Dear UNCG Parents,
It is becoming ever clearer that these are unprecedented times. The pace of change, the urgency of decision making, and the substantial complexity of the challenges we face have certainly made this a difficult time on our campus, in our community, and around the world. While we don’t have all the answers, nor know entirely what to expect, one thing is certain – We are in this together.
I know you have had to digest a great deal of communications. We have had to quickly respond to a rapidly changing environment and manage moment-by-moment the implications and consequences of the choices. We are aware that not every situation has yet been addressed. But I know with complete confidence that this team – in every department, classroom, residence hall, and campus facility – is pulling together to do first, foremost, and always what is best for our students and our shared community.
With that in mind, I want to provide you with a few updates.
- Even as we shift the majority of classes to online environments, the University remains open. Residence halls and other facilities are functioning as previously communicated. We strongly encourage students who can to move out of residence halls and continue their studies remotely. This is the preferred option, but we know this is not an option for everyone. As we have stated before, no student will be left without a viable living option.
- Based on the Governor’s statements in recent days and the latest CDC guidance, UNCG will now move to cancel or postpone any event or gathering that will assemble 50 or more people in a single space. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Campus buildings, residence halls, and dining facilities will continue to operate.
- We know that commencement celebrations are much on the mind of our seniors and others who are completing programs. We are working with the UNC System to determine the best course of action, and will update you as soon as we can.
- As part of our effort to help reduce COVID-19 transmission, and at the direction of the UNC System, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all study abroad programs that have not yet commenced, cancel Summer 2020 study abroad programs, and where possible and reasonable, endeavor to bring students currently studying abroad home. It is critical we all do our part to slow the transmission of the virus, and limiting new travel is one way the University is actively trying to support this effort.
- Whether your student is on campus or off, please continue to encourage them to practice good hygiene and social distancing practices. This truly is a situation where just one person can make a difference.
Along with my senior team, I am in communication with UNC System and state officials. We communicate as often and as frequently as we can. Like you, we can’t always predict what is coming next, but know that your students are our top priority in this uncertain time. If you have specific questions about operations, policy, or processes, please use this form, and we will work to answer them as quickly as we can. We take seriously our responsibility to keep them safe and healthy, to support their academic and research endeavors, and to make every decision, no matter how difficult, with their best interest in mind.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.