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Spring 2021 Student Updates

The College of Health and Human Services looks forward to seeing you back on campus this spring. In order to make that a reality, we all have to play our part. That means following health and safety guidelines outlined by the University and health care professionals at all times.

Please use this webpage and UNCW's Best for the Nest site as your guide for how you can do your part to keep each other safe and well. 

Details and announcements will be added as decisions are made. Check back frequently and stay informed about the role you will play in creating a successful academic year.

  • Academic Calendar
    • Classes begin Wednesday, January 20 | OAP Spring 1 begins Monday, January 18.
    • Spring Break canceled
    • Last day of classes: April 28
    • Reading Day: April 29
    • Final Exams: April 30 - May 6

    OAP calendar
  • COVID-19 Testing
    On Feb. 8, UNCW launched a COVID-19 surveillance testing program to supplement the robust health and safety measures already in place on campus to reduce the spread of the virus.

    Required Testing

    Residential students will be tested weekly, by appointment. Off-campus students taking in-person courses and/or courses with an in-person component (hybrid) will be tested every other week, by appointment. Students required to participate in surveillance testing will receive an email with directions on how to sign up for an appointment.

    Voluntary Testing

    Off-campus students conducting research, working on campus, and regularly participating in other on-campus activities are all strongly encouraged to be tested. 

    Please see Best for the Nest for more details about the university’s surveillance testing.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine (updated 4/6/21)
    • All students, faculty, staff, and retirees are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 Vaccine starting Wednesday, April 7 as North Carolina opens Group 5.  
    • Appointments are now open for UNCW’s COVID-19 Campus Vaccination Clinic and are available Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8 for those over 18. To register, please visit this link. Registering affirms that you are age 18 or older. 
    • After registering, you will receive a follow-up email from NC Department of Health and Human Services entitled “Welcome to the North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Portal.” If possible, we would appreciate if you would complete the registration process before you arrive at the Burney Center for your appointment. This will help us create an official record for you to access in the future.     
    • This week UNCW will be administering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is approved for those at least 18 years of age or older. This vaccine requires only a single dose, which means recipients are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving it. As you make plans for the summer, please consider that the CDC recently revised its travel guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. 
    • You will need to provide your name, email address, date of birth, employee or student ID number and mobile phone number to register. Please be punctual the day of your appointment and remember to bring your UNCW ID card. After receiving the vaccine, you will need to remain in the Burney Center for 15 minutes.  
    • Any updates to the vaccine signup, including changes in who is eligible to be vaccinated, will be communicated by OUR.  
    • Questions?   Contact    
  • Health & Wellness

    Students who plan to be on campus are 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.

    If You Are Ill

    Students should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Students with COVID-19 systems 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  

    Face Coverings

    Students are expected to wear face coverings while inside buildings and outside where social distancing isn’t possible. It is not necessary to wear a face covering when alone in an uncrowded outdoor location.

    As future health and human services professionals, you serve as positive role models in helping to establish this culture on campus.

    Students with a medical concern about wearing a face covering should contact the Disability Resource Center at (910) 962-7555.

    Cleaning and Disinfecting

    • Housekeeping will clean common areas in academic buildings.
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be deployed across campus — mainly at building entrances and exits.
    • Disinfecting wipes will be available throughout campus to be used to clean high touch surfaces.


    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Physical Distancing

    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Be a Safer Seahawk

    Explore what it means to be a safer Seahawk, both on and off campus. 

    Enroll in Course

  • Classroom Policies & Setup
    • Face coverings must be worn by all faculty members and students in classrooms and labs.
    • Classrooms and other instructional spaces, including labs, will be configured to promote physical distancing.
    • In order to limit crowding in hallways and stairwells, facilities will have directional pathways designated by signage.
    • Specific class guidelines will be communicated by faculty at the beginning of courses and included in course syllabi.
  • Advising

    The Student Success Center will conduct all scheduled advising appointments for current SSC students via phone or Zoom. The SSC is unable to meet with prospective students. Please check major specific websites for information. *GRADUATE STUDENTS: please contact your advisor directly.

    Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Student Recreation Center

    The Student Recreation Center is open with reduced capacities and offerings. Reservations are required. Learn more about reserving time slots here

  • Recreation Fields

    The recreation fields are open for non-contact free play as well as limited fitness offerings. Hours can be found here.