Students and Families

Students and Families

Updated Feb. 5, 2021 with visitors policy in residential room update

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The  Registrar's Office is in the processing of updating the course delivery modes (in person, online or hybrid). Student should expect to see the class schedule delivery modes via E-Z Arts during the last week in January 2021.

No reservations needed: Students can study in Hanes Student Commons on a first-come, first-served basis in the following areas: Eisenberg Social Hall and the room next to the One Card. Other spaces throughout the building are available during buildings open hours.

Reservations available: The Library had 90-single seats and six study rooms that can be reserved up to four hours per day. Reserve Library Study Space.

Room 301 ("The Fishbowl") in Hanes Student Commons is by reservation only. Reserve Hanes 301 or call Robin O'Neal at 336-734-2866.

University and High School graduations will be held in-person separately on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Masks or face coverings will be required at all times with a limited number of exceptions, including for in-person classes. Please review our guidance for acceptable face coverings.

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 year.

Health and safety

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Testing students as they return to campus is a consistent safety measure for many UNC institutions. This testing plan has already identified several covid-positive staff and faculty members before they entered campus. Every positive case we identify limits the spread in our community. The reentry testing plan is only one way we are trying to keep UNCSA safe this spring, we will also have weekly asymptomatic testing and are requiring that our students follow our Community Health Standards

Current student, faculty or staff members may file a report regarding a violation of the UNCSA Community Health Standards.

Community Health Standards Reporting Form

A negative COVID-19 test will be required for campus access before the start of the spring 2021 semester.
Faculty, staff and students will all be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before the spring semester begins. We will send more information about this process in upcoming weeks.

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. See COVID-19 Testing webpage.

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.

Read more about travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Forsyth County, contact tracing is 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 isolate in their own homes. They won't be able to isolate 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.

UNCSA follows its Postive Case Protocol. Positive COVID-19 cases are reported through UNCSA's COVID-19 Dashboard. The campus also receives a COVID-19 dashboard update email.

Social distancing and occupancy restrictions are in 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.

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.


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  • Residential housing are standard, double occupancy in residence halls and apartments. Density is 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.

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.

Only residents of an individual room can be in that room. No visitors are permitted. Exception: Rooms are permitted one (1) visitor who is also a UNCSA student per single-occupancy bedroom in their room. For instance, a Center Stage Apartment with two single bedrooms would be permitted two (2) visitors, and a Lofts triple apartment would be permitted one (1) visitor. No other guests or visitors are permitted in double occupancy rooms or double bedroom apartments. All Community Health Standards and Residential and Community Policies, including Guest Policy, continue to apply to any visitors. All parties must be masked and socially distancing during visits, and all roommates must agree on guests and any specific areas visitors will be permitted in the room (i.e. living room, refrigerator, etc.).

Campus Resources

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The Fitness Center is open with limited hours and capacity. The Fitness Center also is offering indoor, outdoor and virtual fitness opportunities. Refer to the Fitness Center website for specifics and protocols

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.


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Self-service will be eliminated and to-go options have been increased. While the cafeteria, Pickle Jar and the Library Café will be open, seating will be reduced, 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. 

Tuition & Fees

Scheduled eating times were not needed during the fall semester. Campus dining locations will be monitored for lines and concerns during the first two weeks of classes. If it is determined that schedules are needed then we will make adjustments including implementing schedules.

We will be adding additional information as it becomes available. If you have a question not answered above, please ask.