Important COVID-19 Update

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Campus Messages

COVID-19 Weekly Update

Week of June 29, 2020

Throughout the summer, we are committed to keeping you informed as we prepare to safely return to campus for the fall semester. Below you will find this week’s update. 

If you have questions that aren’t covered here, please continue to send them to askUNCP@uncp.edu and check uncp.edu/ncov for updates. 
 

Faculty and Staff  

FACULTY AND STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL RECORDINGS   

Links to the recordings and passwords for the previous three Town Halls are now available upon logging into BraveWeb under the COVID-19 resource section. An additional Town Hall is scheduled for July 15 at 2 p.m.  

ROBESON COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING SITES 

COVID-19 testing sites will be available at a number of locations throughout Robeson County. All test sites are scheduled for Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Individuals can register online for an appointment by visiting robesoncovidtesting.com. If you need assistance with online registration, contact the Robeson County Health Department at 910.671.3220. Sites will be available at the following locations on the dates noted: 

First Missionary Baptist Church, 195 W. David Parnell St., Parkton, June 26-27 

St. Joseph Miracle Revival Center, 4657 Daniel McLeod Rd, Red Springs, July 10-11 

Rowland Depot, Main St, Rowland, July 17-18 

RB Dean/Townsend Middle School, 105 W. Carolina St, Maxton, July 24-25 

Mill Branch Baptist Church, 10310 Hwy 130 Bypass, Fairmont, July 31-Aug 1 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 UPDATE 

Executive Order 147 was issued by Governor Cooper last week requiring the wearing of face coverings for all individuals (with a few noted exceptions) while in public when social distance cannot be maintained. In addition, it extended phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for an additional three weeks. Governor Cooper will reassess North Carolina’s status by July 17.  

CAMPUS FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT  

In accordance with guidance issued by the Office of State Human Resources and Governor’s Cooper’s Executive Order, all faculty, staff and students must wear a face covering that shields both the nose and mouth while indoors, as able to do so. This requirement includes classroom, library, auditorium and meeting space settings as well as outdoors in situations where appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. Employees may remove their face coverings when in their individual offices. Students, faculty, and staff shall have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus. Face coverings will be provided to faculty, staff and students; employees who have questions about obtaining a face covering or face shield should contact their chair. 

BRINGING OUR BRAVES BACK: ROADMAP TO FALL 2020   

Bringing Our Braves Back: Roadmap to Fall 2020 outlines much information around UNC System and UNCP decisions to safely resume on-campus instruction this fall. As information and additional decisions are made, this document will be updated. It can be viewed at uncp.edu/roadtofall

 HEALTHY BRAVES PLEDGE 

If you have not already done so, faculty and staff are asked to acknowledge the Healthy Braves Pledge upon logging into BraveWeb indicating your commitment to abide by our community health and safety standards set forth in the Roadmap to Fall 2020

EMPLOYEE RETURN TO WORK   

We continue to phase UNCP employees back to work safely in preparation to welcome our students back this fall. Supervisors and managers are communicating with teams about unit-specific plans. Please follow the guidance in UNCP’s Bringing Our Braves Back: Returning to Campus Safely which may adjust as updated information is received from health officials. Masks/face coverings and social distancing are expected on campus. Visit the Employee Operational Guidance page for more information and resources. As we prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall, the university is not observing an alternate work schedule or “summer flex” this summer.  

COVID-19 DASHBOARD  

To provide more information about potential exposure to COVID-19 at UNCP, the university has launched a new reported case dashboard at uncp.edu/ncov. The count will be updated as the university is made aware of new cases affecting our campus community.   

EXTERIOR WIRELESS ACCESS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS   

UNCP is providing exterior wireless access for faculty, staff, students and guests in several outdoor locations on campus. Students and employees who already use campus wireless will connect automatically to BraveWifi and community guests can access wireless by choosing the UNCP_Guest wireless network and entering the requested information. Guest sessions last for 12 hours and can be renewed without limit. Wireless locations are located in parking lot 26 (north of Village Apartments Building 5), parking lot 10 (north side of Wellons Hall), parking lot 7A (Jacobs Hall), north end of parking lot 23 (south of Dogwood) and Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub lot next to the railroad tracks in downtown Pembroke. More locations are planned for the near future!   

ADDITIONAL LINKS, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES   

A comprehensive list of resources for support and information can be found at uncp.edu/ncov in the For Faculty or For Staff section. Please check often as information is added frequently. 


STUDENTS 

IMPORTANT: EMERGENCY GRADING AND WITHDRAWAL ACCOMMODATION 

There is still time to take advantage of the Emergency Grading and Withdrawal Accommodations set for Spring 2020. If you have a low grade, please talk with your academic advisor and see if this is the right choice for you. Students who may have received failing grades can have those grades changed to a withdrawal grade. Please call Brave Central at 910.775.4620 if you have any questions. The deadline to convert grades is July 31, 2020. 

STUDENT TOWN HALL EVENTS

Student Virtual Town Hall event recordings will be made available in BraveWeb on Wednesday, July 1 along with a document detailing questions and answers. An additional Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday, July 16 from 5-6 p.m. The WebEx will be available at https://uncp.webex.com/uncp/j.php?MTID=m12c546f1daeba13e1739405aaf1f1c49 or by calling 415.655.0001 with access code 160 943 6587.

ROBESON COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING SITES 

COVID-19 testing sites will be available at a number of locations throughout Robeson County throughout July. All test sites are scheduled for Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Individuals can register online for an appointment by visiting robesoncovidtesting.com. If you need assistance with online registration, contact the Robeson County Health Department at 910.671.3220. Sites will be available at the following locations at the dates noted: 

First Missionary Baptist Church, 195 W. David Parnell St., Parkton, June 26-27 

St. Joseph Miracle Revival Center, 4657 Daniel McLeod Rd, Red Springs, July 10-11 

Rowland Depot, Main St, Rowland, July 17-18 

RB Dean/Townsend Middle School, 105 W. Carolina St, Maxton, July 24-25 

Mill Branch Baptist Church, 10310 Hwy 130 Bypass, Fairmont, July 31-Aug 1 

BRINGING OUR BRAVES BACK: ROADMAP TO FALL 2020   

Bringing Our Braves Back: Roadmap to Fall 2020 outlines much information around UNC System and UNCP decisions to safely resume on-campus instruction this fall. As information and additional decisions are made, this document will be updated. It can be viewed at uncp.edu/roadtofall

CAMPUS FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT  

In accordance with Governor’s Cooper’s Executive Order, all faculty, staff and students must wear a face covering that shields both the nose and mouth while indoors, as able to do so. This requirement includes classroom, library, auditorium and meeting space settings as well as outdoors in situations where appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. Employees may remove their face coverings when in their individual offices. Students, faculty, and staff shall have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus. Face coverings will be provided to faculty, staff and students. 

COVID-19 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  

There are a number of opportunities to connect with our campus and community to stay active and engaged over the summer. Visit UNCP Serve for more information. Specific opportunities: COVID-19 volunteer opportunitiesCommunity Engagement Virtual Workshop Series and Snacks & Social Justice.  

FALL MOVE-IN SCHEDULE  

We are planning a safe, coordinated and organized residence hall move-in process. While this process is different than what our returning students have experienced in the past, we planned this process with the first thought being safety for everyone. Each student will sign up for a 90-minute block of time to arrive on campus. Move-in information  

July 28-29 - Returning Students/Transfer Students (phase 1) move-in   

July 31-August 1 - Freshmen move-in   

August 3-4 - Returning Students/Transfer Students (phase 2) move-in  

COVID-19 DASHBOARD AVAILABLE  

To provide more information about potential exposure to COVID-19 at UNCP, the university has launched a new reported case dashboard at uncp.edu/ncov. The count will be updated as the university is made aware of new cases affecting our campus community.  

STUDENT HEALTH SURVEY  

In an effort to best identify the needs of our campus community, we have created a student survey regarding your personal health. If you have received a diagnosis or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 (whether you have been tested or not), we request you complete the brief survey located in BraveWeb. Information obtained will only be used by Student Health Services and a small task force established to respond to COVID-19 on campus and identify the appropriate health and safety support needed. Completion of the survey is entirely voluntary but highly recommended. To access the survey, log into BraveWeb, and go to the Online Form Center.  

FALL 2020 REVISED CALENDAR  

The Fall 2020 semester has been adjusted to begin two weeks early on Wednesday, August 5. The new schedule also eliminates Fall Break and concludes the semester, including commencement, by November 21 prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. View the full Fall 2020 schedule.  

UPDATED SUMMER II END DATE  

To accommodate the changes to Fall 2020 schedule, the end of the Summer II term will move from Wednesday, August 5, to Friday, July 31. There will be no change to the Summer I term.  

EXTERIOR WIRELESS ACCESS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS  

UNCP is providing exterior wireless access for faculty, staff, students and guests in several outdoor locations on campus. Students and employees who already use campus wireless will connect automatically to BraveWifi and community guests can access wireless by choosing the UNCP_Guest wireless network and entering the requested information. Guest sessions last for 12 hours and can be renewed without limit. Wireless locations are located in parking lot 26 (north of Village Apartments Building 5), parking lot 10 (north side of Wellons Hall), parking lot 7A (Jacobs Hall), north end of parking lot 23 (south of Dogwood) and Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub lot next to the railroad tracks in downtown Pembroke. More locations are planned for the near future!  

ADDITIONAL LINKS, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES  

A comprehensive list of resources for support, information and links to academic resources and policies can be found at uncp.edu/ncov in the For Students section. Please check often as information is added frequently.