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.

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. 

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.

Dear UNC Charlotte Community,
 
As we announced on May 4, the University has made the decision to delay the start of the fall semester. Over the past several weeks, we have engaged in conversations with faculty, students, the UNC System office and local public health officials to finalize our academic schedule. While there are many views on the optimal plan for the fall semester, one thing remains consistent: the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority.

The fall academic calendar has now been posted on the registrar’s office website. Classes will begin on September 7 and end on December 15, with exams beginning December 17 and continuing through December 23. To ensure exams are completed before the winter break, it will be necessary to eliminate fall break and reduce Thanksgiving break by one day. Winter commencement ceremonies are scheduled to take place on January 8 and 9. The new schedule extends our traditional winter break until the spring semester classes resume on January 20, and provides students a total of three additional days of break (27 days) as compared to the 2019 fall semester (24 days).

Like other universities all around the world, we are having to make difficult decisions, informed by local circumstances. We must use the best information we have to make decisions that continue to prioritize the health and safety of Niner Nation, knowing that adaptability remains critical in responding to the ongoing pandemic.

We also know how important in-person instruction, hands-on learning, interaction with faculty, and activities with friends and peers are essential to the UNC Charlotte experience, and we are committed to preserving a rich learning environment in the fall even in, or perhaps especially in, this uncertain time. The Office of Academic Affairs is working with faculty to incorporate digital learning elements into all courses to deliver high quality instruction, but also provide flexibility to shift to exclusive online/remote delivery should a resurgence in the virus warrant such a change.

We are also exploring a final exam schedule that respects the desire of students and employees to spend time with friends and family over the winter holidays while meeting the required number of class days. For example, we are working with faculty to move exams that must be taken in person to the beginning of the exam period and deliver other exams online, giving individuals the flexibility to leave campus for the winter break earlier than December 23.

Finalizing the academic calendar is a significant step forward in our planning efforts toward bringing students, faculty and staff back to campus safely for the fall. There are many details still being worked out by our campus reentry task force teams, the Incident Management Team (IMT), the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the many dedicated professionals committed to helping ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Additional details about the fall semester will be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead.

As we move forward, I want to thank you again – our students, faculty and staff – for your hard work, commitment and dedication. The last three months have been very challenging for our entire community and COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives. But as Niners, you stepped up, overcame those obstacles and pushed not only yourselves but our entire community forward.

We know there is a lot on your minds, and are committed to providing answers to the many questions you may have over the next few months. During this time, we must all prepare for some inconveniences and adopt the community standards and behaviors that will help ensure a safe campus. We are confident that, although fall 2020 may be different, it will be a successful and meaningful semester for Niner Nation.

Cordially,  

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

Joan F. Lorden, 
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs  

Dear UNC Charlotte Class of 2020 and Families,

We hope you enjoyed the special commencement messages, commemorative program and video created to recognize and celebrate your UNC Charlotte accomplishments.

I am writing to you today because we promised an update by the end of this month on our decision to conduct an in-person ceremony for May 2020 graduates in either August or December this year.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, UNC Charlotte’s priority remains preserving and protecting the health and safety of our Niner family. Based on public health guidance, we have decided to move the start of the fall semester from August 24 to September 7 to allow more time between the projected peak of the virus in Mecklenburg County and the start of the academic year.

This decision, based on the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the state’s reopening guidelines and limitations around large gatherings, means that we will not be able to effectively plan for an August commencement ceremony. Therefore, we are moving forward to determine whether an in-person ceremony for our May 2020 graduates can occur in December.  

The University is exploring in-person ceremony options for December that will comply with state guidelines, while ensuring the health and safety of our graduates and their guests. We expect to finalize plans by the end of September. Our commencement website and FAQs will also be updated with the latest information.

While I recognize that an in-person ceremony is a wonderful tradition that symbolizes the culmination of your college career, please know that the absence of a physical ceremony does not take away from your hard work, significant accomplishments or this important milestone in your life. You are now a proud UNC Charlotte alumnus/a, one that has shown incredible resilience, perseverance and determination — qualities that we need in the leaders of tomorrow.

We will do everything we can to safely commemorate your graduation day in person later this year. But in the meantime, know that all of us at UNC Charlotte are cheering you on in the next phase of your life. Go Niners!

Sincerely,

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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

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NinerNotices will be sent as updated information becomes available.

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.

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

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.

Dear Niner Nation, 

As you may have seen last week, UNC System Interim President Bill Roper shared the intention of all System institutions to return to on-campus instruction in the fall. UNC Charlotte has been engaged in extensive discussions to assess what is most appropriate for our University. I write today with an update on the fall semester and information on federal grant money to assist qualifying students as they prepare for a return to campus. 

Plans for Fall Semester
We know how critical in-person instruction, hands-on learning, and activities with friends and peers are to a well-rounded student experience. As faculty and staff, we miss our interactions with students and each other, experiences that are important to maintaining the sense of community we feel deeply at UNC Charlotte. We also know we must be responsible about balancing the return to classrooms, offices, and residence halls with the health and safety of Niner Nation and the uncertainty this pandemic poses. 

After consultation with public health and UNC System officials, we have made the decision to begin our fall semester on Monday, September 7, two weeks after our previously scheduled start on August 24.  Given our unique location in North Carolina’s largest city, these two weeks allow additional time between the projected peak of the virus in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and the start of the academic year. We are seeing the flattening of the virus’s curve as a result of social distancing, but county health authorities tell us the peak in the outbreak in Charlotte is now projected to occur in mid-June. As the city begins to return to life as a hub for global business and travel, we will assess any additional safety protocols that may be necessary on our campus. The health of our students and employees, especially those who may be at higher risk, is our top priority in making this decision.

We realize the delayed start will pose some logistical challenges, including the start on Labor Day. That is why we wanted to share this decision as soon as possible.

A complete schedule for a semester that begins instruction on September 7 is in preparation and will be released as soon as it is available. This will include specific dates that will guide move-in into campus residence halls, semester and holiday breaks, academic deadlines, and commencement plans. 

We know you have many more questions about how life on campus will work when you return with social distancing protocols in place, how classes will be delivered, and other important topics. We are committed to getting you those answers as quickly as we can. 

I asked for your patience and flexibility as we worked through the change to remote classes, and I ask for it again now. There is still much to be done to ensure we are welcoming you back to campus as safely as possible. As we move through that process, we will post updates online and send regular communication to keep you informed. 

Our academic advisors and other support services remain open and available to assist you remotely to ensure you are registered for fall classes and progressing toward degree completion. Please visit the Niner Nation Cares website for more on these resources.

CARES Funding for Students
Funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides approximately $12 million in grant money to UNC Charlotte for distribution to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. A team of University leaders has developed a plan for how this money will be distributed to those students identified as having the highest need based on their most recent Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Grant amounts will vary by student and are unique to each student’s circumstances. The specific criteria that will govern the allocation of funding will be released shortly.  What is important for most students to know is that the funding is extremely limited.  Although $12 million is a lot of money, we also have a large number of students in need.  

To be eligible for CARES Act funds, students must have been enrolled in spring 2020 and registered for fall 2020 classes, eligible to receive federal financial aid, and have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA.  Students who did not file a FAFSA will be given the opportunity to do so.  The money will not be applied to any outstanding balances owed the University. We anticipate the grants will begin being distributed within 2-3 weeks. Recipients will see the amount of their grant posted to their student account before it is disbursed.

More information about the grants, including the form to complete if you haven’t filed a FAFSA, will be posted on the Niner Nation Cares website soon. Students are encouraged to check the site for updates frequently. 

Niners Helping Niners
Just like you, this is not the semester I imagined when we began in January, but I am proud of how this community has come together. 

I am truly grateful for how Niner Nation has stood in support of one another. Through generous support of employees, alumni, friends and students, we have raised $500,000 in emergency funds and have helped more than 1,000 students to-date. This money helped pay rent, buy groceries, and reduce the strain of lost jobs and disrupted work and school schedules. Most importantly, it demonstrated the care Niners have for one another. 

The past 12 months have challenged our University in unimaginable ways. At each turn, you have risen above every obstacle, showing the strength and resilience of Niner Nation.  

I know you will continue to do so.

Sincerely,

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Dear Niner Nation, 

On Tuesday, we told you the UNC System shared system-wide guidance that parking fees were not eligible for reimbursement for the spring semester. That was true, and we were following the direction provided to us. 

However, after further conversation with the System, we received new guidance today and each institution can now determine how to implement their parking refund policies. 

I am pleased to announce that UNC Charlotte will be able to apply our established parking refund procedures with additional special considerations for the impact of COVID-19.

Students: Eligible students will receive a refund for the prorated amount of the permit type held by the student, calculated as of March 16, the day classes moved to online/remote delivery, and excluding any outstanding parking fees associated with the account. More details on the refund process will be provided soon. 

Employees Who Purchased in One Payment: Eligible employees who paid in one payment will receive the prorated amount of the cost refunded to a credit card if that was the original form of payment or a check for the amount owed if originally paid by check or cash. The total refund will be calculated as of March 16, and it will be based on the standard proration schedule for each permit type and any outstanding parking fees associated with the account.

Employees with Payroll Deduction: For eligible employees who pay through payroll deduction, the last payment will be in the April 15 payroll. Because payroll deduction for parking is one month in arrears, individuals paying through that method will have paid for parking through March 15.

The prorated refunds of parking permits will be a manual process for our Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) team. You will receive additional information within the next week, and you should expect to receive your refund within three to four weeks. 

In the meantime, please make sure your direct deposit or permanent mailing address information is updated by visiting my.uncc.edu 

This remains a confusing time for all of us with rapidly changing information, but I am pleased we are now able to offer this to our students, faculty, and staff.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. 

We will get through this. 

Cordially,

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

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.

Dear Niner Nation, 

As you know, the COVID-19 situation continues to be very fluid, and UNC Charlotte is working closely with county, state, and hospital leadership to prepare and ensure our community has the resources to manage through this crisis.  

Today, Mecklenburg County announced that the projections for overflow hospital patients are significantly lower than original estimates, and that social distancing protocols are helping advance these efforts. Based on these updated projections and the needs of the hospital systems, I have suspended the second phase of the move-out for South Village residence halls this week until we gain further direction from the county. 

Also, based on North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-home order in effect through April 29, we ask that students and families do not return to campus to secure their belongings until the order is lifted. Once the county and state’s directives have been lifted, a process for complete check out of all residence halls will be shared. 

I want to thank all of our students in Hunt, Laurel, and Levine and their families who returned quickly to campus over the weekend to retrieve belongings and our staff members who facilitated this effort. 

Our preparations were not in vain. If the fight against COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected and to be ready to adjust quickly to changing information.

We stand ready to help if we are needed by Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina. If called upon, Niner Nation will do what is necessary to help safeguard the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors. 

I appreciate your continued flexibility and patience in this extraordinary situation. 

Sincerely, 

Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor

Dear Niner Nation, 

Last week, I wrote to you with information about the ways we are uniting to support our fellow Niners. Today, I am writing to tell you how Niner Nation may be called upon to help our local community in a significant way. 

We are in an international crisis. We are being asked to live, study, and work differently. We must also think differently about our responsibilities to each other and the larger community during this time, which means sometimes stepping forward to serve the Charlotte region in new ways.

Similar to other universities, we are working closely with state and local officials to assess the needs of our respective communities in this extraordinary situation. During this time, it may become necessary for South Village residence halls (Holshouser, Hunt, Laurel, Levine, Sanford and Scott) to be used in conjunction with Mecklenburg County or the state of North Carolina’s planning and response efforts for COVID-19.  All efforts in support of the county and state’s plans are critical to protecting the health and safety of our community as a whole. In the interest of saving lives, I have pledged the full cooperation of the University to the county and state as needed in the days ahead.

We have contacted South Village residents and are working to reunite them with any belongings left behind using a scheduling plan and protocol that practices appropriate social distancing during the relocation process.  

Under the terms of the county and state stay-at-home orders, the University has been granted an exception for these residents to come back to campus under these circumstances. However, it will not be possible for students who lived in other residence halls to retrieve their belongings at this time. Once the county and state’s directives have been lifted, a process for complete check out of all residence halls will be shared. We appreciate your patience and continued cooperation on this.

As we communicated on Monday, we have received guidance from the UNC System regarding prorated refunds for housing and dining charges for the semester. We will provide more information on the refund process as soon as possible.

I want to acknowledge the disruptions this decision is causing our students and their families. I appreciate their understanding and fast response during this extraordinary situation. I also want to recognize the staff members who are working around the clock to ready the campus should it be needed, on top of the many needs of our employees, students, and families.

This is a difficult situation, but supporting our community is why we exist. UNC Charlotte’s mission is to address the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

We also cannot forget that those who may need our help -- medical professionals, city, county and state officials, first responders, our neighbors -- are the same people who came running to assist us a little less than a year ago when we needed them most. It’s now our turn to help them. 

The days ahead will bring additional challenges; that is certain. But we will do what Niner Nation always does: We will come together and support the community to which we proudly belong. 

Sincerely, 

Phil

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.
 
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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. 

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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.

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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