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Welcome to the Royal Return webpage, Queens University of Charlotte’s blueprint for returning safely to campus for another successful academic year. We are excited for our community to reunite in person and we are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff amid the ongoing pandemic.

As each of us strives to remain true to our motto “not to be served, but to serve,” we expect and trust our campus family will put others before themselves, honor the following procedures, and take necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. It is imperative that we hold ourselves accountable so that we will be able to remain on campus together.

Please familiarize yourself with the specific areas of the plan and check back frequently for updates and announcements throughout the academic year as the conditions are continually changing and thus our plan and response may change. We all have an important role to play in our Royal Return. By pulling together, we can be together.

Latest Campus Communication

January 25, 2023

Queens Community,

On January 20, 2023 Mecklenburg County updated its COVID-19 Community level to “Low” per the CDC. Presently, Queens’ campus has very few active COVID-19 cases.

Senior Leadership in consultation with the COVID Response Team and with their support, we are removing the “strongly recommend indoor masking recommendation beginning Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Please remember that everyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time, and your decisions will be respected.  High-risk individuals should continue masking as appropriate. Continue to wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick. Get tested if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms.

Faculty or staff with questions or concerns about this shift in practice should discuss with their dean or supervisor. Please reference the Royal Return page for the latest guidance related to COVID-19 and campus life. For more information on local data and other information, please visit the COVID-19 information page.

If you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 polices or practices, let us know at COVIDSafe@queens.edu.

Thank you for your continued support. We are proud of how well our community cares for each other.


Visit our Vaccine Information webpage for information on the vaccine and where to take your shot against COVID-19, including links to easy-to-use online tools and a webinar.


We are still requiring booster shots for all those who are eligible. Even if you have recently had COVID-19, the CDC and our advisors at Atrium indicate the protections offered by COVID-19 booster shots improve your ability to stay healthy and/or keep others healthy. Please get your booster shot as soon as possible, or no later than 14 days after you come out of isolation if you recently had COVID-19.

Where can you get a booster shot? There are many options – please choose the one most convenient for you (the options listed below are not your only options):

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community safe.


This dashboard has the most up-to-date information on Queens University of Charlotte's COVID-19 testing and results, including a color-coded alert system to help students and employees quickly reference the openings, closures, and changes to campus as related to the global pandemic. Please wait for the COVID-19 Dashboard to load. If you are viewing this webpage on mobile, it is best seen in landscape mode.

top things to know about returning to campus

  1. Vaccinations:  We require the COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff and students who will be on campus during the academic year. This is a critical step in ensuring the health and safety of the entire Queens community, and to our shared goal of returning to campus at full strength and for the full academic and residential Queens experience. This decision is based on the advice of local, state, and national health officials as well as data indicating that the vaccines currently approved under emergency authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide effective protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. If you require a religious or medical exception as outlined by the state of North Carolina, there will be an opportunity for you to request that exemption. Students can email their exemption requests to COVIDVacStudents@queens.edu and faculty/staff can send their requests to VaccineDocsFacultyStaff@queens.edu. For students and employees who fall into this category, there will be additional safety precautions in place for you to follow. Please see our College Vaccination Dashboard to see what other schools are doing and for tracking information about Queens vaccination status.
  2. Use of face masks and social distancing:
    1. Our masking policy will, at a minimum, follow the guidelines of the CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. We will update the campus as conditions and guidelines change.
      1. In consultation with the President’s Cabinet and the COVID Response Team and with their support, we will shift from requiring masks indoors to strongly recommending masking indoors beginning Thursday, September 8. Please remember that everyone is encouraged and welcome to wear a mask at any time, and your decisions will be respected. High-risk individuals should continue masking as appropriate, and masks will continue to be made available to the Queens community.
      2. If the masking guidelines of the CDC were to change or if Mecklenburg County COVID-19 community level were to change, we will consider updating our masking policy and will announce that change through our website, emails, and other forms of communication.
  3. Testing: We strongly encourage individuals with symptoms or who are not feeling well to be tested for COVID-19. Depending on community conditions, variant spread and other risk factors that will be considered, we may conduct surveillance testing of our (vaccinated and unvaccinated) community members from time to time.
  4. Quarantine and Isolation: For students who either test positive for COVID-19 or who are showing symptoms, a testing, tracing, isolation, and quarantine policy will also be in place to protect our campus community.

covid-19 response team

Continuing what the university started in the Fall of 2020, and to ensure a successful return to campus operations as well as sustained monitoring and response to events on campus throughout the semester, Queens will continue to staff a COVID-19 Response Team of campus leaders. This group’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Interface with Atrium for contracted services, consulting and questions.
  • Coordinate ongoing activities like isolation, quarantine, testing and trainings.
  • Serve as a resource to address questions resulting from re-opening efforts.
  • Coordinate training and roll-out of multiple response teams for contact tracing.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of PPE and other necessary materials associated with safely re-opening campus.

For questions, please contact the Team by emailing covidsafe@queens.edu.

CARES Act Section 18004 Reporting

Under Section 314(e) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and under 2 CFR 200.328 and 2 CFR 200.329 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Queens University is required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education (the Secretary) describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

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