Planning our return to campus
Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 with clarification for students quarantine and isolation protocol.
Chancellor Brian Cole welcomes students to campus and addresses arts in the age of
COVID-19, as well as precautions that will be necessary at UNCSA.
UNCSA is preparing to resume on-campus operations for the fall 2020 semester with
the health and wellness of our community as the top priority. Our planning has been
informed by guidance from local, state and federal public health authorities, as well
as applicable orders and regulations from the governor and relevant federal agencies,
such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
We will follow the COVID-19 monitoring, containment and response protocols established
and updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for colleges and
universities. These protocols can be found at cdc.gov.
Given the evolving nature of both our understanding of COVID-19 and the recommended
guidance from public health and other governmental bodies, please understand that
our guidance will be updated periodically to respond to continuing developments. Updates
will be communicated by email or through our website.
UNCSA Together Presentation
The revised academic calendar will minimize travel, reducing potential exposure to the virus while maintaining
the instructional days required to meet our academic standards. Key changes include:
- Classes for the fall semester for undergraduate, graduate and high school students
begin on Monday, Aug. 17, and end on Thursday, Nov. 19.
- Fall and spring breaks have been eliminated, and three Wednesday breaks have been added for each semester.
- On-campus final exams and juries will be conducted Friday, Nov. 20, through Tuesday,
Nov. 24, with finals continuing online following the Thanksgiving holiday.
- The duration of winter break is expanded; the spring semester begins Feb. 8, 2021.
Hybrid instructional model
UNCSA is preparing to use a hybrid instructional model for the fall semester. Hybrid
instruction will maintain our core in-person classes and experiences, following safety
guidelines, while incorporating online instructional resources when necessary. Specific
details will be published on the individual pages linked below.
Performances and productions
Deans and faculty are developing innovative performance and production plans that
prioritize the health and safety of our students while reflecting the evolution of
the industry as it faces the effects of COVID-19. More information will be announced.
Move in and orientation
- Move in will take place by appointment only during the week of Aug. 9-16. Appointments will be held in two-hour increments. You will receive an email inviting
you to make your appointment by mid-July.
- Students and family members will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by staff upon arriving on campus. Individuals that do not clear
the screening will be asked to leave the campus.
- Two people will be permitted to assist each student with move in. Once move in is complete, helpers
must leave the campus.
- Out of state/country students can ship items. Instructions will be sent on how and
where to ship items.
- New and returning students will be required to complete online safety training modules before moving in. Failure to do so will result in appointment cancellation. You will
receive a link to the online training by email before move in.
- Orientation and onboarding will be completed through a hybrid of online modules and in-person sessions. Online orientation and onboarding will take place
July 20-Aug. 7. The training is asynchronous. More information will be sent by email.
- Parent orientation will take place exclusively online July 20-27. No parent orientation will take place in person.
- In-person new student orientation will take place Aug. 9-16.
Residential housing and dining
- Campus housing will be standard, double occupancy in residence halls and apartments. Density will be reduced by having some quads converted to doubles, and some smaller doubles converted to
- Only residents of an individual room can be in that room. No visitors are permitted.
- All dining spaces (Cafeteria, POD, Pickle Jar, Library Café) will be open and following all social distancing and safety protocols. In addition, the campus
food service vendor has its safety processes and protocols.
- The cafeteria will be open with reduced seating capacity to allow for social distancing. Self-service options will not be available.
- More to-go dining options will be offered.
- During peak times, students will be assigned a time to eat in coordination with class schedules.
- There will be more spaces for dining in Eisenberg, outdoor locations and on the lower level of Hanes Commons.
UNCSA Together – Community Health Standards
We all must commit to the actions and precautions we can take as individuals to protect our campus community. It will require all of us together to keep our community healthy. We expect all
community members to show care for their friends, peers, colleagues and neighbors.
UNCSA community health standards
Health and wellness
UNCSA followed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and UNC System guidance and partnered
with the county health department and local medical organizations to develop health
and safety protocols for the upcoming academic year. We also consulted with a licensed
infectious disease prevention specialist from UNC Health Care to create health and
safety protocols specific to the spaces on our campus and the unique kinds of activities
in our training and operations. Detailed health and safety modifications for each
conservatory are still being developed and will be posted on the conservatory and academic pages in the Fall 2020 section of our website. In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA will enact the following protocols to mitigate the risk presented by COVID-19
and to keep members of our campus community safe:
- UNCSA will require everyone coming onto campus for move in (Aug. 9-16) to complete
an in-person health screening, which will include having your temperature taken and answering questions about symptoms
and whether you’ve been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Anyone who does not pass the screening will have to leave campus. Details about where
to go for screening will be emailed in advance of your move-in appointment.
- All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a daily COVID-19 screening self-assessment before attending class or coming to work.
- All campus visitors will be required to take a COVID-19 screening self-assessment
before conducting business on campus
Testing and tracing
- UNCSA will have the capability on campus to test students for COVID-19, in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff will need to contact
their medical provider for testing.
- Students who refuse to take a COVID-19 test at the request of health services will
face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Tests are no cost to students, when ordered by a Student Health Services medical provider.
- If UNCSA has a positive case this fall, a campus-wide notification will be sent, and contact tracing will be conducted by the Forsyth County Health Department with assistance from UNCSA.
Forsyth County has hired and trained additional contact tracers to respond to the
pandemic. UNCSA continues to be in direct contact with Forsyth County health officials
and will work with them closely to implement contact tracing on campus, if necessary.
- The UNC System is following CDC guidance which does not recommend full-scale asymptomatic
testing for COVID-19 before allowing students, faculty and staff on campus. There currently is not sufficient evidence that entry testing at higher education
institutions would reduce person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond expected
results of infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering,
hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection), and the subsequent testing and
isolation of symptomatic individuals.
Quarantine and isolation
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be immediately isolated.
- Students who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, as determined
by county health officials, will be quarantined on campus for 14 days.
- Single rooms with bathrooms in residence halls have been reserved for quarantine or
isolation. Parents are permitted to take students who test positive for COVID-19 home.
Arts and academic departments will work with students on their absence due to illness.
- Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must remain at home and notify their
supervisor. They will not be allowed to return to campus until they have verification
from a medical provider that they have recovered.
Positive Case Protocol
- If UNCSA has a confirmed positive case, a campuswide notification will be sent, and
contact tracing will be conducted. In Forsyth County, contact tracing will be led
by the county health department with assistance from UNCSA. Forsyth County has hired
and trained additional contact tracers to respond to the pandemic. UNCSA continues
to be in direct contact with Forsyth County health officials and will work with them
closely to implement contact tracing on campus, if necessary.
- Students who test positive will be immediately isolated for 10 days. Students will
be released from isolation at the end of the 10 day period if student symptoms have
improved, and student has been fever free without fever reducing medication for at
least 24 hours.
- Single rooms in residential facilities have been reserved for quarantine or isolation.
Parents are permitted to take their COVID-positive student home. Arts and academic
departments will work with students on their absence due to illness.
- The mental health and well-being of our students is a top priority. We will continue to support students with counseling, mindfulness sessions, physical
exercise, yoga and other activities designed to promote overall wellness, while reinforcing our
campus community academically, artistically and emotionally.
- Because we have eliminated the Fall Break to reduce virus transmission through travel,
UNCSA has designated three Wednesdays in the fall semester as “Wellness Wednesdays” when no classes will be held.
- Faculty and staff who need assistance with mental or emotional health issues may use
the UNCSA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit program that offers support and resources
to address personal or work-related challenges and concerns. It is free for employees
and members of your household and is completely confidential.
Environmental and physical safety
The UNCSA Environmental Services Department will implement new cleaning protocols for all areas of campus as recommended by the CDC and Environmental
Protection Agency. The housekeeping staff has been trained in COVID-specific cleaning protocols as established
by the CDC and EPA.
Environmental & physical safety
The chancellor and deans will host information sessions throughout the summer with
students, parents, faculty and staff. Dates and times of upcoming sessions are listed
below, along with links to previous sessions. All times are EST.