Revised Campus Face Covering Protocols Start March 7

NC State community,

In response to recent improvements in pandemic conditions across Wake County and North Carolina, and in alignment with new guidance provided by the UNC System Office, beginning March 7 face coverings will be optional in most campus indoor locations, including classrooms and other instructional settings. Face coverings will only be mandatory where required by state or federal law or regulations, including the following locations:

  • clinical and health care settings;
  • identified research laboratories (this does not include teaching labs);
  • public transportation, including Wolfline buses.

Although face coverings will no longer be required in most campus spaces, all university community members are encouraged to continue wearing them indoors, especially in instructional settings.

No Stricter Unit-Level Requirements

As we enter this next phase of our pandemic response, please remember that NC State colleges, departments, units, employees and students may not require more restrictive measures than those required by the university.

For example, you are welcome and encouraged to wear a face covering in your classroom, work location or on-campus living facility, and you can encourage others to do the same. But if that setting does not fall into one of the location categories listed above, you cannot require others to do so.

Vaccinations and Boosters

Vaccines remain the best defense against COVID-19 and have proven effective against the most severe symptoms. Please get vaccinated and, if you are eligible, get your booster shot. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters remain available for our community through Student Health Services. Click here to schedule an appointment.


As previously announced, beginning today (Monday, Feb. 28), weekly testing is no longer required for individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination to the university. However, students, faculty and staff continue to have access to free COVID-19 PCR testing on campus. For more information on testing schedules and locations, please click here.

Moving Ahead

We will continue to monitor pandemic conditions and make adjustments to the university’s safety responses as needed. As members of this Wolfpack, we each have the responsibility to do our part in protecting ourselves and others. Please show respect, patience and empathy to those around you as we continue to negotiate the pandemic together as a Pack.

Thank you for your commitment to doing your part to Protect the Pack.