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 Our Part to Protect The Pack

Being part of the Pack means taking steps to keep ourselves safe, look out for one another and keep our community strong. The obligation falls on each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions and do our part to help keep the NC State community safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

Helping Ensure Health and Safety for the NC State Community

In keeping with the university’s values, NC State has implemented the following community standards for students, faculty, staff and visitors. As the pandemic continues 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.

Community Standards

  • Wear a face covering. Beginning Aug. 2, and until further notice, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus, including in housing, classrooms and laboratories, as well as in any off-campus building or facility owned, controlled, managed or leased by NC State for the university’s use, and when using the Wolfline bus system, other forms of public transportation serving the NC State campus, or riding in university passenger vans or buses. 
    • Exceptions include:
      • When a student is in their own residence hall room alone or with their roommates; 
      • When a faculty or staff member is alone in their enclosed, private office; 
      • When an individual is actively eating or drinking indoors; 
      •  Students, faculty, staff or visitors not able to wear a face covering because of a documented disability, medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may make a request for a reasonable modification.
    • Face coverings will not be required in outdoor spaces for vaccinated individuals, but are encouraged, especially in large crowds. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering outdoors.
  • 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.
  • When sick, stay home from work or class. All NC State students, faculty and staff are expected to self-assess and monitor their health daily, before coming to work or class, for the COVID-19 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 deemed a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Comply with all local and state laws and ordinances. This includes state and local directives for wearing face coverings and any other directives in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 

Failure to follow these community standards or any other university policy or guidance related to COVID-19 health and safety 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. See also RUL 04.21.01 (Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19)

Although the university has instituted many reasonable practices in an attempt to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, NC State cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. It is possible to contract COVID-19 even when following safety precautions recommended by government authorities, agencies, and university policies and practices, and the pandemic could cause further interruption to academic and campus activities and operations. However, working together, we can strive to keep ourselves and our community healthy, slow the spread and each 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. These practices were developed 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 in all indoor spaces (with the exceptions noted above) and when using the Wolfline bus system or other forms of public transportation serving the NC State campus, or riding in university passenger vans or buses.
  • The university is providing face coverings for students and employees, and providing hand sanitizer for common areas of campus.
  • NC State is encouraging anyone who has not been fully vaccinated to continue wearing a face covering outdoors.  
  • The university has provided and posted appropriate signage in campus buildings.
  • The university has implemented enhanced protocols for cleaning and sanitizing of common spaces.
  • NC State is providing guidance for employees for effectively cleaning their workplace surfaces.
  • NC State is strongly encouraging personal hygiene, including frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • The university has established guidelines for employees and students who are feeling ill or displaying symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. Students and employees are expected to 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 international university-sponsored travel and requiring testing for domestic travel.
  • 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, students, alumni and their families. 
  • The university is highly encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to help create a safer campus for everyone and speed the university’s return to normal operations.  

This information is subject to change. Last updated: Aug. 5, 2021.