Queens’ blueprint for a safe and successful reopening of campus
For Fall 2021
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.
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
Jan. 4, 2022:
Due to the rapidly spreading omicron variant of COVID-19, Queens is moving to campus alert level 3. Read all that entails, including a move to virtual modalities for the first week of the semester, in the full message.
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.
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
- 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 follow. Please see our College Vaccination Dashboard to see what other schools are doing and for tracking information about Queens vaccination status.
- Use of face masks and social distancing:
- Our masking policy will (at a minimum) follow the guidelines of the CDC and the NC
Department of Health and Human Services. We will endeavor to update campus as conditions and guidelines change.
- 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.
- Outdoor masking and social distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.
- Guests (non-faculty/staff or students) must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when in groups.
- 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.
- Our masking policy will (at a minimum) follow the guidelines of the CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. We will endeavor to update campus as conditions and guidelines change.
- Testing: Unvaccinated students and employees will need to be tested for COVID-19. We 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.