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It depends if you have symptoms or not. Please see Positive Test or Waiting on a Test Result webpage.

Note: Due to the potential risk for sick students infecting others, Student Health Services is currently operating on an appointment-only basis.


Students: Please upload your positive test via the Reporting Hub and isolated according to CDC guidelines.

Employees: Notify your supervisor and upload your positive test in the Reporting Hub and isolated according to CDC guidelines.

If you have been told by a health care provider or public health authority that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask for 10 days from the last day of exposure, monitor for symptoms, and test for COVID-19 on day six (at least five full days from your exposure). Find out more details on the Positive COVID-19 Test or Exposed to COVID-19 webpage


Health & Safety

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According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Strategies include optional masking, hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer, improved ventilation and filtration. These strategies have proven effective at impeding the spread of COVID-19 in the past. As always, UNCSA is encouraging vaccines and boosters

Please see Positive Test or Waiting on a Test Result webpage for protocols that have been updated based on guidance from the CDC, NC DHHS and the UNC System. 

Wearing masks are optional for all faculty, staff, students and patrons. Refer to our Community Health Standards.

Not at this time. Medical-grade (surgical, N95 or KN95) masks have been shown to be more effective than cloth face coverings in preventing the spread of COVID-19.



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Students are to follow the attendance policy communicated by their school. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be instructed to isolate, which inhibits in-person attendance. Students should work with their faculty regarding missed classes due to sickness.

Faculty are not obligated to provide Zoom links for students who are sick. 


Employees (Faculty & Staff)

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The following items ended Aug. 15, 2022:

  • Other COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave for absences due to isolation orders or non-quarantine possible exposures. Employees must use personal leave.
  • COVID-19 Leave Banks
  • COVID Leave Advances or Make-Up Time. Note: Continuing past Aug. 15, 2022 is two-year make-up/payback window remains from the date of accrual.

Faculty and staff may request additional PPE from Andrea Whittington in Facilities Management.


Vaccine Questions

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All UNCSA faculty, staff and students are eligible to be vaccinated.

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s), when eligible.

All federal employees and contractors are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination based on guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force and President Biden's Executive Order 14042. UNCSA employees are state employees and UNCSA does not have any federal contractors, so this guidance does not affect our university at this time. However, the order does impact many of our fellow UNC and other higher education institutions across North Carolina and the country. 

No. Per UNC System guidance, UNCSA will not require a COVID-19 vaccination at this time. Any student, faculty or staff member can voluntarily report they are vaccinated. Also, at this time, UNCSA is not requiring vaccines for students in our Community Programs who are eligible for the vaccine. 

Yes. According to the CDC, it’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. 

CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older, if eligible. Refer to the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine and boosters according to your age, health status and when you were vaccinated.

There are no plans to offer on-campus vaccination events at this time.

You can voluntarily report your vaccination and booster status in order to have a representation of the vaccination status on campus.

No. UNCSA is not responsible for determining or verifying eligibility for vaccination; it is up to the individual and NCDHHS.

Important Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

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