As we are all working to be ready to provide in-person instruction and on campus experiences
for our students, we are also preparing for the contingencies that the COVID-19 crisis
may require us to address. We cannot predict if some or all instructional formats
for all or part of the 2020-21 academic year may change due to the public health emergency
caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As has always been the case, tuition and fees are
charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any
changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees directly impact our ability to provide
meaningful educational programs, experiences, and services and will not be refunded
in the event that instructional format changes for any part of the 2020-21 academic
The CDC does not recommend entry testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19
before allowing them on campus. It is unknown if entry testing at higher education
institutions provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of
the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive
measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning
UNCSA will have testing capability on campus for students only in coordination with
local medical partners.
Once arriving in the US, international travelers should stay in their residence hall,
practice social distancing and monitor their health for 14 days. Contact Tawanna Archia if you need assistance with meal delivery and other needs. Students who have registered
for in-person classes cannot attend in-person classes during this 14-day period. Please
keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements.
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.
We expect everyone to uphold our community health standards, whether they are on- or off-campus. Failure to comply with our community health
standards will result in progressive disciplinary actions
Off-campus students will not be able to reside in on-campus rooms. They will still
have access to telehealth appointments from our Health Center and our Student Assistance
and Support (Case Managers) will also be in contact with the student to assist with
coordination and communication with faculty.
If UNCSA has a 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. 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 in residence halls
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.
Social distancing and occupancy restrictions will be put into place in public restrooms
on campus, and it is required that you wear a mask in public restrooms on campus.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving restrooms.
No. However, it is highly recommended that parents are aware of the UNCSA health and
safety protocols and their student's responsibilities.
You will be quarantined off campus. UNCSA Health Services will check in at least twice
per day and provide food and other support services as deemed appropriate from our
Case Management team.
CDC guidelines do not require students in any region of the United States to quarantine.
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. If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Two people will be permitted to assist each student with move in. Once move-in is
complete, those assisting with move in must leave the campus.
Residential 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 singles.
Only residents of an individual room can be in that room. No visitors are permitted.
Our residence life custodial team will clean and disinfect public and commonly used
spaces, as well as community restrooms and showers used by the residents more frequently.
Residents and staff will be required to disinfect some of these spaces before and
after usage to further help protect against infection. Cleaning requirements are based
on CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces and require the use of USEPA approved Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
Routine cleaning and disinfection does not include areas that are not publicly accessible
(i.e. individual rooms). Residents are responsible for cleaning and disinfection of
spaces that are not publicly accessible.
The UNC System has authority over university refund protocols and will issue guidance
in the event that students have to leave campus. The current UNC System issued guidance
does state that housing and dining refunds may not be available without state or federal
financial relief. This should not be interpreted as a definitive decision by the UNC
System not to issue refunds under any circumstances. If UNCSA is able to offer financial
relief to students, we would certainly like to do so. We will provide further information
and guidance as we know more.
No. Students may leave their belongings in their residence halls over the winter break,
however they must take all valuables and materials they will need because they cannot
reenter until early February 2021. Students residing in A-F dorms may not stay on
campus during the break, students in Center Stage or Gateway apartments are allowed
to stay on campus during the break.
Parents and family members will not be able to go to their student's room after move
in is complete. They are allowed to visit their students in common areas or sign their
student out for visits.
Orientation and onboarding will be completed through a hybrid of online modules and
in-person sessions. Online orientation and onboarding will take place July 20-27.
More information will be sent by email.
In-person new student orientation will take place Aug. 9-16.
Parent orientation will take place exclusively online July 20-27. No parent orientation
will take place in person.
While closed due to COVID-19 Phase 2 North Carolina restrictions, the Fitness Center
will be offering virtual and outdoor classes.
Having a robust wireless connection able to handle the demands of remote classroom
sessions from residence halls is a concern. Our chosen platform, Zoom, performs best
over wired connections as does any online meeting platform. For that reason, we are
currently investigating all of our residence halls' wired connectivity with the intention
of ensuring that we have wired connectivity in place for each of the rooms when possible.
Please keep in mind that in order to take advantage of the wired connections, students
will need an RJ-45 Ethernet port on their device or a dongle that converts USB to
RJ-45, as well as an Ethernet patch cable to utilize the port.
We are working with our vendor and infection prevention specialist to generate a set
of guidelines for safe dining. Self-service will be eliminated and to-go options will
be increased. While the cafeteria, Pickle Jar and the Library Café will be open, we
will be reducing seating, limiting numbers, and using Eisenberg Social Hall and outdoor
spaces as overflow dining areas to allow for social distancing
UNCSA will continue to operate on a standard 15-week semester. Annual housing and
dining rates are calculated based on 15-week occupancy and are not based on exact
number of days occupied. The length of stay is often longer than 15 weeks to account
for breaks, early arrival, arts intensives and late departures.
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.
The Schools of Dance, Design & Production, Filmmaking and Music are reimagining how
our students will collaborate on an alternative performance of "The Nutcracker" that
follows health and safety protocols and provides educational opportunities. We will
share the plans for this production as soon as they are finalized.
We will be adding additional information as it becomes available. If you have a question
not answered above, please ask.