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, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Are face coverings required for indoor activities at UNCW?

Updated April 2022

Face coverings will be optional at indoor and outdoor UNCW locations except where required by state or federal law and regulations, which include: 

  • Campus health care facilities – the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, all athletic training facilities, and the General Psychology & Assessment Clinic.
  • Locations where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was required before the pandemic began (some laboratories and research areas, for example). Please contact Environmental Health and Safety at with 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 be vaccinated and boosted 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?

The vaccination rates for the spring semester were 75% among off-campus students attending on-campus classes, 80% among residential students, and 92% among faculty and staff.

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

Updated May 2022

Voluntary surveillance testing will be available from M-Th 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. (Friday 9-11 a.m.) in the Student Health Center, located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall. Faculty, staff and students are welcome, and no appointment is needed.

How do I submit my vaccination or booster information?

If you have not yet submitted your vaccination status, please submit your information to Student Health staff will be the only ones with access to individual information. 

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

Students should notify the Student Health Center at Employees should notify their supervisors and the Student Health Center at

If employees have questions about the university's health and safety guidelines, 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.

Are disposable masks still available on campus?

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

Will hand sanitizer continue to be present in campus buildings?

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