Community Standards

Being a part of the Pack means taking care of ourselves and each other. By working together, we can help keep the NC State community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

NC State Community Standards

Doing Your Part to Protect The Pack

While the university is implementing safety practices and guidance, everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce risk in our community. We all play a part in keeping the NC State community safe. Every member of the Wolfpack has a responsibility to know and act in accordance with all university policies and guidelines, including those that have been developed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes following national, state and local health guidelines and requirements, and adhering to local, state and university limitations on group and gathering size.

Being a part of the Pack means we are accountable together; we take responsibility for our own health and the protection of others; and we collectively work to help keep the NC State community safe from the spread of COVID-19. Students are required to acknowledge the community standards in the MyPack Portal.

Helping Ensure Health and Safety for the NC State Community

During this unprecedented time for our university and the world, your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment are vital to our ability to return to campus and to continue Protecting the Pack. To this end, and in keeping with our core values, NC State has developed community standards and practices for our students, faculty, staff and visitors for use throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the pandemic and the response to it continue to evolve, NC State may modify its community standards in accordance with guidance from federal, state and local agencies as well as the UNC System. All campus community members must do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by making health and safety for all a top priority.

Community Standards

  • Wear a face covering. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings everywhere on campus as well as on all property controlled or managed by NC State or leased by NC State for the university’s use, indoors and outdoors, even when alone, unless one of these exceptions applies:
    • You are alone in a private, enclosed dorm room, apartment or office with the door closed.
    • You are in an enclosed indoor space when only household members are present.
    • You are actively eating or drinking while maintaining physical distancing.

For more information on this requirement, see RUL 04.21.01 (Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19).

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash hands frequently, for 20 seconds at a time. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Maintain an appropriate physical distance from others. Everyone on campus is expected to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible. People are expected to follow signage directing traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevators and other common areas, to minimize density. Individual activities and facilities may have more specific requirements based upon the unique risks presented.
  • When sick, stay home from work or class. Before coming to work or class, self-assess your health daily for the following symptoms identified by the CDC. If you have symptoms, do not attend work or class, and contact your medical provider. Notify your instructor and/or supervisor if you need to miss class or work.
  • Follow all directions given by university officials and public health authorities. This includes directions related to testing, contact tracing, and adhering to isolation and quarantine requirements if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have possible COVID-19 symptoms, or have been deemed a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Follow mass gathering limitations and protocols. Limit all in-person gatherings to the number of individuals specified by NC State and by local, state and national guidance (including the governor’s executive orders, requirements of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, etc.). Face coverings and physical distancing are required for all attendees. These requirements apply to all university-hosted meetings and gatherings, as well as meetings and gatherings hosted by students and student organizations, regardless of whether they take place on campus or off campus. Students and student organizations that host or attend a gathering on or off campus in violation of these limitations are subject to disciplinary action.
  • Comply with all local and state laws and ordinances. This includes state and local directives for wearing face coverings, physical distancing and limitations on the size of gatherings off campus. Under the current executive order, face coverings must be worn indoors at all times when non-household members are also present in that space.
  • All students (including student organizations), faculty and staff are expected to follow these standards both on and off campus. These community standards — as well as all other rules, practices and guidelines NC State has implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 — are supplemental and in addition to university policies, regulations and rules already in place.

Failure to follow these community standards or any other university policy or guidance related to COVID-19 health and safety, on or off campus, may lead to administrative and/or disciplinary action. Violations of state or local laws, ordinances or executive orders are also subject to criminal citations or penalties. See the Office of Student Conduct COVID-19 page for more information about requirements and sanctions for violating community standards.

Although NC State has instituted many reasonable practices in an attempt to lessen or reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, NC State cannot guarantee that you will never be exposed to or get sick from the virus, and NC State cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic could cause further interruption to academic and campus activities and operations. We also don’t know all of the long-term effects of COVID-19, and we acknowledge it is possible to contract COVID-19 even when following safety precautions recommended by government authorities, agencies, and university policies and practices. But what we can do together is to try to keep ourselves and our community healthy, slow the spread and do our part to protect the Pack.

Steps NC State Is Taking To Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

The safety of the NC State community is the university’s top priority. As part of its efforts, NC State has taken many actions for the purpose of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus and in the NC State community. We developed these practices based on the prevailing data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the UNC System and other local authorities. These practices include:

  • NC State requires face coverings and/or personal protective equipment everywhere on campus, indoors and outdoors, even when alone, unless an exception noted above applies.
  • The university is providing face coverings for students and employees, and providing hand sanitizer for common areas of campus.
  • NC State has reduced employee and student population densities on campus and limiting the number of people allowed in campus spaces, groups, gatherings and meetings.
  • NC State continues to allow alternative work schedules and teleworking options for employees when possible.
  • NC State has set expectations for physical distancing, including in buildings, classrooms and buses. We expect that everyone will maintain an appropriate physical distance and will wear a face covering at all times.
  • The university has provided and posted signage directing traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevators and other common areas.
  • NC State has implemented enhanced protocols for cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and common spaces.
  • NC State is setting expectations and providing guidance for employees for cleaning their workplace surfaces. 
  • NC State strongly encourages good personal hygiene, including frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • NC State has established guidelines for employees and students who are feeling ill or displaying symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. Students and employees should monitor their health for symptoms daily. Students who have symptoms should immediately contact Student Health Services. Faculty and staff who have symptoms should contact their health care provider. Students, faculty and staff who have possible COVID-19 symptoms must stay home from work or class.
  • NC State is limiting university-sponsored travel to essential travel that is approved by the university.
  • NC State has made enhancements and additions to classrooms and other facilities to ensure physical distancing and risk reduction for students and faculty.
  • The university is conducting a COVID-19 testing, surveillance and contact tracing protocol through Student Health Services.
  • NC State has established living spaces for on-campus students who need to isolate or quarantine.
  • NC State is administering COVID-19 vaccines to University employees and students based on available supply as well as according to eligibility and priority guidelines established by NCDHHS and NC State. 

This information is subject to change. Last updated: May 10, 2021.