Student Health and Safety Expectations during COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are new behavioral expectations for UNC Charlotte students and student organizations. Failure to follow these expectations may constitute a violation of the Code of Student Responsibility. All students should review these behavioral expectations, along with the procedure for reporting and addressing noncompliance with those expectations below.

To re-open campus, we must recognize the responsibility that we each have to all other members of the UNC Charlotte community; responsible behavior protects the health and safety of all members of our University community. It is up to all of us to do our part and to Help Keep Niner Nation Safe. Such responsible behaviors include: 

  • taking the Niners Pledge to protect the health of yourself and others; 

  • complying with the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Orders

  • complying with the State of North Carolina COVID-19 Guidelines and other local or municipal regulations or ordinances; and

  • cooperating with contact tracing efforts of the University and public health officials.

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

UNC Charlotte now requires that everyone wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth whenever you are indoors on the University’s campus, regardless of whether you are able to maintain 6 feet of space, unless you are alone in a personal space (even if not within six feet of another person). In some cases, students may be permitted to remove face coverings in classroom or lab settings, but only when the instructor explicitly grants permission to do so (such as while asking a question, participating in class discussion, or giving a presentation) and while at an appropriate physical distance from others. If you are outside alone and can maintain six feet of distance, then you do not have to wear a face covering. Failure to follow these expectations may constitute a violation of the Code of Student Responsibility.

Unsafe Behaviors

Additional behaviors, including, but not limited to, deliberately putting others at risk by coughing on, spitting on, sneezing on, and/or purposefully invading the personal space of others while not wearing a protective face covering (indoors or outside); not cooperating with contact tracing efforts; or hosting or attending parties, gatherings, or events on or off campus with a number of people greater than the limits indicated by the University, in the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Orders, the State of North Carolina COVID-19 Guidelines, or other local or municipal regulations or ordinances, may result in an initiation of the Conduct Procedures under the Code of Student Responsibility, or engagement in an informal conflict resolution process, if appropriate.

More specifically, large social gatherings are strictly prohibited under the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order, and they are a danger to you and to others. Those found to be in violation of this order will be held accountable under the Code of Student Responsibility and could be subject to further legal action as a Class 2 misdemeanor. Please do not risk your health and the health of Niner Nation by hosting or attending large events.

Reporting

Noncompliance with these Student Health and Safety Expectations may be reported by faculty, staff, students, or other individuals at https://incidentreport.uncc.edu/ under “Report Non-Academic Behavior.” Please note that once you file a report, you may not be notified of the outcome, due to the privacy of student education records under federal law. See FERPA information here

Health and Safety Expectations and Violations of the Code of Student Responsibility

Violation of these expectations may result in immediate sanctions up to and including:

  • Interim suspension 
  • Removal from residential housing
  • Suspension of a student organization’s activities

See Chapter 6, Section IV of the Code of Student Responsibility, which allows such interim sanctions pending the outcome of Conduct Procedures if the University determines that the continued presence of a Student or Student Organization on campus or in University housing (a) is potentially threatening, harmful, or dangerous to others or the University community; (b) poses a threat of significant property damage; (c) impacts the stability and continuity of normal University activities; and/or (d) directly and substantially impedes the lawful activities of others.

EXAMPLES: 

  • Refusal to wear a recommended protective face covering in class that results in interruption or cancellation of the class;
  • Refusal to wear a recommended protective face covering in residence hall common areas that disrupts students in residence halls. 

Such violations may lead to sanctions including removal from the course, removal from housing, or suspension from the University.

Subsection 2: Disruption of Classroom Environment – Engaging in conduct that objectively disrupts or interferes with the normal functions of a class, including, but not limited to, failure to conform to the instructor’s announced expectations for classroom decorum. A Student who persists in disruptive conduct as described in the Code is subject to an interim suspension pursuant to Chapter 6, Section IV of the Code.

EXAMPLES: 

Refusal to follow the instructor’s directives that results in disruption of the class, including:

  • Refusal to wear a protective face covering in class;
  • Refusal to physically distance while in class.

Such violations may lead to sanctions including removal from the course or suspension from the University.

  • Code of Student Responsibility, Chapter 5, Section m - Failure to Comply. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of or meeting requests by University officials, including, but not limited to, Dean of Students Office staff, Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity staff, Police and Public Safety officers or other designated security or law enforcement agents, Housing and Residence Life staff, or Title IX Office staff, acting in performance of their duties.

EXAMPLES: 

Failure to comply with the directions of an authorized University employee and/or official when asked to promote the safety of our campus community, including:

  • Not wearing a recommended protective face covering in class or indoors; 
  • Not following social distancing requirements;
  • Hosting or attending gatherings or group activities in numbers greater than those permitted by governmental order;
  • Participating in “COVID parties”;
  • Not cooperating with contact tracing efforts;
  • Failure to adhere to quarantine or isolation instructions.

Such violations may lead to sanctions including removal from class, removal from campus housing, or suspension.  A Student Organization found in violation may have its registration suspended or revoked.

1.     Physical Injury – Inflicting, attempting to inflict, or assisting in inflicting physical injury upon an individual.

2.     Fear/Risk – Placing an individual in fear of imminent physical injury or danger or at risk of imminent physical injury or danger.

EXAMPLES: 

Deliberately engaging in behavior that threatens the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, or visitors or puts others in fear of or at risk of physical injury or danger, including:

  • Not wearing a recommended protective face covering in class or indoors; 
  • Not following social distancing requirements;
  • Hosting or attending gatherings or group activities in numbers greater than those permitted by governmental order;
  • Participating in “COVID parties”;
  • Not cooperating with contact tracing efforts;
  • Failure to adhere to quarantine or isolation instructions.

Violations may lead to sanctions including removal from class, removal from campus housing, and suspension. 

EXAMPLES:

Failure to comply with expectations outlined by housing including:

  • Failure to maintain maximum occupancy standards ;
  • Failure to adhere to Guest and Visitation expectations; 
  • Cohabitation and Use of Vacant Room.

             Such violations may lead to sanctions including removal from campus housing, or suspension.