12/31/2021 - University COVID-19 Update
As was announced Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, and in consultation with the Orange County Health Department, UNC academic deans and Student Affairs leaders, The University is updating its COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reflect the most recent guidance from the CDC and UNC infectious disease experts in response to the quickly spreading omicron variant. The University remains committed to providing the safest residential learning experience for our students. Read full announcement on Carolina Together web site.
Prior-to-arrival testing is required for any unvaccinated student and for all students living in our campus residence halls. These students need to complete a PCR test 72 hours before arriving on campus. Some providers can take two or three days to get results, so please schedule tests accordingly and limit your interactions after testing. For students who cannot locate a free community testing center and need to pay for a COVID-19 test, the University will reimburse costs for prior-to-arrival testing up to $65 with a receipt. Please save the receipt, and we will provide more information on that process soon. Prior-to-arrival testing is recommended for all students returning to campus. Click here for full announcement.
Our COVID-19 Community Standards remain in place, and we also ask all members of our campus community to wear a mask in all public settings (including residence halls) and get fully vaccinated (including a booster). This guidance remains the best way to control the spread of the virus and the length and severity of illness.
Testing and isolation update
In consultation with the Orange County Health Department, we are reducing appointments at the Carolina Together Testing Program for asymptomatic individuals and altering on-campus isolation and quarantine housing requirements in Carolina Housing.
Testing: We understand that having access to testing on our campus has been important. We also understand from the Orange County Health Department and our public health experts that asymptomatic testing has limited utility given the short incubation period and high transmission rate for the omicron variant. Because of this, testing at the Carolina Together Testing Program will be by appointment only via Hallpass. Symptomatic testing remains important and will be available at Campus Health Services for students. Faculty and staff should continue to seek testing through their community health care provider.
Isolation: We anticipate we will have cases on campus and are relying on our community members to make good decisions in support of one another. If you test positive or exhibit symptoms, please remain at home until you are no longer symptomatic or for five days if you are asymptomatic, regardless of your vaccination status. Others can help limit the spread by avoiding large gatherings and wearing a mask as much as possible, including inside your residence hall.
Residential students who test positive can isolate at home (strongly preferred) or in their residence hall room (only leaving for food pick-up and medical care). Detailed information can will be updated to the Carolina Housing web site the week of Jan. 3, 2022.
12/22/2021 - University COVID-19 Update
As was announced Thursday, Dec. 22, 2021 the University is requiring prior-to-arrival testing for all students living in residence halls, regardless of their vaccination status. In light of this information, we wanted to provide the following information about move-in, testing, and other time-sensitive items.
If you are a new resident for Spring or a returning resident away from campus during the break:
- Set your move-in/return date. While no appointment is needed, you do need to plan your move so you can comply with the prior-to-arrival testing requirement.
- Make a plan NOW to get a PCR COVID test within 3 days before your return. You can find additional details about this requirement on the Carolina Together website. Please note that if you tested positive for COVID 19 at the Carolina Together Testing Program (HallPass) or at Campus Health within 90 days of your return, you are exempt from prior-to-arrival testing. Likewise, if you have tested positive for COVID 19 elsewhere within 90 days of your return and upload that result, you will be exempted from prior-to-arrival testing. If you have not yet completed isolation due to that positive test, please complete isolation before you return to campus.
- Upload your test result (both positive or negative). The portal to accomplish this will be active early in the new year and will be found on the Carolina Together website. This requirement must be completed prior to moving into the residence halls. As indicated in the Chancellor’s message, if your prior-to-arrival test comes back positive, please do not return to campus.
If you are returning resident in on-campus housing during the break:
- Plan to get a test through the Carolina Together Testing Program. Because you are already on campus, you do not need a prior-to-arrival test. However, all spring residents, regardless of vaccination status, must receive a test before January 8. Please note that you are exempt from this testing if you tested positive for COVID 19 at the Carolina Together Testing Program (HallPass) or at Campus Health within 90 days of the January 8 testing deadline (October 10, 2021). If you have tested positive for COVID 19 elsewhere within 90 days, please upload that result and you will be exempted from this testing.
Asymptomatic testing can be done at the Student Union Testing site between January 3 and 7 during the following times:
- Mondays and Wednesdays: 9am-5pm
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7am-5pm
- Fridays: 9am-2pm
- Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
These University testing requirements are in place for the health and safety of our residential students and staff. Please note that participation is required as a condition of living on campus. Those found in violation of these or other COVID protocols may experience the cancellation of their housing contract as well as other additional disciplinary action in accordance with relevant University policies, including the UNC Honor Code.
The continuation of all COVID-19 residence hall protocols, testing programs, and safety measures have been made to help ensure a successful spring semester. In yesterday’s email, University leadership announced that “We will announce any changes to the spring 2022 operations no later than Monday, Jan. 3”. As such, we remind you to please check your email regularly for communications and updates from the University and Carolina Housing. We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for late-breaking announcements.
Additionally, please review the Carolina Housing and/or Granville Towers websites for additional details that will help you plan for a successful spring semester. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to reach out: 919-962-5401 or housing @unc.edu. Please note that our offices will be closed from December 24, 2021 until January 3, 2022 so responses to inquiries made between those dates will be delayed.
Best wishes for a safe winter break and we look forward to seeing you in January.
Stay well and take care,
University COVID-19 Update
Sent 12/22/2021 at 4pm. Click button for more details.
While we are planning to welcome our students, faculty and staff back for the spring semester as scheduled, we are taking extra steps to protect our community:
- Prior-to-arrival testing will be required for unvaccinated students.
- Prior-to-arrival testing will be required for all students living in residence halls, regardless of their vaccination status.
- Prior-to-arrival testing will also be strongly recommended for all undergraduate and graduate students living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, regardless of their vaccination status.
This test will need to be completed in the window of 72 hours before arrival on campus. If you are in one of these groups, this means you will need to get a PCR test from a health care provider before returning to campus. It is important to know that some providers can take 2-3 days to get results so please plan ahead and limit your interactions after testing. For students who cannot locate a free community testing center and have to pay for a COVID-19 test, the University will reimburse testing costs for their prior-to-arrival testing up to $65 with a receipt. Please save the receipt, and we will provide more information on that process in the coming days.
COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available on a walk-in basis at Campus Health Pharmacy and Student Stores Pharmacy for students, faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Bring your insurance card, and if receiving a COVID-19 booster, your COVID-19 vaccination card. While the clinics will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-Jan. 2, they are open through Dec. 23 and open again for regular hours on Jan. 3. The regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at both pharmacies. If you are unable to schedule your booster here in the Chapel Hill area, we strongly encourage you to get it over the holidays wherever you are staying. You can find off-campus vaccination clinics in your community at vaccines.gov
We will announce any changes to the spring 2022 operations no later than Monday, Jan. 3. In the past year, we have successfully made operational changes as necessary to protect our community, and we are prepared to make changes again, if needed. Therefore, we will continue to reevaluate the need to make additional changes to congregate living (residence halls and fraternity and sorority housing), large gatherings and events, modes of instruction, and public transportation. Until then, we will continue working in collaboration with our campus unit leaders, deans and the chancellor’s cabinet, as well as the UNC System and our public health experts to prepare for the semester by making the decisions that will best help our community have a safe and successful semester.
Our resilience and ability to persevere and realize our teaching, research and service missions throughout this pandemic are due to the commitment of our community, and we thank you once again for your work to keep our community safe.