Returning to Campus

To limit population density on campus, many faculty and staff continue to work remotely. NC State is planning a phased return to pre-pandemic modes of staffing and course delivery by the start of the fall 2021 semester.

Current Plans for Summer 2021 Return

Given the latest pandemic trends and projections, NC State is planning for a fall 2021 semester that will be as close to normal as possible. Over the next few months we will strive to bring faculty, staff and students back to campus in a safe and measured way. By July 6, all university offices are expected to be physically staffed and providing on-campus services 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, or during otherwise officially stated standard business hours. More detailed information on returning to campus this summer is available at the link below.

Update on returning to campus this summer

Planning for Safety and Prevention

The university has developed and implemented policies and procedures to protect on-campus employees by ensuring appropriate physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing of workplace surfaces, and availability of personal protective equipment for on-campus employees. More detailed information is available at the link below.

Guidance, policies and practices for the workplace

Ongoing COVID-19 Testing

Throughout the summer, designated faculty and staff, residential students and select student employees will participate in required surveillance testing. Testing locations will be expanded as needed. Surveillance testing on campus is free for all faculty, staff and students. The process itself can be completed in five minutes or less, which we hope helps participants incorporate testing into their weekly routine.

Find details about testing protocols

Changes to Your Workplace

Many buildings have separate doors for entry and exit, and signs directing traffic flow. NC State Facilities is implementing protocols for cleaning high-touch surfaces on campus, such as elevator buttons, vending machines, bathrooms and other areas.

All employees should clean their work spaces at the beginning and end of their workday and follow all guidelines for workplace safety.

Community Expectations

To help protect the Pack, NC State has created COVID-19 community standards. All employees have a responsibility to know and follow all university policies and guidelines, including the COVID-19 community standards.

  • Face coverings are no longer required outdoors. However, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are still required to wear face coverings 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.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance — at least 6 feet — from others whenever possible.
  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home and work with your supervisor on appropriate leave provisions.
  • Follow all directions given by university officials and public health authorities.

Failing to follow these community standards or any other university policy or guidance related to COVID-19 health and safety may lead to administrative action in certain circumstances.

Read the full community standards

Special Circumstance Review

The policies and practices put in place around COVID-19 are designed to help protect all members of the Pack. Our special circumstance review process can help with any needed adjustments to work schedules or employment related to disability accommodations and safety. Complete the form below to request a review.

View the form

This information is subject to change. Last updated: May 21, 2021.