UNC Charlotte Updates COVID Protocol On Campus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UNC Charlotte will be making several changes to its COVID-19 safety protocol on campus including eliminating mitigation testing for employees and off-campus students beginning Monday.

After Governor Cooper announced North Carolina would move to a more endemic approach to managing COVID-19 on Thursday, UNCC officials say this prompted the school to take the same approach on campus.

In a news release UNCC officials say “This means we understand the virus will be here for quite some time, but with strong vaccination rates and good personal choices about safety, it is manageable.”

What’s Changing:

  • Beginning Monday, March 21st, mitigation testing for employees and off-campus students will no longer be required.
  • Beginning Saturday, April 2nd, screening testing of residence hall students based on wastewater testing will no longer be required, but wastewater surveillance will continue and residents will be notified.
  • Beginning Monday, April 4th, information about COVID-19 will transition from the dashboard on emergency.uncc.edu to the Niner Nation Cares website. New information will include information about the levels of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in campus wastewater samples.
  • Beginning Saturday, April 2nd, everyone on campus will continue to receive a health check every day should they become ill with COVID-19 symptoms, but the requirement for completion by unvaccinated individuals will end.
  • Beginning Monday, April 4th, all COVID testing centers on campus will be consolidated into one location.
  • In May of 2022, the university will not specifically offer exit testing ahead of the end of the semester. However, anyone who desires a proactive COVID-19 test may receive one through the on-campus testing center.

What’s NOT Changing:

  • On-campus COVID-19 testing will continue to be available regardless of vaccination status.
  • On-campus COVID-19 vaccine boosters will continue to be available on Thursdays.
  • Indoor gathering size restrictions of one-half of the room’s occupancy will remain in place.
  • University travel restrictions for unvaccinated employees remain in place.
  • Federal and state mandates continue to require masks on Niner Transit and in the Student Health Center.
  • Face masks continue to be available to members of the University community in the the Popp Martin Student Union, Atkins Library and the Career Center for individuals who wish to wear one.
  • The University will continue to accept vaccine and booster information using the online portal.