Update: Guidance from UNC System on Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Moments ago, UNCW was given guidance from the UNC System as to the System-wide response to the coronavirus. We are sharing that information below.

University leadership is in the process of finalizing details on these directives and we will share a campus update as quickly as possible, certainly within the next 24 hours. Please know we understand you and your families have many important questions about travel, online instruction beginning on March 23, the timing of students’ return to campus given the extension of spring break through next week, the impact on faculty and staff, and so forth. We ask that you afford us some patience while we gather additional information so we can share a more comprehensive update. As soon as there is more information available, we will share it with campus via an email.

We are moving as quickly as possible to get you the information you deserve, and we appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances. Thank you.

Per the UNC System:
March 11, 2020

UNC System Issues Update on Coronavirus Preparations

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The UNC System continues to consult with public health officials to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and prepare for the likelihood that the virus will impact our institutions. 

Universities provide environments where large numbers of people interact and congregate. Practicing tried and true methods for maintaining good health, and being vigilant without overreacting, will help individuals remain healthy and help minimize the impact of the virus.

All UNC System institutions will remain open and continue to deliver high-quality instruction for our students. At the same time, we are working to maximize flexibility in how we deliver education in order to limit the potential impact of the coronavirus at our institutions.

  • All UNC System institutions will transition from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery, where possible and practical, no later than March 20. Alternative course delivery will begin on March 23 and last indefinitely. Our goal is to return to in-person instruction as soon as reasonably possible.
  • University leadership will determine which classes, such as those with labs, will continue to require in-person instruction and attendance.
  • Outside events and gatherings of 100 or more people will be cancelled or postponed unless otherwise authorized by a chancellor or provost.
  • University-sponsored in-state travel to gatherings of 100 or more people is suspended, and all travel outside the state is suspended, unless otherwise authorized by a chancellor or provost.

UNC System institutions are thriving and supportive communities, ready to adapt quickly as circumstances evolve.  We remain focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the delivery of our core academic mission.