Shield Our Spartans

Spring 2023

Spartan Community:

With the continued decline of COVID-19 cases on campus and within our community, and in alignment with new direction from the UNC System Office and guidance from the Governor, CDC, and NC Department of Health and Human Services, face coverings will be optional in most indoor locations, including classrooms and other instructional settings, beginning March 7, 2022. Face coverings will only be mandatory where required by state or federal law and regulations, including the following areas:

  • Student Health Services and health care clinics (including internships in clinical settings)
  • University Transportation (Spartan Shuttle, passenger vans, or buses) 

Although face coverings will no longer be required in most spaces on campus, we encourage all members of the UNCG community to continue wearing them indoors, especially in instructional settings, and in research environments where participants are immunocompromised or who are unable to be vaccinated due to age or other health risks. If you are unvaccinated, please continue to wear masks to protect yourself and others. 

Ending Mandatory Testing

As of today, we will no longer require mandatory testing for students and employees who have not provided proof of vaccination. We will, however, continue to provide voluntary testing on campus throughout the Spring Semester. 

Key factors for this decision:

  • The surveillance testing positivity rate has significantly decreased over the past several weeks. In recent weeks the surveillance testing positivity rate was less than 1%.
  • The employee vaccination rate is 88%.
  • Student vaccination rate is high (Residential Students – 88%, Commuter Students – 82%).

Gatherings and Events 

Food and drink will now be allowed at events, and the RSVP and event sign-in processes are no longer required. Capacity limits are at the discretion of the organizer.

Key factors for this decision:

  • State and local metrics and key indicators are trending downward
  • Aligns with other UNC System institutions

Vaccinations and Boosters

Vaccines remain the best defense against COVID-19 and have proven effective against the most severe symptoms. Please get vaccinated and, if you are eligible, get your booster shot. Please also upload your proof of vaccination and booster.

Continue to Shield Our Spartans

We are a caring community that has demonstrated our values and compassion for others throughout this pandemic. We have adapted our behavior and adopted new protocols that minimize COVID-19’s impact on our lives and others. We recognize that many in our community may continue wearing face coverings for various reasons, and we thank you for your continued regard for their well-being and respect for their personal preferences. Face coverings will continue to be made available to all students, faculty, and staff at designated locations across campus. 

Moving Forward

We continue to monitor conditions closely and will adjust the University’s protocols and safety measures as needed. As Spartans, we each are responsible to do our part to protect ourselves and others. 

Thank you for your continued patience and commitment to safety as we learn to live, learn and work together in this next phase of the pandemic.