UNCW allows more in-person campus events; keeps weekly COVID testing for unvaccinated

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As COVID-19 metrics improve around campus, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has eased some restrictions for in-person campus events. That among several other items were addressed in a news release on Monday.

The university said it has increased the opportunities for UNCW departments, organizations and programs to hold in-person campus events. Earlier this semester, events, activities and meetings not directly related to student learning were moved to virtual formats or postponed.

The university’s indoor face covering requirement, which is based on guidance from the CDC and NCDHHS, remains in place and applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors. While UNCW does not require face coverings for general outdoor activities, face coverings may be required or strongly recommended for large gatherings.

Based on data gathered by Student Health, UNCW reports 90% of faculty and staff are vaccinated, an increase of 3% since Sept. 13. Among residential students, 77% are vaccinated, up from 72% on Sept. 13. Off-campus students have seen the largest increase in vaccination rates, moving to 66%, 9 percentage points higher than Sept. 13.

Unvaccinated residential students, faculty, staff and off-campus students taking in-person classes are still required to participate in weekly surveillance testing. Students, staff and faculty who present proof of vaccination are not subject to weekly surveillance testing.

Free vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and community members are available on campus through the Student Health Center. No appointments are necessary.

Faculty and instructors will continue to have flexibility to request temporary modality modifications for many COVID-related reasons for the remainder of the fall semester.

The Counseling Center offers free services for all currently enrolled students. Located in DePaolo Hall, the center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and provides virtual counseling services as well as in-person emergency services.

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