Updated COVID-19 testing protocols for students, faculty and staff

Friday, December 31, 2021

The university’s management team closely followed the development of the Omicron variant during the winter break. Based on the new public health guidelines, UNCW will require all residency students as well as faculty, staff and unvaccinated students learning and working on campus for the spring semester 2022 to participate in returntesting on campus before coming to campus for the first time in January. Using the same guidelines, UNCW will also ask Seahawks in these groups to provide proof of a negative COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) within the last 3 days, a change from the 5 days previously announced.

Residential students must show

  • Evidence of a previous positive test within the last 90 days or
  • Evidence of a negative COVID test in the Last 3 days
  • OR take a test on campus before moving in, attend classes,or start to work

Unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students learning and working on campus should show

  • Evidence of a previous positive test within the last 90 days or
  • Evidence of a negative COVID test in the Last 3 days
  • OR take a test on campus before moving in, attend classes,or start to work

Submit vaccination records or previous positive test results to Student Health
Students, faculty and staff who have not yet submitted their immunization record or previous positive test results can email a copy to[email protected]or drop one off at one of the test sites.

  • People who have not yet submitted their information can email it before they arrive on campus or bring it to one of the testing sites.
  • Information sent by email must be received by noon the day before arrival on campus to receive an authorization letter by email the next day. Those arriving on weekends will need to submit their information by Friday noon.
  • If you have already submitted proof of vaccination or a previous positive test, you do not need to do it again. Faculty, staff and students who already have their information on file will receive an authorization letter during the first week of January. This includes people who have lived, worked, or learned on campus in 2021-2022.
  • Student Health will send authorization letters by email on campus or in person at testing sites to confirm that recipients have met the requirements to return to campus. Please be prepared to show your authorization letter if requested.

To return toatCampus testing will take place in the Warwick 4 Ballroom

  • Tuesday January 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday January 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday January 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday January 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday January 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday January 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To return toatThe on-campus tests will also take place in the MAC Gym

  • Friday January 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday January 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday January 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please allow at least 45 minutes to be tested and receive your result and authorization letter.

Surveillance tests
Surveillance tests begin Monday, January 10 and will serve as a feedbackcampus testing for those arriving on January 10 or later. Surveillance tests are MondayThursday 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1 pm to 4:30 pm in the Warwick Ballroom 4 and Veterans Hall, Room 1012. As a reminder, all unvaccinated faculty, staff and students must perform surveillance tests every week.

Live, learn and work on campus
Interior face covers will be required for students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus, regardless of their immunization status, at the start of the spring semester. We maintain this additional safety measure as part of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Residence students are not expected to wear a face covering while in their assigned residential space. As a reminder, residence students should regularly monitor their campus inboxes for information on housing and living in residence.

Events and activities, including athletics
At this point, activities and events on campus will continue as planned and face coverings will be mandatory for all indoor events. We will assess the impact of COVID-19 on activities and events once the semester has started and communicate information on any changes, if necessary. Please watch uncwsports.com for the latest information from UNCW Athletics.

Continue to wear face coverings, wash your hands, and stay home when sick
COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and testing provide us with important tools to fight the pandemic, but the diligent practice of other preventative measures will be just as important this spring as it has been for almost two years. Remember to wear a face cover, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick. These strategies are essential parts of our prevention plan to reduce the spread of the virus, including new strains that have appeared or may emerge.

In UNCW’s continued efforts to deal with the pandemic, the university‘s leadership team will continue to consider several factors when making decisions to change COVID-19 guidelines, including CDC policies. , NCDHHS and the UNC system; the level of transmission in North Carolina; and the overall vaccination rate in our state. Please continue to check your campus inboxes, UNCW Home PageandBest for the nestfor updates.

Thank you for your remarkable patience and grace as the campus community continues to maneuver around the challenges caused by the pandemic. Please contact Student Health at [email protected] with all questions.

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