Best for the Nest

Students

Each August, UNCW's faculty and staff look forward to the fall semester, eager to connect with new and returning students. Despite the challenges facing our campus, country and world this year, we still feel excited about the fall semester. 

Over the summer, a dedicated team of Seahawks has been transforming campus to prepare for the fall. The team is installing signage and moving furniture in hundreds of areas to support physical distancing requirements; placing about 700 hand sanitizer stations in locations across campus; installing plexiglass barriers where needed; expanding outdoor seating capacity near campus dining areas; and updating takeout, curbside and mobile dining options.

The university will continue its extensive deep cleaning protocol, which is outlined in " Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus" (PDF), and take many other measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see this handy guide for additional information about UNCW's health and safety measures for 2020-21. Throughout this process, UNCW will continue to adjust plans based on guidance from the latest CDC, state and local health officials.  


Drop-Off & Move-In 2020


UNCW Housing and Residence Life has developed two flexible options for residents, which will minimize the work to move in and maximize your safety by supporting physical distancing guidelines. HRL has stretched the process across 16 days and two phases: Drop-Off and Move-In. Students will only select one time slot during one of the two phases.

For “Drop-Off,” residents can schedule a day/time to move their belongings in early, return home to enjoy the rest of their summer, and come to campus up to three days before classes start (on or after Sunday, August 16). Drop-Off appointments will be scheduled from July 31 through August 9. Note: Drop-Off for Pelican and Sandpiper halls will begin August 5.

Alternatively, residents that need to make only one trip can arrive during the “Move-In” phase, which will allow students to schedule a day/time to check-in, move their belongings in and begin living on campus. Move-In appointments will be scheduled August 13 through August 18.

Please see HRL's Drop-Off and Move-In 2020 site for more information and to schedule appointments.

Although standard occupancy for residence hall rooms will be observed, students in vulnerable/at-risk groups, including those at-risk due to health conditions, will be placed in a single occupancy bedroom. Please contact Housing and Residence Life at 910.962.3241 or e-mail at housing@uncw.edu.

Academic Calendar


As previously announced (June 2), you can find the modified academic calendar for the fall here, but to summarize:

First day of classes - Aug. 19
Labor Day - Sept. 7
Fall break - Canceled
Last day of classes - Nov. 24
Reading day - Nov. 25
Final exams - Nov. 30-Dec. 5

Final exams will take place online only, Nov. 30-Dec. 5. (For any classes requiring exams that cannot occur online, faculty will make plans for all instruction and in-person exams to take place before Thanksgiving.) Courses scheduled in the OAP calendar shall remain as scheduled.

A Look Ahead to the Spring 2021 Calendar 
Based on currently available information about the pandemic, UNCW has decided to alter its spring calendar to allow more time between winter break and the first day of classes, an approach designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

On the traditional semester calendar, classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20. There will not be a spring break, but classes are canceled for the Good Friday holiday April 1-2. Spring 2021 commencement is scheduled for May 7-8. Students and faculty in the university’s Online Accelerated Program should see the OAP Calendar for their schedule. 

Although it is too soon to determine exactly how our courses may take shape, the university is planning to offer a robust combination of online, hybrid and in-person classes again in the spring. 

 

Face Coverings


At UNCW, faculty, staff and students will be required to wear cloth face coverings or masks for indoor movement and when participating in meetings, events, classes, gatherings, in shared spaces, standing in lines or queues, and when doing research with others.

Students are not expected to wear a face covering when in their residence hall room, or when alone in an uncrowded outdoor location. Employees are not expected to wear a face covering when working alone in a room or office, or when alone in an uncrowded outdoor location. UNCW will provide two face coverings to students, faculty and staff. (Distribution information will be shared with the campus community as soon as it becomes available.)

Daily Health Assessment 


Students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus will be expected to complete a personal daily health assessment. Please check your temperature and perform the health assessment below on a daily basis prior to coming to campus.

Daily Healthy Assessment:

  • Temperature above 100 degrees
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath (or difficulty breathing)
  • Chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or recent history of fever
  • Contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. People with the above symptoms may have COVID-19. Do not participate in campus jobs, classes or activities until cleared by your medical provider. 

Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu.   

Employees who are exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact their 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 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu

If You are Ill


If you suspect you are ill, it is critical to help protect the campus and our community from the spread of COVID-19. Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu.   

Employees who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their your 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 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu

Questions? 


  • Check out the "Best for the Nest" FAQ for the answers to many common inquiries.
  • Contact ehs@uncw.edu for information about health and safety guidelines. 
  • Contact bestforthenest@uncw.edu with questions about the phased return to campus.
  • Contact coronavirus@uncw.edu with questions about COVID.