Best for the Nest

Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus

COVID-19 Information 

Notice: Face Covering Guidelines to Remain in Place through December; Spring Semester Information Coming Later; Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Nov. 19


In order to continue supporting the successful COVID-19 protocols UNCW has in place, the university’s indoor face covering guidelines and other safety measures will remain in place through the end of the calendar year. Information about spring 2022 COVID-19 protocols will be shared at a later date.  
The university’s leadership team will continue to consider several factors when making the decision to alter COVID-19 guidance, including CDC, NCDHHS and UNC System policies; the level of transmission in North Carolina; and the overall vaccination rate in our state. 
The indoor face covering requirement applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Please review the information below regarding the COVID-19 safety protocols in place at UNCW for specific areas.

  • Wear face coverings in campus dining areas, break rooms and other places where food is consumed. Remove them only when actively eating or drinking and then replace them while sitting and talking with others.    
  • Wear face coverings in multi-passenger vehicles such as WAVE buses, shuttles, vans and UNCW vehicles. Personal vehicles and open-air vehicles such as golf carts or gators are not included in this requirement.   
  • Wear face coverings at indoor events, including artistic performances, conferences, lecture series, student organization activities and fall commencement.   
  • Wear face coverings at indoor UNCW Athletics events, including men’s and women’s basketball games.    
  • Classrooms and other areas on campus are equipped with free, disposable face coverings.   
  • Face coverings are not required when someone is alone in their office or in their assigned residential spaces.

Contact the Student Health Center at to request free, reusable masks.   

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General Updates

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Fall 2021 Guide for Returning to Campus (PDF) 



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