The University of North Carolina has released its COVID protocols for the fall 2022 semester.
“We are excited to welcome you back to campus for the Fall 2022 semester. This marks the start of the third academic year that has been impacted by COVID-19, and our understanding of the virus is greater than ever thanks to the diligent research of our infectious disease experts,” said the university in a statement.
Masks will continue to be encouraged, yet optional, in all University buildings, but masks are required in health care settings, including UNC Health, Campus Health, the Employee Occupational Health Clinic, the Student Stores Pharmacy and any other patient clinics or clinical simulation areas on campus.
Masks are also required on university transit services like P2P and Safe Ride, and on Chapel Hill Transit.
“We will continue to follow UNC System guidance on masking policies as well as all state and county guidelines on masking,” said the university.
The university also said students, faculty and staff should not be penalized if they do not wear a mask in their classroom or office setting where it is now optional.
Vaccines are available through the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health Pharmacy from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and no appointment is needed.
The university said any student, faculty, staff or community member 12 years old or older is eligible for a vaccine at these locations at no cost. COVID-19 vaccinations are now approved for children as young as six months old.
“We are not requiring students to complete re-entry testing, nor will incoming students be required to attest to their vaccination status,” said the university.
However, the university is encouraging students to test before returning to campus, especially if they are exhibiting any symptoms or could have come in contact with an individual who has tested positive.
There will not be any mandatory or voluntary testing for asymptomatic individuals on campus. Symptomatic testing for students will continue to be available at Campus Health.
Faculty and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested at their health care provider.
All students are asked to report positive results from off-campus testing or at-home tests to Campus Health.
Residential students who test positive can isolate at home or in their residence hall room.