Coronavirus response: UNCW restricts travel where state of emergency declared

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW notified students and staff that the university will not be funding, sponsoring or supporting any non-essential university-related employee or student domestic travel.

As of Monday, no travel whatsoever will be funded, sponsored or supported to areas where a state of emergency has been declared by state or local authorities. This currently includes Washington, California, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Utah and Oregon.

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The university previously announced it will not fund, sponsor or support any employee or student university-related international travel to Threat Level 3 areas (as determined by the CDC). This restriction remains in place.

These travel restrictions apply to conferences, meetings and other in-person events.

Employees should consider alternate ways of participating in events they can’t attend in person.



At this time and in accordance with the latest guidelines from health authorities and higher education peers, the university is not requiring the return of faculty, staff or students who have traveled domestically.

The university is also not requiring the return of students and faculty currently in countries that have been deemed a Threat Level 2 or below by the CDC. However, this is a fluid situation and guidelines from health authorities will continue to evolve.

There will be a Staff Senate forum focused on the coronavirus situation on  Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Lumina Theater. Representatives from the Student Health Center, Human Resources, the Office of International Programs, and other offices will be in attendance to offer insights and answer questions.

Please remember the follow guidance as previously shared:

  • If you are a student or employee and you experience these symptoms during or after international travel, or during or after travel to areas that have declared a state of emergency, it is critical that you notify the Student Health Center immediately (spring-travel@uncw.edu or 910.962-3280). Students who have traveled home or elsewhere for spring break should contact local health care providers. Faculty and staff who are not feeling well should see their health care providers, but should also notify the Student Health Center in the event of these symptoms.
  • UNCW and the New Hanover County Health Department will notify employees and students in the event that a case of the coronavirus is reported at UNCW or in New Hanover County. Please do not share or believe updates you have not personally verified to be accurate.
  • Please continue to consult the Student Health Center website and reliable external resources like the CDC and WHO.  Continue to follow the preventive measures recommended to help prevent any illness.