Coronavirus Resource center

We understand this is a stressful time for many in our community, and we are taking the necessary steps to help reduce the spread of the virus and provide vaccine distribution sites. We appreciate our entire UNC System community’s participation in helping us reduce the spread.

REcent Messages

The UNC System and its constituent institutions are working closely with local, state, and federal health authorities to monitor developments, coordinate and share information, and provide guidance regarding COVID-19. 

Message to Chancellors from UNC System President Peter Hans

April 29, 2021 Memo Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine


Institution-Specific webpages

Deep concern for the health and safety of UNC System students, faculty, and staff members is foremost in mind.

The table provides links to coronavirus information regarding semester schedules, confirmed case dashboards, resources, instruction, housing, and facilities from each of our institutions.

Institution COVID Webpages
Appalachian State UniversityUNC Charlotte
East Carolina UniversityUNC Greensboro
Elizabeth City State UniversityUNC Pembroke
Fayetteville State UniversityUNC Wilmington
N.C. A&T State UniversityUNC School of the Arts
North Carolina Central UniversityWestern Carolina University
North Carolina State UniversityWinston-Salem State University
UNC AshevilleNorth Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
UNC-Chapel Hill

Each campus has taken steps to minimize the risk of transmission on campus and has communicated community expectations to students, faculty, and staff. All precautions are in accordance with CDC and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidance to institutions of higher education, as well as with the Governor’s executive orders. These actions address four areas of focus: community standards of behavior; facilities and the environment; instruction; and services and activities.

  • 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 have been reduced; in some cases, conference and study areas are unavailable.
  • Public areas are rigorously and frequently cleaned according to CDC standards.
  • Hygiene stations with hand sanitizer and other materials are readily available.

FACULTY & STAFF REsources

Faculty and Staff

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provides a variety resources specific to COVID-19.

The UNC System Digital Learning team has designed Moving to Alternative Instructional Formats to help faculty employ the technology to hold remote classes.

UNC System Human Resources has developed a set of resources to support faculty and staff with well-being, resilience, and stress management during these times.

UNC System Office Staff

System Office employees may log in to Human Resources System Office COVID-19 Resources to access a variety of resources, including guidance from senior leaders, access to ComPsych, and information on remote working.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

During this unprecedented time, we understand that many of you are looking for more information. Please find some frequently asked questions below and links to additional resources, as appropriate:

In a memo to chancellors on April 29, 2021, UNC President Peter Hans addresses legal and policy considerations related to mandating the COVID-19 vaccination for students attending University of North Carolina constituent institutions. Read the memo.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority at the UNC System. The UNC System Office and President Peter Hans are working closely with local, state, and federal authorities to monitor ongoing developments, coordinate and share information, ensure pandemic plans are working, and provide guidance to our institutions.

Working in unison with leaders at our constituent institutions, we have shared updates regarding actions we are taking to preserve the health of our students, faculty, staff, and partners. 

This dashboard from NCDHHS provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following.

Restrictions and rules on gathering, face coverings, and measures implemented on UNC System campuses are in accordance with CDC and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidance to institutions of higher education, as well as with the Governor’s executive orders. The state’s website provides the latest information.

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who want it. UNC campus clinics are now offering vaccines to all students, faculty and staff. Check your campus website for details. Vaccinations are also now widely available in the community at retail pharmacies and other health care locations. Go to vaccines.gov/search to find a location near you or visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Rest assured: you have a spot to take your shot.

You can help keep yourself and others healthy by following the guidelines below and consider adding the Slow COVID NC contact tracing app to your smartphone.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Use a cloth covering that covers your mouth and nose when leaving the house, especially when you may not be able to keep 6 feet between yourself and other people.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

Current CDC guidance for institutions of higher education can be found here. Their suggestions are not meant to take the place of state and local guidance.

Links to relevant resources on Coronavirus:

Section 300.2.15 of the UNC Policy Manual, Policy on UNC System Pandemic and Communicable Disease Emergency, outline provisions covering communicable diseases or other serious public health threats that is declared be public health emergencies.  See also the state employee policy.

Each of our campuses has adopted detailed COVID-19 response plans that include broad-based surveillance testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols, reduced occupancy in on-campus housing, and other mitigation measures such as social distancing.  UNC institutions’ plans are guided by guidance from the federal, state, and local public health officials and the UNC System Office.

Each institution in the UNC System has established student emergency funds designed to directly benefit students. A donation to one of these funds will assist students who are struggling financially due to the ongoing health crisis and keep them in a position to continue their education.

Gifts to these funds are tax deductible and will be used by each institution, per the fund guidelines, to meet the various needs of students during this difficult time.