Fall 2022 COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Community Guidelines

Thursday 04 August 2022

The start of the new academic year is just weeks away and we are excited to welcome our Seahawks to campus! Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to return to a more traditional fall semester after two years of the pandemic. We will need your help to make this semester a success.

UNCW remains committed to monitoring COVID-19 conditions and providing related support to the campus community. University leadership will continue to consider multiple factors when making decisions regarding COVID-19 campus protocols, including CDC, NCDHHS, and UNC system policies; local public health boards; the level of transmission in North Carolina; and the overall vaccination rate in our state.

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  • If you haven’t taken the opportunity to get vaccinated, get it. This is the best way to lessen the impact that COVID-19 will continue to have on our campus and our community. Vaccinated and boosted people tend to experience milder symptoms if they get COVID-19.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – a protective measure against the flu, colds and COVID-19. Hand sanitizer stations will remain on campus and masks will remain available at several locations.
  • In indoor settings, unvaccinated people and those at higher risk of developing COVID-19 are encouraged to wear masks to protect themselves and others.

Move-in guidance

We encourage students to get tested, vaccinated or boosted before returning to campus. Testing, vaccination, and boosters will be available to students and their families at move-in on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at Trask Coliseum. No appointment is necessary.

COVID-19 advice

If you are not feeling well, please do not attend in-person classes, participate in campus events, or work on site until your symptoms resolve.

  • Students: If you suspect you have COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have experienced any of the these symptomsplease contact the Student Health Center at 910.962.3280 or email [email protected].
  • Students who test positive are required to self-isolate for five days from the date of the positive test, regardless of their vaccination status. Students on campus who test positive should plan to return home to complete their period of isolation. Students who cannot return home will be accommodated on site. Student Health Center staff will help arrange meals.
  • Employees: Employees who exhibit COVID-like symptoms (or who have been in close contact with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19) should contact their healthcare provider as needed, notify their supervisor, and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at [email protected] and their supervisor. Employees who test positive are required to self-isolate for five days from the date of the positive test, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Supervisors: Please consult the Student Health Center at [email protected] or 910.962.0587 and Human Resources at 910.962.3160. Helpful tools and tips are also available from Human ressources.
  • Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus institution are encouraged to notify Student Health at [email protected] to support staff’s ongoing efforts to monitor the presence of the virus within our community.

Availability of tests

Voluntary COVID-19 rapid surveillance testing will continue to be available free of charge to faculty, staff, and students at the Student Health Center. No appointment is necessary.

  • Until August 12: Tests are available Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • From August 15: Tests are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Changes to course terms

As with previous semesters, advice related to temporary changes to course terms for COVID-related reasons was issued by the provost. Professors who have questions regarding changes to course modalities should contact their department chair or school principal.

Face covering

At this time, face coverings are optional at both indoor and outdoor UNCW locations unless required by state or federal laws and regulations, including:

  • Campus Health Care Facilities – the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, all athletic training facilities, and the General Psychology and Assessment Clinic.
  • Places where personal protective equipment (PPE) was required before the start of the pandemic (some laboratories and research areas, for example). Please contact Environment, Health and Safety at [email protected] with questions.
  • Some community members may choose to continue wearing face coverings for a variety of reasons. Please respect their decision. If an employee asks another employee, student or guest to wear a mask inside their individual office, please honor the request or make other arrangements to meet outside, by phone or virtually.

Vaccinations and boosters

Free vaccines and boosters for students, faculty, staff and community members are available on campus through the Student Health Center. Starting August 15, vaccines and boosters will be available Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 910-962-3280 by August 15 to confirm vaccination times. No appointment is necessary.

Students, faculty and staff who have been vaccinated or received an off-campus booster and have not yet submitted it are encouraged to send a photo of their vaccination card to the Student Health Center at [email protected]. The Student Health Center has a vaccination record for students, faculty and staff who have been vaccinated on campus. Note: Your confidential health information will be protected.

Vaccines and boosters are also available in many community locations and throughout the state. See NCDHHS Information for more details.

About Monkeypox

The Student Health Center and EH&S are monitoring monkeypox and will share information with campus as needed. Information on monkeypox is available on the Center for Disease Control website.

Questions and Resources

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Additional information can be found at Best for the nestthe university’s COVID-19 resource site and the Student Health Center website.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to making our campus a healthy learning environment for all Seahawks. We will continue to monitor conditions and notify the campus community of any changes to these plans. We look forward to a great semester at UNCW.

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