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.

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