On Campus

Classroom Spaces

What should I do before coming to campus?

Self-check for symptoms before leaving home. Use this symptom list and if you feel sick, contact Campus Health or your primary care provider and follow their instructions.

Members of the UNC community are expected to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program.

What is being done to keep classrooms safe?

Carolina Together Ambassadors may be in certain buildings to assist with traffic flow.

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 when.unc.edu 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.

Academic Calendar

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
  •  Students attend classes and exams on specific dates/times and at a specific physical campus location throughout the semester, at least one day per week.
  • Some instruction may also be delivered virtually, either synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Course design optimizes in-person learning so instruction is not available for remote learning.
  • Students attend classes and exams on specific dates/times throughout the semester, at least one day per week. On-campus learners meet at a specific physical campus
    location. Remote learners attend virtually.
  • Some instruction may also be delivered virtually, either synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Course design optimizes learning for both in-person and remote learners simultaneously.
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
  • Students attend classes and exams on specific dates/times through online delivery in the semester, at least one day per week.
  • Online class sessions are live with the course instructor and students learning together in the remote format.
  • For most class sessions, students do not attend classes and/or exams on specific dates/times in the semester.
  • For some class sessions specified by the instructor (e.g., exams, recitations, meetings), students attend on specific dates/times through online delivery.
  • Students do not meet live or in person for this course. They do not attend classes and exams on specific dates/times.
  • All instruction is asynchronous. Class sessions and/or exams have flexible options to accommodate time zones.
  • Students meet deadlines throughout the semester through online delivery throughout the semester.
Student Type All students All students All students
Classroom No No No
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.

Are there any spaces dedicated to studying?

  • University Libraries and the Carolina Union will be closed for winter break and reopen in January 2021. Their hours are updated regularly on their websites.
  • Beginning Tuesday, January 19, designated classrooms will be open for students to use as study space on campus Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm. These 11 rooms will be designated as “Quiet Study Areas” or “Learning Areas (conversation is permitted).” The modified capacities for each room are noted in the chart below and will be 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



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?

Campus buildings are currently operating on their winter break schedules. Certain buildings may remain open to support necessary operations and students, faculty and staff who need to be on campus. There will be no changes to existing One Card access for authorized individuals needing to enter buildings for research, work or academic activity.

In August, it was announced that most campus buildings will be locked for the rest of the semester.

  • Building managers should use this form to submit a request to modify their building hours. Please include as many specific details as possible and allow several days for your response to be reviewed and addressed. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Questions about individual One Card access should be directed to your building manager.


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.


UNC Libraries

Are UNC Libraries open?

UNC Libraries will begin Spring 2021 hours on Tuesday, January 19. For now, only Davis Library and Health Sciences Library will be open. For complete library information, visit the UNC Chapel Hill Library page.

Greek Life

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.

Carolina Housing

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.


Off-Campus Living


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.

Events and Gatherings

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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. Registered student organizations may submit requests through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Can I hold an event or gathering off-campus?

All students, student organizations, 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.

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.

Tuition and Fees

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.