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General Campus COVID-19 Safety Questions

Cleaning and Air Quality

Facilities Management and other environmental service partners (HRL, for example) will frequently clean and sanitize bathrooms, large meeting facilities, classrooms and other general use spaces. They will also focus on high-touch services like elevator buttons, handrails, etc. All campus cleaning units use EPA registered disinfectants. 

Dining Services will increase the frequency of its sanitization procedures, too. Staff will provide continuous cleaning and sanitization of tables, chairs and other high-touch surfaces and back of house, drink stations and restrooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes. Additionally, each dining facility will be disinfected nightly once they have closed for the evening.

Departments and units will be responsible for wiping down high-touch surfaces in their areas such as office doors, break room counters, individual desks, copying machines and other general-use office equipment. The University will also clean these areas but cannot do so between each use.
As a student, you are asked to wipe down your high-touch devices, like cell phones and laptops, frequently. You should also wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often throughout the day, including after sneezing or coughing, before and after eating, after touching commonly used surfaces and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizer can be used if you cannot easily wash your hands.
Yes, one of UNC Charlotte’s 22 working groups planning the return to fall classes is focused solely on air quality. Our 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. It is important to also note that there are no reports of air distribution systems spreading COVID-19 or other infectious diseases such as the flu.

Face Coverings (sometimes called face masks)

Everyone is expected to wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth whenever they are indoors unless they are alone in a personal space (even if not within six feet of another person). Management may grant exceptions for medical conditions or specific job duty or task that does not accommodate the wearing of a cloth face covering. Please note: Instruction on this may continue to evolve as additional guidance is received from the UNC System and public health officials.
The University will provide every faculty member, staff member and student with a “Return to Campus” packet that will include reusable cloth face coverings, disposable face coverings, individual hand sanitizer and other information to help you remain safe as you enter or return to campus. You are also strongly encouraged to have your own face coverings to wear throughout the fall semester. Face coverings will also be available for purchase in snack vending machines and in B&N Charlotte.
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.

Safety Signage

Yes, you will see “Stand Here” ground decals and directional signage throughout campus to help guide physical distancing measures, including in places like elevators and stairways. There will also be signage with health guidelines and other safety reminders, such as where face coverings are required, in place to help you.


Many individuals are involved in the development and execution of the plans guiding 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 oversees 22 working groups. More information is available on the Emergency Management website.