Student Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Testing

Where can students learn what happens if there is possible exposure to COVID-19?


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Where can Students learn what happens if there is possible exposure to COVID-19?

Campus Health has complete information about COVID -19 on their FAQ, including answers about how Campus Health conducts testing and tracing. Learn more on the Campus Health COVID-19 Testing and Tracing webpage.

If anyone — faculty, staff or student — is considered to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be individually contacted as part of the contact tracing process. Carolina continues to work in close collaboration with the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) on contact tracing. Campus Health, EHS and OCHD are continuing to follow the CDC definition of a close contact.

Students identified as a close contact, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, should continue to wear a mask at all times indoors and when in groups outdoors. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any point, you will need to go into isolation.

I’ve been vaccinated I have not been vaccinated
Do I need to quarantine? No Yes
When do I need to get a COVID-19 test? After 3-5 days, or immediately if symptomatic Test immediately and at day 5-7, or as soon as symptoms develop
Can I stay in my on-campus residence? Yes No
Can I stay in my off-campus residence? Yes Yes, but you should quarantine from any roommates
Can I attend in-person classes? Symptomatic: Get tested ASAP; don’t attend class until the test result returns
Asymptomatic: Get tested; you may attend class unless symptoms arise or you receive a positive test result
Do I need to wear a mask? Yes Yes
How long is the process? Monitor Symptoms for 14 days Quarantine for 10 days after last known contact and monitor for symptoms for 14 days

If you have been identified as a close contact and need to be tested or have questions about any of these steps, contact Campus Health at or 919-966-2281


Learn more about contact tracing on the Carolina Together contact tracing webpage, which includes a video featuring Mike DeFranco with OCHD giving an overview of the importance of contact tracing in our community and how contact tracing works.

Where can students learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and Fall 2021 COVID-19 testing requirements? Is there a vaccine mandate?


Carolina Together Testing Program

Since last fall, complete information about the Carolina Together Testing Program has been updated regularly on the Carolina Together website.

The CTTP webpage is frequently updated with information on testing locations and hours and updated testing requirements for students, faculty and staff.

Vaccine attestation is required for all students. Students whose attestation is not marked as completed in ConnectCarolina should complete it immediately. 

Students who have not attested they are vaccinated are being tested twice a week as part of the Carolina Together Testing Program.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines on the Carolina Together COVID-19 vaccine webpage. There is no vaccine mandate for Fall 2021, however vaccine attestation is required for all students. Students whose attestation is not marked as completed in ConnectCarolina should complete it immediately. To track the percentage of students and employees who are currently vaccinated, visit the Carolina Together Dashboard.

What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

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What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

School or Department Communications

If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case or infection, there are limited circumstances where it will be appropriate to share that personal health information with others. Since last fall, Carolina has been clear how positive cases of COVID-19 are communicated and this information has been posted on the Carolina Together website:

Consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations, schools, departments and units should not communicate about COVID-19 positive cases broadly to their populations. Individuals who have been potentially exposed to the positive case will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures, making broad communications unnecessary.

In some circumstances this fall, it will be appropriate for communications to be sent about specific campus populations and in those cases, decisions will be made based upon approved guidelines and in careful consultation with Campus Health, EHS, OCHD and the affected schools, departments and units.

Communicating with Students

As with any health concern, communications with students or your colleagues about individual health information are personal and private. All of us are bound by the same state and federal laws from sharing this information widely.

Campus Health and Student Affairs encourage students who test positive for COVID-19 to reach out to their instructors to alert them of their absence or make accommodations to make up the work. Students may choose not to disclose if they have tested positive since this is confidential health information, but if they do, please keep that information private and be discrete.

In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be approved for a University Approved Absence. For all other illnesses when students are experiencing symptoms and absences due to quarantine or isolation, remember that faculty have the flexibility to work with students, and we strongly encourage you to exercise this flexibility in all cases.