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Students preparing for classes to begin on Aug. 10 have been told — as a condition of attending fall semester classes — to sign a pledge that they will abide by the public health guidelines and the University’s COVID-19 Community Standards and University Guidelines.
The requirement applies to all, regardless of whether they plan to attend classes in person or remotely.
“Although the risk of COVID-19 cannot be eliminated from campus, our collective commitment to consistently embracing and practicing these Community Standards and University Guidelines is how we can work together to help promote a safe and healthy campus for everyone,” Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz wrote in a message to students Thursday.
Students are asked to read and understand guidelines on wearing masks, maintaining physical distance from one another and self-monitoring their health. Students have until Monday, July 27, to sign the pledge via an online form.
The University is modifying classrooms and facilities on campus to help with physical distancing; providing face masks to students, faculty and staff; limiting the capacity of certain campus facilities; and messaging the importance of face masks, physical distancing and hygiene.
UNC has dedicated two residence halls for quarantine and isolation spaces and will provide testing and contact tracing services through Campus Health.