Notice: Spring Semester 2021 Testing Requirements and Recommendations

Monday, December 07, 2020

To further reduce the spread of COVID-19, UNCW has added return and surveillance testing requirements and recommendations to its health and safety protocols for the spring 2021 semester. These strategies will be modified as needed, based on guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and state and local health agencies.  
Residential Students: Return Testing  
To be “cleared” to move back into the residence halls in January 2021, students will need to obtain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (3 days) in advance of returning to campus. The university will provide testing onsite at Burney Center during Move-In (Jan. 15-16 or Jan. 19) to assist residential students who cannot obtain a test before returning to campus.  
Residential students, including those who lived on campus last fall but departed early as part of the university’s de-densification plan, should monitor their campus inboxes on December 7 for additional information from Housing and Residence Life and the Student Health Center.  
Information for Non-Residential Students Taking In-Person Classes and Faculty and Staff  
More details about testing information for non-residential students taking in-person classes and faculty and staff working on campus will be shared with the campus community in the coming weeks.  
Surveillance Testing  
During the spring semester, the Student Health Center plans to implement “Testing Tuesdays” to test samples of students and employees living and/or working on campus. These test results, when coupled with information from the campus wastewater sampling conducted and analyzed by UNCW researchers, will position the university to respond even more quickly to potential COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. Additional information about “Testing Tuesdays” will be shared in January.  
Keeping Up Our Guard  
To make the university’s return and surveillance testing programs remain as effective as possible, students, faculty and staff should continue to practice the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) to contribute to maintaining their health and the health of others around them. As you may know, N.C. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 180 outlines additional face covering requirements that are in effect both on and off campus. Please see the FAQs for more information.  
We also encourage you to reduce unnecessary contact with others outside your core living unit in the two weeks leading up to the start of traditional schedule classes on January 20, 2021.  
We wish you a restful winter break. Thank you for your diligence in slowing the spread of the virus. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact