Best for the Nest


Please see the general FAQs below as well as information and resources within this Best for the Nest website for the latest COVID-19 guidance from UNCW. If you have specific questions that are not addressed in recent communications, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to be vaccinated?

Students, faculty and staff who have previously had COVID-19 are still encouraged to get a vaccine to provide added protection for a number of the COVID variants that have been identified.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine on campus? May I bring family members?

Vaccinations are available for free on the UNCW campus through Student Health. Please see our vaccination information for more details. 

What are the vaccination rates of students, faculty and staff on campus?

Please see our data dashboard for the latest vaccination rate information.

Are face coverings required for indoor activities at UNCW?

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 are in place to begin the spring 2022 semester. More information available here.  (November 17, 2021)

Who is required to participate in surveillance testing at UNCW, and how often will they be tested?

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who are living, learning or working on campus for the spring 2022 semester will need to participate in return-to-campus testing and surveillance testing. Return-to-campus testing will occur in Warwick Ballroom 4. 

  • Tuesday, January 4 from 1-4:30 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, January 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. 

  • Thursday, January 6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. 

  • Friday, January 7 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. 

  • Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Sunday, January 9 from 1-6 p.m. 

Please allow at least 45 minutes to be tested and receive your result and your clearance letter.  

Surveillance testing starts on Monday, January 10 and will serve as return-to-campus testing for those who arrive January 10 or later. Surveillance testing is Monday-Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. in Warwick Ballroom 4 and Veterans Hall, Room 1012. (More information from December 22 available here.)

If employees indicate they have a medical condition that warrants additional consideration, what should supervisors do?

Please refer the employee to the Office of Human Resources for assistance.

I have been tested off campus and received a positive result. What should I do?

Students should notify Student Health Services at Employees should notify their supervisors and Student Health Services at

Do visitors need to wear face coverings on campus?

Yes. Based on CDC guidance and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and elsewhere, UNCW  will require face coverings in indoor settings. More information available here. 

What should I do if I have symptoms on my testing day? What if I know I have been exposed to a person with COVID-19?

Please DO NOT go to one of the asymptomatic testing locations.

Students should contact the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.3280 to make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test.

Employees who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact your own health care provider (let them know you have symptoms when making an appointment), notify your supervisor and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at

If employees have questions about the health and safety guidelines for spring 2022, is there someone they can speak with?

Yes. Jeff Campbell, director of Environmental Health and Safety, and Katrin Wesner-Harts, director of the Student Health Center, remain available to discuss campus health and safety guidelines with all faculty, staff and students.

Will UNCW provide disposable face coverings in campus buildings in 2021-22?

Yes. Numerous campus buildings will be equipped with disposable face coverings. In addition, students, faculty and staff may contact Student Health Services to request free, reusable masks.

Will hand sanitizer continue to be present in campus buildings in 2021-22?

Yes. UNCW Facilities will maintain hand sanitizer stations across campus similar to last year. Additionally, departmental staff can submit AiM tickets as needed.