Return to Campus

Each campus has taken steps to minimize the risk of transmission on campus and has communicated community expectations to students, faculty, and staff.

Establishing community standards of behavior among students, faculty, and staff is a high priority. Instilling a campus-wide culture of precaution includes, but is not limited to, expectations to wear protective face coverings in public spaces; highly visible signage that directs foot traffic and encourages physical distancing; reminders to wash hands often; social distancing; and daily self-monitoring for symptoms by students, faculty, and staff.

In addition, each institution has taken significant steps to ensure that facilities support these good behaviors.  

  • Classrooms have been reconfigured to reduce seating capacity and maximize distance between students.
  • Protective barriers have been strategically placed to protect individuals in high-traffic areas.
  • Occupancy of restrooms and other smaller public spaces will be reduced; in some cases, conference and study areas will be unavailable.
  • Public areas will be rigorously and frequently cleaned according to CDC standards.
  • Hygiene stations with hand sanitizer and other materials will be readily available.


Classrooms have been reconfigured to reduce seating capacity and maximize distance between students.

To learn how your specific institution is preparing for the Fall 2020 semester, please visit their website for additional resources.

Residence Halls

Refer to your individual institution’s COVID-19 resources for Fall 2020 residence hall and campus life information.


We ask that our institutions refer to the CDC’s guidance on appropriate gathering sizes and follow North Carolina’s three-phased opening plan guidance. Refer to the Governor’s executive orders for the latest information.

Currently, all institutions are prohibited from hosting gatherings of 10 or more people, unless prior written authorization is given by the chancellor or the provost. This includes events sponsored by student organizations. Consideration to cancel or postpone is based on the anticipated number of participants and the size of the proposed venue, taking into account the transmissibility of the virus in more confined spaces.


Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized test availability and the likelihood of additional testing date cancellations the UNC Board of Governors has waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admissions for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 to all UNC System Institutions. Read more about the waiver.

If you have questions about your individual institution’s policy, visit the institution-specific resources page.

Image showing social distancing of 6 feet.
Maintain 6 feet between individuals and avoid gathering in groups.