An update on COVID-19 restrictions

NC State community:

In response to declining case numbers and an increasingly positive outlook for the state’s rates of vaccination, and in line with new guidance released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for institutions of higher education, NC State is reducing several restrictions related to COVID-19 on campus.

The key takeaways of the CDC’s guidance and the university’s direction are:

  • The most effective way to keep yourself and others healthy is to get vaccinated.
  • While we increase our vaccine coverage on campus, we remain a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and it is each person’s responsibility to continue to protect themselves and others.
  • If you are not vaccinated, wear your face covering when in close contact with others.
  • If you feel safer or more comfortable wearing a face covering in any setting, regardless of vaccination status, please feel free to do so.
  • Be respectful of one another.

Please review the following updates to NC State’s COVID-19 safety standards.

Face Coverings

Beginning Monday, June 14, face coverings will only be required indoors in instructional spaces such as classrooms and laboratories, and for participants in university-sponsored summer camps on campus when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

For the rest of the community, face coverings will not be required in indoor spaces for vaccinated individuals. Face coverings are not required in outdoor spaces on campus.

Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering indoors and when in close contact with others. We also encourage everyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face covering to continue doing so.

Gathering Limits

Effective Monday, June 14, gathering limitations will be lifted for all indoor and outdoor settings on campus. We encourage all community members to gather safely, be aware that some individuals may not feel comfortable returning to larger gatherings right away and be respectful of one another.

Changes in Travel Restrictions

Effective Monday, June 14, there will be no restrictions for domestic university-related travel. Anyone traveling out of the state on university business will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to leaving for travel, and a separate negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours upon return. However, travelers who were vaccinated on campus or who have voluntarily submitted their vaccination status using the HealthyPack Portal will be exempt from the travel testing requirement. Additional information about how to provide attestation of test results will be forthcoming.

NC State community members planning international university-related travel must continue to submit a travel exception request for review.

Summer Surveillance Testing and Requirements

Surveillance testing will remain key to understanding the health of our campus throughout the summer and fall. Regular testing also helps us prevent potential outbreaks, particularly those caused by variants of the virus.

Required on-campus surveillance testing will continue this summer for specific groups, which currently include students living in university-owned housing and employees working in designated face-to-face roles. However, in most cases, individuals who have been vaccinated on campus or provide proof of vaccination status through the HealthyPack Portal will be exempt from routine surveillance testing requirements.

On-campus surveillance testing will remain available for the NC State community throughout the summer and fall. COVID-19 tests on campus are free and available to all NC State students, faculty and staff — no appointments are necessary. For more information on testing locations and hours, please click here.

What We All Can Do to Keep Moving Forward

We expect everyone in the community to continue taking appropriate precautions and following guidelines set by the university. This means:

  • Washing your hands.
  • Staying home when sick.
  • Completing required surveillance testing on time.

Throughout the summer, we will continue to work with health officials and review best practices and expert guidance to inform our decisions. As we approach the fall, we will provide updates to the campus community, including specific information about management of classrooms and instructional environments.

The best and most important thing you can do to keep yourself healthy, others safe and the Pack on track is to get your vaccine. NC State continues to provide vaccines free of charge on campus to all NC State students, faculty, staff and alumni, and family members who are at least 12 years old. The vaccine clinic is located at Student Health Services for the summer. For more information on scheduling your appointment for an on-campus vaccine, click here.

If you received your vaccine off campus, please let the university know. Instructions on how to upload your vaccination status are available hereIn most cases, those who have received vaccines on campus or who provide proof of vaccination status through the HealthyPack Portal will be exempt from surveillance testing requirements and mandatory quarantine.

Personal Responsibility Is Pack Responsibility

As we continue working toward a more normal on-campus experience this fall, we each must do our part. Please continue to make well-informed decisions about protecting your own personal safety and the health and safety of others. Thank you for your efforts to take care of yourself and take care of your Pack.