If you are requesting an exception for the Spring 2021 semester, you should submit a new form regardless of an exception being granted for the fall semester. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please include as many specific details as possible and allow several days for review and response. You may continue to direct questions to Rick Wernoski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolina Together Ambassadors and the Golden Ticket Program
What is the Carolina Together Ambassadors program?
The Carolina Together Ambassadors program has been relaunched for the Spring 2021 semester to provide campus operational support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This semester, students, staff, and faulty will have the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors and be part of a community solution as we navigate a changing campus.
What’s a Golden Ticket?
The new CTA Golden Ticket incentive program will thank Carolina community members for helping to keep their community safe. Every week, Carolina Together Ambassadors will hand out golden tickets to students, staff, and faculty members they see following the 3 W’s and promoting the COVID-19 Community Standards with healthy behaviors.
When will Carolina Dining Services resume?
The Spring 2021 meal plans will begin January 13, at brunch. You may locate all dining location on the UNC campus map.
When is the deadline to purchase a meal plan?
To support students choosing to delay their move-in dates, meal plans can now be purchased through Feb. 7. Meal plans purchased during this time will begin on the date of purchase.
To sign up for a meal plan visit the OneCard site.
What if I have changed plans and would like a refund?
Students who have already purchased a meal plan and have now decided to delay move-in, can cancel their current meal plan (at no fee) and sign up for a new plan at move-in at a prorated cost.
To cancel a meal plan visit the OneCard site.
Are UNC Libraries open?
UNC Libraries are operating under their Spring 2021 hours. For now, only Davis Library and Health Sciences Library will be open. For complete library information, visit the UNC Chapel Hill Library page.
How will fraternity and sorority life be affected?
Guidance for members of sororities and fraternities may be found on the Fraternity and Sorority Life page on the Carolina Union site.
How many students are living on-campus?
- On-campus housing is limited to no more than 3,500 residents.
- Residence halls rooms and Granville Towers are single-occupancy only.
- For more information about the number of students living on campus this spring, see the Carolina Housing site and FAQ page.
What are the rules and expectations for Housing residents?
The Summary of Spring ’21 Housing Conditions is the first item on the Carolina Housing FAQ.
UNC Campus Recreation
What do I need know before going to Campus Rec to workout?
Campus Rec’s Associate Director of Facilities and Operations Reggie Hinton is here to walk you through what you need to know before heading to a facility this spring.
I am in quarantine or isolation. What resources are available for me?
UNC Healthy Heels has created a list of wellness activities and resources for those in quarantine and anyone who wants to participate in activities remotely. There are weekly activities all semester that are available virtually and on-demand.
How can I stay healthy if I live off-campus?
Check out the Healthy Heels guidelines for tips about living safely off-campus and with roommates.
Can I travel on University business?
Events and Gatherings
Can I hold an event or gathering on-campus?
All students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus are expected to know and follow the COVID-19 Community Standards, including the standard to Comply with the University’s Events and Gatherings Limits.
As noted in the standard, for the Spring semester all gatherings or events on campus, formal or informal, may not exceed 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors regardless of location, unless otherwise provided. Even within these limits, you must wear a mask and remain six feet apart at both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Any request for an exception to the size limit on gatherings must be approved, in advance, by the Provost or designee. Any request for an exception must include a description of the proposed gathering or event and include a plan for enforcing mask and physical distancing requirements. The request must be submitted by and have the approval of the senior-level administrator of the unit (e.g. Dean, Director, Vice Chancellor) requesting the exception. Only University entities and units may apply for exceptions at this time. (Please note: For AY2020-21, all fraternity and sorority chapter recruitment and intake activity must be virtual, as defined by the four student-run UNC-Chapel Hill fraternity and sorority councils. Exception requests for chapter recruitment and intake events will not be considered.)
Any student organization desiring to hold an in-person event or gathering must submit a Plan for Meeting Community Standards at University Affiliates’ Events. This form will assist in ensuring that the event meets the current guidelines, and also serves as the first step for student organizations requesting an exception to current size limits on gatherings. The COVID-19 Student Organization Management Guide provides more information for student organizations regarding planning and hosting events during this time. Questions about student organization events may be directed to Student Life & Leadership at email@example.com.
Can I hold an event or gathering off-campus?
All students, staff and faculty are expected to comply with state and local restrictions for events and gatherings occurring off-campus and should comply with any other local restrictions for events occurring in different counties. Continuously updated information on state and local restrictions is available on the North Carolina and Orange County websites.
Student organizations wishing to hold an event or gathering off-campus must submit a Plan for Meeting Community Standards at University Affiliates’ Events. This form will assist in ensuring that the event meets the current guidelines, and also serves as the first step for student organizations requesting an exception to current size limits on gatherings. The COVID-19 Student Organization Management Guide provides more information for student organizations regarding planning and hosting events during this time. Questions about student organization events may be directed to Student Life & Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State of North Carolina and Orange County have issued a series of public health orders throughout the pandemic limiting the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. These orders are subject to frequent change. Students, student organizations, staff and faculty are responsible for being aware and understanding the current limits.
Community Standards Conduct Summary
The University is sharing key data on a quarterly basis that summarizes our community standards referrals for violations and outcomes. We will do this in a way that balances our desire for transparency with ensuring that individuals’ privacy rights aren’t compromised.
Are tuition and fees the same for in-person and remote-only courses?
All regularly enrolled students are assessed the same tuition and mandatory fees whether participating in classes in-person, through remote instruction, or a combination of both. The UNC System Board of Governors affirmed that the current tuition and fee structure for the fall and spring semesters will remain in place for the 2020-21 academic year regardless of any changes in instructional format.
Student fees support a range of student services, including Campus Health, Counseling & Psychological Services, and student organizations among many others. These student service areas provide and will continue to provide an array of services in both in-person and remote formats to support students regardless of their mode of instruction.
Is the pass/fail grade option available for Spring 2021?
Yes. Pass/Fail, CV and WCV grading accommodations have been extended into the spring semester and provide you with additional options given the stress of the pandemic and remote format changes for many of your classes. You are allowed to submit Pass/Fail declarations through the last day of classes on May 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. To help you make the best decision possible, we’ve asked your instructors to keep up-to-date grading records and return course assignments in a timely manner.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with Academic Advising or an advisor in their respective professional school prior to making any decisions on declaring an undergraduate course or courses as pass/fail for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
What if I have concerns about timely grading?
Proactively communicate any concerns about timely grading to your instructor. If your instructor does not respond, you may contact the department’s director of undergraduate studies or the department chair with your concerns.
Is it possible to enroll in fewer than 12 hours?
Yes.*You may request to enroll in fewer than 12 hours if the reduction does not impact your progress towards graduation. Please contact your assigned academic advising office to help you determine whether this is a reasonable option for you. If approved, it is your responsibility to drop the desired course(s) online in ConnectCarolina. Any courses dropped after February 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST will have a “WCV” withdrawal notation and are not eligible for tuition reimbursement. You can elect to reduce your course load through May 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST.
*Please note international students in F-1 or J-1 status and/or students in programs that require full-time enrollment are not eligible for this accommodation