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Athletics

Athletics is currently modeling several different options on how sporting events will function this fall semester. The goal is to maximize the attendance at games while providing the safest environment possible for spectators and participants.
Athletics will make final decisions about stadium/arena capacities, tailgating (in conjunction with Student Affairs) and safety protocols later this summer to ensure that these decisions are based on the most recent data available.

Bookstore, Mail Services and 49er Card Office

Yes, store occupancy will be limited to 50%, and you will be required to wear a face covering when inside. Employees will also be wearing face coverings. You will be encouraged to use contactless forms of payment, and receipts will be emailed.
Textbooks will only be available for online purchases. You will have the option to have your books shipped or to pick them up in the store.
No, your mail will be delivered to your residence hall.
The Smart Lockers are a touchless solution to retrieving your packages. This area will be monitored to ensure physical distancing protocols are followed.
No, Housing and Residence Life will provide all new students living in residence halls with their card upon check-in. New commuter students and students seeking a replacement card will be mailed their 49er ID card.

Dining

Yes, all campus dining operations will be open this fall, though new practices will be in place to adhere to physical distancing and promote campus safety.

Dining Services is implementing all of the necessary changes for social distancing and safety protocols. Here's what you can expect:

  • Dine-in seating will be reduced in all facilities to allow for 50% occupancy and spaced appropriately to ensure you can dine at a safe distance. Supplemental seating is being added to nearby outdoor areas.
  • Only single-use cutlery and serviceware will be provided.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout each dining area.
  • Plexiglass shields will be in place at all cashier, counter and food service areas. 
  • Safe dining practice signage and floor decals to indicate six feet of separation in lines will be posted throughout dining areas. 
  • Self-service food stations will be eliminated; dining staff will serve all food.
  • Dining staff will wear masks and gloves at all times.
  • You will be encouraged to wear a face covering when you aren’t eating. 
  • All operations will be cashless. You will be encouraged to use the Niner Diners Mobile Ordering app and newly installed kiosks to complete transactions.
  • Sanitization frequency will be increased. Dining locations will be sanitized regularly throughout the day and receive a deep cleaning daily in between meal periods and when locations are closed.
  • Campus dining staff will be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms before starting work.

Detailed emails will be sent to the campus community to help them understand what they can expect when dining on campus.

Parking and Transportation Services

Yes, Niner Transit and Paratransit, e-scooter and bike rentals, light rail, ZipCar and parking lots and decks will be operational this fall. However, there will be modifications in place to protect the health of the campus community.
Yes, each bus will be limited to 19 passengers. All riders will be required to wear face coverings while riding on Niner Transit. All riders will be required to board at the front of the bus and depart through the rear exit. Watch this video for more details on riding Niner Transit.
An express bus route will be created to run between the Van Landingham traffic circle and the Gate 1 circle at the football stadium. Stops on the express route will be limited to the Stadium (CRI), PMSU (both directions) and Fretwell (both directions). This new route will help increase the speed of travel between the main campus and CRI Campus. Additionally, PaTS is looking at the possibility of removing certain stops from other bus routes to help speed up all service. More information will be shared with campus prior to the start of classes.
Niner Paratransit, the campus disability transport, will limit ridership to one rider (and an assistant if required). All riders must wear a face covering while in Niner Paratransit vehicles.
Yes, elevated cleaning and sanitizing of Niner Transit buses, Niner Paratransit vehicles, e-scooters and bicycles will take place. For cleaning details, visit pats.uncc.edu or watch this video on our bus sanitization processes.
PaTS has various parking permit options for the fall semester. A current listing of available permits to purchase can be found at pats.uncc.edu/parking/parking-permits-0

Recreation Facilities

University Recreation plans to reopen for the fall semester, as soon as guidelines from the state allow for gyms to return to operations.

There will be additional policies and protocols in place once opened, which include:

  • Reduced capacities within the facility — including the designation of zones within the building and required social distancing
  • Reduced operational hours to allow for additional cleaning measures
  • Increased sanitization of high-contact items and touchpoints
  • Patrons will be encouraged to limit their workout sessions to 60 minutes to allow others the opportunity to utilize the facilities
  • Masks will be required when not actively participating in physical activity. We highly recommended masks to be worn when actively engaging in exercise to the level of an individual's personal conditioning
  • Select Intramural Sport, Sport Club, and Open Recreation offerings will be reduced or suspended in order to avoid physical contact 

In the meantime, UREC is working to create virtual programming and alternative workout options for students as we know that it is a crucial part of the experience and is important to the overall health of our student population.

Student Organizations and Activities

Yes! An important part of campus life is involvement in social activities and student organizations. Many friendships are made through involvement and your connection to UNC Charlotte is both through the classroom and these activities. While they will look different this year, we continue to be committed to building community and providing student leadership and learning opportunities. Watch this video on what to expect on campus this year.
All activities will adhere to physical distancing guidelines, so capacities for activities may be lower based on six feet of space between people. Whenever an event is indoors, everyone is expected to wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth even if not within six feet of another person.

When food and drinks are available at an activity, if a student is in close contact with any individual, students are expected to wear face coverings when they’re not eating or drinking. Dining Services will work with activity planners on the most appropriate approach to catering at various events and activities.
  • We highly encourage you to get involved on campus through one of our 400+ organizations. These organizations are a great way to make friends, explore your interests and build your skills.
  • You can find the list of organizations at studentorgs.uncc.edu. You can learn about these organizations and share your interest in joining through NinerEngage. Organizations will also send out information through social media about joining and attending their activities.
  • Fraternities and sororities will continue recruitment activities and will adjust to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. Many activities, including recruitment activities, will be offered in a hybrid approach allowing some opportunities to be in person and others in a virtual format. Recruitment activities will be advertised on social media and through promotion on campus.
  • Student organizations generally will use various approaches for meetings and activities including in-person, virtual and hybrid. Organizations use Campus Events, NinerEngage, social media and various on-campus promotions to share information about getting involved and attending activities.

Tuition

UNC Charlotte will follow the same tuition and fee model for the fall as it has followed in previous semesters, as directed by the UNC System and as all other universities in the System are doing.

Charges are based on program type (distance education or main campus) and not delivery method (face-to-face, hybrid, online, etc.). To be charged distance education rates and to avoid paying some fees associated with on-campus student services and activities, students must be enrolled in a distance education degree program that is offered exclusively online or remotely.

While some of our classes this fall have been moved to remote/online delivery to accommodate necessary physical distancing protocols, we expect most students to have a combination of in-person and remote/online classes. Tuition will not be reduced for remote/online classes as the most significant costs involved in delivering instruction are faculty salaries regardless of the mode of delivery; remote/online classes have additional costs related to technology support.  We will also offer on-campus housing, services and activities as in the past. 

There will be many additional safety protocols in place, including the use of technology to facilitate classes and activities, but we expect to offer a full on-campus experience for our students in the fall.

During the summer, online courses are charged and funded as distance education, reducing the fees that generally fund student services and activities during the regular terms. This summer, all courses were online because of the extraordinary circumstances associated with COVID-19. Additionally, while on-campus services and activities are more limited during summer months, they were not available at all this year.