Updated October 27, 2020
As always, we are concerned about the health and welfare of every member of the Carolina community. Please bookmark the Carolina Together website and check back regularly for updates. We will also continue to share important updates as we have them.
Spring 2021 Housing Update
Move-In Process and Timeline
Move-in will occur between January 13 and January 17, 2021 by appointment only and only after the re-entry testing requirement has been met. As with our Fall 2020 Move-In process, you must plan to adhere to the University’s Community Standards during Spring 2021 Move-In. We will share additional information including required safety measures and details about scheduling a move-in appointment in the coming weeks.
For the latest information, including rates, cancellation policy, available residence facilities, community standards and re-entry and evaluation testing, visit the Carolina Housing site.
Spring 2021 Delivery Methods
Based on the input and in collaboration with the Roadmap Implementation Team, Campus and Community Advisory Committee, our content experts and other stakeholders, deans have provided faculty with the following options for academic instruction for spring 2021:
Two in-person modes of instruction
- In-person, On-Campus Learners
- In-person, On-Campus and Remote Learners
Three remote modes of instruction
- Synchronous Remote
- Mostly Asynchronous Remote
- Fully Asynchronous Remote
The deans are working with their respective schools and departments asking them to identify courses which benefit from in-person instructional modes.
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, we will be able to accommodate a limited number of courses with up to 50 students 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.
The safety, health and well-being of our campus community is paramount. The following changes have been made to the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Academic Calendar:
- The University will observe University Day (Oct. 12), but will eliminate the fall break (Oct. 15-16).
- World Mental Health Day is Saturday, Oct. 10, and given the stress we have heard that many of our students are under, we recommend faculty recognize Friday, Oct. 9 (which is also midpoint of the fall term), as the University’s observance of World Mental Health Day by “pausing” instruction on that day, creating a three-day weekend and allowing time for self-care.
- Fall exams will still be completed by November 24, and we are postponing Winter Commencement due to the ongoing health and safety concerns and considerations regarding COVID-19. We hope to hold a commencement next spring which includes our spring 2020 and winter 2020 graduates in addition to our planned spring 2021 graduates on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
- We will delay the start of the semester by almost two weeks, until Tuesday, January 19.
- There will not be a traditional Spring Break during the semester in an effort to limit any potential spread of the virus caused by travel during an extended break. We have heard from many of you that we need to provide more breaks during the semester, so we will incorporate five days either individually or in combined clusters for that purpose. In addition, the schools and deans will make clear that these wellness days are intended as breaks from the semester – not for studying – so faculty will be instructed to avoid scheduling exams, quizzes and other major assignments on days following these breaks. The dates for the wellness days will be updated on the Registrar’s website soon.
- The last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 5, and exams will run Friday, May 7-Friday, May 14.
- The complete academic calendar can be found on the Registrar’s website.
Student Prospective Evaluation Testing
Prospective testing is for those students without symptoms, who have not been close contacts of positive cases, and those who have not tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days.
- Who: UNC students, living both on- and off-campus who don’t have symptoms, have not been notified of close contact status, and who have not tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days.
- Where: Carolina Union Gallery Area, Outside of the Great Hall
- When: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., No appointment needed.
- How often: Testing every 5-9 days is recommended.
- Cost: Free
- How: Saliva-based specimen collection; no nasal swabs.
- Parking: There will be 10 spaces reserved in the Undergraduate Lot (N8) Lot.
Since you will use a saliva-based testing method, we ask that you do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for 30 minutes before getting tested. Detailed testing instructions are available by pdf and video.
Testing and Tracing at Campus Health and Employee Occupational Health
The University continues to coordinate closely with the Orange County Health Department to report positive test results and conduct contact tracing. Complete information on the responsibilities for students and employees and how contact tracing is conducted is on the Testing and Tracing page.
Testing and Tracing for Students
On August 27, 2020, Chancellor Guskiewicz, Provost Blouin and Executive Vice Chancellor Amy Johnson sent an important student reminder about Covid-19 testing and tracing.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) are directing current and former residents of on-campus residence halls and fraternities and sororities that have shown cluster activity to get tested for COVID-19. To date, this includes residents of Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, Zeta Psi and Sigma Nu fraternity houses, and Granville Towers, Ehringhaus, Hinton James, Morrison, Carmichael, Craige, Avery and Koury residence halls.
While our efforts are focused on testing for students from areas with identified clusters, the University has made additional testing available for all students, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms.
- Campus Health: To request an appointment please call 919-966-2281 or visit the Campus Health Healthy Heels secure portal. Testing hours are Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. this week. Walk-ins during these times will be accepted but the wait time for those with an appointment will be significantly shorter.
- UNC Health Respiratory Diagnostic Center: This is a UNC Health testing facility located on campus. If you have a vehicle it is preferred that you drive up to this location. The address will be provided at the time of scheduling. To be tested at this location: Please complete the form on this link and the UNC Health team will call you to set up an appointment for testing. Please do not show up without a scheduled appointment.
Test results from these two locations will be returned within one to three days. While you are waiting for your test results, you should stay in your residence and, as much as possible, avoid others.
Getting Tested at Home
We recognize that some of you may have already returned to your permanent residence or are en route home. To identify a testing location in your area, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place. If you test while at home and receive a positive result, the University’s Guidelines on Health Monitoring requires you to report that result to Campus Health at 919-966-2281.
Guidance Following Your Test Results
Students who test positive must isolate until they meet criteria for ending isolation (i.e., 10 days from onset of symptoms or day of positive test, as well as no fever or symptoms for 24 hours). Campus Health will contact on-campus residents with isolation instructions, which includes relocation to dedicated isolation space on campus.
IMPORTANT: If you test negative, you should still self-quarantine for 14 days if you are in one of the areas that were identified as having clusters or if you have been otherwise exposed to the virus. A negative test means that you were not infected that day, but you could become positive up to 14 days after your last exposure risk. In other words, a negative test is not a free pass out of quarantine. You could still unknowingly pass COVID to others during those 14 days.
If you test positive, you will be asked for your close contacts, who will receive further quarantine instructions. Your name and information will not be shared and remains confidential. We are learning that an increasing number of our students are hesitant or unwilling to disclose positive test results and cooperate with contact tracing processes coordinated by Campus Health and OCHD. If you are contacted by a member of either the Campus Health or OCHD contact tracing team, it is imperative you are truthful and forthcoming about your symptoms and/or exposure to others to protect everyone around you.
Students from Areas Identified with Clusters Should Self-Quarantine for 14 Days
As a further step to stop the spread of COVID-19, NCDHHS and OCHD are directing students from areas with identified clusters – including students who remain in campus housing and students who have returned home – to stay in your residence for 14 days and limit your time outside your residence to essential activities only, such as to pursue medical care and to obtain take-out meals. For more information what to do and avoid while in quarantine, please see this resource guide on the NCDHHS website.
Testing for Employees
- Employees should use the COVID-19 Wellness Check if they are feeling symptoms.
- We are partnering with the OCHD to offer employee COVID-19 testing clinics every Wednesday at the R7 parking lot adjacent to Sheps Bldg located at 725 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. These clinics are drive-thru and will run 10am until 2pm starting September 9.
- Employees (except Healthcare and COVID-19 researchers) may also utilize their primary care physician (PCP) to request SARS-CoV-2 testing. EHS/UEOHC can be notified in multiple ways that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
University employees may learn more about how to navigate the pandemic by accessing COVID-19 training through the EHS website.
NCDHH SlowCOVIDNC app
SlowCOVIDNC alerts users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tests positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state’s existing contact tracing efforts.
Covid-19 Cluster Notifications
The University is now sharing information about COVID-19 clusters exclusively on the Carolina Together COVID-19 Cluster Notifications page and on the University social media handles and no longer utilizing the Alert Carolina Emergency Notification system for these updates. This change in our communications in no way diminishes the University’s sense of urgency in ensuring that this information is shared in a timely, transparent and accessible fashion. The Alert Carolina Emergency Notification system is meant to communicate the most critical and urgent information for the safety of the campus, and we are following best practices in its use.
Chapel Hill COVID-19 Dashboard
Starting with this week’s update, the Campus Testing section on the dashboard will reflect only results of tests performed at Campus Health and our campus testing partners with UNC Hospital Respiratory Diagnostic Center (RDC), who can report both positive and negative test results. We are making that change to be consistent with the data and reporting methodology that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and their epidemiologists have asked us to use in reporting our testing data to them. The Campus Positive Cases section will continue to reflect all cases reported to Campus Health, regardless of testing location, since February 1 and will continue to be updated Monday – Friday. For more information, please see the September 8 campus message from Provost Blouin.
Beginning Monday, September 28, there will be additional study space for students open on campus:
- 9 classrooms across 3 buildings will open for study during building hours. These rooms will be designated as “Quiet Study Areas” or “Learning Areas (conversation is permitted).” The capacities for each room are noted in the chart below.
- Davis Library & Health Sciences Library will extend their hours
- Carolina Union will continue to offer extended hours
- Specific locations are identified on the Carolina Together map.
|Study Space||Hours as of 9/28/20|
|Carolina Union||Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 7pm
Friday 7:30am – 5pm
|Health Science Library (floors 1, 2, lower level)
Davis Library (floor 1)
|Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
|Genome Sciences Building
Rm 1370 – Quiet Study (14)
Rm 1373 – Learning Area (11)
Rm 1378 – Learning Area (14)
|Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm
|FedEx Global Education Center
Rm 1005 – Learning Area (30)
Rm 1009 – Quiet Study Area (10)
|Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Venable G307 – Learning Area (15)
Venable G311 – Learning Area (21)
Murray G201 – Learning Area (18)
Murray G205 – Quiet Study Area (14)
|Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
Carolina Union and Libraries
Students studying in the Carolina Union, Davis Library, Health Sciences Library, or elsewhere on campus should continue to comply with University Guidelines and facility-specific rules.
Classrooms Study Spaces
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 University’s 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.
Fall 2020 Course Instruction
The schools and deans are communicating with faculty emphasizing the continued need to be flexible and compassionate in accommodating students during the transition from in-person to remote learning.
Importantly, academic hours for any canceled class sessions must be made up later in the semester, either by adding additional classes, extending class time for scheduled classes, or by providing outside-of-class assignments that are equivalent to the time missed.
Resources for instructors
The collaborative team that built and supports the Keep Teaching site has been adding and improving resources all summer. If you haven’t been to the site recently, we encourage you to take a quick look to see if any of our new resources may be of help to you. Remember if you have any technical issues regarding Zoom, Sakai or other tools contact ITS support.
Keep Teaching is a collaborative resource developed and supported by instructional design and remote teaching experts from across campus, and we appreciate the many who continue to contribute their time and expertise. A special thanks to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Digital and Lifelong Learning, ITS Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Arts & Sciences Information Services for their leadership of the collaboration.
Resources for students
Academic Policies and Support
Effective immediately, the University will expand the pass/fail option for undergraduate courses in the College of Arts & Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, School of Information and Library Science, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, School of Education, Adams School of Dentistry and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
As an alternative to earning a letter grade, Undergraduate students will have the option to declare any undergraduate course (numbered below 700) pass/fail. Courses declared pass/fail in Fall 2020 will be eligible to be used toward major, minor, General Education and any other degree requirement (more information below). There is no limit on the number of courses that a student can declare pass/fail in Fall 2020. Any courses declared pass/fail in Fall 2020 will not count toward any graduation limits on pass/fail courses.
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. Undergraduate students can elect to make any course pass/fail by the last day of classes, November 17, 2020.
Courses declared pass/fail in Fall 2020 will receive one of three grades: Pass, Low Pass or Fail. Grades of C or higher will be converted to a Pass. Grades of C-, D+ or D will be converted to a Low Pass. Grades of F will remain a Fail. Courses that receive a Low Pass cannot be used for graduation requirements or prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher.
The University will continue to use the ‘CV’ grade as an alternative to the Incomplete (‘IN’) grade for any undergraduate student adversely affected by the public health emergency. CV grades address the accessibility and equity issues of some students who are unable to complete coursework. Additionally, courses dropped after August 31, 2020 will have the withdrawal notation ‘WCV’ on student transcripts. Courses with a ‘WCV’ notation will not count toward the 16-hour limit of WC (withdrawal by student choice) over the course of a student’s academic career.
This policy applies only to undergraduate courses in the schools listed above. Students, including undergraduates, enrolled in other professional schools or programs in The Graduate School will follow the decisions of their professional school or of The Graduate School.
How this Pass/Fail Accommodation Applies to Undergraduate Students
The existing policies for pass/fail will be suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.
- Undergraduate students will be able to declare any undergraduate course (numbered below 700) pass/fail.
- Courses declared pass/fail in Fall 2020 are eligible to be used toward major, minor, General Education and any other degree requirement.
- There is no limit on the number of Fall 2020 courses that a student can declare pass/fail.
- Any Fall 2020 courses declared pass/fail will not count toward any graduation limits on pass/fail courses.
Faculty will not know in advance if students have declared a course pass/fail.
- All courses will be graded as normal (letter grades)
- Consistent with the current criteria for students who opt for pass/fail grading, Faculty will not be aware of students who elect the pass/fail grading option when entering final grades.
Courses declared as pass/fail will receive one of three grades:
- Pass – Courses completed with a grade of C or higher
- Fulfill all degree requirements (major, minor, prerequisite and GENED)
- Count as earned semester hours
- Do not factor into the GPA
- Low Pass – Courses completed with a grade of C-, D+ or D
- Only fulfill degree requirements that do not require a C or better
- Cannot be used for course prerequisites requiring a grade of C or higher
- Cannot count towards the required number of C or higher hours for a major/minor
- Count as earned semester hours
- Do not factor into the GPA
- Fail – Courses completed with a grade of F
- Do not count as earned semester hours
- Factor into the GPA as a graded F
The deadline to elect pass/fail is November 17, 2020. For the Fall 2020 semester, undergraduate students can elect to place a course on pass/fail or remove a course from pass/fail no later than Tuesday, November 17, 2020 via the Office of the University Registrar’s website.
The University continues to use the ‘CV’ grade in Fall 2020. On March 23, 2020, the University created a new grade of ‘CV’ as an alternative to the Incomplete (‘IN’) grade. ‘CV’ grades address the accessibility and equity issues of some students who are adversely affected and/or unable to complete coursework due to the global public health emergency.
How this will apply:
- A ‘CV’ grade will work similarly to an ‘IN’ grade for an individual student. As with an ‘IN’ grade, a student could pass the course; however, the student requires more time to complete particular assignments after the course has ended. Once work is complete, the grade will convert to a letter grade or pass/fail grade, depending upon the grading basis of the course.
- ‘CV’ grades will not be included in GPA calculation, will not count toward credits earned, will not satisfy graduation requirements and will not be calculated as a 0.00 GPA for eligibility.
- The deadline to replace ‘CV’ designations with permanent grades will extend three months past the typical 8 weeks into the following semester for undergraduates, differentiating it from the ‘IN’ grade. The deadline to complete work for Fall 2020 ‘CV’ courses is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Failure to complete work by the deadline will result in an F*.
Given this grading shift, we will suspend the Dean’s List and class rank for the Fall 2020 semester. In addition, UNC‐Chapel Hill will include a transcript note on all undergraduate academic records, regardless of grading basis, indicating the extraordinary circumstances of the global public health emergency during Fall 2020.
Again, we strongly encourage undergraduate students to consult proactively with Academic Advising or an advisor in their respective professional school if they are experiencing academic challenges or have any questions about utilizing these grading accommodations. Advisors can help students think about the possible impact to their graduation timeline, as well as future decisions and opportunities.
Flexibility and Accommodations If You Get Sick
If you are experiencing symptoms, are identified as a close contact, and/or test positive for COVID-19, Campus Health will connect you to campus resources based on your individual needs.
You may also choose to submit a request for a University Approved Absence through the University Approved Absences Office. Any student asked or required to quarantine or isolate due to Covid-19 will be approved for a University Approved Absence for any classes missed.
Student Care Hub
We understand that in addition to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, recent changes to the Fall 2020 semester may have added additional stress to our campus community, particular our students. We encourage all students –undergraduate, graduate, professional, full-time, part-time – to use the CV-19 Student Care Hub to help you navigate the impact of these extraordinary circumstances.
The student care hub is continuously being updated to include information and resources related to adjusting to changes in academic instruction and policies, financial resources, maintaining health and wellness, staying connected with classmates and seeking direct support. We are doing our best to work directly with our students to ensure that the care hub is inclusive and addresses the questions, concerns and needs of our entire community.
Activities and Events
The University has established a University Guideline on Gatherings and Events. As set forward in the guideline, on-campus events and gatherings are prohibited. Off-campus gatherings are limited by the State of North Carolina to 25 individuals indoors or 50 individuals outdoors.
All gatherings or events on-campus, formal or informal, are currently prohibited. The limit on gatherings does not apply to classrooms or other campus spaces when used for instructional purposes, research, or administrative functions.
Any request for an exception to the limit on gatherings must be approved, in advance, by the Provost. Any request for an exception must include a description of the proposed gathering or event. The request must be submitted by the senior-level administrator of the unit (e.g. Dean, Director, Vice Chancellor). Any events granted an exception under this guideline must be held outdoors. No more than 25 people may attend the event at any one time. The submittal must include a plan for requiring masks and for assuring six-foot physical distancing for participants. Only University entities and units may apply for exceptions at this time. Registered Student Organizations may submit requests through the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Off-campus event restrictions are included in the University Guideline on Gatherings and Events. Failure to comply may result in administrative action, including, but not limited to, restriction on access to or use of University facilities, removal from University housing, disenrollment from one or more in-person courses, transition to remote-only instruction and/or other interventions necessary to effect compliance and protect the well-being of the campus community. For student organizations, failure to comply may result in restriction on access to or use of University facilities, loss of funding, and/or loss of University recognition. In the case of willful failure to comply with the provisions of this guideline and/or repeated violations, the University may pursue additional disciplinary actions in accordance with relevant University policies.
With the recent decrease in campus population and reduced dining operations, Carolina Dining Services is re-opening access to Chase Dining Hall and Lenoir Hall to all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Chase Dining Hall will offer door rates based on meal periods for those without meal plans.
- Breakfast: $9 + tax
- Lunch/Brunch: $13 + tax
- Dinner: $13.50 + tax
Visit the Campus Dining Services homepage.
Campus Operations (building access, libraries, transportation and parking)
Following the University’s decision to transition to remote instruction for undergraduate courses, there will be additional changes to campus building access to reduce density as we continue to pursue the mission of the University.
These changes take into account that some graduate and professional school courses may remain in-person, as well as health affairs instruction. Libraries, dining facilities, campus health services, Carolina Union and bookstores will continue to serve campus but may have modified hours.
Effective Monday, August 24, most campus buildings will be locked for the rest of the semester. Certain buildings will remain open to support 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.
Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and can be requested by building managers using this form. Questions about individual One Card access should be directed to your building manager.
The University Libraries will continue to serve both remote learners and those who remain on campus to learn, teach or research. Beginning August 19, Davis Library and Health Sciences Library hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Book pickup services and all digital collections and services will remain available.
Seats may now be reserved for up to four hours/day (was previously two). The reservation be all at once or in separate blocks.
Please direct questions to email@example.com.
For more information, visit the UNC Libraries’ Fall 2020 page.
Transportation and Parking
The Fall 2020 Transportation and Parking plan remains in place and is being reviewed to take in consideration updated schedules and transit density.
Can I cancel my parking permit?
Permits cancelled on or after Aug. 10 receive a pro-rated refund.
- To cancel a permit, students must complete the cancellation form. Students will receive an email confirmation of the processed cancellation. Parking permit refunds will be credited to the original card used for payment. Students will receive an email confirmation when the credit is in process.
- Employees with a department allocated permit must contact their department parking coordinator to cancel the permit.
- Employees with a Park-and-Ride or motorcycle permit must complete the cancellation form.
Visit Transportation and Parking’s Fall 2020 Updates page for more information.
Student Conduct and Compliance
How will the University enforce Community Standards and University Guidelines?
The University encourages all members of the University community to recognize the demonstrated public health benefits of following the Community Standards and University Guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To assist in achieving universal compliance, the University will provide ongoing communication and education.
For students, compliance with University Guidelines is a condition of continued in-person enrollment. Failure to comply with may result in administrative action. Students must agree to the COVID-19 Notice and Student acknowledgement in order to attend courses, either in-person or remotely, this fall.
What is the expectation for students living off-campus?
UNC-Chapel Hill students are expected to adhere to the University’s Community Standards. Individuals and groups, including student and community organizations, should limit in–person programs, events, and social gatherings to the number of individuals specified by state and local guidance.
Away from campus, Orange County requires face masks in restaurants, grocery and retail stores, in public transportation vehicles and in any indoor or outdoor situation where individuals cannot maintain a 6-foot physical distance.
Students and student organizations who fail to adhere to these expectations and come to the attention of local agencies and/or the University will, in most instances, be provided an initial opportunity to adjust behavior and come into compliance moving forward. When student(s) behavior is repeated and/or demonstrates willful failure to comply with these standards, they may, under certain circumstances, face legal consequences, University course disenrollment, restriction or prohibition on access to campus, and/or University disciplinary proceedings.
More information about Off-Campus Student Life may be found on the office’s website.
How will the University address fraternities and sororities?
On August 24th, the University sent a letter to all Fraternity and Sorority Life Presidents, advisors and house corporation partners from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Executive Director of Off-campus Student Life and Community Partnerships, Executive Director of the Carolina Union and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life addressing ongoing concerns over reports of large gatherings at fraternity and sorority houses and other residences that included multiple violations of our Community Standards, as well as local and state public health orders. The letter also provided updated guidance based on the August 17 operational changes at Carolina, including:
- Discontinuing gatherings and events
- The law states no formal gathering of more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Public health guidance states that NO formal or informal gatherings of any number should occur at this time.
- Given the current status of virus transmission, the University has revised its Guidelines on Gathering and Events and prohibits on-campus gatherings of any size until further notice.
- Testing and contact tracing protocols; Notification requirement for students who test positive
- Based on guidance from CHS and OCHD, it is recommended that all fraternity and sorority members get tested for COVID-19.
- Students still in the area may be request a testing appointment at Campus Health by calling 919-966-2281 for by visiting the Healthy Heels secure porta
- Students with a car may also receive a COVID-19 Test at the UNC Respiratory Diagnostic Center by filling out an online form.
- Students who have returned to their permanent residence, visit the NCDHHS website to identify a testing location in their area.
- Regardless of the testing location, the University’s Guideline on Health Monitoring expressly requires that “[a]ny student . . . who tests positive through a medical provider off-campus is required to notify Campus Health.” Students who test positive will be required to isolate for a period of time. Close contacts of an individual who tests positive must quarantine. The Guideline on Health Monitoring further states that “[a]ll students . . . are expected to comply with all isolation or quarantine requirements as prescribed by University staff.”
- Concealing a positive result or providing misleading or inaccurate information so that CHS and/or OCHD do not become aware is a violation of University guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.
- To be clear, we do not use health disclosures as a basis for University disciplinary action.
- Housing Occupancy and Additional Steps to Reduce the Risk of Transmission
- Every chapter should employ additional measures to reduce further the risk of transmission, including:
- Conducting chapter meetings virtually
- Prohibiting parties, mixers, and other social events whether formal or informal
- Limiting food service to takeout meals only
- Restricting access in the chapter house only to residents in the house (i.e., no guests permitted)
- Require face masks be worn in the house at all times except when in the privacy of one’s own room
- Every chapter should employ additional measures to reduce further the risk of transmission, including:
- Based on guidance from CHS and OCHD, it is recommended that all fraternity and sorority members get tested for COVID-19.
How does the University handle violations and how will the University follow up?
We expect all students, whether they are living on campus or off, to abide by our Community Standards, which includes limiting group gatherings, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.
For referrals relevant to Carolina students and non-compliance occurring off-campus, we offer additional resources as follows:
Orange County Health Department
- Hotline: 919-245-6111 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)
- Chapel Hill Police Department 919-968-2760 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Police Department
- UNC Silent Witness
- Please note: this site is not monitored 24/7. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. If you would like an immediate response to a non-emergency, call 919-962-8100
- Non-emergency, call 919-962-8100
In working with the Town of Chapel Hill, Student Affairs has established a process where a Chapel Hill Police officer and a member of our team from Off-Campus Student Life will visit the property to engage in an educational dialogue with the residents. They will identify the students they interact with and if they are affiliated with a fraternity or sorority, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life will follow up. Reports will be documented and tracked so we can take compliance related action, as necessary.
Students who fail to live up to the agreed upon expectations by blatantly disregarding state and local public health orders and our Community Standards on or off campus are subject to a range of outcomes as determined by local ordinance and the University.
Our research enterprise will remain unchanged.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is updating its information for researchers on its Updates on COVID-19 page.
An overview of those plans on this website is in the In the Lab section.
Human Resources and In the Workplace
There is no change in the University’s status for HR purposes.