FAQs about Returning to Campus and COVID-19


UNC students move into their residence halls in preparation for the 2020-21 school year on August 3, 2020, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The best place to get information about COVID-19 requirements is CarolinaTogether.unc.edu.

We know that reading through all of that content can sometimes be confusing. Here’s our take on what’s required and recommended for UNC Students upon returning to campus.

Required for Students:

  • VACCINATION STATUS: Attest to your vaccination status in Connect Carolina. Under the Student Honor Code, you are expected to provide truthful information on your vaccination status, dates, and documentation.
  • TESTING for UNVACCINATED STUDENTS: Unvaccinated students or those who prefer not to disclose their vaccination status must test within 24 hours of arrival in Chapel Hill. Testing is available at the Carolina Union without appt from 9am – 5pm thru Wednesday 8/11 and beginning 8/12 by appointment using HallPass. Unvaccinated students must test weekly throughout the semester.
  • INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TESTING: All individuals traveling to the US from an international location are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 no more than 3 days before travel.
  • QUARATINE/ISOLATION: Students must follow quarantine and isolation protocols.
    • Not fully vaccinated or choose not to report vaccination status:
      • If you are having symptoms or have been notified as a close contact, you will be required to quarantine and contact Campus Health.
      • If you test positive, you will need to isolate.
    • Fully vaccinated with FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination
      • You will most likely not be subject to quarantine. You will be subject to isolation if you test positive.
    • Students who live off-campus generally may quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence unless otherwise directed by a medical provider or health official. Those students residing in on-campus housing, including Granville Towers can visit the Carolina Housing website to find out more about on-campus isolation and quarantine operations. 
  • WEAR A MASK INDOORS: You must wear a face mask over your nose and mouth at all times while inside any University building. You may remove your face mask in private offices, your residence hall room, suite or apartment, and when eating or drinking.

Recommended for Students:

  • GET VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19: Being vaccinated is the best way you can help make a typical, in-person experience at Carolina this fall and to prevent the spread of the virus. Vaccines are offered at Student Stores Pharmacy from 9 am – 6 pm M-F and Saturdays 11am – 3pm. Additionally, during move-in you can receive your vaccine on Tuesday, August 17th from 4 -7 pm at Hinton James Residence Hall.
  • LIMIT INTERACTIONS: Unvaccinated students should limit unnecessary interactions for 7 days after travel. Vaccinated students should limit interactions if notified as a close contact. Limiting unnecessary interactions means staying in your residence as much as possible, but you can leave to get food or if you require medical attention.
  • TESTING FOR VACCINATED STUDENTS: Free, voluntary asymptomatic testing is available on campus for students. Consider being tested when you return to Chapel Hill, and regularly thereafter to help protect your community from asymptomatic spread.
  • TEST AT CAMPUS HEALTH: Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been notified as a close contact should be tested at Campus Health.

When in doubt, ask! You can email campushealth@unc.edu or call 919-966-2281 for COVID-19 vaccine and testing questions.

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