Health and Wellness

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 posted on the conservatory and academic pages in the this section of our website. In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA has enact the following protocols to mitigate the risk presented by COVID-19 and to keep members of our campus community safe:


  • All students, faculty and staff are required to complete a daily COVID-19 screening self-assessment before attending class or coming to work.
  • All campus visitors are required to take a COVID-19 screening self-assessment before conducting business on campus

Testing and tracing

UNCSA is able to test students for COVID-19, in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Faculty and staff need to contact their medical provider for testing. Surveillance testing helps to identify if there are areas where COVID-19 is popping up, and therefore, whether and where further testing is needed. Contact tracing will be conducted by the Forsyth County Health Department with assistance from UNCSA.

Testing information

Quarantine and isolation

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated.
  • Students who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, as determined by county health officials, are 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 quarantine or isolate in their home and notify their supervisor.

Positive Case Protocol 

  • Positive results are reported to UNCSA and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. Contact tracing is initiated for close contacts and known exposures. Students who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, as determined by county health officials, are quarantined for 14 days.
  • Students who test positive are immediately isolated for 10 days. Students are 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.
  • Residential students placed in isolation or quarantine are contacted by a case manager with the location and access information for their isolation/quarantine space. They (wearing a mask) are permitted to gather their belongings to take to their new space. Isolation/quarantine spaces are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, access to a private bathroom, bedding and towels, and trash pickup. Student Affairs delivers meals from the Dining Hall and check-in daily. Students may continue classes online if they are able. Counseling services are available for all students, including those in quarantine.
  • Non-residential students are contacted by Student Affairs for daily check-ins and to assist with needs that might arise.
  • Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate 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.


  •  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.