To: Students and Staff
UNC Greensboro remains committed to the health and well-being of the entire Spartan community, is closely monitoring CDC and public health guidelines, and will continue to adjust safety practices and protocols as needed.
The University’s COVID-19 Strategy team meets weekly, and the administrative leadership team holds daily conversations to review campus status. When protocol changes are made, you can find prompt updates on the COVID-19 website and through communications such as this one.
Adjustments to Contact Tracing Process
Given the short incubation period and the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant, and the extended turnaround time for COVID-19 test results, wide-scale contact tracing is no longer deemed an effective mitigation strategy at this point in the pandemic. As such, the University will be limiting its contact tracing efforts to focus on known cases in residence halls and other high-risk settings. With this transition, we are discontinuing the practice of contact tracing in the classroom.
UNCG will continue contact tracing efforts focused primarily on individuals living in residence halls through a more automated process. This contact tracing system will require all individuals who report their positive status to identify close contacts. Identified close contacts will receive a notification message with instructions on quarantine protocol.
UNCG will provide free, voluntary testing for asymptomatic students and employees while maintaining current testing protocols for all unvaccinated community members. You can find all testing locations, dates, and times on the COVID-19 website.
Symptomatic testing opportunities in the community continue to expand. Guilford County recently opened two new testing locations to help keep up with the testing demand. You can find a complete list of COVID-19 testing options at HealthyGuilford.com. In addition, students can make an appointment for testing through Student Health Services by calling 336.334.5340.
Expectations for Spring
Students, faculty, and staff should continue to adhere to the following safety measures and community health guidelines:
- All individuals must wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when students are in their private residence hall rooms or when employees are in private offices. Following CDC recommendations, we strongly encourage the use of three-layer surgical-style masks instead of cloth masks. Three-layer surgical-style masks are available at designated on-campus locations.
- Students, faculty, and staff must show proof of vaccination or comply with the mandatory testing program for students or for employees.
- All members of the campus community must self-report COVID-19 infections and exposures throughout the semester.
- Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate for five days. We encourage you to learn more by reading the updated Isolation and Quarantine flyer and I&Q flow chart; both are available on the COVID-19 website.
- Students should not attend in-person classes or other public events during the isolation period. After self-reporting, students should contact their instructors and request accommodations to continue to make progress in their classes. If they are fever-free and their symptoms have improved, students will be allowed to return to class after completing their fifth day of isolation. A negative test is not required to return to class.
- When possible, we strongly encourage virtual meetings and gatherings. Student clubs and organizations should consult with the current guidelines provided by Campus Activities and Programs.
Stay ConnectedFrequently monitoring your email is strongly encouraged with the transition to a more automated contact tracing process. You can also stay current with COVID-19 updates by downloading the UNCG Mobile app from the Google or iTunes app store to receive push notifications directly to your phone.