Update: No Known UNCW Connection to Presumptive-Positive NHC Case; Misc. Additional Updates

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Below you will find updates on various elements of coronavirus impacts. Thank you for your patience as we continue to compile the latest information and distribute it to you as quickly as possible. Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other as the situation evolves. Be well, Seahawks.
Health Update
  • At this time, there is no known campus connection to New Hanover County’s first identified presumptive-positive case of coronavirus. If this changes, students and employees will be notified as quickly as possible via campus email.
  • The CDC has elevated all cruise travel to a Threat Level 3. Per the CDC: Travelers should defer all cruise travel worldwide. If you were on a cruise ship in the last 14 days, please contact the Student Health Center (910.962.0587 or, and stay home for 14 days from the time you disembark(ed). Practice social distancing, and monitor your health.
  • The Student Health Center and the Counseling Center in DePaolo Hall will remain open. Please visit their websites for more information, and if you are unwell, be sure to call the Student Health Center (910.962.3280) in advance of visiting.
  • Beginning tomorrow, March 20, campus building access will be reduced, in advance of the UNC System directive that only CDMEs are to report to campus beginning Wednesday, March 25. All employees will retain One Card access to their assigned buildings until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in order to facilitate the transition to teleworking. After 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, building access will be limited to employees designated as CDMEs for all or part of their work schedules. Any other building access needed by employees not designated as CDMEs after the close of business on Tuesday, March 24, will require approval by the respective division Vice Chancellor or their designee.
  • All campus dining updates can be found here.
  • Many higher education corporate partners are responding to the needs of college campuses facing coronavirus impacts. This includes free, discounted, or expanded web services to higher education institutions. Please see this ITS knowledgebase article for more information.
  • To help maintain consistency and ensure students are equipped to learn wherever they are, BNED has joined VitalSource and leading publishers in providing free access to eTextbooks for the remainder of the semester.  Students can read more about this on the Keep Learning website.
  • Parking gates at the East Deck and T lot will remain open until Sunday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Enforcement will be waived until that time in order to support students and families on campus for the move-out process.
  • Housing and Residence Life continues to consider requests for exceptions to the directive to depart campus. Students will be notified as quickly as possible as decisions are made. Requests must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 20, for consideration. Please refer to the Housing and Residence Life website for more information.