Coronavirus Information



UNCW is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The most recent message issued from the university will appear at the top of the list below. Major developments will continue to be shared with employees and students via campus email. The UNCW social media feeds will feature updates after they are distributed to campus. For a complete copy of previously published updates, please see this page.

April 16, 2021
Chancellor Sartarelli shares updates about commencement and orientation.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Commencement and Orientation Updates for the Campus Community

April 13, 2021
UNCW is pausing its vaccine clinic, which has been administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, based on guidance from the CDC and FDA.
Notice: UNCW Pauses COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Based on State and Federal Guidance

April 2, 2021

UNCW has identified two clusters of COVID-19 cases in Keystone House and Seahawk Crossing 4. 
UNCW Alert: Two COVID-19 Clusters Identified in Campus Residence Halls

March 26, 2021
An announcement that UNCW will offer both in-person and virtual ceremonies for May commencement, a response to improving COVID-19 numbers and the rollout of vaccines.
UNCW to Offer In-Person and Virtual Ceremonies for May Commencement

March 23, 2021
An announcement that UNCW's campus vaccine clinic will open soon and informing faculty, students and staff what to expect when appointments become available.
Campus Vaccination Clinic Opening Soon

March 22, 2021
An announcement that UNCW will be a COVID-19 community testing site.
Community COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to UNCW

March 15, 2021
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli outlining plans for fall semester 2021, vaccine updates and other important information.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: UNCW Planning for Typical Fall Semester

March 4, 2021
An announcement from Chancellor Sartarelli that UNCW will open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic later this month to serve the campus community.
Message from the Chancellor: UNCW to Open COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Serve Campus Community

March 2, 2021
A message updating the campus community about vaccine eligibility and changes in capacities for campus venues, as well as how Governor Cooper's most recent executive order may influence commencement ceremony options.
Notice: COVID-19 Updates Re. Vaccines for Group 3, Attendance Capacity at Campus Venues and Commencement Ceremony Options

March 1, 2021
An update on the "If It Matters to You, It Matters" campaign, a partnership between the Office of Human Resources and the UNC System that encourages employees to focus on their well-being.
“If It Matters to You, It Matters” Well-Being Campaign

February 24, 2021
An update from Human Resources about special COVID-19 work and leave provisions, including a decision by the UNC System to enabling institutions to allow paid time worked for employees to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine.
Updated COVID-19 Special Work/Leave Provisions (2.24.2021)

February 16, 2021
Chancellor Sartarelli updates the campus on plans for a virtual spring commencement, surveillance testing and a look at what is ahead for academic programs and events.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Spring Commencement, COVID-19 Updates, and Looking Ahead to the Summer and Fall  

February 15, 2021
A notice to students announcing a COVID-19 emergency relief fund for students, based on income eligibility.
HEERF II CRRSAA Emergency Relief Fund for Students

February 11, 2021
Announcing that university faculty and staff who are working in person on campus will be eligible for vaccinations beginning March 10, 2021.
Notice: NC Vaccination Updates - Taking a Deeper Dive into Group 3 (Frontline Essential Workers)

February 3, 2021
UNCW launches surveillance testing for the spring semester.
UNCW to Launch COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

January 21, 2021
An update for faculty and staff on COVID-19 provisions for special work and leave.
Updated COVID-19 Special Work/Leave Provisions

January 15, 2021
Chancellor Sartarelli welcomes students, faculty and staff for spring semester 2021 and offers reminders and resources for protecting against the spread of COVID-19.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Spring 2021 Welcome

January 13, 2021
A notice encouraging students, faculty and staff to consult the NC Department of Health and Human Services website to find out when and where they may be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations.
Notice: Visit NC DHHS Website to ‘Find Your Spot to Take Your Shot’

January 8, 2021
An update  on spring semester 2021, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination protocols and other important information for students and employees.
Notice: Campus Updates on Start of Spring 2021 Semester, COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Scheduling and More

December 7, 2020
A roundup of testing protocols and other information for residential students returning to campus in January 2021.
Notice: Spring Semester 2021 Testing Requirements and Recommendations

November 20, 2020
Updates and reminders for faculty and staff regarding recommendations on holiday gatherings, COVID-19 health and safety protocols and information about spring semester 2021.
Notice: COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates and Campus Reminders for Faculty and Staff

November 6, 2020
Chancellor Sartarelli provides an update on COVID-19 trends, end-of-semester plans and protocols for returning after the holidays.
Notice: An Update from Chancellor Sartarelli on COVID-19 Trends, Preparations for Thanksgiving and the Winter Break, and Protocols for Returning to Campus

November 3, 2020
An update on fall semester and looking forward from Provost James J. Winebrake Academic Affairs Updates-Fall Final Stretch (November 3)

October 29, 2020
A message on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life regarding closing information for the fall semester and opening information for the spring semester.
Housing and Residence Life Shares Spring Term Update with Faculty and Staff

October 23, 2020
This message announces open testing for COVID-19 on the UNCW campus, in partnership with the New Hanover County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
UNCW to Host Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site

October 12, 2020
UNCW Alert announcing a cluster of 7 Covid-19 cases involving the UNCW Swimming and Diving Team.
Cluster of 7 COVID-19 Cases Identified Involving the UNCW Swimming and Diving Team

October 5, 2020
UNCW Alert announcing three clusters of cases among men's and women's athletic teams.
Three Clusters, Totaling 18 COVID-19 Cases, Have Been Identified Among Athletic Teams

September 25, 2020
UNCW Alert announcing a cluster of six residence hall cases of COVID-19.
UNCWAlert: Cluster of Six COVID-19 Cases in University Suite O

September 25, 2020
Chancellor Sartarelli provides an update on the spring calendar and plans for a virtual Class of 2020 commencement ceremony.
A Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: UNCW Announces Spring Calendar, Class of 2020 Commencement Plans and Other Campus Updates

September 21, 2020
Chancellor Sartarelli shares updates on UNCW's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including programs to reinforce the importance of the 3Ws.
Notice: UNCW Announces ‘Mask Spotter Monday’ and ‘Teal Mask Tuesday’ Effort; Campus Updates; NCDHHS to Launch SlowCOVIDNC App

September 9, 2020
From UNCWAlert: A cluster of five COVID-19 cases has been identified in Keystone Hall.
Cluster of Five COVID-19 Cases Identified in Keystone Hall

September 8, 2020
A message from Student Affairs announcing that first-year students with roommates will be placed in single-occupancy rooms or campus apartments as a voluntary action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Notice: UNCW Works with Residential Students to Move to Single Occupancy Rooms in Residence Halls

September 3, 2020
From UNCWAlert: One cluster of 5 COVID-19 cases has been identified in Belk Hall.
UNCWAlert: One cluster of Five COVID-19 cases has been identified in Belk Hall

September 3, 2020
Campus updates from Chancellor Sartarelli, including free COVID-19 testing for students in the Student Health Center and the reopening of the Student Recreation Center.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Student Rec Center Opening, Free COVID-19 Testing at Student Health Center and Other Campus Updates

August 31, 2020
From UNCWAlert: One cluster of 7 COVID-19 cases has been identified in Cornerstone Hall.
One Cluster of Seven COVID-19 Cases Identified in Cornerstone Hall

August 30, 2020
From UNCWAlert: UNCW has identified a newcluster of 5 COVID-19 cases in Sandpiper Hall.
UNCWAlert: One Cluster of 5 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Sandpiper Hall

August 27, 2020
An alert from announcing two COVID-19 clusters in UNCW residence halls.
UNCW Alert: Two Clusters of COVID-19 Cases Among Students in Pelican Hall and Graham-Hewlett Hall

August 21, 2020
Chancellor Sartarelli thanks students, faculty and staff for a successful start to the academic year and reiterates that all must follow health and safety precautions with resepct to COVID-19.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: A Reminder About COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Community Guidelines

August 17, 2020
A message explaining that, in light of decisions by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to move classes online following clusters of COVID-19 among UNC-CH students, UNCW will continue to monitor campus conditions and urges students, faculty and staff to continue following health and safety practices in an effort to prevent simillar outbreaks here.
Notice: UNCW Closely Monitoring Campus Conditions

August 10, 2020
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli outlining guidelines as students, faculty and staff return to campus for the fall semester.
Message From Chancellor Sartarelli: Fall 2020 Guidelines and Information

August 10, 2020
UNCW Athletics announces that, following a directive from the NCAA, and with the health, safety and well-being of its student-athletes a top priority, it is suspending fall sports competition.
Seahawks Suspend Fall Sports Competition

July 29, 2020
A message from Human Resources recognizing that employees with school-aged children may require flexibility in scheduling and noting UNCW has authorized supervisors to work with employees to find a viable solution that balances work and family needs.
Notice: HR Guidance re. Flexible Scheduling to Support Employees

July 27, 2020
A message to students explaining that there may be changes to a limited number of e-bills for fall semester 2020.
Important: E-bill Updates for Fall 2020 Semester  

July 27, 2020
A message from Human Resources explaining updates to the COVID-19 Special Work/Leave Provisions for Faculty and Staff.
Updated COVID-19 Special Work/Leave Provisions -- Effective August 1, 2020

July 21, 2020
Announcing the timeline and guidelines for the gradual return of faculty and staff to campus.
UNCW Announces General Schedule for Faculty/Staff to Return to Campus

July 17, 2020
A message confirming that UNCW will open the academic year on Aug. 10 as scheduled, despite Gov. Cooper's extension of Phase 2 until Aug. 7, and that the first day of classes wiil be Aug. 19.
Fall 2020: Return to Campus - UNCW Remains on Schedule to Reopen in August

July 10, 2020
An update on plans for returning to campus for fall semester, including the launch of the "Best for the Nest" website.
Fall 2020 Return: UNCW Launches "Best for the Nest" Website

July 9, 2020
Chancellor Sartarelli and Provost Winebrake explain plans for a hybrid fall class schedule as related to federal guidelines for international students.
A Message from Chancellor Sartarelli and Provost Winebrake: Support for International Students

July 2, 2020
An update for students on fall registration from Provost James J. Winebrake.
Update on Fall Registration

July 2, 2020
A message announcing safety protocols for returning to campus for fall semester.
UNCW Announces “Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus”

June 30, 2020
An update from the Office of Transition Programs announcing that 2020 spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8 are postponed until December.
Commencement Update: Class of 2020 Ceremonies Rescheduled for December

June 16, 2020
Incoming Provost James J. Winebrake's message to returning students about what to expect in the upcoming fall 2020 semester.
Provost's Update to All Returning Students

June 2, 2020
An update from Chancellor Sartarelli featuring UNCW's revised academic calendar for the fall, as well as some information on the steps we must follow in order to prepare to return to campus.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update

May 21, 2020
An update from Chancellor Sartarelli for faculty and staff regarding UNCW's progress toward a safe and efficient return to campus for employees and students.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update

May 15, 2020
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli updating faculty and staff on the Planning Team's work to develop a series of potential academic, operational and financial models for the fall.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update; Input Requested

May 8, 2020
A year-end message from Chancellor Sartarelli to the campus community that includes a link to a special video created in honor of the Class of 2020. 
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Congratulations and Thanks

May 6, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency funding to universities to assist students affected by the campus disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Important Message from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid 

April 30, 2020
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli to introduce the Planning Team for fall 2020 and to share a message from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper. 
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning for Fall 2020

April 27, 2020
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli to provide an update on where things stand in UNCW's continued response to coronavirus impacts. 
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning for the Fall; Commencement

April 7, 2020
Based on UNC System guidance and the latest information available regarding social distancing guidelines, all summer 2020 courses (May-August) will take place online.
Notice: All Summer 2020 Classes Will Be Online

April 6, 2020
Consistent with UNC System guidance, housing and dining meal plans will be refunded based on a start date of March 23, 2020, which was the day after the deadline for students to vacate their residence halls if they had not received exceptions to remain on campus. The “food dollar” portion of meal plans will be credited based on the remaining food dollars that have not been utilized. 
Notice: Housing & Dining Refunds

March 31, 2020 (6:30 p.m.)
In recognition of the unprecedented challenges students and faculty face in finishing the current semester, UNCW has announced a new policy allowing students in many courses to opt into Pass/Fail grading for many courses after the semester ends and grades are reported.
Notice: UNCW Announces Pass/Fail Policy Modifications for Spring Semester

March 31, 2020
UNCW has made the difficult decision to suspend summer programs that were scheduled to begin in April and run through June 24, with the exception of athletic programs.
UNCW Cancels Non-Athletics Summer Programs

March 30, 2020
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli shared information about the UNC System's commitment to pro-rated reimbursements of housing and dining funds that have been unused as a result of the University System’s rapid response to COVID-19.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli re Refunds

March 30, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina. The statewide order will be in effect through April 30, 2020. Shortly after that, New Hanover County issued additional restrictions, which will be in effect until April 14, 2020.
Notice: Impacts of State, County Orders

March 27, 2020
Thank you for your efforts to get us through the first week of online/alternate instruction, and, for most employees, the first full week of teleworking.
Update: Thanks; HR Guidance; New (Non-OAP) Withdrawal Date; Grad School Adjustments

March 25, 2020 (4:33 p.m.)
The following academic policy adjustments are now in place for Spring 2020.
Notice: UNCW Academic Policy Adjustments

March 25, 2020 (11:53 a.m.)
UNCW has determined, in cooperation with New Hanover County Public Health, that our students and employees will be better served by relying on only one official source, New Hanover County Public Health, for notification of positive cases in our area.
Notice: Campus Notifications Update

March 23, 2020
6:55 p.m.
Alert: New Hanover County Confirms 5 Additional Coronavirus Cases

March 22, 2020
8:41 p.m.
Full List of Learning & Living Resources for Students

March 21, 2020
1:32 p.m.
Alert: Two Students Test Positive for COVID-19

March 20, 2020
2:43 p.m.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli re: Update Commencement

March 20, 2020
12:41 p.m.
Update: Spring Grad Regalia

March 19, 2020
5:16 p.m.
Update: No Known UNCW Connection to Presumptive-Positive NHC Case; Misc. Additional Updates

March 19, 2020
9:37 a.m.
Update: Commencement Ceremonies

March 18, 2020
6:41 p.m.
Update: New Hanover County Identifies First Presumptive-Positive Case

March 18, 2020
2:56 p.m.
Update: Various Coronavirus Impacts

March 18, 2020
9:53 a.m.
Update: Online/Alternate Instruction in Effect for Remainder of the Semester

March 17, 2020
6:56 p.m.
Update: Coronavirus Impacts - "Keep Learning" Site & Resident Students Move-Out Info

March 17, 2020
12:41 p.m.
Update: Impacts of UNC System Guidance

March 16, 2020
7:02 p.m.
Update: Coronavirus Impacts

March 14, 2020
7 p.m.
Update: Coronavirus Impacts

March 13, 2020
5:40 p.m.
Update: Coronavirus Impacts

March 13, 2020
9:25 a.m.
Update: Men's Basketball Team; Camp Lejeune

March 12, 2020
7:55 p.m.
Update: Campus Response to Coronavirus

March 12, 2020
4:34 p.m.
Message from Chancellor Sartarelli

March 11, 2020
8:06 p.m.
Update: New Information re. Campus Response to Coronavirus

March 11, 2020
4:46 p.m.
Update: Guidance from UNC System

March 9, 2020
12:28 p.m.
Notice: Update on Campus Response to Coronavirus (New Travel Restrictions, etc.)

March 5, 2020
Update: Coronavirus Impacts on Student/Employee Travel, Etc.

March 3, 2020
7:18 p.m.
Updates on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV)

February 29, 2020
11:29 a.m.
UNCW Suspends Educational Programs in Italy