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Sept. 25: Coronavirus Update

General

Niner Health Check exception form
In consideration of feedback that many students and employees do not plan on being in Charlotte and on campus this fall, we’re working to develop an exception form for the Niner Health Check. We are committed to the health of our community, but we want to be reasonable as circumstances continue to evolve.This form will exempt specified individuals, including those who do not plan to be on campus this semester, from completing the Niner Health Check daily. More information will be shared next week. In the meantime, please continue to fill out the Niner Health Check.

Please review the FAQ on the Emergency Management website for more information. 

Clarification of in-person instruction and other questions
In a recent video, Chancellor Gaber addressed the four most frequently asked questions following Tuesday’s announcement about fall plans. If you have any additional questions about classes after reviewing the video, please email academicaffairs@uncc.edu.

Parking update 
The deadline for a full parking permit refund has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. 

Requests for permit refunds after Sept. 25, 2020, will follow the standard request procedures and refund schedule. To request a refund, review the standard prorated refund procedures, and complete the Parking Permit Refund/Exchange Form online. 

Contact the PaTS Communication Center at 704-687-0161 or unccpark@uncc.edu if you have questions regarding permit refunds. The Communication Center is open beginning each Monday at 5 a.m. and continuing 24 hours through Friday at 10 p.m.

Dining Update 

Meal plan refunds for resident students
Resident students with the 100 Block, 160 Block and Daily Plan meal plans will receive a refund if they choose not to return to campus housing after Thanksgiving. Refund rates and amended meal plan prices are available on the Auxiliary Services website. 

Students canceling their housing contract
Students who cancel their housing contract may cancel their meal plan through the housing cancellation process. 

Resident upperclass students and commuters
Upperclass students and commuters may make changes to or cancel their meal plan until Oct. 9, 2020, at noon. Students must fill out the Fall 2020 Meal Plan Selection Form.  Students who cancel their meal plan by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 will not be charged the $25 administrative fee.

Flu shot attestation 
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, all employees and students will receive an email with a flu shot attestation asking if they have received the flu shot or, if not, which exemption they are claiming (such as medical, personal or religious). This attestation is required to be completed by Nov. 16. Regular reminders will be sent. More information can be found online.

Welcome-back kits
Students living on campus will receive their kits at check-in. Other students may pick up their kits on campus starting Oct. 1 by East Deck and the quad outside of the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education. A 49er ID card will be needed. Any student not picking up their kit will have it mailed to them. Faculty and staff kits have been delivered via interdepartment mail. 

Please check your contact information in Banner
Please make sure your mailing address, alternate email and cell phone number are updated in Banner so the University can mail your welcome-back kit or reach you if needed. 

Students and Families

HRL update 
Housing and Residence Life will offer multiple options to accommodate residential students impacted by the changes in class formats and the decision to move to all online/remote instruction following Thanksgiving break. 

Residents can choose to: 

  • Cancel their housing contract without penalty by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25
  • Continue to reside on campus following Thanksgiving break by requesting an exception to stay
  • Return their room key prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break to receive a prorated refund for the remainder of fall semester (their key will be returned when residence halls reopen for spring semester).

Information on all three options has been emailed directly to residential students from Housing and Residence Life.

Town hall available on demand
Did you miss today’s students and families town hall? You can watch it on the Niner Nation Cares website

Faculty/Staff

Updated Employee Return to Campus Guide
The Employee Return to Campus Guide has been updated and posted to the Niner Nation Cares website. You will find updated information regarding health and safety practices, cleaning standards and other resources. 


Sept. 17: Coronavirus Update - Football

UNC Charlotte 49ers Athletics Department announced today the football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, against UNC Chapel Hill has been canceled. The decision was made because several members of the offensive line were placed into quarantine following the University’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols. The loss of eligible players prohibits the team from safely playing the game.

Over the past two weeks, there have been three positive cases of coronavirus found in football student-athletes through regular testing required by Conference USA. The individuals are in isolation receiving proper medical care, and all other affected individuals were notified to quarantine for 14 days by University contact tracers. 

Since June 10, 3,150 tests have been administered by Athletics with 20 total positives across all student-athletes, coaches and support staff. Athletics will continue to test all student-athletes and staff, following established University, conference and NCAA safety protocols. 

This announcement does not impact the status of the home opener versus Georgia State scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.


Sept. 10: Coronavirus Update

General

Phase 2.5 updates
Continuing through at least Oct. 2, 2020, North Carolina is in Phase 2.5 of the state’s reopening plan. More information can be found in the state’s FAQs.

Below are some updates for the University during Phase 2.5:

  • Gym facilities: University Recreation facilities will be open in two phases. This week, through Sept. 11, a variety of outdoor and select indoor activities are available. Starting Sept. 12, UREC will be open with less than 30% capacity. Most activities will require a reservation. More information can be found at urec.uncc.edu
  • Gathering sizes: UNC Charlotte will continue to adhere to a gathering standard of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. This is different from the Phase 2.5 standard of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Exceptions to this standard may be requested through each division’s respective vice chancellor. 

Welcome-back-to-campus kits
All faculty, staff and students will receive a welcome-back-to-campus kit. Each kit contains disposable and reusable face coverings, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and information regarding campus resources. Kits are limited to one per person. Distribution will be as follows:

On-campus residents: 

  • Students living on campus will receive their kit during move-in. Students who are already living on campus should have received their kit. Please contact HRL if you have not received yours.

Commuter students:

  • Pick-up locations will be set up outside of Prospector and in the CHHS and COED quad across from the Student Union during the first week of October.  You will need to present your 49er ID card to retrieve your kit.

Faculty/Staff:

  • Kits have been delivered to your department through interdepartmental mail. You will need to come to campus to retrieve your kit.

All other students:

  • Your kit will be mailed to you. You will receive an email the second week of October to confirm your mailing address.

Face covering availability
In addition to providing reusable and disposable face coverings in welcome-back-to-campus kits, disposable face coverings will be available to anyone who needs them on campus. They can be picked up at the visitor’s desk in the Popp Martin Student Union at no cost and are being added to vending machines for purchase for $1. If you have questions about face coverings, please email emergency@uncc.edu

Parking refund deadline reminder
The deadline for a full parking permit refund is 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Request a refund here. All requests received after this date will be subject to the standard proration schedule and a $25 admin fee.

Students

Earlier this week, some courses on Canvas were unable to be viewed, and others did not have an instructor assigned. These issues should now be resolved. If you are still experiencing issues with accessing a course on Canvas, email academicaffairs@uncc.edu and provide the following information:

  • Course Name
  • Course Number
  • Instructor Name
  • Class Meeting Date(s)/Time(s)

This FAQ might be helpful for other Canvas-related inquiries.

Faculty and Staff

UNC Charlotte opting out of employee payroll tax deferral
UNC Charlotte has made the decision to opt out of the temporary payroll tax deferral offered in a federal executive order and in effect through the end of the year. This decision was guided by direction received from the University of North Carolina System Office and after careful review of the facts surrounding the order.  

No action on your part is needed. There will be no changes to your payroll tax deductions as a result of this executive order. If you have any questions, email the Payroll Department at PayrollDept@uncc.edu.

Questions about teleworking or other accommodations
Employees should first work with their supervisors on teleworking or other accommodations needed as a result of COVID-19-related concerns. If additional support is needed, please contact Cindy Edwards, employee relations manager, at 704-687-0658 or ckedward@uncc.edu

Child Care Assistance
The North Carolina Office of Human Resources has identified the following resources for state employees who need assistance with child care and work-life balance during COVID-19.


Sept. 1: Off-Campus COVID-19 Cluster

The Mecklenburg County Health Department has confirmed an off-campus COVID-19 cluster involving eight students residing together in two private residences. These students isolated appropriately and have since recovered. The University has been and will remain in close contact with the health department on all COVID-19 matters.

A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases that are deemed close proximity or location. The University is committed to notifying the UNC Charlotte community of known clusters involving employees and students, even when located off campus. Anyone in the UNC Charlotte community experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a cough, should immediately contact their medical provider or the Student Health Center and visit the Emergency Management website for additional information about updating the University on their COVID-19 status. All faculty, staff and students are asked to commit to the #NinersPledge to uphold community standards that will help keep Niner Nation safe. 

While UNC Charlotte has not yet started classes for the fall semester, the University is providing notice of this COVID-19 cluster in order to raise campus and community awareness. The University will not broadly communicate details about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations. Those who need to know about individual positive cases will be notified during the contact tracing process.


Aug. 31: Coronavirus Update

General

Niner Health Check 
UNC Charlotte will launch Niner Health Check tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 1, for all employees and on-campus students. It will launch Monday, Sept. 7, the start of fall classes, for all students. 

Niner Health Check is a daily assessment that helps keep the University community healthy by screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and connecting faculty, staff and students to testing resources if necessary. 

The assessment consists of a daily four-question survey that will take less than two minutes to complete. Read more about what you can expect and the important role your participation will play in protecting Niner Nation. 

Early detection system for COVID-19
The University will begin regularly sampling and monitoring the wastewater at several campus residence halls to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Research suggests that evidence of the disease presents in wastewater several days before the onset of symptoms. Read more. 

Parking refunds and enforcement
You will be able to request a full parking permit refund if your parking needs have changed due to the delayed in-person start date. Refund instructions and important deadlines will be sent this week from Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) to your @uncc email account.

Faculty/staff and visitor areas continue to be enforced. Full campus enforcement resumes Sept. 7. You will be required to have a permit or to pay for visitor parking to park on campus at this time. 

If you would like a chance to win free parking for the spring semester, tell us how you are going to commit to the #NinersPledge to protect your health and the health of all Niners. 

Students and Families

New Student Convocation Sunday, Sept. 6
We are looking forward to welcoming our new students to the UNC Charlotte community!  You are invited to join us for this live virtual event that will incorporate student and faculty voices, academic messages and university traditions. Tune in on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 4:49 p.m. at livestream.uncc.edu or youtube.com/unccharlottevideo.  Additional virtual college programming follows the event on Sunday and throughout the first week. View the virtual event agenda and more info at studentconvocation.uncc.edu

Town Hall available 
If you missed our families/students town hall live on Wednesday, Aug. 26, you can watch it anytime on the Niner Nation Cares website

Amended meal plan options
Students received information from Dining on Friday, Aug. 28, regarding amended meal plan options. Meal plans are available for use beginning today, Monday, Aug. 31. However, students who do not use any portion of their meal plan on or before Sept. 25 will automatically be reassigned to the corresponding amended plan and refunded the difference. 

Learn more about your options for meal plan selection, and contact the Meal Plan Office (704-687-7337) with any questions.

See Dine on Campus for open dining locations and operating hours.

Textbook pickup and shipping
Barnes & Noble Charlotte will remain open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you  selected in-store textbook pickup, you may pick up your books any time the store is open or email sm276@bncollege.com to have textbooks shipped to you. 

Graduate student onboarding portal 
The Graduate School has launched a graduate student onboarding portal to welcome all new graduate students to the fall 2020 semester.

Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Leave Bank update
The COVID-19 Leave Bank remains available for employees who have exhausted all personal leave and all accrued paid time off and who still require time away from work related to COVID-19. More information is available on the HR website.

If you are an eligible employee and are able, please consider donating sick, vacation or BONREG leave to the COVID-19 leave bank by completing this form.

Reminder about Labor Day
Because Monday, Sept. 7, is the start of online classes, UNC Charlotte will be open. Employees have been given a floating holiday to use in place of the University being closed that day. You have until Dec. 31, 2020, to use this leave.


Aug. 17: Coronavirus Update

General

Statement on Chapel Hill’s Announcement

As you may have seen, UNC Chapel Hill announced this afternoon it would move its undergraduate classes online beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19, in response to outbreaks of COVID-19 clusters in Chapel Hill  over the past several days. 

Following guidance from the UNC System, UNC Charlotte and other System institutions will proceed as planned with on-campus instruction.

We are in close contact with local public health officials and are continually assessing our current protocols to make any necessary changes to further protect the health and safety of campus.

In light of UNC Chapel Hill’s announcement today, we offer these updates and reminders: 

  • Residence hall contracts: We have put in place extraordinary health and sanitation measures to provide a safe on-campus housing experience, but we recognize some students and families may be concerned about returning to on-campus living. We will allow students to cancel their on-campus housing contract for the upcoming semester without penalty until Friday, Aug. 21 at 11:59 p.m., by going to the Housing and Residence Life (HRL) website. Students who have canceled the housing between July 16 and today will receive a credit for cancellation penalties. Please note you must contact HRL to void your contract. Not moving in is not sufficient notification. For students who choose to live in residence halls this fall, distancing measures will be in place, including reducing room occupancy, to further achieve de-densification in the buildings. 

  • Care of on-campus residents: UNC Charlotte is prepared to care for any on-campus student who becomes ill. We have designated quarantine and isolation space identified and have plans in place to deliver food and other necessities to affected students. 

  • Large social gatherings: Large social gatherings (more than 25 people outside and 10 people inside) are strictly prohibited under the governor’s executive order, and they are a danger to you and to others. Those found to be in violation of this order will be held accountable under the Code of Student Responsibility and could be subject to further legal action as a Class 2 misdemeanor. Please do not risk your health and the health of Niner Nation by hosting or attending large events. 

  • Self-identification of at-risk status: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines those most at risk for complications from COVID-19 as people above the age of 65 and/or those with underlying health conditions. We have sent emails to both employees and students asking you to identify if you or someone in your immediate household is at high risk of complications because of these underlying conditions. 

    • Students: If you or anyone in your household identifies as being at risk from one of these conditions and you wish to discuss options for changes in your course schedule to accommodate your concerns, please contact your academic advisor directly.
    • Faculty and Staff: If you or anyone in your household identifies as being at risk from one of these conditions, please complete this form
       
  • Niner Health Check: This fall, the University will launch Niner Health Check, an online daily assessment to help keep Niner Nation safe. You will receive a daily email with a link, instructing you to complete a short survey about your health to ensure it is safe for you to come to campus. Here is what you can expect: 

    • Timing: You will begin receiving emails daily with a link to the Niner Health Check on Monday, Aug. 31.  
    • Questions: The confidential survey will ask if you have been around anyone with COVID-19, are undergoing testing for COVID-19 or if you have any symptoms of the virus. Depending on your answers, you will be encouraged to stay home, asked to seek testing or cleared to come to campus. 
    • Text reminders: Beginning Monday, Sept. 7, the start of classes, you will also receive a daily text reminder to the number on file in Banner reminding you to complete the survey. Please make sure your cell phone number is current by visiting Banner Self Service. 
    • Until Niner Health Check launches: You should be monitoring yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If you believe you are ill or you have been exposed to anyone who has the virus, remain at home and contact your health care provider for additional guidance. Complete our current online reporting form so we can make sure you get the support you need. 
    • More information: We will share more information with you about checking your symptoms and the Niner Health Check soon at your @uncc email account. 
    • Take the #NinersPledge: It is critical every member of Niner Nation adhere to the community standards outlined in the Niners Pledge -- both on and off campus.  Commit to the pledge, and share your commitment on social media for a chance to win a free semester of parking. Learn more and review the official rules on the Niner Nation Cares website

The University continues to monitor this situation closely. We remain in discussions with the UNC System and public health officials regarding local conditions and taking the appropriate actions to protect the health and well-being of Niner Nation. 

We will continue to keep you updated. Please closely monitor your @uncc email account for the latest information. 

Building access update

Building access returned to normal today, Monday, Aug. 17. A 49er ID card will no longer be required to access buildings during normal operating hours. The following are exceptions to this change and will remain on swipe-access only: 

  • King

  • Reese

  • Cato

  • Price Counseling Center

  • PORTAL

  • Cameron

  • Woodward

  • Foundation

  • URec

Lockdown override test Thursday

On Thursday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m, the University will test the lockdown mechanism and first-responder override system. For approximately 15 minutes, you will be unable to enter buildings even with your 49er ID card. Please note: This is not a test of the NinerAlert system. 

Parking reminders

    • Parking enforcement resumed today, Monday, Aug. 17, in faculty/staff areas (Cone Deck, East Deck 1, Union Deck, Lot 11A, Lot 15, Lot 29 and CAB lot).

    • Visitor areas (East Deck 1, Cone Deck and Union Deck) will require payment and gates will be down.  

    • Full campus enforcement begins on Sept. 7. 

    • You can purchase a permit online. 

CDC alters international travel guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have altered their guidance for individuals returning from international travel. There is no longer a requirement or recommendation to quarantine for 14 days unless you have been around someone who has COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of the virus. 

Students/Families

Hybrid classes finalized

Times and locations for hybrid classes are now finalized. You can view details and your entire schedule by following the instructions outlined on the Niner Central website

Town hall available online

Did you miss our recent virtual students and families town halls? Watch the most recent one online on the Niner Nation Cares website. If you have questions that aren’t addressed, please complete our inquiry form.


Aug. 5: Coronavirus Update

Today, Wednesday, Aug, 5, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced he is extending Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan until at least Friday, Sept. 11, in an ongoing effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The University will begin classes on Monday, Sept. 7, as previously announced.  

We will continue to provide additional details about what you can expect when you return to campus in the weeks ahead. Visit the Niner Nation Cares website for the latest.


July 15: Coronavirus Update

General

North Carolina remains in Phase 2 until Aug. 7
Yesterday, Tuesday, July 14, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced he was extending the Safer at Home Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan until at least Friday, Aug. 7,  in an ongoing effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Teleworking remains strongly encouraged at the University under Phase 2. Campus offices and departments may continue phased reopenings after receiving approval to do so through the Returning to Campus plan. Please see more information about the K-12 public schools reopening announcement under Faculty/Staff.

Students and Families

Classroom instruction methods updated
The majority of course schedules for students enrolled in the fall 2020 semester are complete. To check classroom instruction methods, follow these steps. The instruction method listed for classes should not change unless required for reasons of health or safety. These types of situations could include UNC System guidance changes; local/state public health directives; or related developments as a result of the pandemic. If this happens, students will be notified. 

In-class meeting times for hybrid courses are still in development. The Office of the Registrar will email students in the coming weeks when their schedule is finalized with times and classroom locations for these classes. If a class is hybrid, it will be indicated following the steps linked above. 

While students are continuing to enroll for the fall, we expect approximately 50 percent of classes will be delivered in person (either face-to-face or hybrid), while the others will be delivered remotely.

GradGuard available for fall
Effective for the upcoming fall semester, UNC Charlotte has partnered with GradGuard to offer Tuition Insurance Protection to students and their families. 

Enrolling in Tuition Insurance Protection is completely optional. It is a personal insurance policy between GradGuard and the student or payer. This policy can reimburse up to 100% of nonrefundable school costs after a full withdrawal for a covered illness (including COVID-19), injury or psychological condition. More information can be found on the Niner Central website. Please note: Tuition Insurance Protection from GradGuard does not cover adjustments, disruptions or withdrawals due to changes in University operations as a result of COVID-19, such as changes to instruction delivery methods, the availability of housing and dining plans, or other adjustments to campus operations made by UNC Charlotte or directed by the UNC System or public officials.

Faculty and Staff

K-12 public school plans
Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced that all North Carolina K-12 public schools will be a combination of in-person and remote instruction. At minimum, all schools will operate under “Plan B,” a mix of remote and in-person learning. Local school districts may also choose to operate under “Plan C,” which is full remote learning. At this time, we do not know how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and surrounding counties will choose to operate. We do know, however, that either option may present challenges for some of our employees. We are consulting with the UNC System and are awaiting further guidance on what support will be available. Human Resources will share more information directly with employees as soon as possible.

Reminder: Return to campus guidance available
If you have not yet done so, please review the Employee Guide for the Return to Campus and the Niner Nation Cares website. We will continue to update this information in the weeks ahead. Additionally, stay tuned in early August for our fall education campaign focused on the 6Ws WE can all do to protect the health of Niner Nation.


July 2: Coronavirus Update

General

Face Covering Information
In accordance with updated guidance from state and system officials,
everyone is expected to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth whenever you are indoors on the University’s campus, including The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City, unless you are alone in a personal space. This requirement is regardless of the distance between you and others. Students should consult the Housing and Residence Life website for more information about requirements in residence halls. Visit Niner Nation Cares for more information about fall semester. 

Parking Information

Students and Families

Course Delivery Update
The Office of the Registrar is finalizing all course delivery methods in Banner. The final step is the hybrid courses, which they are working on now. We expect this to be completed in the next one to two weeks. When it is, we will send an email to students to let them know they can log in to Banner to see their final class schedules. Stay tuned for more information. 

Scheduling Virtual Information Sessions
We are working to schedule a variety of virtual informational sessions for students and families so we can answer the questions you have about the start of the academic year. More information will be shared as soon as dates are finalized.  In the meantime, please review the
Niner Nation Cares website, then complete this form to let us know what’s on your mind as you think about the return to campus. It will help us make sure we’re addressing your concerns in the information sessions.

Faculty and Staff

Human Resources Message
Some employees experienced a delay in receiving the
message from HR on Friday, June 26. If you missed it, please review the information about changes to administrative leave, a new leave donation system, upcoming employee information sessions, and additional details about face coverings for employees. 

Campus Signage
A working group is developing a variety of signage options for the return to on-campus operations as part of a comprehensive fall operations communications strategy. Departments and units are asked to please refrain from making their own signs. More information and ordering should be available to managers in the next one to two weeks. In the meantime, please reach out to
ba-comms@uncc.edu with any questions. 

Mail and Package Services
Mail Services will deliver to mailrooms on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through the end of July. Departments are encouraged to have their outgoing mail ready for pick up by 10 a.m.
View all of Mail and Package Services’ operational updates.

Questions?
Please continue to use the inquiry form to submit your questions. We will get back to you as soon as we can, and we will use your questions to inform online FAQs. 

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June 17: Coronavirus Update

Please see below for important updates regarding the start of the fall semester and the return to on-campus operations. Students and families, please pay special attention to the fall FAQs. Faculty and staff, please review the return-to-campus guide. 

General

Classes starting Sept. 7 as announced
The University will begin classes on Monday, Sept. 7, as previously announced on May 4. The decision to delay the start of our academic calendar was based on several factors, including public health guidance and our unique location in Charlotte. Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff, especially those members of Niner Nation who may be most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, and with phased reopening and the unpredictability of the virus, we want to allow additional time between the projected peak of the virus in Mecklenburg County and the beginning of the academic year. Cases of the virus are rising and public health officials estimate the surge to be even later this summer than originally predicted. While the scope, speed or resurgence of this pandemic is unpredictable, extra time to prepare means we can have plans in place to ensure a successful academic year. The academic calendar is posted on the Niner Central website.

  • Final Exams: Final exams begin Dec. 17. We also know time with family is important to our students, faculty and employees. In-person exams will be scheduled first, allowing students and faculty the flexibility to leave campus before the winter break begins on December 23. Online/remote exams will continue as planned. Exam delivery will be communicated by instructors on the first day of class.

Return-to-campus packets and face coverings
When classes resume in the fall, everyone will be expected to wear a face covering in classrooms and anytime you are within six feet of others. Before the start of classes, the University will provide return-to-campus packets to all faculty, staff and students that contain reusable and disposable face coverings, hand sanitizer and other items. Disposable face coverings will also be available in campus vending machines. Stay tuned for more information. 

Working groups planning for fall
Focusing on six guiding principles, leaders from across campus are involved in the development and execution of the plans directing the University's ongoing response to COVID-19. Oversight is provided by the Policy Group, which includes the Chancellor, the Chancellor’s Cabinet and other associate vice chancellors and directors. The Incident Management Team (IMT) provides the infrastructure for the operational response and provides coordination to 22 working groups. More information is available on the Emergency Management website.

Air quality on campus
One of UNC Charlotte’s 22 working groups planning the return to fall classes is focused solely on air quality. After extensive assessments of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and many other industry best practices, the group has determined our building air systems meet and exceed the current recommended air changes per hour. The air change is the number of times air enters and exits a room in an hour. This means the air circulating through our buildings is being properly cleaned and is safe. It is also important to note that there are no reports of air distribution systems spreading COVID-19 or other infectious diseases such as the flu. 

The working group will continue to increase the frequency of filter changes as an additional precaution. They will also increase the monitoring of building automation and control systems to ensure all systems remain functional and are prepared to act quickly in the event of emergency failure. 

Students and Families

Fall FAQs now available
We know you have many questions as you prepare to return to campus in the fall. We have started a fall semester FAQ on the Niner Nation Cares website, and we will continue to add more answers as we have them.  As we get closer to the start of classes, the Niner Nation Cares website will become a centralized source for the latest information. We are committed to keeping you updated, and we will provide more complete return-to-campus guidance to you no later than mid-July.

Fall move-in for residential students
Move-in week will take place Aug. 31 through Sept. 6. Move-in appointments will limit the number of residents moving into each hall on a given day to ensure physical distancing. Appointments can be scheduled online in early August. Residents will receive an email from HRL with additional details. 

Laptop requirement for new students
The University has implemented a new laptop requirement for new students in the fall semester, both undergraduate and graduate. While this is not applicable to returning students, some colleges have computer requirements for their majors. Laptops will still be available for short-term checkout from Atkins Library, and desktop computers will be available in the library and computer labs.

Course delivery and tuition and fees
On Friday, June 12, Provost Joan Lorden shared information with students about the instructional methods that will be used in the fall semester. This includes in-person, a hybrid of both in-person and remote, and synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

  • Synchronous = live, online teaching in recurring weekly time slots

  • Asynchronous = materials and instructors are available, but no "designated class meeting time"

All course delivery methods will be finalized in Banner by early July. Students will receive email communication when this is done. Assigned face-to-face meeting times for hybrid courses may not be finalized until later. We expect most students will have a combination of hybrid/face-to-face instruction and online instruction.

Based on direction from the UNC System, tuition and fees for the fall semester will follow the standard model that is calculated on program type, not course delivery. Additionally, while safety precautions will be in place, all campus services will be available to students during the fall semester.

Faculty and Staff

Return-to-campus guide
As faculty and staff begin to return to campus ahead of the start of fall classes, the University has developed a guide with information regarding health and safety practices, cleaning standards and other resources. We also know all the information you need won’t be found in this version of the guide. There are still questions to be answered, and we are working diligently to get the needed information to you. We will provide an updated version of this document before classes resume. A similar document will be developed for students and families, too. 

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Additional NinerNotices will be sent as more information becomes available.


May 20: Coronavirus Update

Today, Wednesday, May 20, Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will enter Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. More information can be found in the state’s Phase 2 FAQs.

Here is what you can expect during Phase 2 at UNC Charlotte:

  • Maximized teleworking is encouraged.

  • For those individuals who cannot telework, social distancing of at least six feet between all individuals should be maintained.

  • Individuals should wear a face covering when around others. (Please note: This is a new instruction based on updated guidance from the state and CDC.)

  • No employee may return to work without permission, and no department or area may allow employees to return without seeking approval as outlined below in this document.

  • Gyms and other recreational facilities will remain closed. 

  • Modified dining options remain available on campus.

  • On-campus camps (for youth 18 and under) remain canceled for the summer. Those that can transition to online or remote delivery can continue. 

  • Conferences and events are canceled through July.

Please note: The state’s phased reopening plan outlines what can happen in each phase. It isn’t a requirement for what must happen. The University is able to set a pace for returning to campus operations that makes sense for us. Information about the University’s current reopen plan is available here. Updated information will continue to be shared with the UNC Charlotte community through NinerNotices, the COVID-19 webpage and the Niner Nation Cares website

Next NinerNotice
NinerNotices will be sent as updated information becomes available.


May 18: Coronavirus Update

General

Camps and Events

Camps -- All in-person camps at UNC Charlotte scheduled for July and August have been canceled. Any camps that can transition to an online or remote delivery may continue. 

  • Camps are defined as those events involving youth, less than 18 years in age.

  • Camps that include overnight stays in the residence halls are also canceled.

  • Camps on Campus (organized by Continuing Education) -- Participants will receive more information from camp organizers regarding full refunds. More information about Camps on Campus, including new virtual Online Youth Programs for Summer 2020, is available online. 

  • Other Camps -- Information about Athletics and other camps will be shared with participants by event organizers. 

Events and Conferences -- All other events and conferences at UNC Charlotte and those sponsored by the University at off-campus locations are canceled through July 31. Information about events and conferences beginning Aug. 1 will be shared by June 30. 

Dining Updates

  • Crown Commons will continue providing brunch and dinner takeout service. The door rate has been reduced to $6.

  • Straight Declining Balance meal plan rollover funds from 2019-20 meal plans will be available for use through Aug. 11, 2021.

  • Summer 2020 meal plans will not be available for purchase.

  • More information.

49er Card Office

  • The Meal Plan and 49er Card Office is open virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays to serve students and employees who need replacement or temporary cards and card account or meal plan information.

  • If you need in-person service, the office is now open by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

  • More information.

Students and Families

Fall Study Abroad

Due to the continuing uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and following guidance issued by the UNC System, UNC Charlotte has made the very difficult decision to cancel all fall study abroad programs. The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) will work with students and faculty over the coming days to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study.  

For more information about the study abroad program cancellations, visit edabroad.uncc.edu/health.

Pass/No Credit Grading Option Now Available

Students have until 5 p.m. on  Monday, June 1, to make grade elections. You have the option to replace standard letter grades for Spring 2020 courses with pass/no credit (for undergraduates) or pass/unsatisfactory (for graduate students). No credit (N) is not an option in the graduate grading scale. Students should review pass/no credit option details before making a decision.

To replace a grade, use the P/N or P/U grading election option in Banner Self Service available through My UNC Charlotte. Do not send grading petitions to your advisor. More information is available on the Niner Central website.

A special note for U.S. veterans: If a U.S. veteran using the G.I. Bill opts to take no credit (NC) for a course grade, then they will either be required to pay all of the funds back from the first day of the term (including BAH, tuition, fees, book funds, etc.) or they may be allowed to repay prorated debts through the last day of attendance. 

Students can reverse their election for no credit by submitting an academic petition:  

CARES Act Fund Distribution Under Way for Students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides approximately $12 million in funding to UNC Charlotte for distribution to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of spring 2020 campus operations due to COVID-19.  The University is pleased to have already posted over 6,000 awards to students' accounts as of Friday, May 15, and additional grants will be forthcoming. 

Eligibility and Distribution of Funds

  • The funds are distributed to those students identified as having the highest need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Approximately 74% of the funds will be given to students with the most significant need in the form of block grants in set amounts.

    • A student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be used to determine if they qualify for block grant funding, and only those students with the most significant need will be given a block grant. 

    • No application is needed to be eligible for the block grant because distribution is based on the student's FAFSA information. 

  • The other 26% of the CARES funding will be given out in emergency aid throughout the summer and fall via an application review process. 

    • Students who do not receive CARES Act block grant funding, or whose financial situation has changed since filing their FAFSA, may request funds by completing this Emergency Aid application

    • Graduating seniors are eligible to apply for funds using the Emergency Aid application.

  • Requests will exceed funding availability. Not everyone who meets the criteria will receive grant funds.

Please review details about eligibility requirements and FAQs on the Niner Nation Cares website.

Textbooks and Class Materials

  • Summer books and course materials are available for purchase online through the bookstore. Hard copy materials ship free. Digital materials are available immediately after purchase for download.

  • Reminder: Free ebooks through VitalSource and Barnes and Noble College will end on May 25, 2020. All ebooks that are checked out at that time will be automatically returned.

Next NinerNotice
We will continue to send NinerNotices as needed when updates and new information are available. 


May 4: Coronavirus Update

General

Plans for fall semester
If you missed it, please review the message from Chancellor Philip L. Dubois earlier today about plans for the fall semester. 

NinerNotices over the summer
As we transition into the summer months, NinerNotices will shift from weekly to an as-needed basis. We will continue to keep you informed on important updates as we move toward the fall semester. Additionally, our inquiry form remains open to answer your questions during this time. We hope everyone has a safe, healthy summer!

Changes to Niner Transit Bus System
Over the summer months, Niner Transit will implement the following changes:

  • Starting tomorrow, May 5, Niner Transit will stop operating the apartment bus shuttles.

  • Starting May 9, one Silver and one Green line will operate on weekends, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Starting May 11, one Green and two Silver lines will operate on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • More information is available on the PaTS website. 

Students

Pass/unsatisfactory grading option for graduate students
All graduate students will have the option to select Pass/Unsatisfactory for each of their Spring 2020 courses. Please note: No Credit (N) is not an option in the graduate grading scale.

Graduate students are required to have a 3.0 GPA in their program of study in order to graduate. Graduate students are held to a higher standard and, as a result, are suspended when they earn a grade of U or an unacceptable number of C grades. A student can elect a Pass (P) grade to replace a C grade this semester. Students who earn a U or an unacceptable amount of C grades will be suspended or terminated, as appropriate. This process will not change for spring, and suspensions or terminations will be effective for Fall 2020. 

Graduate students are advised to consult with their program director before making a grade change selection, if relevant. 

Textbook returns
Last week’s Niner Notice listed the textbook rental return deadline as June 15. This date did not take into account the recent extension. Textbook rentals need to be returned no later than Aug. 29. You can access prepaid shipping labels here.

Faculty and Staff

Work beginning May 9
Governor Roy Cooper's stay-at-home order is currently expected to expire on Friday, May 8. If there is no extension of the order, the state will enter phase 1 of the governor's reopening plan at that time. Phase 1 includes the directive that liberal teleworking continue, and the University will abide by this instruction. All employees who are teleworking should continue to do so. If you cannot telework and believe you need to return to campus to carry out your duties, you should contact your supervisor directly to discuss your situation. Additional information about administrative leave and other COVID-19-related HR policies will be shared with employees as soon as further guidance is received from the UNC System. 

Faculty Staff Textbook Loan Program
Faculty and staff who took advantage of the Faculty Staff Textbook Loan (FSTL) Program should either contact Linda Burke (lburke10@uncc.edu) to set up a time and date to return their textbooks or mail them back to the store at their own cost.


April 27: Coronavirus Update

General Information

A Message of Care for Niner Nation
UNC Charlotte Dean of Students Christine Reed Davis recently sent a message of care for students, but there are lessons that everyone in Niner Nation can use, including six reflection questions to help keep you grounded during these challenging times. You can view the video here.

New COVID-19 Reporting Form
UNC Charlotte cares about the health and well-being of our students and employees. If you have been diagnosed or evaluated by a healthcare provider for COVID-19, please complete this form to aid us in providing adequate support to our campus community.  This form replaces the University’s self-quarantine reporting form. 

Send Your Best Wishes to the Class of 2020
In recognition of the original May commencement dates, UNC Charlotte is creating a video compilation of what graduating means, straight from the voices of May graduates, their loved ones, and the faculty and staff closest to them. Review this information for how you can send your best wishes to the Class of 2020. 

Phased On-Campus Reopening Guidance
The University is reviewing the on-campus reopening guidance issued by the federal, state and local government, and we are in close contact with the UNC System for additional instruction. We will share more information with the campus community as it becomes available. 

For Students

Information about Academic Probation and Suspension
Courses selected for pass/no credit in spring 2020 will have no impact on a student's spring semester GPA or overall cumulative GPA. Because of the extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 this spring, UNC Charlotte will not be implementing the usual academic suspension process at the end of the spring 2020 semester. Any student on probation from fall 2019 who does not meet the cumulative requirements for good academic standing, at the end of spring, will be classified as "Special Probation." Students who were in good standing prior to Spring 2020 whose cumulative GPA fell below 2.0 this semester will be placed on Academic Probation as normal. Please review this FAQ for additional information on this and other topics related to the pass/no credit option. 

Check Out New Virtual Resources -- Including Virtual Events
Navigating a new virtual approach to life and education is a big change. To help students successfully manage this changing landscape, Student Affairs recently launched go.uncc.edu/virtual to provide virtual resources from different areas of the University and the community related to wellness, counseling, learning and fun, including a list of virtual events from the Campus Events web calendar.

Reminders about HRL Move Out
Housing and Residence Life (HRL) will continue with its planned move out, continuing through Friday, May 8. Social distancing and safety measures will be in place; the extension of North Carolina’s stay-at-home order will not delay this effort. 

Returning Textbooks and Items from Atkins Library
  • Textbooks from Barnes & Noble Charlotte
  • Returning Items from Atkins Library 
    • If Moving Out of Residence Halls: Students may return library books (including Interlibrary Loan) to any campus book drop location. Students with laptops or library equipment other than books to drop off during scheduled move out dates may contact Mark Price to make an appointment to return the equipment to the library at a specified time. Returning library materials during move out is optional, and late fines will not be charged for overdue items at this time. Only lost or damaged items will incur fees for repair or replacement.

    • If Not Returning to Campus for Move Out: Anyone with library books or DVDs to return who has left the Charlotte area or is unable to come to campus may request a postage-paid label to return books by mail. Please visit the library updates page for more information on this option. Laptops and other equipment cannot be returned by mail at this time.​

For Faculty and Staff

  • Administrative Leave and Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    Employees can expect to hear more information via email from Human Resources by Friday, May 1, on the status of administrative leave and the application of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  FFCRA is legislation that extends provisions of family and medical leave and sick leave to employees with COVID-19-related absences. 

April 23: State Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Today, Thursday, April 23, Governor Roy Cooper extended the stay-at-home order for North Carolina through Friday, May 8, in an ongoing effort to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

This order includes UNC Charlotte and supersedes Mecklenburg County’s order, which expires April 29. 

There are no additional measures necessary by the University to comply with this extension. As previously directed, employees should continue to work from home until further notice. Additional information will be shared with the campus community in Monday’s scheduled NinerNotice. 

Additional Resources

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant further communication, the next NinerNotice will be sent on Monday, April 27.


April 20: Coronavirus Update

Niner Nation Cares Website Launch
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things for the UNC Charlotte community. Living rooms have been transformed into classrooms, students and professors are interacting through computer screens and campus events are being held virtually. What hasn’t changed is our care for and commitment to 49er students and alumni. 

The University recently launched NinerNationCares.uncc.edu, a care portal to make navigating these uncertain times a little easier for students. Alumni Affairs has also created a site with centralized resources for alumni.

CARES Act
The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to state and local governments, including educational institutions. The UNC System is expected to receive approximately $179 million in support, with UNC Charlotte's anticipated funding totaling around $24 million. The legislation prescribes that 50 percent of the funding, approximately $12 million, must go to direct aid for students in the form of modest emergency aid grants and the remaining funds are for the financial impact to the University from the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the federal legislation is complex, guidance from government agencies and the UNC System Office is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience as we work through how the funds provided can be used. More information will be shared with campus in the next several weeks. 

Wellness Support Available for Students and Employees
UNC Charlotte cares about the health and wellness of our students and employees. This means supporting our community in focusing on personal wellness during this time. The Price Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Center and the Center for Wellness Promotion can help students maintain emotional and physical health through online, telehealth services, including individual appointments with medical and mental health providers and health educators. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps faculty and staff through such services as telephone counseling support and assistance in financial and work-life decisions. You are encouraged to take advantage of these resources available at no cost to you. 

Volunteer from the Comfort and Safety of Home
Yesterday kicked off National Volunteer Week. We can’t participate as we have in the past, but there are still opportunities to give back to the Charlotte community without leaving the safety of your home.  Read more

Housing, Dining and Parking Refunds
Last week, the University processed dining, housing and parking refunds to eligible students, faculty and staff totaling approximately $14 million.  Students who received a refund should have received direct email communication from Niner Central, and employees with parking permits should have received an email from Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS).  Answers to a number of frequently asked questions about refunds are available for review.

Student Emergency Relief Fund
For those who are able, there is still time to make a donation to the Student Emergency Relief Fund. To date, the University has awarded more than $333,000 to approximately 900 students thanks to the generosity of donors. However, more than 700 additional students have requested support from the fund. All donations go to meeting that need. 

Student Mail Forwarding
Students who receive mail on campus and did not receive an exemption to remain on campus should fill out the Change of Address webform to have their mail forwarded to their current address.

Fact or Fiction?
We understand rumors are expected in such uncertain times. However, it is important to have correct information. Below are the facts to rumors we’ve heard circulating recently.

Rumor: Since the University is offering pass/no credit options this semester, I do not have to complete any additional coursework in order to get a grade of pass (P). 
Answer: Students should complete all assigned coursework through the remainder of the semester. Students will receive a letter grade for the entire semester’s work. Students then can either accept the letter grade or request a grade of pass or no credit.

Rumor: The University will not have in-person classes in fall 2020.
Answer: At this time, typical instruction is planned for fall 2020.  Any changes to course delivery methods (in-person or remote) will be determinant upon public health recommendations.

Stay Informed
The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. Check these resources often.

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is scheduled for Monday, April 27.


April 13: Coronavirus Update

Residence Hall Move Out Update
Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is working on a safe and efficient process for remaining residential students to retrieve their belongings and complete their move out.  Residents will receive information from HRL by email later this week.

Meal Plan and Housing Refunds
Students with meal plans and/or housing contracts will begin receiving detailed emails regarding their refunds this week. These refunds will initially be processed for students who left campus by March 20, defined as those who did not receive an exception to remain in housing. As a reminder, any refund amount will first be applied to outstanding balances on students’ accounts. 

To facilitate the refund process, meal plans with swipes have now been removed from the accounts of students who are not on campus. Crown Commons and Market on Craver remain open. Optional Dining Accounts, credit cards and Straight Declining Balance plans are still accepted at these locations.

Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists
The Faculty Executive Committee approved an exception to the Academic Policy allowing students to be eligible for the Chancellor’s List or Dean’s List if they have earned at least 9 credit hours (instead of 12) in courses graded A, B or C. This allows students to accept a Pass (P) grade in some courses, as long as the student accepts letter grades in at least 9 credit hours. This exception applies only to Spring Semester 2020. This exception can be found in the Academic Honors policy here as well as in the current Catalog.

SOAR Moving to Online Delivery
The Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program will be hosting virtual sessions this summer. Admitted students have been notified of this program change and will have access to the SOAR reservation system beginning May 1. 

Face Covering Advisory
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised everyone to wear a cloth face covering when in public. The University encourages all mandatory employees who must be on campus to wear a face covering, and those who need one may pick them up at the Popp Martin Student Union or the Facilities Operations and Parking Services (FOPS) building. The FOPS lobby is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For information on how to make and clean a cloth face covering, visit the CDC website

Reminder about Prorated Parking Refunds
On Thursday, April 9, Chancellor Dubois announced the University would be able to offer prorated refunds for parking to eligible students and employees. Read more in his letter to the community. Additional information will be sent to parking permit holders in the coming days. 

Stay Informed
The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. There is also a page where the University is tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting the campus community. 

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is scheduled for Monday, April 20.


April 7: Coronavirus Update

Update on South Village Move Out
This evening, Mecklenburg County announced that current projections for COVID-19 overflow patients are lower than original estimates, which means social distancing efforts and stay-at-home orders are having positive results in our community. The University has been notified by the county that the options for standing up a mass care facility are under review, including the request made of UNC Charlotte. Pending a final decision by the county, Chancellor Dubois has suspended the second phase of the move-out for South Village residence halls this week. Please read this message from Chancellor Philip L. Dubois for more information. 

Refunds Update

Housing and Dining: As stated in the March 30 NinerNotice, the University is developing plans to provide prorated refunds for housing and dining for the spring 2020 semester for eligible students. Here is the latest information: 

  • Make sure your information is updated. Login to Banner Self Service at my.uncc.edu and make sure your direct deposit information is updated. If you have not signed up for direct deposit, refunds will be sent to the mailing address the University has on file. In Banner Self Service, go to the Personal Information tab to make sure your address is correct. 

  • Timing: Eligible students will receive their refunds by April 30, 2020. Per UNC System Office guidance, the refund period begins March 21, the day after students were requested to leave campus, through May 8. Please note: The refund period will differ for those students who remained on campus beyond March 21. 

  • Outstanding charges: If you have a balance due on your student account, any refunds will first be applied to the outstanding balance. The remainder will be disbursed to you via direct deposit or check.

  • Additional communication: Students who are eligible to receive refunds will receive an individualized email from Niner Central in the coming days with additional information, including the refund amount, any amount applied to an outstanding balance, and the net amount that will be disbursed.

Parking:  The UNC System Office will not authorize UNC Charlotte to issue prorated parking refunds. 

Summer Classes 
All summer classes (first half, second half and the full-term) will be delivered online/remote. Curriculum and meeting times for first-half and full-term courses will be finalized April 10, and second-half summer courses will be finalized by April 20. Students may continue to register but should be aware of these course finalization dates since there may be changes to currently scheduled required meeting days and times as instructors plan to move to remote instruction. Summer classes start on May 18. Classes for the second-half summer term begin June 29. As we work to update Banner and our student billing systems, students will not see new charges for tuition and fees reflected on their accounts until approximately April 17.  More information is available on the Niner Central website.

Summer Camps, Conferences and Events
All summer camps, conferences and events are canceled through June 30. Decisions for July 1 and forward will be made no later than May 18. Please see additional information below. 

  • Camps on Campus: More information about Camps on Campus, offered through Continuing Education, is available at http://go.uncc.edu/camps-update

  • CRES events and camps: Conference, Reservations and Event Service (CRES) staff will reach out to event organizers with more information. 

  • Center City: UNC Charlotte Center City staff will contact event organizers directly with more information. 

Caps and Gowns
Caps, gowns and honor cords are available for online ordering through Oak Hall. Please visit the Commencement website for more information. Please note: A decision on the rescheduled commencement will be made in May. More information will be shared with graduates and their families as soon as possible.

Temporary Off-Campus Niner Transit Routes
To help students who live in surrounding off-campus housing near the University, Niner Transit has added three temporary bus routes with service to the Popp Martin Student Union, where to-go food service and grocery essentials are still available. Visit the PaTS website for more information.

Crown Commons and Market on Craver
Crown Commons and Market on Craver in the Union are open for takeout service and essential items. Curbside pickup is available for Market on Craver mobile orders. Learn more about curbside pick up

Stay Informed
The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. There is also a page where the University is tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting the campus community. 

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is scheduled for Monday, April 13.


March 30: Coronavirus Update
Refunds

Today, the UNC System announced that institutions will be able to provide students prorated housing and dining refunds for the spring semester. The University is committed to working with the System to provide these refunds as soon as possible. We are working diligently to finalize the details, and expect to have more information to share about the refund process in the next few weeks. 

Summer Classes and Fall Registration
Registration for all summer terms and the fall semester opened as scheduled today, March 30. All courses for the full summer term and the first-half summer term (Session A) will be completely online. The decision for whether or not to move the second-half summer term (Session B) fully to online will be made by May 18, prior to the payment due date. Classes for the second-half summer term begin June 29. More information is available on the Niner Central website

Communication about Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
UNC Charlotte is committed to keeping faculty, staff and students informed about confirmed cases of COVID-19 that may affect the campus community. However, sending a NinerNotice for each case is no longer practical because of the prevalence of community spread of the disease and because most employees and students are no longer on campus. Instead, we have launched a new webpage on the Emergency Management website where we will list known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving faculty, staff or students. The page will be updated every Monday, and you can access it at any time. We will also include a link in our weekly Monday NinerNotice. We will continue to work with local health departments to communicate directly with individuals who may have been exposed on campus to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Camps on Campus
Camps on Campus will cancel summer camps scheduled in June. Camps scheduled in July and August will remain open if the University offers in-person classes for the second-half summer term. The decision for whether or not to cancel July and August summer camps will be made by May 18. More information is available at go.uncc.edu/camps-update.

HR Reminders
Earlier today, Gary Stinnett, associate vice chancellor for human resources, sent an email to all employees with information about administrative leave and compensation for mandatory, on-campus employees. Please review his message if you haven’t already. 

Popp Martin Student Union
Popp Martin Student Union has transitioned to swipe-card access. Students and employees can access the building using their 49er ID card from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 

Fact or Fiction?
We understand rumors are expected in such uncertain times. However, it is important to have correct information. Below are the facts to rumors we’ve heard circulating recently.

Rumor: The Student Health Center is closed.
Answer: This is false. The Student Health Center is open and serving students who need health care, though students are asked to call first before visiting the Center. More information is available on the Student Health Center website

Stay Informed
The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. Check these resources often.

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is scheduled for Monday, April 6.


March 28: Center City COVID-19 Case

The University has been notified that an evening contract worker assigned to UNC Charlotte Center City has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual is in isolation and receiving proper medical care. Classes were online during the time of possible exposure, and we have been advised the threat to staff is low. Employees who may have been in contact with this individual will receive direct communication from the University with additional information. 

To protect individuals’ private health information, UNC Charlotte will not identify employees or students diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Please follow the stay-at-home orders and adhere to social distancing practices during this time to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. 

Next NinerNotice
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is planned for Monday, March 30. 


March 27: Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Today, Friday, March 27, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order for the state in an effort to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This order will be enforced beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, and is effective for at least 30 days. 

The order is similar in nature to the stay-at-home order issued by Mecklenburg County on Tuesday, March 24, except it is in effect for all of North Carolina. 

Because the University is adhering to the order by Mecklenburg County, no additional changes to operations are necessary beyond those shared in the March 25 NinerNotice. However, it will extend our actions from 21 days under the county order to 30 days under the state order. 

Please review the additional resources below: 

Next NinerNotice
Unless there is an unexpected change, the next NinerNotice is planned for Monday, March 30.

March 25: Coronavirus Update

Additional Information about Pass/No Credit Grading
The Faculty Council, which determines grading policies, is currently considering a proposal to allow students the option to request Pass/No Credit to replace a letter grade for any or all of their Spring 2020 courses. Students will receive their letter grades as normal for the semester, and then will have a time-limited option to accept the letter grade (which counts toward GPA), or request a "Pass" or "No Credit" on their transcript, neither of which count toward or against GPA. Students and faculty will receive more information about these options by March 27.

Additional Information about County’s Stay-at-Home Order
Yesterday, Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home order that will be in effect for 21 days beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26. This order is an effort to combat the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Please review the information below carefully as there have been some changes to campus operations based on this order. Designated by the county order as an “essential” institution, the University will continue to operate, but we are taking actions to further reduce the number of people on campus. 

What this means: 

Everyone

  • You should remain in your place of residence, leaving only for the essential reasons outlined in the county order. These include travel to necessary work functions and medical appointments and to purchase necessary supplies at grocery stores, pharmacies, or other essential businesses. Outdoor exercise is also permitted. More information is available on the Mecklenburg County website

Faculty and Students

  • Online and remote delivery of classes will continue uninterrupted. Students should continue to follow the guidance of instructors on assignments. Faculty should consider the limitations on student movement, social distancing protocols and access to materials in making assignments.

  • Students: Unless you were granted an exception by Housing and Residence Life to remain in a residence hall, you should not come to campus. 

  • Faculty: Unless you have received an exception to conduct essential research activities, you should not come to campus. Research and Economic Development will be in touch with faculty with more information about the types of research that qualify for an exception. 

Staff
Only staff who perform work in functions designated by the University as essential should report to campus -- and only if instructed by their supervisors to do so. All other employees should work remotely or be placed on COVID-19 Administrative Leave. Reminder: Employees who are teleworking should do so until further notice.

  • All supervisors who previously designated employees as mandatory will be contacted by divisional leadership to review those designations again in light of this order. 

  • If you are unclear if your duties can be performed remotely, consult your supervisor directly. 

  • Human Resources will provide additional information to supervisors this week about other HR-related updates related to COVID-19. 

Additional Campus Services
Effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26, no one other than those employees designated as essential and those students remaining in residence halls should be on campus. Buildings will require a 49er ID card to enter via swipe access. 

Library and Campus Computer Labs: Atkins Library will close effective 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and all computer labs will be closed effective 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

  • Borrowing laptops: Students who need to borrow a laptop from the University to complete their academic work should visit or contact Atkins Library prior to closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Options for laptop pick up after 4 p.m. today are being finalized by staff and will be posted on the library’s website

  • More information on virtual services are available on the library’s website

Dining:

Student Union: 

  • The Student Union will close today, March 25, at 7 p.m. The building will then be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 

  • The Campus Salon and Norm’s will close today at 5 p.m.

  • Movies are canceled, and Union Station, Barnes and Noble Charlotte and NinerTech are closed until further notice.

CAPS and Student Health CenterCAPS and the Student Health Center will continue to provide services. Please visit their respective websites for hours and more information. 

Transportation:

  • Niner Transit will operate the Silver and Gold Routes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Paratransit service is unavailable until social distancing restrictions are lifted. 

  • Please visit the Auxiliary Services Operational Changes webpage for more information.

Events: All events of 10 more people, regardless of location, are canceled until further notice. No exceptions will be granted by Chancellor Dubois. 

Mail Services: Mail Services will be open on a reduced schedule. Departmental mail will be held at Lower Prospector for pick up by the authorized department contact. Please visit the Auxiliary Services Operational Changes webpage for more information.

Receiving and Stores: Central receiving will remain open to accept packages from FedEx and other carriers. There will be staffing from 7:30-10:30 a.m. each day to assist campus customers. To contact Receiving and Stores, call 704-687-0372. Please leave a message if no one is available to answer this phone. 

Additional Resources

Next NinerNotice
Unless changes warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice is planned for Monday, March 30. 


March 24: Stay-at-Home Order by Mecklenburg County

Today, Tuesday, March 24, Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to combat the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This order includes UNC Charlotte and is in effect beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26. 

Because of previous measures taken by the University, including teleworking and online and remote delivery classes, we believe we are positioned to respond quickly to this order, but additional changes may be needed. The University will review the order in detail and provide more information to the community as soon as possible.


March 23: Confirmed case of COVID-19
 
A member of the UNC Charlotte community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The student was participating in a study abroad program and immediately self-quarantined upon return, never returning to campus. The person is in isolation and receiving proper medical care. Please review additional information in this letter to the community from Chancellor Philip L. Dubois.
 
Next NinerNotice:
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice will be sent on Monday, March 30.  

March 23: Coronavirus Update

Please see below for the latest information from UNC Charlotte.

Please note: There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving UNC Charlotte faculty, staff or students. 

Pass/No Credit
The University’s Faculty Council is considering options to address the possibility of pass/no credit grading for classes this semester. More information should be shared with the campus community by the end of the week. 

Atkins Library
Atkins Library remains open but with limited hours. The library will be open until 7 p.m. today (Monday, March 23) and then move to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students needing laptops can still access them from Atkins. More information is available on the library website.

Administrative Leave
UNC Charlotte is in close contact with the UNC System about administrative leave beyond the current authorization through March 31 for employees who are unable to work remotely as a result of COVID-19. We will share more information as soon as possible. 

Teleworking Until Further Notice
As a reminder, all non-mandatory employees who can should telework until further notice and beyond March 31. For more information, please review the working remotely information on the Emergency Management website

Returning to Residence Halls for Check Out
Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is establishing a plan for students and their families to return to residence halls to complete check out for the spring semester. Dates and times for this will be shared once the University is confident it can ensure the safety and well-being of students, families and HRL staff during this process. Students and families are asked not to return to the residence halls unannounced.  

Supporting Our Community
Chancellor Philip L. Dubois shared this morning several ways the University is supporting our students, alumni, families and employees as we come together as Niner Nation to get through this difficult time. Please review the assistance that is available and the ways you may be able to help. 

Commencement Reminder
As Chancellor Dubois announced Friday, May’s commencement ceremonies have been postponed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The University is reviewing ways to honor graduates and their academic accomplishments. We expect to make a decision in May on the date of an in-person ceremony for Spring 2020 graduates.

CATS On Modified Schedule
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has announced modified schedules for its services, including light rail, beginning Wednesday, March 25. Please visit the CATS website for more information. 

Additional Resources for Students

  • Ebooks available: To help facilitate the transition to online learning, Barnes & Noble College and VitalSource have made free ebooks available for the remainder of the semester. For more information, please visit the VitalSource information page on the Auxiliary Services website.

  • Returning rented textbooks: Rented textbooks can be returned by mail. For information about printing a free shipping label, please visit Barnes and Noble Charlotte’s Rental Book Return webpage

  • Financial literacy: Personal financial security and well-being are vital components of overall health and wellness. Brad Yeckley, assistant director for financial literacy in Student Assistance and Support Services, has compiled five tips to help students (and anyone) navigate this unprecedented time.  

Mail Services
Mail service for the United States Postal Service (USPS) will continue through Mail and Package Services unless a carrier cannot access a department or a University department requests a hold. Departments must designate an authorized department contact to pick up mail and packages held at Prospector in the event mail cannot be delivered. Please visit the department’s website for more information. Students who need to forward mail and packages should fill out the Change of Address webform

Fact or Fiction?
We understand rumors are expected in such uncertain times. However, it is important to have correct information. Below are the facts to rumors we’ve heard circulating recently.

Rumor: The University is closing and the semester will end in two weeks. 
Answer: This is false. While the University has shifted to a virtual and remote status, it is still very much open. Our students are learning, and our employees are working. Should there be a change to the University’s official operating status or the academic semester, you will be notified. 

Rumor: Only faculty are being paid during this time. 
Answer: This is false. All permanent staff and faculty, and all currently assigned student workers and temporary employees, remain in full paid status either through teleworking, completing essential duties on campus using enhanced safety and social distancing protocols, or the use of paid administrative leave. 

Rumor: Administrative leave for COVID-19 only applies to the University’s administrators.
Answer: This is false. All eligible full-time and part-time employees qualify for paid administrative leave for COVID-19

Rumor: Some students need to pay extra now to have their exams proctored electronically.
Answer: This is false. Students will not have to pay extra to have their exams proctored electronically because of the move to online and remote delivery classes as a result of COVID-19. Proctoring with the Respondus system is available to all students for free. 

Stay Informed
The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. Check these resources often.

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice:
Unless changing circumstances warrant earlier communication, the next NinerNotice will be sent on Monday, March 30.


March 17: Coronavirus Update

In addition to the changes announced in the earlier email from Chancellor Philip L. Dubois, please see the additional information below: 

Building Access: Effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, all buildings will be on swipe access with rare exceptions. This means anyone who remains on campus will need to have their 49er ID card to enter buildings. 

Library and Computer Labs: Atkins Library and college computer labs will remain accessible as long as the University remains open. However, you will need a 49er ID card to access the facilities and social distancing protocols will be enforced at all sites.  Colleges may require sign-in at computer labs. Please visit the Atkins Library website for information about hours and college websites for information on sites and hours for their computing facilities.

Events: New federal guidance is that all gatherings of 10 or more people should be avoided, and we encourage you to follow the federal standards. Based on these guidelines, UNC System guidance and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all events scheduled through Conference, Reservations and Event Services (CRES) are canceled through the academic semester. CRES will be in touch with event owners with more information. Additionally, all University events of 50 or more people, regardless of location, are canceled until further notice, and no exceptions will be granted by Chancellor Dubois as Mecklenburg County has prohibited all such gatherings. Please note: No decision has been made at this time about commencement, pending further guidance from the UNC System.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you have not reviewed the information sent by Chancellor Dubois this morning, please do so. It contains important information about classes and labs, residence halls, reimbursements and administrative leave. 

Stay Informed

The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices and emails: We will send NinerNotices every Monday and more email communication as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. Check these resources often.

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next NinerNotice
Unless new information warrants earlier communication, the next NinerNotice will be sent no later than Monday, March 23.


March 16: Coronavirus Update

Please see below for the latest updates from UNC Charlotte.

There remains no confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus. 

Classes: As announced in the March 12 NinerNotice, all classes that can be online or delivered remotely should continue as planned this week. All other classes are suspended this week and will move to online/remote delivery by Monday, March 23. Faculty will communicate directly with students about when remaining classes will move to online/remote delivery.  

Student Employees: Student workers should work with their supervisors to discuss tasks that can be completed remotely or safely on campus through social distancing protocols. 

Residence Halls: All on-campus residential students are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residences if circumstances permit. More information will be shared directly with residents by Housing and Residence Life (HRL). 

Reimbursements: We know there have been questions about partial refunds for dining plans, housing and parking. We are not prepared to make these decisions pending guidance expected from  the UNC System. We will let you know if we receive any updates. 

Self-Quarantine: As a reminder, any student or employee who fits the criteria below is advised to self-quarantine for 14 days:

  • You have returned from any international travel. 

  • You have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to areas of concern for COVID-19 or has been ordered to quarantine because of exposure to the virus.

Any employee or student who is self-quarantining is required to fill out a self-quarantine form. More information is available on the Emergency Management website

Please note: This direction has been updated because all international travel has now been elevated to a Level-2 or Level-3 CDC warning. This is in line with the University's previous instructions for all people returning from countries with a Level-2 or Level-3 warning to self-quarantine This is not retroactive but effective as of Monday, March 16. It is important to remember this situation is fluid and these instructions will continue to evolve. Please continue to check this page often for the latest information. 

Changes based on Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order
The following are additional steps that will be taken by the University based on direction from UNC System Interim President William Roper following review of Governor Roy Cooper’s March 14 executive order

Study Abroad: All students currently studying abroad, regardless of location, have been recalled, in accordance with a UNC System directive. Additionally, all summer programs have been canceled. The Office of Education Abroad is communicating directly with affected students. 

Events: As outlined in the March 12 NinerNotice, all events of more than 50 people are canceled without an exception granted by Chancellor Dubois. 

  • 2020 TIAA Lecture Series -- The 2020 TIAA Lecture Series on April 1 featuring American journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert has been postponed. Information about a new date will be forthcoming. 

Additional Resources

Free broadband: Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. More information can be found on the Charter Communications website. Please note: The University does not endorse Charter Communications or its services. This is shared only as a resource for employees or students who may benefit from the offer. Individuals should investigate all terms associated with service to decide if it is right for them. 

Stay Informed

The University is committed to keeping the campus community updated during this rapidly evolving situation.

  • NinerNotices: We will send notices every Monday and more as warranted.

  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. Check these resources often. 

  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

Next NinerNotice
Unless new information warrants earlier communication, the next NinerNotice will be sent no later than Monday, March 23.


March 12: Important Information about Campus Operations
 
The health of our campus community is the highest priority for UNC Charlotte. After additional assessment of the most recent developments at the local, state and national levels, Chancellor Philip L. Dubois has directed the following changes, which will be in effect until further notice.
 
This includes important, new information about classes (please see below).
 
The situation will be assessed weekly and regular updates will be shared with the community.
 
Important information: There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UNC Charlotte. Based on our guidelines, we have slightly over 100 people who have elected to self-quarantine. This does not mean these individuals have COVID-19. We continue to encourage anyone who isn’t feeling well or is exhibiting symptoms to avoid campus and contact their health care provider.
 
The University is not closing. All operations will continue as described below, though many will be virtual and others may be available in a reduced capacity. You are encouraged to check the website of any office you may need for additional instructions. Please review the information below carefully for next steps for classes, activities and operations.
 
Classes
UNC Charlotte is committed to ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements as planned and supporting faculty and students in this process. Please read below for initial information and be vigilant about checking your email for more details.
 
Based on the current situation, the University has made the following decisions regarding classes at main campus, Center City and all face-to-face distance education:
 
  • All classes that are currently delivered online or through another remote-delivery method will continue uninterrupted.
  • Any class that can be easily transitioned to remote delivery by the original date of Monday, March 16, should plan to do so.
  • All in-person classes that cannot transition to remote delivery are suspended for the week of March 16-20. This includes labs, studios and performance-based classes. More information on these classes will be shared next week.
  • It is the responsibility of faculty members to communicate with their students about the status of their class.
  • Internships, clinical placements, and field experiences may continue at the discretion of the supervising entity.
 
Technology and Academic Support for Students
Technology: You are encouraged to complete your online coursework at home or in your residence halls. If you are unable to do this, University computer labs will be open as University buildings remain open. To review these locations, click here.  
 
Academic Support: Atkins Library, advising, the Writing Center, SASS and the Career Center will continue to support students. Learn more.
 
Study Abroad
There is updated information about semester and year-long programs, and a statement on summer programs. Learn more.
 
On-Campus Housing
Residence halls remain open and residents should not experience any change to support and services available within their residential communities. However, students are encouraged to return to their permanent residences, if they are able. Learn more.
 
Dining, Retail and Transportation Dining, retail and transportation options will remain open in a reduced capacity. Learn more.
 
Other Campus Services
Campus services will be available, but may have limited hours and restrictions. Learn more.
 
Employees
Additional information regarding faculty, staff and student and temporary employees is available. Learn more.
 
Travel
Updates on University-sponsored travel can be found online.
 
Events and Athletics
Additional information regarding changes to athletic and non-athletic events is online.
 
What You Can Expect Going Forward
This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we will share more details and information as it becomes available. The University will stay in touch with you through:
 
  • NinerNotices: We will send notices every Monday and more as warranted.
 
 
  • Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.
 
How You Can Reach Us
If you have a question that isn’t addressed in our FAQ, please complete this inquiry form. We will use the inquiries to help inform additions to the FAQs and future campus updates.

March 11: Update on Guidance from UNC System

The University has received additional guidance from the UNC System regarding how it should operate in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

University officials are meeting now to determine how this guidance will be implemented at UNC Charlotte. 

However, we do know the following, based on direction from the UNC System and effective Monday, March 16 through March 31. We will assess the situation each Monday and communicate regularly with the campus community.

Effective Monday: 

  • We will move to online instruction wherever possible. Our goal is to return to in-person instruction as soon as reasonably possible.

  • Some classes, such as those with labs, will continue to require in-person instruction and attendance. 

  • Teleworking will be encouraged to the maximum extent possible. Mandatory employees will be required to report to campus as directed by their supervisors. 

  • Events and gatherings of 50 or more people will be cancelled or postponed unless otherwise authorized by the Chancellor. A process for requesting exceptions is being established. Additional guidance for event organizers is forthcoming. 

  • University-sponsored in-state travel to gatherings of 50 or more people is suspended, and all travel outside the state is suspended, unless otherwise authorized by the Chancellor or Provost. A process for requesting exceptions is being established. 

More information on all of these items will be provided in another NinerNotice by 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

Please continue to monitor your email.


March 10: Update Regarding the North Carolina State of Emergency
 

Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina today in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). This type of declaration is typically issued before an emergency occurs to free state resources, alter state regulations, and change authorities within state government to allow for a quicker response. It does not mean there is imminent danger to the University community.

UNC Charlotte is in close contact with local, state and System officials, including the System’s Coronavirus Coordinating Group appointed last week by Interim UNC President Bill Roper to identify, evaluate, and coordinate a consistent, evidence-based, and effective response. Dr. Roper has asked the campus chancellors not to make any additional operational decisions for each campus until the Coordinating Group meets late tomorrow morning and can provide further guidance.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Next NinerNotice:
The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed.

March 9: Monday Update
 
As we return from spring break, please be mindful of the following to help keep our campus healthy.
 
Remember: There are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at UNC Charlotte or the immediate surrounding area.
 
Wash your hands: Washing your hands thoroughly and often is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and other germs. Wash vigorously with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
 
Understand the University’s directions on self-quarantine: Out of an abundance of caution, the University is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines for self-quarantine: You should self-quarantine for 14 days if any of the following situations apply to you:
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time, the University is NOT requiring self-quarantine for any other specific locations, domestically or internationally, beyond those currently under a Level-2 or Level-3 CDC warning.
 
  • If you do not see your location of travel on the CDC's list, you have not been in close contact with someone who has been to one of the locations on the CDC’s list, and you have not been in close contact with someone who has been ordered to quarantine because of exposure to the virus, no action is required by the University.
 
  • However, if you believe you have unique personal circumstances that have put you at risk for contracting the virus, you should self-quarantine. Faculty and supervisors have been directed to provide maximum flexibility to students and employees during this time.
 
Additional Information: If you did not review the NinerNotice sent on Friday, March 6, please do so for other information about what the University is doing and what you can do during this ongoing and evolving situation.
 
Next NinerNotice:
The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed.

March 6: Coronavirus Update
 
UNC Charlotte’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The University continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). 
There are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus at UNC Charlotte or the immediate surrounding area.

Here are the latest decisions by the University

Changes to self-quarantine recommendations: Out of an abundance of caution, the University is expanding its recommendation for self-quarantine for travelers. 

If any of the following situations apply to you, you are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and avoid returning to campus until after that time. These include:

Information about self-quarantine

  • Stay home. Do not come to campus. This will protect your health and the health of others. If you experience symptoms during quarantine, notify your healthcare provider right away. 

  • You should self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Notify the Student Health Center at 704-687-7400 to alert the University you are self-quarantining. Please note: This notification is for campus health reasons. It does not replace notifying others. For that information, see below. 

  • Students: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should proactively contact your instructors to request accommodation. Documentation of travel to an affected area may be required. Instructors have been asked to provide maximum flexibility to any student who has been asked to self-quarantine in order for them to complete class requirements. 

  • Faculty: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should consult the UNC Charlotte Academic Procedure: Schedule Interruption Guidelines and contact your department head to discuss alternative arrangements. Additionally, you should contact your students to update them. More guidance is available online. If your student is asked to quarantine, please use your best judgment and provide maximum flexibility in assessing their necessary absence to help keep classrooms healthy spaces. If you need additional guidance, the Dean of Students Office is available to provide support. 

  • Staff: If you are asked by the University to self-quarantine and not ordered by health officials, you should notify your supervisor. Per policy, missed time should be accounted for through comp time, sick leave or vacation time, or made up. Teleworking is also possible with approval of the supervisor. Consult the Flexible Work and Telework Arrangements for Employees and the ITS Standard for Teleworking for additional information. If you are ordered by public health officials to self-quarantine, you should notify your supervisor. Per policy, missed time is forgiven. In both situations of self-quarantine, documentation of travel to an affected area may be required. 

Changes to University-sponsored travel

  • Countries with a Level-3 CDC warning: As previously communicated, all University-sponsored travel to countries with a Level-3 CDC warning is canceled

  • Countries with a Level-2 CDC warning: Anyone with University-sponsored travel is strongly encouraged to reconsider this trip. If you cancel, the University will ensure your costs are recovered. If you choose not to cancel, you will be subject to self-quarantine upon your return. 

  • All other travel: Anyone with University-sponsored travel who has concerns about continuing with their plans should cancel regardless of the destination. The University will ensure your costs that cannot be refunded are recovered. 

  • An important note: This is a rapidly evolving situation. Please monitor the CDC website for the latest countries with Level-3 and Level-2 warnings. Faculty and staff, please contact travel@uncc.edu for any questions regarding your University-sponsored travel costs or reimbursement. Students, please contact your trip organizer for any questions regarding travel costs or reimbursement. 

Events and visitors on campus: 

  • Visitors to campus: For the health of our campus, please inform any planned visitors of the guidance for self-quarantine outlined above and reconsider their visit to campus until this situation is resolved. 

  • Events: At this time, no decision has been made about campus events. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation. The University is continuing to monitor guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials. We will communicate with campus if changes to events are needed.  

Stay home if you are sick from cold and flu, too: If you are sick with a respiratory illness, like a cold or the flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading the infection to others. This is especially important since the symptoms of these viruses are similar to those of coronavirus (COVID-19). They include coughing, sneezing, fever and sore throat.  Stay home when exhibiting symptoms and for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine) except to seek medical care. Faculty have been instructed to offer maximum flexibility to students, and employees should have sick leave to account for any necessary absence. Please protect your health and the health of your fellow Niners. 

What else the University is doing

Sanitizing campus spaces: The University is taking additional sanitizing measures throughout campus. Learn more in this FAQ

Continuing to monitor the situation: This is a fast-moving and fluid situation. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to lead a cross-divisional team that is monitoring the situation locally and around the world. Visit the Emergency Management website to learn more. 

Streamlining questions: An inquiry form has been created to help streamline questions from the campus community. 

What else you should do

Continue to practice good hygiene: WASH YOUR HANDS for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of cold, flu and other illnesses. You are also encouraged to clean your own areas, such as countertops, doorknobs, electronics, etc. for added protection.

Consider a new greeting: Avoid handshakes and consider different ways to say hello and goodbye. A pickaxe with your hand makes a great greeting for your fellow Niners. Also consider an elbow bump, a wave or a simple smile and nod. 

Review the University’s FAQ: The University is maintaining an FAQ page on the Emergency Management website. It has sections for faculty, staff, students and families and will continue to be updated until this situation is resolved. 

Next NinerNotice:
The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed.


March 4: Coronavirus Update

The University is currently monitoring the case of coronavirus in Wake County, North Carolina, and the situation nationally and globally.

In light of the evolving situation, the University has taken additional action in some areas. Please review the information below. 

What the University is doing

  • Recalling students in Italy and South Korea: In addition to canceling spring break programs to China, South Korea, Japan and Italy, the University has recalled students already abroad in Italy and South Korea. Upon their return, these individuals are being asked by the University to self-quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. They are also subject to any re-entry requirements in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. The Office of International Programs is working directly with these students to facilitate their return and the completion of their academic work. No decisions have been made about any other study abroad programs at this time. However, all locations are being monitored regularly and decisions will be made as warranted.

  • Canceling University-sponsored travel to affected areas: All University-sponsored travel to countries with a Level-3 warning from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been canceled. This includes China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. The University will not pay or reimburse for travel to these areas until further notice. If you have questions, please complete this form. No decisions have been made on travel to any other areas at this time. 

  • Streamlining questions: An inquiry form has been created to help streamline questions from the campus community. Please complete the form and a team of individuals will get you the answer you need. You may expect an answer within 24 hours Monday through Friday. Inquiries on the weekend may have a longer response time.

  • Continuing to monitor the situation: This is a fast-moving and fluid situation. The Office of Emergency Management continues to lead a cross-divisional team that is monitoring the situation locally and around the world. They are in contact with state officials and are tracking the information being released by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. The group has been meeting regularly since January to monitor the situation and any next steps needed by the University. The Office of Emergency Management is also maintaining a website with the most recent information, including FAQs and any changes to University-sponsored or affiliated programming on this page.

What you should do

  • Avoid travel to the affected areas: You should avoid all non-essential personal and business travel to the affected countries (China, South Korea, Iran and Italy).

    • If you must travel to areas where the virus has been identified, be aware of the latest advisories, protocols and re-entry requirements from CDC and the U.S. State Department.  

    • Register with Emergency Management: Anyone who must engage in personal travel to these areas or has already traveled to these areas should register with the Office of Emergency Management by emailing emergency@uncc.edu. In the email, the traveler should identify that the travel is personal (not University-sponsored). Everyone traveling to Level-3 countries will be asked by the University to self-quarantine upon their arrival back to the U.S. and may also be ordered to self-quarantine by health officials after screening in airports. You should prepare now for missed work and classes. See below for additional information.

  • Understand self-quarantine: If you have traveled to affected areas, you may be ordered by public health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. For your health and the health of the campus community, we ask you to comply with these requests. If you are ordered to quarantine by public health officials, you must contact the Student Health Center to notify the University of the order. They can be reached at 704-687-7400.  This applies to faculty and staff as well. 

    • Students: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should proactively contact your instructors to request accommodation. Documentation of travel to an affected area may be required. Instructors have been asked to provide maximum flexibility to any student who has been asked to self-quarantine in order for them to complete class requirements.

    • Faculty: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should consult the UNC Charlotte Academic Procedure: Schedule Interruption Guidelines and contact your department head to discuss alternative arrangements. Additionally, you should contact your students to update them. More guidance is available online. If your student is ordered to quarantine, you will be notified by a representative of the Dean of Students Office. 

    • Staff: If you are ordered by public health officials to self-quarantine, you should notify your supervisor. Per policy, missed time is forgiven. If you are asked by the University to self-quarantine and not ordered by health officials, you should notify your supervisor. Per policy, missed time should be accounted for through comp time, sick leave or vacation time, or made up. In both situations, documentation of travel to an affected area is required.

  • Know the facts: There is misinformation about the virus circulating. Make sure you have the facts by visiting these resources from the CDC: Share the Facts, Stop the Fear and Stigma Related to COVID-19.

  • Always practice good hygiene: Wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of cold, flu and other illnesses. 

  • Know the symptoms: If you have traveled to any of the affected areas and believe you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at 704-687-7400. This includes faculty and staff.
     

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The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed.


Feb. 27: Coronavirus Update Before Spring Break

UNC Charlotte officials continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). There have been additional cases confirmed in the United States and other countries in Asia and Europe. 

There are still no confirmed cases in North Carolina or any cases affecting the UNC Charlotte campus. However, the team continues to monitor the situation and is prepared to act quickly as needed to protect the health of the campus community. 

Ahead of spring break, please review the information below. 

What the University is Doing

  • Canceling Select Study Abroad Programs: To ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, the University has canceled spring break study abroad programs to China, South Korea, Japan and Northern Italy. Affected students and faculty have been contacted by the Office of Education Abroad. There have been no decisions on any other programs beyond those occurring during spring break. More information is available on the office’s website. The Office of International Programs will work with students and faculty to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study.
     

  • Communicating with Students and Faculty Already Abroad: The University is in regular communication with those students and faculty currently studying abroad in areas identified as affected by the virus and will continue to be until this situation is resolved. There are no reports of any UNC Charlotte students or faculty studying abroad being ill. 
     

  • Monitoring the Latest Information: The Office of Emergency Management is leading a cross-divisional team that is monitoring the situation locally and around the world. They are in contact with state officials and are tracking the information being released by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. The group currently convenes twice weekly to discuss the situation and any next steps needed by the University. The Office of Emergency Management is also maintaining a website with the most recent information, including FAQs and any changes to University-sponsored or affiliated programming on this page.
     

What You Should Do

  • Avoid Travel to the Affected Areas: You should avoid all non-essential personal and business travel to the affected countries (China, South Korea, Japan and Northern Italy). 
     

    • If you must travel to areas where the virus has been identified, be aware of the latest advisories, protocols and re-entry requirements from the U.S. State Department.  
       

    • Anyone who must engage in personal travel to these areas should register with the Office of Emergency Management by emailing emergency@uncc.edu. In the email, the traveler should identify that the travel is personal (not university-sponsored).
       

    • As an important reminder, pursuant to University Policy 602.7, Travel Authorization and Reimbursement, University-sponsored travel will be reimbursed only if pre-authorized via the completion of a Travel Authorization form signed by the appropriate departmental supervisor. Individuals who intend to engage in University-sponsored international travel must submit their Travel Authorization form to the Travel and Complex Payments Office at least two weeks in advance of international travel. The Travel Office will use travel authorization information to track faculty/staff potentially traveling to affected countries for University business purposes.
       

  • Know the Facts: There is misinformation about the virus circulating. Make sure you have the facts by visiting these resources from the CDC: Share the Facts, Stop the Fear and  Stigma Related to COVID-19.
     

  • Always Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of cold, flu and other illnesses. 
     

  • Know the Symptoms: If you have traveled to any of the affected areas and believe you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at 704-687-7400. This includes faculty and staff. 
     

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The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed. 


Feb. 24: Follow-up on Health Department Investigation

 In a Wednesday, Feb. 19, NinerNotice, UNC Charlotte shared that Mecklenburg County Health Department officials were investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the University community.  

Since that time, all individuals currently requiring testing have been notified, and the testing is ongoing at the Student Health Center and the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

The risk to the general campus population is believed to be low.  Unless there are additional cases of TB identified, there will be no need for further campus communication.  

Additional Resources

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Feb. 21: University will return to normal operations at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21
 
The University will return to normal operations as planned at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21. Classes and activities will resume at that time.
 
Please remember: The University is operating under Condition 1 until 11 a.m. This means all classes before that time are canceled. Non-mandatory employees should exercise good judgment about their ability to reach campus before 11 a.m. Mandatory employees are expected to report as directed by their supervisors.  
 
After 11 a.m.
Students, faculty and staff should always exercise good judgment and monitor their local road conditions when determining their ability to reach campus:
 
  • Students -- If students are unable to reach campus, they should contact their professors directly.
  • Faculty -- If faculty are unable to reach campus, they should contact their students directly.
  • Staff -- If staff are unable to reach campus, they should contact their supervisor.
 
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Unless there is an unexpected change, there will be no further NinerNotices  about this event.

Feb. 19: Health Department Investigating Two Potential Cases of Tuberculosis

UNC Charlotte has been informed by Mecklenburg County Health Department officials that they are investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis (TB). The two affected individuals, both of whom reside off campus, are receiving medical treatment and are following standard isolation protocols. 

The risk to the general campus population is believed to be low.  

TB is most commonly transmitted to people who have prolonged close contact with someone with active TB. Although it is spread through the air, casual contact does not typically place anyone at risk. People with TB disease can be treated if they seek medical help. The disease is curable with appropriate treatment.

What the University is doing

  • Assessing Need for Further Testing -- The University is working closely with  the Mecklenburg County Health Department to identify any student, faculty or staff member who may have been in contact with the students and requires testing at this time. The health department makes this determination, and any individual who requires testing received an email this afternoon to their @uncc email account with this information: 

    • From: Student Health Center

    • Subject line: ACTION REQUIRED: Review important health information 

    • Please note: If you did not receive this email, you are not required to be tested.

  • Holding Public Health Information Meetings -- The Mecklenburg County Health Department and University officials will hold three public information sessions to explain more about TB and answer any additional questions. The sessions will be held on: 

    • Wednesday, Feb. 19,  5:30 p.m., Student Union Theater

    • Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m., McKnight Hall, Cone Student Center

    • Friday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m., Lucas Room, Cone Student Center

    • If you cannot attend in person, the Thursday event will be streamed online

  • Practicing Additional Cleaning Measures -- In addition to daily procedures and out of an abundance of caution, the University is increasing the sanitization of high-traffic areas and any classrooms used by exposed individuals.

What you can do

  • Be Knowledgeable -- Review the University’s FAQ, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or attend one of the University’s information sessions (times above). Being informed is the best way to understand your risk, which is low to the general campus population.

  • Watch for More Information -- The University will continue to keep you updated through NinerNotices. Pay attention to your inbox or the Emergency Management Facebook or Twitter accounts for more information. 

  • Practice Good Hygiene -- Continue to follow good hygiene practices to help protect against common respiratory infections . Wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your sleeve or tissue (not hand), and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of other infections. 

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The next NinerNotice on this issue is expected by end of day on Monday, Feb. 24.


Feb. 11: Follow-up on incident at Lynch Hall
The suspect has been identified in the incident earlier today in Lynch Hall (see notice below). The individual is a non-student guest of a resident student and is believed to have discharged a weapon that caused a bullet to travel through a wall into an adjoining room, where it was later found.
 
No injuries were reported, and there was no threat to campus.
 
It is illegal to have a weapon in UNC Charlotte buildings, including residence halls. Any violation involving weapons on campus will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
 
This is an ongoing investigation. Please call UNC Charlotte Police at 704-687-2200 if you have additional information.
 
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There will be no additional NinerNotices about this incident.

Feb. 11: Incident today in Lynch Hall
This morning, UNC Charlotte Police received a report of a bullet found in a room in Lynch Hall. 
 
Upon inspection, it was determined the bullet came from an adjoining room. There were no injuries, and police are investigating the incident.  
 

There is no reason to believe there is a threat to campus. 

If you have any information about this incident, please contact UNC Charlotte Police at 704-687-2200. 

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Unless there is an unexpected change, there will be no additional NinerNotices about this event. 

 


Feb. 7:  University Operating Normally Today
The University is operating normally today, Friday, Feb. 7.
 
Employees and students should continue to exercise good judgment about their personal circumstances and related abilities to reach campus.
 
If you are unable to reach campus because of travel or weather conditions where you are, please communicate with your supervisor, professors and/or students accordingly.
 
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Unless there is an unexpected change, there will be no additional NinerNotices about this event.  
 

Feb. 6: University Monitoring Severe Weather Overnight
It is possible the Charlotte area will continue to see severe weather overnight, including flash flood warnings. Here is what you can expect from the University.
 
What the University is doing
  • The University will continue to monitor weather conditions this evening and overnight.
  • University officials will assess any weather-related impacts to campus and the immediate area.
  • There will be barricades set up around the Toby Creek area to prevent foot traffic overnight.
  • If there is a need to alter the University’s operating condition, tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 7, you will be notified via NinerAlert by 6 a.m.
 
What you can do
  • Continue to exercise caution and respond to any weather alerts and/or NinerAlert messages you receive.
  • Review what to do during severe weather, including thunderstormstornadoes and flooding.
  • Learn more about how to react to a seek shelter NinerAlert by watching this video.
  • Avoid the Toby Creek area.
  • Avoid walking and driving through flood waters. Remember: The water could be deeper than it appears. This is especially true at night when it is harder to seem.  Turn around, don’t drown!
 
When you will hear from us again
  • Unless there is an unexpected change, there will be no additional NinerNotices issued about this situation.
  • You may receive additional NinerAlerts for weather events overnight.
  • If there are any University condition changes for Friday, Feb. 7, you will be notified via NinerAlerts by 6 a.m. These alerts will be clearly labeled as an operating condition change. Please note: There will be no NinerAlerts sent if there is no change to operating conditions.
 

Jan. 24: UNC Charlotte Statement on Coronavirus

UNC Charlotte is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China and the related cases reported in the United States, including one at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. 

At this time, there have been no reported cases of the virus involving the UNC Charlotte community.

The University has established protocols to respond to infectious diseases. We are prepared to act quickly in the event there are reports of symptoms of or exposure to the virus by our faculty, staff or students.

Please remember:

  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. 

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control’s information about coronavirus.

    • For most people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild (like a cold or flu) and lessened after several days. The symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat.  

  • If you have traveled to any of the affected areas in China and believe you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at 704-687-7400. 

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Unless there is an unexpected change, there are no additional NinerNotices planned on this topic.


Questions

If you have questions about this page or are looking for an older notice, please email Christy Jackson, director of communications for business affairs, at cjack113@uncc.edu.