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UNC-CH will require vaccinations or weekly tests for return to campus

Posted July 27, 2021 12:04 p.m. EDT
Updated July 28, 2021 9:11 a.m. EDT

At the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sits the Old Well

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill notified students and parents this week of a change to the campus-wide COVID-19 testing program known as the Carolina Together Testing Program. Any students who can prove vaccination will no longer be subject to regular testing.

Students who are not vaccinated or those who decide not to share their vaccination status with the university will be required to get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival on campus or in Chapel Hill for the fall. Those same students must then test at least once a week throughout the semester.

While UNC-CH does not require that individuals get the vaccine, all members of the community are strongly urged to do so.

"Failure to complete one or both of these requirements is a COVID-19 Community Standards violation and may result in discipline by the Office of Student Conduct," the university wrote in a letter to students.

Proof of vaccination also allows students to avoid the prospect of quarantine should one of their close contacts test positive during the semester.

UNC is offering the vaccine, by appointment and free of charge, to anyone over the age of 12 in the Students Stores Pharmacy on the top floor at 209 South Road. Some walk-in appointments are available.

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