Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

UNCSA follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and UNC System guidance and actively partners with the county health department and local medical organizations to maintain our health and safety protocols. The university also consulted with a licensed infectious disease prevention specialist from UNC Health Care to create health and safety protocols specific to our campus spaces and the unique activities in our training and operations.

Detailed health and safety modifications for each conservatory are posted on the conservatory and academic pages. In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA has enacted the following protocols to keep members of our campus community safe:

Daily Screening Requirement

  • 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 testing symptomatic students for COVID-19 on campus and has an option to be partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health for testing. Faculty and staff should contact their medical provider for testing or use another local testing site such as CVS, Novant GoHealth, or StarMed. In addition, UNCSA is conducting surveillance testing to help identify areas where COVID-19 is present, and therefore, whether further testing is needed. Contact tracing is conducted by the UNCSA and the Forsyth County Health Department.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated.
  • Isolation can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. For asymptomatic students who test positive for COVID, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after the day the positive test result sample was collected.
  • Known exposures identified by contact tracing are quarantined for a period of 14 days. If known exposures test positive, they are isolated and follow the timeline above.
  • Residential students will quarantine or isolate on campus. 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. Non-residential students will quarantine or isolate at their residence.
  • Faculty or staff must 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. As determined by county health officials, students, staff and faculty who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, 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 the student’s symptoms have improved, and student has been fever free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • A case manager contacts residential students placed in isolation or quarantine with the location and access information for their isolation/quarantine space. While remaining masked, they 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.
  • Student Affairs contacts non-residential/commuter students 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. Managers and employees will follow the COVID-19 Response Plan for Employees.


  •  The mental health and well-being of our students is a top priority. We 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.
  • UNCSA has designated three Wednesdays on the academic calendar in both the fall and spring semesters 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.