Coronavirus Campus Updates

Read all campus updates about UNC Charlotte's monitoring of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Items are listed in the order in which they were sent to the campus community, with the most recent listed first.

A list of all NinerNotices can be found on the NinerNotice resource page.
Messages regarding the University's assistance to the county's and state's response to COVID-19 can be found on the South Village Information page.

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.

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. 

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.

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 Center: CAPS 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. 

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.

Dear UNC Charlotte Community:

The University was informed today that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been in contact with this student, and they are in isolation and receiving the proper medical attention.

The student was studying abroad, self-quarantined upon return to the U.S. and did not return to campus. 

In accordance with privacy laws and University policy, we will not release any additional identifying information about this person. We are working closely with local health department officials to ensure notifications are made quickly to those who may have come in contact with the student so they can be directed as to their next steps. We are grateful for the health department’s partnership and expertise in this situation.  

I know this is concerning news. However, as testing for the virus becomes more widespread, we will begin to see more confirmed cases in the Charlotte region. I encourage everyone to remain vigilant in protecting their health and the health of others. 

We will continue to complete our classes online, and our employees will continue to telework with only mandatory employees on campus to ensure we are doing all we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control, most who experience this illness will have mild flu-like symptoms. If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your primary health care provider directly for assistance and guidance on next steps. 

Please continue to take the following precautions:

  • Follow social distancing practices in your daily lives, including staying at least 6 feet away from other persons and avoiding people who are sick. 

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If water and soap are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 

  • Cover your cough and sneezes (into your elbow or tissue) and wash your hands immediately.

Our leadership team is monitoring this rapidly changing situation. I ask that you pay close attention to your email and the information on the Emergency Management website for updates.

Please continue to take care of yourself, your families, and each other. 


Sincerely,

 

 

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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.

Dear Niner Nation,

This year marks my 21st year at UNC Charlotte, the last 15 during which I’ve had the great privilege to serve as your chancellor. While we’ve experienced exponential growth and many changes during that time, one thing has remained constant: the selfless and unwavering support of Niner Nation, especially in challenging times. It is during situations like these that I am always reminded of the pride I feel to be part of the 49er family.

Since COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives, many of you have reached out to see how you can help. In the weeks and months ahead, some of our students will face new and overwhelming challenges related to this pandemic, such as affording housing, transportation, food, medical expenses, and access to necessary resources needed for remote learning. We also know that many alumni and some of our employees could be faced with unforeseen economic hardships.

I wanted to share what the University is doing and ways you can support our Niner family.

Emergency Fund for Students
The 
UNC Charlotte Emergency Relief Fund helps current students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses, including pandemics.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of two of our alumni, the Demond and Kia Martin Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar gifts made to the Emergency Fund up to $100,000. Demond ‘97 and Kia ‘98 are longtime supporters of the University, and I remain grateful for their continued altruistic support of our students. Currently enrolled students can apply for an Emergency Fund grant via this website. Please consider donating to the Emergency Fund to help our Niners during this difficult time.  

Jamil Niner Student Food Pantry
The
Jamil Niner Student Pantry provides assistance to UNC Charlotte students who struggle with food insecurities, helping ensure that every student has access to nutritious food. During this time, the on-campus pantry remains open for students, utilizing a web order form to maximize social distancing. The staff bags the groceries and hands them to students so they don’t have to shop in the pantry. A contribution of $50 to the Jamil Niner Food Pantry provides seven lunches and a $100 donation will feed one student dinner all week.

Free E-Textbooks Available to Students
To help facilitate the transition to online learning, Barnes & Noble College and
VitalSource have made free e-books available for the remainder of the semester. 

Student and Family Resources
Many of our business and community partners have graciously offered to extend discounts on products and services to our students and their families during this time. You can always access the most up-to-date list
here.

Alumni Resources
Our alumni are always a part of Niner Nation and the University Career Center is available, free for life. Our 
virtual center is available to provide individual coaching sessions, small group discussions and just-in-time service. 

"Hire-A-Niner" is always important, but now more than ever. If your organization is hiring part-time or full-time employees, or looking for an intern, please reach out to recruit@uncc.edu and we will help share these opportunities with our candidate pool.

Employee Support
UNC Charlotte offers employees experiencing economic difficulties access to
emergency loans up to $250. Donations to the emergency loan fund can be made via the UNC Charlotte giving website. The North Carolina State Health Plan has also made some changes to further assist employees during this time, including the elimination of any co-pay requirement for COVID-19 testing. 

The days and weeks ahead will test our collective strength, but we have shown time and time again that our Niner Nation community always rises to a challenge. As 49ers, demonstrating our values - social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect - has never been more important. This public health crisis will not be solved with fear and discrimination:, it will be solved by our diverse global community rising together in solidarity, support, and compassion.

Let’s do our part, Niners.

Sincerely,

 

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

Dear UNC Charlotte Class of 2020 and Families,

Around the world and here in Niner Nation, the unprecedented disruption and increasing impact of this pandemic are unfolding at a precious time for our University - graduation, final examinations, and major events.  At the same time, we know that our priority remains preserving and protecting the health and safety of our Niner family and continuing to support the ongoing education of our students.

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19 and based on current federal health guidance, UNC Charlotte’s May commencement ceremony will need to be postponed.

We know you are disappointed. We are too.

We are incredibly proud of you and your academic accomplishments and know what an important milestone graduation is for you, your families, and your faculty members.
We are working to develop a thoughtful plan to recognize and celebrate your UNC Charlotte accomplishments. The University is considering in-person ceremony options in either August or December, and we expect to finalize these plans by May. Our commencement website and FAQs will also be updated with the latest information.

Commencement is one of our most cherished traditions, and we remain fully committed to celebrating this important day when we can ensure the health and safety of our graduates and their families. This is an extraordinary situation, and we appreciate your understanding, support, and patience. The enduring spirit of Niner Nation is one of resilience, and we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

 

 

Chancellor Philip L. Dubois

Dear Niner Nation,

I can say without question this has been among the most challenging weeks in my career in higher education. It has been confusing and stressful, and at times, I felt like I had whiplash from how quickly information was changing. I imagine you felt the same way.

I am not sure it can be overstated how unprecedented this situation is. This is truly a global crisis, and officials are adapting to changing information on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis. Life as many of us know it has stopped: We aren’t together in offices or classrooms, our social outings have been canceled, religious services have been suspended, and even going out to dinner with friends in North Carolina is no longer possible. 

COVID-19 is serious, and for some, it is life and death. And we need your help. As we watch television stories about individuals continuing to congregate in large groups, we can only be alarmed. Their behavior is putting many others at risk, including members of their own families. There is a general lesson: It is not about one of us. It is about all of us. 

Individuals with compromised immune systems or other underlying health conditions and those over 60 years old may not be able to fight this illness the way others can. I know we all have someone we care about who may be at risk. 

That is why we must do our part to help “flatten the curve” of infection to buy our medical professionals more time to treat those who are sick and eventually find a reliable vaccine or treatment against this virus. 

I have said many times that we value the health and well-being of our students, employees, and our extended Niner family above anything else. We must all put those words into action. 

Social distancing is the chance we have to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. That is why we have moved our classes to remote delivery or online, why we are requiring all students who can to leave our residence halls and return home, and why most of our employees are now almost entirely teleworking. 

I want you to know I recognize the challenges and inconveniences all of this brings. I feel quite confident saying most of us have never experienced something like this before. 

I am asking you to help in lessening the spread of this disease.  The sooner we get it under control, the sooner life can begin to return to normal. 

Abide by social distancing protocols. Medical officials now understand that people, especially those under 20, may be able to carry the virus without showing symptoms but can still transmit it to others. Please heed the warnings about group sizes. Do not gather in groups of 10 or more. Avoid unnecessary contact with others, staying six feet away from people if at all possible. Sanitize high-contact surfaces in your home, like your phone and laptop. And though you have likely tired of hearing it by now, wash your hands as often as possible. 

The next few weeks are not going to be easy. We must anticipate that more restrictive terms may be imposed by governmental authorities and/or the UNC System Office with respect to the conduct of our daily activities and movement around the community. There will be learning curves and growing pains, and I ask for your patience as we work through them together. 

Please continue to monitor the Emergency Management website and your email for the latest information. 

Sincerely,

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

Dear Niner Nation:

We are in historic and unprecedented circumstances as the world grapples with responding to COVID-19. Every day brings new information about how to best combat the spread of the virus, and with that comes new and changing directives. I know this may be confusing sometimes as we amend or update previous instructions to align with emerging facts, and I ask for your patience in this process. I assure you we are making every decision with the health and  well-being of our students, faculty, and staff in the forefront of our minds. 

As part of the UNC System, UNC Charlotte must work closely with System officials on major decisions affecting classes, leave, and payroll. The System Office has issued additional guidance that will lead to the following changes in effect immediately at UNC Charlotte: 

  • Classes and Labs -- All classes, including lab sections, will be online or remote effective March 23 and for the remainder of the semester. Students engaged in dissertation, thesis, or other individualized instruction should contact their faculty advisor/instructor. More information about advising and tutoring is available online. The Provost’s Office will provide additional information to faculty later today. 

  • Residence Halls -- All on-campus students are required to leave the residence halls as soon as is practicable and no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, unless an exception has been granted by Housing and Residence Life (HRL). We believe it is important that you leave as soon as possible, so please take only essential belongings with you. Residence halls will be secured and you can return at a later date to retrieve your items. This is to ensure social distancing and protect the health of all students. HRL will provide more information to students and families immediately following this message. 

  • Administrative Leave --  Administrative paid leave for all mandatory and non-mandatory employees, including temporary and student employees, will be in place for the following situations related to COVID-19: those who cannot work because of childcare or eldercare facility closings; those who cannot telework because their duties cannot be performed remotely and reasonable alternate remote work is not possible; and those who are unable to work due to cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms or are caring for someone with symptoms from these illnesses. Please see more information online. 

  • Reimbursements: The UNC System has indicated that decisions about refunds for housing and dining fees will be postponed until at least April or until we are beyond the imminent issues facing us with mitigating the spread of the virus. We will not have any additional information to share with you until that time.This also applies to campus-based fees, including parking, and student activities facilities and programs. 

  • Commencement: We have not made any decisions about spring commencement at this time, but we continue to monitor conditions closely. We know how hard our students (and families) have worked for this moment, and we pledge to be in touch with you as soon as possible if plans for the day change.  You can also monitor the commencement website for the latest information. 

Please review this information in more detail on the Emergency Management (EM) website, and watch the EM website and your email closely for the latest updates. You can expect new directives to be issued later today relative to building access and events. A NinerNotice will be issued with more information.

While I cannot say with certainty what the days ahead will bring, I do know this: There is no doubt about who we are as Niner Nation: We are strong, we are innovative, and we are resilient. We will come together, as we always have, to ensure the needs of our community are met. 

Continue to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your fellow Niners. 

Sincerely,

 

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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 websitePlease 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.

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).

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. 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.

Additional information for faculty: Academic Affairs will communicate with faculty members with additional information about ongoing resources to assist in course instruction. Faculty are directed to provide the maximum flexibility possible for students during this time. 

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: Atkins Library will be open 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays. During these open  hours, the campus population will need to swipe their 49er Card to enter the building. The Circulation/Reference Desk will be open to assist with basic library services. All online resources will be available as well as we will assistance through our chat service on the website.  Visit the Atkins Library website for more information about services and available computer labs.
     
  • Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS): SASS will continue normal operating hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist students experiencing a broad range of issues, concerns or challenges. Contact the SASS office at (704) 687-0289 or email at studentsupport@uncc.edu. Absence verification forms are available online. For more information about hours and online services, visit SASS.
     
  • Advising: Advisors will conduct scheduled advising appointments through phone or video chat, and can answer questions with students via email. Students also can schedule new appointments with their assigned advisor by using CONNECT. For more information on how college advising offices are providing services check the links you can find on the university’s Academic Advising website. If are not sure which office you need to talk to, contact the University Advising Center at ucol-advising@uncc.edu or 704-687-7717.
     
  • University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE) will continue to offer tutoring and academic support services via online chat. Students can make appointments through CONNECT. Additional resources are also available on their website.
     
  • The Writing Center will remain open with online-only tutoring sessions. Appointments can be booked online at uncc.mywconline.com. Please review their WebEx (video conferencing) and e-tutoring session styles before choosing what will work best for you. For concerns or questions, please email wrchelp@uncc.edu.
     
  • The Career Center will continue to conduct appointments through phone and video chat, as well as answer questions and work with students via email. Pay close attention to the Career Center website for more information on career webinars and branding sessions to help you move forward with your career plans.
     
  • The Center for Graduate Life will be offering virtual programming in support of UNC Charlotte graduate students. Visit their website for details.
Study Abroad

Due to the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and following the guidelines of a UNC System directive, UNC Charlotte has cancelled all spring and summer study abroad programs. The Office of Education Abroad will work with students and faculty over the coming days to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study. (Updated: Sunday, March 15)

For more information, visit the Office of Education Abroad's website. 

On-Campus Housing

Residence halls remain open and residents should not experience any change to support and services available within their residential communities. Students should practice social distancing in their residence halls. Students are also encouraged to travel to their permanent residences, if they are able.

HRL will share more information with resident students.

Dining, Retail and Transportation
  • Dining: Crown Commons and SoVi dining halls will be open with social distancing practices in place. This includes meal management by staff, reduced seating capacity and ample to-go options. Beginning Monday, March 16, a reduced number of retail dining locations will be open. Ordering through Transact mobile ordering (download for iOS or Android) will be required at all locations available on the mobile ordering app. Cash will not be accepted at dining halls or retail dining locations. Visit the Auxiliary Services operational changes page for more information, and monitor Dine on Campus for hours changes.
     
  • Retail: Beginning Monday, March 16, Barnes and Noble Charlotte will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday. Center City Bookstore will be closed. 
     
  • NinerTech Computer Store: NinerTech will operate regular business hours until further notice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday - Friday; closed on weekends. Visit NinerTech for updates.
     
  • Transportation: Bus capacities will be reduced by 50 percent to accommodate social distancing. Niner Transit and Paratransit schedules are available on the Auxiliary Services operational changes webpage.  
Center City
  • At this time, Center City will not accept reservations until further notice. 
  • Einstein Bros Bagels at Center City is closed.
  • Center City Bookstore will be closed starting Monday. Students should visit Barnes and Noble at UNC Charlotte on main campus.
  • Please check the Center City website for general operating hours. 
Other Campus Services
  • Student Health Center: The Student Health Center will be operating normal hours, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Closed on weekends. Visit the Student Health Center for after-hours and weekend resources.
     
  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS remains open to students for individual appointments 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Groups, workshops and outreach programs are suspended beginning March 16. CAPS is actively working to expand remote counseling and consultative services. For updated information on changes to CAPS services, please visit the CAPS website or call (704) 687-0311.
     
  • Recreation Facilities: All University Recreation facilities will be closed effective Saturday, March 14. Services will be assessed weekly until further notice and more information will be shared as it becomes available.
     
  • Popp Martin Student Union (PMSU): The PMSU will be open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. from Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday - Sunday. At this time, the building remains open to events with less than 50 attendees. Movies will be canceled beginning March 14. Visit PMSU for updated information on building operations. Retail and dining hours will vary; visit online resources for details.
     
  • Cone University Center: Cone will be open 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. from Monday - Friday; closed on weekends. At this time, the building remains open to events with less than 50 attendees. All dining functions will be closed. Visit Cone for updated information on building operations.
     
  • Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC): The SAC will be closed effective Saturday, March 14. Services will be assessed weekly until further notice and more information will be shared as it becomes available. 
     
  • Dean of Students Office: The Dean of Students Office will operate normal business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
     
  • The Jamil Student Niner Pantry: The Jamil Student Niner Pantry will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
     
  • Veteran Services Support (VSO): The VSO office in Barnard will be closed, but staff will be working remotely and accessible at 704-687-5488 or veteranservice@uncc.edu. Additionally, the Barnard Veterans Lounge will be closed and inaccessible. Card access will be temporarily deactivated until further notice.
     
  • Title IX Office: The Title IX Office will operate normal business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
     
  • Graduate School: The Graduate School will be open for business online and in-person (Cato Hall, 2nd floor). 
     
  • Receiving & Stores: Beginning March 16, Receiving & Stores will collect all business deliveries, including those from UPS and FedEx. Staff will stage these deliveries and reach out to the recipients before attempting delivery. This applies only to University-related business deliveries, not students. Call 704-687-0372 or email receiving-stores@uncc.edu for assistance.
Employees
  • Faculty: Academic Affairs will provide additional information to all faculty members, including available support for online classes. The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Keep Teaching resources can be found at teaching.uncc.edu/keepteaching, and a list of University-supported technology is available at go.uncc.edu/RemoteTechTips
  • Staff: All non-mandatory employees should plan to work remotely until further notice if they are able. If you are unable to work remotely, please consult with your supervisor. Additional guidance will be sent by HR and divisional and departmental leadership. Supervisors maintain the authority to determine whether their employees can work remotely.
  • Student and Temporary Employees: Supervisors will communicate with their student and temporary employees to discuss if and how their work can be done remotely and ensure appropriate timekeeping and equipment.
Research and Economic Development

All Research and Economic Development (RED) offices remain operational, including all pre-award, post-award and research compliance.  RED staff will be available by email, phone and video conference during reduced operations.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to check the RED website for additional instructions.

Travel

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. Additionally, employees should avoid any reservations via p-card or personal funds for future travel without prior authorization. The University will ensure any costs for any previously scheduled travel that cannot be refunded are recovered so the traveler does not incur expenses. 

Please review these travel FAQs for more information. 

Events and Athletics
  • Non-Athletic Events: As outlined in the March 12 NinerNotice, all events of more than 50 people are canceled without an exception granted by Chancellor Dubois. Effective immediately, there will be no exceptions granted for events of more than 100 people. For events for 50-100 people, an exception may be requested but will be granted only in extraordinary circumstances. This includes recruitment events, tours, student programs, alumni events, performances, conferences and social events. Event organizers will receive additional information from University officials. 
  • Athletics: All spring sport competition for Conference USA institutions is suspended until further notice. Any fans who have purchased tickets in advance for previously scheduled Charlotte 49er athletic events will receive further information about refunds or account credit.
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.
  • Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information. 
  • 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. 

Dear UNC Charlotte Community,

Late yesterday afternoon, the campus received a NinerNotice with information related to the guidance issued from the UNC System regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). I wanted to provide more context about the steps we are taking to safeguard our campus and what you can expect next. 

Since mid-January, a cross-divisional team has been meeting to assess, plan and prepare our University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While we have no confirmed cases on campus or even in Mecklenburg County, it has now become clear the virus is continuing to spread across the country and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. This is true for all schools in the UNC System, which is why the System Office issued guidance yesterday afternoon to help ensure we are responding in a coordinated fashion. 

UNC Charlotte has been working for several weeks to prepare the necessary next steps, and now we are ensuring our plans align with the System Office’s guidance. In some respects, our plans are even more restrictive than the System guidance.  Our goal is to provide you information and next steps that helps start to clarify the many questions you likely have on your mind, and we intend to do so no later than 6 p.m. today. While we cannot entirely prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are working to mitigate its risk to our faculty, staff, students, and their families. 

In the interim, I want to assure you of a few important things:  

  • UNC Charlotte remains open, classes are not canceled, and we are committed to preserving the quality of our students’ education this semester, even if the instruction is delivered in an unconventional format.  

  • Our residence halls remain open, and no student is required to leave. We will also have dining options available that provide appropriate social distancing for our students.

  • We are also committed to providing our faculty and staff the support they need to be successful in a virtual environment. More information is available online for teleworking and online teaching resources

  • We will have social distancing practices in place for faculty, staff and students who are on campus or are taking classes that cannot be delivered online. 

We know this extraordinary situation will result in very real challenges for our community. I ask for your patience in the days ahead as we all adapt to this new reality and work through these challenges together. We will not have answers to all the questions that will immediately arise. This is a rapidly evolving situation not only for us, but for our state, our country and across the globe. What I can tell you is there is a dedicated UNC Charlotte team working tirelessly in the face of unprecedented uncertainty to maintain the health and well-being of our 49er community, and to communicate those decisions to you as quickly as possible.

Students, faculty and staff will receive additional instructions today and in the days ahead, so it will be important to pay close attention to your email for NinerNotices and other email communications. You can also stay updated by visiting the Emergency Management website for the latest information and  FAQs. If you don’t see your question addressed, please complete our inquiry form.  While the volume of emails may exceed the team’s ability to respond individually to each question, we will use the inquiries to help inform additions to the FAQs and future campus updates. 

Thank you for all your efforts to keep Niner Nation a safe and healthy community. Please take care of yourself and each other.

Sincerely,

 

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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.

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 below 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.
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.

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.
     

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

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. 

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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