Best for the Nest

Students

Despite the ongoing challenges facing our campus, country and world as 2021 begins, we still feel excited about the spring semester. As you already know, UNCW completed the fall semester with a mix of online, hybrid and in-person classes and on-campus living opportunities. We look forward to building on that successful model in the spring.

The university will continue its programs and services to support our campus community, including: the 3 Ws; extensive deep cleaning protocol; extensive hand sanitizer station placement across campus; furniture placement to support physical distancing; expanded takeout, curbside and mobile dining options; and other measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see this handy guide, developed at the outset of the fall semester, 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.  


Move-In January 2021


Jan. 8, 2021

As UNCW announced last fall, on-campus residential students are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test 5 days prior to returning to campus. This is longer than the previously announced 72 hours; the decision to allow for 5 days was made in consultation with our local health officials, and the recognition that 72 hours may be more difficult as we get closer to the start of classes across the state. The university will also offer free testing onsite at Burney Center during Move-In (Jan. 15-16 and Jan. 19) to assist residential students who cannot obtain a test before returning to campusAny student found living in the halls having not been previously cleared will be escorted out and will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for a potential violation of our student Code of Conduct. 

Resident students have received instructions from Housing and Residence Life, via their campus inboxes, about how to return to campus. Information is also available online. 

Dec. 23, 2020

Please see the Housing and Residence Life Spring Move-In 2021 website for the latest details about returning to campus for the spring semester.

Dec. 7, 2020

To further reduce the spread of COVID-19, UNCW has added return and surveillance testing requirements and recommendations to its health and safety protocols for the spring 2021 semester. These strategies will be modified as needed, based on guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and state and local health agencies.  
  
Residential Students: Return Testing  
To be “cleared” to move back into the residence halls in January 2021, students will need to obtain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (3 days) in advance of returning to campus. The university will provide testing onsite at Burney Center during Move-In (Jan. 15-16 or Jan. 19) to assist residential students who cannot obtain a test before returning to campus.  
  
Residential students, including those who lived on campus last fall but departed early as part of the university’s de-densification plan, should monitor their campus inboxes for additional information from Housing and Residence Life and the Student Health Center.  
  
Information for Non-Residential Students Taking In-Person Classes and Faculty and Staff  
More details about testing information for non-residential students taking in-person classes and faculty and staff working on campus will be shared with the campus community in the coming weeks.  
  
Surveillance Testing  
During the spring semester, the Student Health Center plans to implement “Testing Tuesdays” to test samples of students and employees living and/or working on campus. These test results, when coupled with information from the campus wastewater sampling conducted and analyzed by UNCW researchers, will position the university to respond even more quickly to potential COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. Additional information about “Testing Tuesdays” will be shared in January.  
  
Keeping Up Our Guard  
To make the university’s return and surveillance testing programs remain as effective as possible, students, faculty and staff should continue to practice the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) to contribute to maintaining their health and the health of others around them. As you may know, N.C. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 180 outlines additional face covering requirements that are in effect both on and off campus. Please see the FAQs for more information.  
  
We also encourage you to reduce unnecessary contact with others outside your core living unit in the two weeks leading up to the start of traditional schedule classes on January 20, 2021.  
  
We wish you a restful winter break. Thank you for your diligence in slowing the spread of the virus. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact coronavirus@uncw.edu.

 

Academic Calendar


As previously announced (Sept. 25), you can find the modified spring academic calendar information below. The university is planning to offer a robust combination of online, hybrid and in-person classes again in the spring. About 4,000 courses are planned, and a variety of options will be available to provide a safe environment and flexible schedules for students and faculty. Delivery methods may change during the semester, depending on conditions.

Traditional Calendar
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.

Online Accelerated Program Calendar
Students and faculty in the university’s Online Accelerated Program should see the OAP Calendar for their schedule. 

Commencement
Spring 2021 commencement is scheduled for May 7-8. 

 

 

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.