Campus Operations

Here's what you need to know about changes to classrooms, changes to facilities and transportation, and how we're planning to get life on campus closer to normal.

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What's Happening

Changes to Classrooms

When you arrive on campus for the fall semester, you will find we’ve made changes to classrooms and lecture halls to reduce your potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. You will be required to wear a face covering at all times in the classroom. Classroom seating capacity will be reduced so that students can sit farther apart.

Some conference and meeting spaces will be repurposed for instructional use to accommodate larger classes — 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 will 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’re installing more hand-sanitizer stations around campus and on Wolfline buses. We’re also implementing protocols for cleaning all high-touch surfaces on campus, such as elevator buttons, vending machines and common-use computers. The university is also placing 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.

NC State University Libraries

NC State University Libraries operates two main libraries, three specialty libraries and a number of campus information centers. These facilities will resume operations with limited hours in the fall semester. All scheduled research and technology consultations will continue to be delivered remotely in the fall semester as much as possible.

The Academic Success Center is opening in the fall semester in the D.H. Hill Jr. Library on North Campus. This new center will help 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 will be a key location to study, meet others and find many academic resources.

Services will 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.

The Libraries will implement guidelines to ensure that visitors can maintain adequate physical distancing, and it will adhere to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings in all library spaces.

Key Dates

  • July 20: Hill Library opens, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Access is limited to NC State students, faculty, and staff, and university affiliates with a Wolfpack One Card, including Centennial Campus partners.
  • Aug. 3: Hill and Hunt Libraries are both open with modified hours, along with the three branch libraries (Design, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine). Access is limited to NC State students, faculty, and staff and university affiliates with a Wolfpack One Card, including Centennial Campus partners.

Student Centers

NC State provides a wide range of student services through the Talley Student Union and the 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. They will also install more hand-sanitizer stations and adhere to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings in these spaces.

Key Dates

  • July 31: Talley Student Union to resume regular hours.
  • Aug. 3: Student Involvement to reopen with reduced hours inside Talley.

Wellness and Recreation Facilities

NC State meets the recreation and fitness needs of students 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. Faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings in these spaces.

Key Dates

  • July 20: Carmichael Complex slated to reopen for limited activities, in accordance with the state’s reopening guidelines.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services works to meet the health needs of NC State students. As a part of tuition and fees, the health fee at NC State covers routine visits to providers such as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As Student Health resumes full services in the fall semester, it will implement procedures to adhere to the university’s risk-reduction guidelines, including enhanced cleaning procedures.

Staff and visitors are expected to follow physical distancing guidelines and are required to wear face coverings in health facilities. Students who want to be seen must call 919-515-2563 for an appointment. There will be no online or walk-in appointments.

Key Date

  • Aug. 7: Student Health Services resumes full operations.

Labs and Research Facilities

NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation is managing the reactivation of the university’s research enterprise. ORI has successfully implemented the first phase of this reactivation process and is moving forward with the next phase.

Faculty, students and postdocs who conduct research in labs and research facilities on campus will be trained to follow new protocols and safety measures in the fall semester in accordance with this phase of reactivation. They 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 200 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 in each successive phase of reactivation, 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/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 IRB 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 ORI 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 ramped up to ensure restoration of those services. ORI plans to undertake a safe, appropriate approach to allow service centers to reactivate operations at increased utilization levels in the coming months.

Centennial Campus Partners

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. NC State’s Facilities Division is working to complete checks of partner-occupied buildings on Centennial Campus and recertify them for use. More information on COVID-19 response for Centennial Campus can be accessed here.

Outside Vendors

NC State is developing standards of practice for all vendors and contractors conducting business on campus. More information will be shared soon.

Housing and Move-In

NC State is reducing occupancy in all residence halls and Greek Village except apartments. The university is also converting some double rooms to singles in each residence hall and in Greek Village to create rooms that can be used by students with preexisting health conditions, as self-identified through a student survey. Students should visit the Disability Resources Office website to review the steps necessary to submit a request for consideration.

The university is generally maintaining the requirement that first-year students live on campus. However, students who live with a parent or guardian within 25 miles of campus may commute from home.

NC State is extending the move-in period for students to 10 days: July 31 through Aug. 9. Time slots will be assigned by appointment only. Because of the early semester start date, there are no early move-ins this semester. Registration for move-in appointments will begin in early July.  Additionally, each student is limited to two moving assistants.

While residents are completing the move-in process, they will be asked to follow physical distancing guidelines. Volunteers will manage traffic around buildings and the flow of students and moving assistants throughout the process. New students arriving on campus will need to pick up their student IDs at the Wolfpack One Card Office, located at the Talley Student Union, before they will be granted building access. For more information, visit the Housing website. For more information about move-in and living in Greek Village, please visit the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.

Key Dates

  • June 18: Requests for single-room consideration due.
  • June 29: First-year room assignments released this week.
  • July 31: University Housing service desks reopen.
  • July 31 – Aug. 9: Students move in.

Dining and Retail Stores

The university is reconfiguring dining spaces and furniture to help maintain distance between diners, in accordance with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requirements. All Dining employees are required to wear protective masks, and students are required to do the same while in service areas. Shopping and dining areas will be cleaned frequently.

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.

Since all-you-can-eat options may be limited or suspended in the fall semester, NC State is evaluating student meal plans to provide for wider use of meal equivalencies.
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 will be able to 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 being 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.

The Wolfpack One Card Office has implemented an online ID photo submission process for incoming students. This will allow for university IDs to be ready when students arrive on campus. During move-in week, a covered area outside the Talley Student Union will be used to distribute IDs, providing for better physical distancing. For more information, visit the Dining website.

Transportation and Parking

The university is making changes to its campus bus system, Wolfline, to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Drivers and riders will be 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 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.

NC State will redesign bus schedules, resulting in fewer routes but increased frequency so buses will be less crowded. Students, employees and visitors are encouraged to use the ParkMobile app for short-term parking.

Study Abroad

NC State has suspended all current study-abroad programs and university-affiliated international activities for students for the fall 2020 semester. Visit the Study Abroad website for more information and updates.

This information is subject to change. Last updated: July 7, 2020.