Email Message 7.21.21
After consultation with public health experts, UNC System colleagues, and the senior leadership team, our approach to Shield Our Spartans will include the following elements for the remainder of the summer and through the fall semester. Our approach will remain multi-pronged as we bring students back to campus and classrooms in greater numbers.
Vaccination is the single most effective tool we have in fighting the pandemic. Of the over 1,700 employees who completed the recent survey, 96% indicated they are fully vaccinated (we are asking students to share their vaccination status through a separate process). If you have not yet been vaccinated, UNCG strongly encourages you to do so. Students, staff, and faculty can get a vaccine at Student Health Services for free and they are also widely available in the community.
Face coverings remain an important part of our strategy to keep our campus safe. We announced in June that face coverings are no longer required when outdoors. Our policy is now updated to reflect CDC guidance that vaccinated individuals can be given the option to no longer wear a face covering in many settings. All individuals should have a face covering ready and available if needed. The University will continue to provide face coverings to students, staff, and faculty as needed.
Face Covering Requirements
|Fully Vaccinated||Not Fully Vaccinated|
|Indoor settings where and when academic instruction is taking place (e.g., classrooms, laboratories)||Yes||Yes|
|Student Health Services*||Yes||Yes|
|University Transportation* (Spartan Shuttle, passenger vans, or buses)||Yes||Yes|
|Workplace and office settings||Optional, unless a) meeting with a student(s) in an office or other confined space; or b) conducting research involving human subjects unless otherwise specified||Yes|
|Common spaces (e.g., public lobby areas, hallways, the Kaplan Center, dining areas, the Libraries, museum galleries)||Optional (unless being used for instructional purposes)||Yes|
|Meeting, event, and performance spaces||Optional (unless being used for instructional purposes, or otherwise specified)||Yes|
|Residence halls||As specified||As specified|
*per the current Governor’s Executive Order
Note: additional regulations apply to some areas on campus; see Special Circumstances below
Face Coverings REQUIRED
Face coverings will continue to be required in indoor spaces where and when instruction is taking place (e.g., classrooms, labs) for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. The only exception is for instructors, who may decide to teach without a face covering if they are vaccinated and can maintain at least 6 ft. of distance from students (this exception is to facilitate both unique aspects of the instructional process and a more inclusive learning environment). Students will still need to wear face coverings regardless of the instructor’s decision.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated also should continue to wear a face covering when inside non-instructional spaces, the workplace, common spaces, and meeting/event/performance spaces, unless in a private space with at least 6 ft. of distance from others, or to eat or drink.
Face Coverings OPTIONAL if Fully Vaccinated
For fully vaccinated individuals, face coverings are now optional in the following settings, including:
- Work spaces/office suites except when employee/student meetings are taking place in a confined space (e.g., advising meetings, student conduct meetings), or otherwise specified due to the nature of their work ( e.g., Student Health Services)
- Common areas such as hallways, waiting areas, lobbies, stairwells
- Common spaces such as the Kaplan Center, dining areas, the Libraries, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum
- Meeting, event, and performance spaces (unless otherwise specified)
Some settings on campus must follow additional regulations regarding face coverings. Individuals engaged in these settings should follow the policies set and communicated directly by these entities:
- Child Care Education Program
- The Middle College at UNC Greensboro
- Moss Street Partnership School
- Intercollegiate Athletics
- Summer camps
Symptom Monitoring and Health Hygiene
Members of the UNCG community should continue to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status. If you feel ill, stay home and contact your health provider. Continue to wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Student Health Services will continue to provide testing for symptomatic students and students identified as close contacts. Housing and Residence Life will require residential students who have not submitted evidence of vaccination to provide evidence of a negative test prior to move-in and to participate in mandatory, random surveillance testing. The University will continue to provide weekly testing for students and employees at no cost.
Contact Tracing and Case Management
Members of the community should continue to complete the Self-Report form if they develop symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. The University will continue to conduct contact tracing, provide isolation and quarantine spaces for residential students if needed, provide case management for students and employees (e.g., track isolation and quarantine timelines, provide documentation when individuals are released from isolation or quarantine, assist with communication with supervisors and instructors if needed), and update the COVID-19 dashboard. Individuals who test positive should follow isolation protocols and individuals who are identified as close contacts should follow quarantine protocols as instructed by the case management team.
Thank you for your continued support and efforts to Shield Our Spartans. We will be updating and providing signage over the next few weeks and updating the COVID-19 website to reflect the revised guidelines. If you have questions, please speak with your supervisor or submit them to our COVID-19 question portal.
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