February 22, 2021
The impact of COVID-19 has made an indelible mark on our campus. It has tested us in so many ways – from online course pivots to mask-wearing to social distancing and daily Zoom calls taking the place of in-person interaction. But you have persevered. You’ve showed up. You’ve stayed focused on continuing to work toward your goals, turned in your assignments, you’ve looked out for one another, and most of all, you’ve made doing the right thing on behalf of our Spartan community a top priority. Together we have embraced the challenge, and our tenacious commitment to success has laid the groundwork for a brighter future as we head into the Fall 2021 semester.
Because of your commitment, we’ve been able to keep campus open, offering more in-person classes than most other NC public universities while experiencing limited spread of the virus among our student body. Doing so means that some of you have been able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art classrooms and study spaces in our new, $105 million Nursing and Instructional Building. It seems fitting that we would open a facility dedicated to health and science as we work to fight a pandemic.
Spartans, together we can do anything. With that in mind, today we’d like to share an update on our plans for the fall.
- We are planning to offer as many introductory courses and graduate courses as possible in-person. You can expect to get to know many of your instructors and peers in face-to-face environments, while we continue to observe distancing requirements. Freshman students, in particular, will experience the G almost as in pre-Covid times, with many in-person course options.
- Opportunities for campus involvement, including leadership, service, and recreation, will continue to be available. We anticipate some campus activities will begin to steer back into safe, in-person formats that will allow better social interaction.
- Student housing will be open, with a variety of residential student options that emphasize community and a sense of belonging, a hallmark of life at the “G”. We will continue to provide high levels of cleaning and support operations to help keep everyone safe and successful.
- We are working closely with local and state public health officials to stay up-to-date on plans for making the COVID-19 vaccine available to students. We’ll let you know as we learn more, and we will do all we can to help students who choose to do so get vaccinated.
During the months ahead, we will share more specifics about class formats, housing protocols, special events, and day-to-day campus life.
To stay up-to-date on the latest important news and operational updates, please continue to monitor your email, follow @UNCG (and @UNCGGradSchool for graduate students) on your preferred social media platform, download our mobile app (the one with our logo and the blue background; we will use this frequently to send messages and provide timely updates) from the Google or iTunes app store, and visit our COVID-19 website frequently.
As always, the health and safety of the UNCG community is of paramount importance. We continue to work closely with county and state health officials, internal stakeholders, and the UNC System, to plan a successful fall. But we need everyone to contribute. Our collective and tenacious focus on success is a team effort, and it’s what sets us apart.
Thank you for your hard work, patience, and flexibility. We are excited to see you on campus, to celebrate your achievements, and most of all – happy you found your way here.
With best wishes,
Andrew Hamilton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Student Success
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Kelly Burke, D.M.A.
Dean of the Graduate School
Cathy Akens, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs