Health & Safety

Face coverings

In alignment with the most recent recommendation from the CDC and in consultation with UNC System and public health officials, face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces on campus effective Monday, Aug. 2. Face coverings are also strongly encouraged outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. This decision is made in consideration of the rising cases of COVID-19, including the high rate of transmission in Mecklenburg County per the CDC, and for the safety of our campus community. 

More information: 

  • This requirement is for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. 
  • It applies to all spaces, including Atkins Library, dining halls, recreational facilities, common spaces and residence halls. 
  • The only exceptions to this requirement are when students are in their personal residence hall rooms or when employees are in their personal offices.  Employees may still pick up decals requesting individuals wear masks in their personal offices at the information desk in the Student Union or the circulation desk in Atkins Library.  

Important Notes:

  • The change in face covering requirements does not affect the University’s plans for a return to full operations this fall, including face-to-face instruction.
  • This change does not affect the expectation of the return to on-campus work for University employees. 


Vaccination is the most important action you can take to protect yourself against COVID-19. It is also the most powerful tool we have as a community and a country to return to our pre-pandemic activities. 

While the University is not requiring vaccinations for employees or students, you are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you are medically able to do so. 

We also have information available to help answer questions about the vaccine and locate your shot. 

University benefits for vaccination

Please also let us know if you have received your vaccination by completing the reporting form

Once your vaccine documentation is approved, you will be exempt from testing requirements and completing the daily Niner Health Check. Additionally, you will be eligible for a variety of prizes as a thank you for doing your part to keep Niner Nation safe and healthy. 


The University is conducting a robust fall testing program, including re-entry testing, weekly mitigation testing and wastewater-related testing

Students, faculty or staff members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who have a concern that they were potentially exposed to COVID-19, should visit a testing site on campus for a rapid PCR test (Atkins Library, College of Health and Human Services, SoVi, EPIC).

Students, faculty or staff members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who are symptomatic should immediately contact the Student Health Center to make an appointment for a rapid PCR test. They should not risk exposing others by visiting one of the on-campus testing sites.

Contact Tracing

The University will continue with its contact tracing program, notifying any people who are identified as close contacts. 

  • If you are vaccinated: You are encouraged to still be tested after 5 days, but you are not subject to quarantine unless you become symptomatic. 

  • If you are not vaccinated: You will need to quarantine and be tested. 


  • If you are vaccinated: If you submit your COVID-19 vaccine reporting form and it is approved, you are no longer required to complete the daily health check unless you become symptomatic. However, you will continue to receive the email in case you need it. Just delete it if you don’t. 

  • If you are not vaccinated: You will need to continue completing the daily health check as before.