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Welcome to the Royal Return webpage, where you will find Queens University of Charlotte’s blueprint, in partnership with Novant Health, for returning safely to campus for a successful academic year. While we are excited for our community to reunite in person, we are also dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff amid the ongoing pandemic.

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Our partnership with Novant Health and its network of more than 1,500 physicians, 580 locations and 15 medical centers solidifies that commitment by providing helpful resources to the Queens community during this unprecedented time.

As we continue our “new normal”, we must look 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 the 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 see the links above for information on specific areas of the plan and check this page 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

March 22, 2022

Campus COVID-19 Protocol Changes

We are pleased the trends in COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the Charlotte Mecklenburg region and on our campus. Given these trends and our very-high vaccination rate, we will be making a change to our indoor mask policy.  

Starting Tuesday, March 22, face masks must be worn only during indoor in-person class activities and in our healthcare facilities as well as while on university transportation (e.g. buses.) Additionally individual office occupants, at their discretion, may request visitors wear a mask while in their office (sample signage attached). 

Masks will be optional in dining halls, residence halls, the library, the Levine Center, and other general use venues. 

We are happy to be able to make this change for our campus and ask that everyone continue to respect the choices of others. 

Boosters

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 Novant indicate the protections offered by Covid 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.)

We have put together the following resources:

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters  

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.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Visit our Vaccine Information page for how to find when and where to take your shot against COVID-19, including links to easy-to-use online tools and a webinar.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Below you will find 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, and if you are viewing this page on mobile, it is best seen in landscape mode.

top things to know about returning to campus

  1. Vaccinations: Beginning with the start of the Fall 2021 semester, we will require the COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff and students who will be on campus during the academic year. We believe 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 in the fall 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 COVID-19 as well as its known variants. 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. Please refer to our Vaccination Information and Exemption Requests page for further information.  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 followPlease 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 ServicesWe will endeavor to update campus as conditions and guidelines change.
      1. As of July 27, 2021 – and due to Mecklenburg County being an area of high transmissions, all persons on or off campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors unless in their private residence hall rooms or offices. Students are required to wear masks in their own private residential spaces when guests are present.
    2. Outdoor masking and social distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.
    3. Guests (non-faculty/staff or students) must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when in groups.
    4. If the masking guidelines of the CDC were to change or if Mecklenburg County were to no longer be an area of high transmission, we will consider updating our masking policy and will announce that change through our website, emails and other forms of communication.
  3. Testing: Unvaccinated students and employees will need to be tested for COVID-19We will schedule specific days for testing to be conducted on campus. Details will be provided.  Once on campus, there will be weekly survey testing of samples of unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff to monitor for the presence of COVID-19 on campus and to reduce the possibility of an outbreak.  Testing of vaccinated individuals may also be necessary depending on community conditions, variant spread and other risk factors that will be considered.  
  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 we 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 Novant 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  
  • Ensure continued communications to reinforce desired behaviors

You can reach this group by emailing covidsafe@queens.edu.

how alumni can help

Alumni can help during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving to the university. A Student Emergency Fund has also been created to address the immediate needs of our student community.

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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