Spring 2021 Information

UNC Charlotte is making the following adjustments to our spring semester with the health of our campus and larger community as our guiding principle. Read Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber’s full announcement here

Academic Calendar

Classes

Classes will begin as scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 20, but all classes will be delivered online/remotely until Monday, Feb. 22. This decision applies to both undergraduate and graduate classes. 

  • On Feb. 22, classes scheduled to be hybrid or face-to-face this semester will begin meeting on campus and continue meeting in-person for the remainder of the semester. All other classes will continue in online/remote delivery. 
  • Classes will end as planned on May 5, with exams beginning May 7. 
  • Friday, April 30, will once again be a day of remembrance for our community, and no classes will be held. More information on events for that day will be shared later this semester. 

Break from Feb. 8-12

We heard overwhelmingly from SGA about the importance of maintaining a weeklong break for the student body during this upcoming semester. To honor that request in the safest possible way, the break will occur from Feb. 8-12, rather than March 29 - April 3 as previously listed.

  • There will be no classes during the week of Feb. 8-12, and classes will resume online/remotely from Feb. 15-19.

Adjustment for Move-in

In consideration of those students moving into residence halls Feb. 18-21 while classes are in session, we will make the following accommodations:

  • For undergraduate students, there will be no assignments due or tests administered Feb. 18 and 19.
  • Any undergraduate student who must miss class Feb. 18 or 19 to move into a residence hall will have their absence excused. Housing and Residence Life will provide verification as necessary.
  •  Academic Affairs will provide more information on this directly to faculty members.

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) 

Move-in Dates

  • Residential students with extenuating circumstances who need to move in as scheduled Jan. 14-17 may apply for an exception to keep their selected move-in appointment. Those students who received exceptions in the fall and are already residing in residence halls do not need to take additional action. 
  • All other students will move in Feb. 18-21.  Please reference information above about class adjustments for move-in. 

Cancellations

Residents may choose to cancel their housing and associated meal plan contract without penalty until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, by visiting the Housing and Residence Life website

More information about on-campus housing will be emailed directly to residents from HRL. 

Dining and Parking

Dining

  • Meal plans will be adjusted to be reflective of the changes to in-person instruction. Updated amended meal plan details and rates will be available on the Auxiliary Services Meal Plan webpage by Friday, Jan. 15. 
  • Residential students may amend their meal plans when they cancel their housing contracts. Otherwise, changes can be made by completing the Meal Plan Selection form or contacting the Meal Plan Office (704‑687‑7337) to discuss options. 
  • Full-semester meal plans go live on Jan. 16. Check out Dine on Campus to see what’s available and hours of operation.

Parking

  • Parking permits will be required for spring semester starting Jan. 20. 
  • Students and employees no longer needing a permit may use this form to request a refund at any time. Refunds are subject to the standard proration schedule. Refunds are not issued after the week of March 22.
  • Student permits for the spring semester will go on sale Jan. 19. Students who do not need to be on campus before in-person instruction resumes can receive additional savings by waiting to purchase until Feb. 19 when the price is prorated further. Faculty and staff permits are available now

Billing

  • Bills for spring semester have already been distributed and are due Jan. 13. 
  • If you have outstanding charges, you should still make your payment by the due date. Refunds for students not returning to campus until February will be posted the week of March 1.
  • If you previously received a credit for your Spring 2021 housing/dining charges for attesting to not returning to on-campus housing after spring break, you will receive more information directly from student accounts on Jan. 14 regarding adjustments to your bill.

Testing, Health and Safety

Re-entry Testing

  • Residential Students with Exceptions: Any student with an exception to remain in the residence halls, those who receive exceptions to move into their residence hall as scheduled in January, and students with meal plans who plan to dine on campus in January will need to complete re-entry testing soon. Please review this important information for more details. 
  • All Other Residential Students: You will complete re-entry testing when you return to campus in February. You will receive additional information by Friday, Feb. 5. 
  • Employees and Non-Residential Students: If you have been identified for re-entry testing, you will be tested in conjunction with the start of in-person classes in February. You will be notified you have been identified for re-entry testing and receive more information by Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Participation in re-entry testing is required. 

Mitigation Testing

We will expand our weekly mitigation testing beginning this semester to all individuals who meet the same criteria for re-entry testing. Last semester, only residential students participated in mitigation testing. 

  • Residential Students with Exceptions: Testing will start in January for all students who have an exception to live on campus. 
  • Other Qualifying Employees and Students: Testing for all other students, faculty and staff identified for re-entry testing will begin after the return to in-person instruction. 
  • If you qualify for mitigation testing, you will receive more information at the same time you are notified about re-entry testing. 
  • Participation in this testing is required, and selection will be randomized each week. 

Wastewater Testing

  • We will continue routine sampling of wastewater from our residence halls and other select buildings on campus to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • If the virus is detected, we will test the occupants of the building. 

Niner Health Check

  • Faculty, staff and students should continue completing the Niner Health Check as they did during the fall semester. This information is critical in helping us understand the full picture of our community’s health as we make decisions. Additionally, it ensures we can connect you with the resources you need should you become ill. 
  • If you believe you meet the requirements for an exception to the daily Niner Health Check, you may apply for an exception. Even if you were granted an exception in the fall, you need to reapply for the spring semester. 

Flu Shot Attestation for New Students and Employees

  • If you are new to Niner Nation this semester, you will need to complete a flu shot attestation by Monday, Jan. 25. You will receive this form directly in your inbox by Friday, Jan. 15. 
  • We will hold a flu shot clinic for those needing a flu shot or for anyone who has changed their mind about receiving the vaccination. We will have a date finalized and share on the Niner Nation Cares website by Friday, Jan. 15 

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • We do not have any information to share at this time about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the University community. We are working closely with county health officials and will share more details as we have them. 
  • Faculty, staff and students who qualify for vaccination in the earliest phases of the state’s rollout plan should work with their local health department or medical provider to receive the vaccine as soon as it is available to them. 

Stay Home, Stay Safe

  • Consistent with the state’s most recent guidance, North Carolinians are encouraged to remain at home as much as possible.
  • If you are currently staying at your permanent residence away from the Charlotte area, we encourage you to consider remaining there until the start of in-person classes in February.
  • Employees should continue maximizing teleworking whenever possible and with the approval of your supervisor. 

COVID-19 Dashboard

The latest information about the University’s coronavirus testing and results is available on the COVID-19 dashboard

Additional Employee Information

  • Maximized teleworking is still encouraged for employees who can complete their necessary job duties remotely, subject to supervisor approval.  
  • Please visit the FAQ page for more information on options available to employees with ongoing child care and eldercare needs. 

Town Halls and Additional Information