Email Message 7.30.21
Beginning Monday, August 2, UNC Greensboro will require face coverings to be worn in all indoor settings and facilities, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice. Consistent with our policy during the Fall ‘20 and Spring ‘21 semesters, face coverings must be worn indoors at all times unless 1) eating or drinking; or 2) in a private office space or other work space where 6 feet of distance from others can be maintained. Residential students should follow the policy set by Housing and Residence Life when inside University residence halls.
The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing across the country. Earlier this week, the increase prompted the CDC to revise their guidance on face coverings for vaccinated individuals. Due to the current rates of infection in Guilford County, and based on additional recommendations from Guilford County Public Health and the NC Department of Health and Human Services, this is a necessary step to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.
One of the challenging issues related to COVID-19 is the development of variants of the virus. Currently, the Delta variant is proving to be more easily spread than previous variants, both among unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. Given the changing nature of the virus and its impact, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 in our community and communicate changes to our protocols as needed. Flexibility will remain a key part of our ability to move through the new academic year and shield our Spartans. A few important points to keep in mind:
- It will be critically important for all members of our community to pay attention to University communications. Updates will be sent using a combination of methods, including email, the UNCG Mobile App, and social media. The COVID-19 website and dashboard will be updated to continually reflect current policy, protocols, and case counts.
- Should infection rates drop and public health officials determine that it is safe for us to make face coverings optional in some settings, we will move in that direction if possible.
- Getting vaccinated remains the best tool we have to fight the spread of the virus. The vaccines currently available provide strong protection against becoming severely ill, being hospitalized, or dying because of the virus.
- Face coverings remain optional when outdoors, but are recommended at outdoor gatherings where maintaining social distance is not possible.
We appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate this situation together.
Shield Our Spartans – Homepage
Welcome to UNC Greensboro’s COVID-19 updates website. This site serves as a one-stop shop for information and resources related to the University’s ongoing response to the pandemic. This website will continue to be updated with the latest news and resources.
As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we are adjusting our detailed action plans that balance student success, instructional requirements, and the hallmarks of the collegiate experience with the safety and wellbeing of our campus community.
Our planning includes working groups that are operating with these guiding principles:
- The health and safety of our community comes first in our decision-making. We are following state and UNC System policies as well as our own compass as we plan for the Fall 2021 semester.
- It takes all of us together to keep our community safe and healthy. The primary way COVID-19 spreads is through person-to-person contact, so our best hope of preventing its spread is by taking some precautions to protect each other: Shield Our Spartans.
- Our commitment to academic excellence remains steadfast. As we did prior to the pandemic, we will continue to offer virtual learning options this fall, but to give our students the opportunity for in-person learning that they want and deserve, the majority of our classes will be face-to-face.
- A vibrant campus life experience, full of unique opportunities and research, is vital to our Spartans’ education. Residence halls will be occupied at normal capacity, dining facilities will be fully operational, and students will have a full menu of extracurricular activities.
“Based on current circumstances, we are also planning for a return to a nearly traditional fall semester. Our guiding principle has always been to provide our students a full return to campus as safely as possible. Given recent developments, including ample vaccine availability on our campus and throughout North Carolina, that goal is realistic and attainable.”
Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
March 30, 2021