Planning for a New Semester
Like universities and colleges across the country, fall 2020 will be a semester unlike any other at UNC Charlotte.
Leaders from across every division on campus are working diligently to develop plans that allow the University to respond with flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.
Our work is guided by the following principles:
Care for Our Community -- The health and safety of the UNC Charlotte community are our top priorities, especially those members of Niner Nation who may be most vulnerable to COVID-19. We place these things above all else.
Informed Decision Making -- Our decisions are informed by the recommendations of experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College Health Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and guidance from local and state public health officials. We will create practices, operating procedures and a culture that takes public health guidance seriously.
Agility in Response -- The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. We understand the agility to respond to emerging information is necessary to protect the health and safety of our campus.
Student Success -- We are committed to preserving the rich learning environment that is a hallmark of the UNC Charlotte experience. We will continue to offer support services to our students, whether in person or online, and we will incorporate digital learning elements into all courses to deliver high-quality instruction while providing the flexibility needed in this new environment.
Collaboration and Inclusion -- It will take the work of every member of Niner Nation for us to meet the current challenges we face. Whenever possible, feedback will be sought by relevant stakeholders in the decision-making process. We will work together to reimagine the fall semester in a way that still offers an exceptional education to our students and a supportive work environment for our employees. We must recognize the additional challenges some in our community face as a result of COVID-19, and we must assign value to the wellbeing of those around us to foster a caring environment and place of belonging for all members of Niner Nation.
Timely and Accurate Information -- We will keep members of our campus community updated as new information becomes available, equipping them with the knowledge they need to navigate this new environment.
Leadership and Teams
Many individuals are involved in the development and execution of the plans guiding the University's ongoing response to COVID-19.
This group is comprised of the Chancellor, the Chancellor's Cabinet, and other associate vice chancellors and directors who provide strategic oversight of the University's response and guidance to Incident Management Team (IMT) members.
Incident Management Team (IMT)
The IMT provides the infrastructure that is required for operational emergency management response. IMT members represent departments and offices within the University and have the authority to make decisions for their area. The IMT is the reporting body for all the working groups listed below.
These groups are lead by members of the IMT or Cabinet and include faculty, staff and student representatives. More information on their plans will be shared with campus as they are completed.
Reopening Plan Review Group
Reviews departmental/unit reopen plans and makes recommendation for approval to Policy Group .
Faculty Fall Planning Group
Assesses academic policies, classroom guidance, course considerations and faculty guidance.
Outreach and Information
Develops education/communication strategies to inform students, faculty and staff about social distancing guidelines/requirements and other healthy public behavior issues.
Assess and clarify response to CDC indoor air quality requirements related to employees and students returning to campus.
Determines feasibility and implementation of on-campus testing and tracing capabilities.
New Student Convocation/Day of Convocation
Reimagines and executes New Student Convocation within existing parameters.
Fall Class Schedule Issues
Oversees the revision of the University's fall academic calendar and all associated tasks. Contains sub-groups on course delivery options, room capacity and physical arrangements, class schedule and availability review, and schedules changes in Banner.
Welcome Back Student Affairs Events
Decides the look and feel of many of the traditional welcome back events for students, including the student organizations fair, 49er New Year, fraternity and sorority recruitment and Convocation.
Campus Events and Reservations (non-academic)
Examines existing reservations (Cone, Student Union and SAC), Academic Affairs' need for non-academic classroom space and Student Affairs' needs through the lens of social distancing.
Provides guidelines and recommendations for adjustments to space to achieve necessary social distancing protocols. Includes a sub-group on game and event management.
Fall Housing Quarantine/Isolation
Plans for isolation and quarantine of on-campus student residents (COVID-19 positive, contacts) during fall semester.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Standards
Establishes University wide standards for cleaning and disinfecting standards.
Space Survey for Social Distancing
Provides guidelines and recommendations for adjustments to space to achieve necessary social distancing protocols.
Coordinates requests for and purchases of the University's centralized supplies: face coverings, sneeze guards, floor stickers, hand sanitizer, etc.
Fall Housing Logistics
Plans for the move-in process and dates, early arrivals, RA Training, HRL policies given social distancing.
Develops guidelines for safetly resuming research activities; develops guidelines for restart and resumption of campus research during Phase 2.
Reimbursement / Finance
Tracks expenses and reimbursement. Coordinates on behalf of the University for federal and state funding opportunities.
Assess HR/legal related issues returning to campus.