Health & Safety

There is nothing more important than your health. We are putting protocols in place to help protect you, but success is going to require everyone to do their part. 

Keeping physical distance from others, covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, frequent hand washing and other hygiene measures are the most effective ways to keep yourself and others safe since COVID-19 is an airborne disease that most often spreads from person to person through speaking, coughing or sneezing.

Together, WE can keep Niner Nation safe. 

Please note: Guidance from public health officials, the UNC System and the State of North Carolina continues to evolve. As it does, the University’s guidance will evolve, too. Please check back regularly for the latest information. 

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK

Please do not come to campus if you don’t feel well. Prioritize your health and the health of others by staying home and taking care of yourself. Employees have many leave options available to them in the event of illness, and faculty will accommodate students who need to miss class because of illness.

Please remember: Research has shown that individuals can be infected with the virus, not have any symptoms and still be able to spread the infection to others. This is why it is so important to follow health and safety measures even if you don't feel sick or those around you don’t appear sick.

Know the symptoms of COVID-19

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Everyone is expected to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from other individuals whenever possible.

  • Classroom, office and common-space furniture will be rearranged or marked out of use to ensure physical distancing. Classes will also be delivered through hybrid or online instruction to help ensure physical distancing requirements are met. 
  • Common spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained will be closed.
  • All dining, service spaces (such as Niner Central or B&N Charlotte) and activity spaces (like URec and Belk Gym)  will have strict physical distancing standards in place. 
  • Student activities and events will also adhere to physical distancing protocols. There will be lots of ways to connect — even if it’s virtually! 
  • For employees, in-person meetings are discouraged. If a meeting must be in-person, it should not exceed 10 people and those people must remain six feet apart and wear a face covering. If this is not possible, the meeting should be held via WebEx, Zoom or Google Meet. 
  • Where possible, different doors will be designated for entry and exit to help reduce traffic in hallways and other shared space.

FACE COVERINGS

Everyone is expected to wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth whenever they are indoors (even if not within six feet of another person) unless they are alone in a personal space. Masks should meet CDC guidelines. Mask On! Picks Up!

If you are using disposable face covering, make sure you dispose of it and use a new one each time. The CDC recommends that you clean your cloth face covering after each use. Cloth face coverings can be hand or machine washed. For further information and detailed instruction on how to properly wash your cloth face covering, visit the CDC website.

Employees

You are expected to wear a face covering unless your management grants an exception for medical conditions or specific job duty or task that does not accommodate the wearing of a cloth face covering. Please speak to your supervisor if you have questions about this. 

Students

You are expected to wear face coverings in all classrooms or labs and in other instances even when physical distancing is possible unless a faculty member explicitly grants permission for you to remove your face covering (such as while asking a question or participating in class discussion). Faculty will also be expected to wear face coverings. 

Under the Code of Student Responsibility, students are expected to comply with the direction of faculty members in the classroom.

Providing Face Coverings

You should plan to have your own cloth or disposable face covering. We suggest having several so you can clean them properly between each use. Visit the CDC website for guidance on making and cleaning face coverings. 

Please note: The University will provide kits to all faculty, staff and students that contain face coverings and hand sanitizer, among other items at the start of the fall semester.  

Our Health Depends on Each Other

A face covering isn’t necessarily to protect you from contracting COVID-19. It is to keep you from accidentally or unknowingly spreading the virus to your friends, colleagues and students. In turn, your protection from contracting COVID-19 is dependent on the face coverings of others. WE are all in this together.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Seating will be limited on Niner Transit vehicles to reduce capacity and drivers will not allow additional standing riders on buses. Face coverings must be worn when on Niner Transit.
  • Riders in Paratransit will be required to wear a mask, as will drivers, unless extenuating medical circumstances prevent them from doing so. 
  • Everyone using the CATS light rail or bus service to access campus are expected to adhere to the safety practices set forth by CATS. For more information, visit charlottenc.gov/cats.
  • Employees should follow the guidance of their units on the occupancy of University-owned vehicles and service carts. 
  • Everyone should exercise their best judgment when deciding to ride with other individuals in personal vehicles and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering if doing so.

WASH YOUR HANDS AND COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES

Handwashing

  • During the work day, everyone is expected to regularly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. 
  • This includes the beginning and end of their time on campus, before all meals, after using the restroom and after sneezing or coughing.  
  • Hand sanitizer can replace soap and water if necessary. The University will provide hand sanitizer to departments and offices and will have hand sanitizing stations in place throughout campus. 

​Housekeeping staff check and replenish soap dispensers, paper towels and hand sanitizing stations at least once a day and more frequently in public areas with high traffic. 

Coughing and sneezing

  • Practice good hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your face with your hands, particularly your mouth, nose and eyes. 
  • Immediately discard any tissue used to cover a cough or sneeze and wash or sanitize your hands afterwards. 

Health Care Services

UNC Charlotte is prepared to serve students and employees with high-quality testing, diagnosing and treatment in regard to COVID-19. A full array of health care services and resources are available to support students’ and employees’ physical and psychological health needs:  

Testing, Isolation/Quarantine and contact tracing

As part of its commitment to keeping UNC Charlotte healthy, the University is making tools and processes available to students, faculty and staff for monitoring COVID-19 symptoms daily, testing for those who develop symptoms and contacting tracing to alert others about possible contact.

Daily symptom monitoring and reporting 

  • Students and employees will receive a daily reminder to assess their symptoms and complete a brief online survey to indicate:    
    • Any COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, coughing, body aches, loss of taste or smell.  The University will provide thermometers to all students, faculty and staff for daily temperature checks.
    • A positive test for COVID-19 (since the previous day)
    • Close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Depending on their answers, individuals will be able to come to campus, instructed to stay home to monitor symptoms, or instructed to contact the Student Health Center or their health care provider to be evaluated for COVID-19.

 On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

  • Testing on campus will be available to students and employees who have been evaluated and directed by the Student Health Center or their health care provider to seek a test.
    • Appointments will be required 
    • Students and employees are not obligated to use the on-campus testing site — they may seek a test elsewhere if they choose
    • There is no cost to employees or students for on-campus testing
    • The University will not conduct antibody testing. 

Quarantine and Isolation

  • Students, faculty and staff who undergo testing for COVID-19, regardless of where they receive the test, should: 
    • Complete the daily Niner Health Check so the University is notified of your potential diagnosis.
    • Isolate/quarantine for 14 days and follow all other instructions by the Student Health Center or their health care provider and return to campus only when cleared to do so by a medical professional.

On-Campus Residents

  • On-campus residents in one of four categories will be expected to quarantine or isolate at an off-campus, private residence if they are able. These include: 
    • Those directed to self-quarantine
    • Those who are COVID-19 symptomatic
    • Those awaiting test results for suspected COVID-19 positive status
    • Those confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • If on-campus residents are unable to quarantine and/or isolate at an off-campus private residence, UNC Charlotte will provide separate, designated housing and support for these students. This will allow them to receive care with a lower risk of infecting others.

Off-Campus Residents

  • Off-campus residents should remain in their private residences for quarantine and/or isolation. (The University is unable to provide housing for this group of students.)

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff should quarantine and/or isolate in their private residences. (The University is unable to provide housing to employees.)
  • Visit the Emergency Management website for more information about returning to work.

Contact Tracing

  • In collaboration with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, UNC Charlotte will establish a team of campus-based contact tracers to identify close contacts of individuals on campus who test positive for COVID-19.
    • Students and employees who are identified as close contacts will be contacted by the University’s contact tracing team and advised to quarantine and seek a COVID-19 test
    • Because research suggests that evidence of the disease may be present in wastewater several days before the onset of symptoms, the University plans to regularly sample and monitor the wastewater at several campus sites for the purpose of detecting the presence of the virus and identifying the location of possible outbreaks, including residence halls.

A Note About Compliance

  • All members of Niner Nation are expected to prioritize their health and that of our entire community by staying home if they do not feel well. Disregarding a directive from the University to remain at home may result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Responsibility or through personnel actions.