Campus Operations

Here's what you need to know about changes to classrooms, facilities and transportation to help keep everyone safe on campus.

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Policies and Procedures for Classrooms

As of Monday, Aug. 2, face coverings are again required while indoors everywhere on campus, regardless of vaccination status, 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.

We’ve also made changes to classrooms and lecture halls to reduce your potential exposure to the coronavirus. Classroom seating capacity will be reduced so students can sit farther apart.

Some conference and meeting spaces will be repurposed for instructional use to accommodate larger classes while still allowing for appropriate distancing. The university is also moving some larger classes online or offering them in a hybrid format that combines online instruction with traditional face-to-face class sessions.

Changes to Other Buildings

Many buildings have separate doors for entry and exit, and signs directing traffic flow.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping the campus clean and in reducing the potential spread of the virus. To help keep people and places clean, we’ve installed more hand-sanitizer stations around campus and on Wolfline buses. We’ve also implemented protocols for cleaning all high-touch surfaces on campus, such as elevator buttons, vending machines and common-use computers. The university has also placed protective barriers, such as plastic or acrylic shields, as necessary.

NC State expects employees to clean their work spaces at the beginning and end of their shifts and to follow university guidelines for workplace safety.

Dining and Retail Stores

The university has reconfigured dining spaces to help maintain distance between diners, in accordance with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requirements. All Dining employees and guests are required to wear protective masks except when actively eating or drinking while practicing physical distancing.

No self-service options will be available, with the exception of packaged food and beverages. Mobile ordering, cashless operations and contactless transaction technologies are being deployed. Grab-and-go options are being expanded and will be offered at new locations to reduce density in Fountain, Case and Clark dining halls. Reusable containers are being deployed to reduce campus waste. If the need arises, the university may set up large outdoor tents for food service, expanding the available seating area.

NC State’s retail outlet, Wolfpack Outfitters, is implementing alternative distribution methods for shoppers who choose to buy online and pick up their orders. Customers shopping for computers and other high-technology products can interact with demo units while practicing good cleaning practices. Course materials will be prepared and packaged for each student order, and pickup times will be scheduled in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to use digital course materials.

Hours of operation in dining facilities and stores will be adapted based on changes in student class schedules and the impact of virtual instruction on student location, travel and study habits.


NC State University Libraries operates two main libraries, three specialty libraries and a number of campus information centers. All scheduled research and technology consultations will continue to be delivered remotely as much as possible.

The Academic Success Center has opened in the D.H. Hill Jr. Library. This new center helps students successfully complete their degree requirements by providing a comprehensive variety of free programs and resources that promote academic skill development and independent learning within the university environment. The center is a key location to study, meet others and find many academic resources.

Services include:

  • Academic peer mentoring, providing support for successful study habits.
  • Undergraduate and graduate writing support.
  • One-on-one and small group tutoring by appointment.
  • Drop-in tutoring, academic advising, career counseling and wellness coaching.

A stairwell in the newly renovated D.H. Hill Library at NC State.

The Libraries has implemented guidelines to ensure that visitors can maintain adequate physical distancing, as well as procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings in all library spaces. Access is limited to NC State students, faculty and staff, as well as university affiliates with a Wolfpack One Card, including Centennial Campus partners.

Libraries facilities will operate under modified schedules. Check the Libraries website for the most up-to-date schedules and information.

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Partners and Centennial Campus

NC State’s Centennial Campus is home to 75 industry, government and nonprofit partners. Together, they work with faculty and students from dozens of NC State centers, institutes and departments to solve real-world challenges and turn groundbreaking research into marketable solutions.

NC State is working with our partners to ensure that all members of the Wolfpack community follow best practices for reducing the risk of spreading the new coronavirus. All Centennial Campus buildings are secured while remaining accessible for select essential operations and personnel.

More information for partners

Research, Labs and Facilities

NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation is managing an ongoing phased reactivation of the university’s research enterprise.

  • Faculty, postdocs and students who conduct research in labs and research facilities on campus will be trained to follow new protocols and safety measures in accordance with the current phase of reactivation.
  • All research personnel are required to wear face coverings, keep appropriate physical distance and keep their workspace clean. The density of occupants in labs and research facilities will be controlled so there is at least 100 square feet of space per person in the current phase.
  • Labs and research facilities will adhere to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces such as door and cabinet handles, bench surfaces, elevator controls, shared printers and copy machines, and instrument control panels at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • For spaces that are shared between teaching and research functions, the protocols that govern that space, unless explicitly declared otherwise, are currently those that govern labs and research facilities.

As occupant density increases or decreases in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, NC State will monitor adherence to safety protocols and will encourage a proactive health and safety workplace culture through training and periodic compliance reviews. The EthicsPoint hotline is available for reporting violations.

Department heads and center or institute directors will be responsible for compliance in their units, and they will conduct spot inspections to ensure compliance. They will also be instructed in the process for monitoring the health of their employees, using personal protective equipment, cleaning lab spaces and maintaining proper density of people working together.

The NC State Institutional Review Board is meeting regularly to discuss the conduct of research with human subjects during the pandemic. The board is developing guidance regarding in-person research activities with human subjects. No human subjects research that cannot be done remotely can be started yet without explicit approval from the Research Restart Exceptions Committee.

NC State has service centers that provide valuable services to users associated with our research enterprise. It is therefore crucial that research activities at these service centers be maintained when it is possible to safely do so, to ensure continuity of those services. The Office of Research and Innovation is taking a safe, appropriate approach to allow service centers to continue to reactivate operations at increased utilization levels in the coming months.

COVID-19 research continuity

Student Centers

NC State provides a wide range of student services through Talley Student Union and Witherspoon Student Center. Talley is home to the GLBT Center, the Women’s Center and Multicultural Student Affairs. Witherspoon is home to the African American Cultural Center.

Like other buildings on campus, these centers will limit traffic to enable visitors to maintain adequate physical distancing. There are also many hand-sanitizer stations available enhanced cleaning procedures in place for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings in these spaces.


The university is making changes to its campus bus system, Wolfline, to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Drivers and riders are required to wear face coverings, and some seats will be blocked off to help maintain physical distancing between passengers. Only three passengers will be allowed to stand on the bus. Standing spaces will be marked with floor decals.

Riders will enter through the front door only and will fill available seats from the rear to the front of the bus. They will exit through the rear door only. Buses will be cleaned daily with an EPA-approved disinfectant. When weather permits, we will open the roof hatches on buses to increase fresh airflow.

Wellness and Recreation Facilities

NC State meets the recreation and fitness needs of its community through the Carmichael Complex, a campus hub that includes Carmichael Gymnasium, Carmichael Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center, outdoor courts and outdoor fields. NC State is implementing procedures to ensure that all recreation and fitness activities are conducted in a manner that emphasizes physical distancing and other risk-reduction practices. These programs will also adhere to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces.

Face coverings are required to enter Carmichael Complex and must be worn at all times, except when swimming, showering or actively eating or drinking. Appropriate physical distancing should be maintained while moving throughout indoor recreation facilities.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: July 30, 2021.