Fall 2021 update: Planning for a return to normal operations

NC State community,

Thank you for your continued commitment to following NC State’s community standards and doing your part to keep our Pack safe and healthy. Because of your dedication and the safety precautions we’ve taken — including a robust testing program — we’ve been able to keep our transmission rates low and the university community safe.

Given the current trends and projections, I am pleased to announce that NC State is planning for a normal fall 2021 semester.

We are encouraged by the decreasing numbers of COVID-19 infections throughout our city and state, and by the increasing pace of the vaccine rollout. NC State plans to launch its on-campus vaccine clinic the week of March 22. Until then, we encourage everyone who is qualified to get vaccinated to do so as soon as you can.

Our goals and expectations for the fall include the following:

  • Students and faculty will be in face-to-face classes.
  • Residence halls will return to full occupancy.
  • Faculty and staff will be back in offices and/or returning to normal workplace activities.
  • Buildings and facilities, including dining operations, NC State University Libraries and the Wellness and Recreation Center, will return to normal hours and increased capacity.

We intend for the university to return to pre-pandemic modes of course delivery, residence living and overall operations.

Of course, NC State may continue implementing a number of safety precautions already in place, and we will follow all state and UNC System guidelines. We are prepared to continue our testing and vaccine programs throughout the fall. We will also continue to work closely with health care professionals in making all campus decisions. We will take all precautions necessary to keep our community safe, and we will adjust plans as needed.

Look for more details about fall operations over the coming weeks and months, and keep up to speed with updates on the Protect the Pack site. Meanwhile, please take this time to begin planning your return to a full-time campus experience.

In addition, we encourage you to remain vigilant throughout the spring semester. Keep wearing your face coverings, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested. As soon as you are eligible, get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please keep doing all you can to protect the Pack.

Randy Woodson