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Please follow these guidelines if a student or employee contacts you about a suspected COVID 19 exposure, symptoms, or positive test.

Student

  1. Advise the student to call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 to report possible exposure and/or illness.
  2. Tell them not to come to or remain on campus.
  3. Advise them to contact the Eshelman Care Team line at 919-813-0481 who will advise on next steps regarding classes or immersion.

Employee

  1. Advise the employee to call University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) at 919-966-9119.
  2. Tell them not to come to or remain on campus.
  3. Advise them to contact their supervisor and HR representative who will advise on next steps.

 

HIPAA regulations require confidentiality for all reports that relate to employee or student health. Campus Health or Employee Health will oversee recommendations around return to school/work and contact tracing.

All members of the University community should carefully monitor their health every day. The following COVID-19 Monitoring Checklist can be found in the University Guideline for Health Monitoring, and should be considered each day before attending class, work, or other in-person campus activities:

If you answer yes to any of the COVID-19 Monitoring Checklist questions, do not attend class, work or other in-person campus activities and contact your medical provider.

Students

  • Any student who is symptomatic or who has experienced an exposure event should contact the Eshelman Care Team line at 919-813-0481.
  • Next, contact Campus Health (919-966-2281) to report possible exposure and/or symptoms. Campus Health should be contacted regardless if the student has already been tested somewhere else.
  • Campus Health will determine if testing and/or quarantining is indicated and provide guidance when the student may return to educational activities.
  • The student will then communicate back with the Eshelman Care Team staff member the recommendations from Campus Health regarding a return to educational activities.
  • The Eshelman Care Team contact will work with course directors or preceptors to manage any absence.

Employees

Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should contact the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) at 919-966-9119 and act on the instructions received. Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should also immediately contact their supervisor and Human Resources Consultant.

Students

Students who test positive for COVID-19 at UNC Campus Health will be advised on next steps. Students tested for COVID-19 outside of UNC Campus Health will be asked to communicate results to Campus Health. They will work with you to provide recommendations on follow-up and when you may return to campus. Students on Immersion or Advanced Immersion sites may have additional requirements that they must perform especially if this is a possible exposure at the site.

Employees

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be monitored by the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) and their primary care provider. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must be assessed or cleared by UEOHC prior to start-returning to work. Employees who call out from work due to COVID-19 must be assessed and cleared by UEOHC prior to starting/returning to work. Employees in isolation or quarantine may not be present on the UNC campus.

Additional information related to “If you get sick” is available at the University’s Carolina Together website.

Community Standards

The University has developed a set of community standards and policies for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. These standards provide valuable information on Prevention and Protection, Care and Communication.

Community Standards Enforcement

If a member of our community notices a failure to comply with our community standards they should politely ask the person to comply to our community standards.  If the person refuses to comply:

PharmD Students

  1. If a student in a classroom is non-compliant with University community standards for COVID-19, the following process should be followed:
    1. Politely ask the student to comply with the community standard (mask, social distancing) or leave the classroom.
    2. If the student refuses to comply, call the Eshelman Care Team line at 919-813-0481.
    3. OCSA staff member on call will respond in person and ask the student to leave the classroom. The OCSA staff member will remind the student that refusal to leave may result in their de-enrollment from the course or referral to the Scholastic Achievement and Progressions Committee.
  2. For students inside the building, notify OCSA by utilizing the ECT online referral form who will take appropriate action.
  3. Anonymous Option: If you prefer to report failure to comply with community standards anonymously, please submit those reports online here  As not all violations are intentional and wherever possible, efforts to improve compliance without disclosing the identity of the violator will be pursued when acting on an anonymous complaint. Please note that anonymous complaints, without sufficient information, will not always result in corrective action. Further, the anonymous complaint link should not be used when immediate action is required or to report other crimes or issues (e.g. sexual assault, mental health, etc.). These reports should be submitted to the Eshelman Care Team as noted in point 2 above.

Employees and Graduate Students

  1. For employees and graduate students in non-classroom settings, report the violation to your supervisor and/or Human Resources. Managers will respond to any complaints as a violation of University policy and work with HR to take appropriate action.
  2. Anonymous Option. If you prefer to report failure to comply with community standards anonymously, please submit those reports online here. Please note that anonymous reports can only be acted upon if sufficient information is provided. Further, the anonymous complaint link should not be used when immediate action is required or to report other crimes or issues that already have defined reporting mechanisms (e.g. sexual assault, mental health, etc.).  

University Health and Safety Reporting Resources

You can also report violations of community standards through these university resources:

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Return Plan for Fall 2020


University Resources

The University has a Roadmap to Fall 2020 which is updated regularly with guidance for returning to campus in the Fall.

The Return to Carolina Guide, which outlines some details about what is expected of faculty and staff returning to campus. This guide is intended to answer some of the questions we’re hearing the most from faculty and staff, and to point you in the right direction should you have questions.


Community Standards

The University has developed a set of community standards and policies for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. These standards provide valuable information on Prevention and Protection, Care and Communication.

The goal of CPE is to prevent spread from an asymptomatic or symptomatic individual. The University has developed a framework that provides guidance and outlines procedures for efficiently obtaining, managing, allocating, and monitoring the use of CPE resources.  You can review the framework here.

Please note: The framework does not apply to clinical workspaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements set by existing University and departmental policies and procedures.

Upcoming Town Halls and Forum

Aug. 28: PY1 Orientation 3.0

Aug. 31: First day of classes for PY1s and PY2s

Sept. 2: ESOP Student Senate Wellness Committee invites you to its inaugural Wellness Wednesday Event: Confection Perfection Baking 101 with ZoeMore information can be found here.

Sept. 3: Faculty/Staff Town Hall: There will be a joint Town Hall on Sept. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Zoom details are in your calendar invites. Submit your questions here prior to the meeting.

Sept. 10: The inaugural Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, is a series of virtual events that will bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community. The first event will be held Sept. 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 11: 26th National Health Equity Research Webcast: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health invites you to the 26th National Health Equity Research Webcast that will take place on Friday, September 11 at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This year’s webcast will be a live 90-minutes interactive webinar. Registration is free.

Sept. 14: CaSE will hold an Implicit and Explicit Bias series. You can learn more about this training and sign up for the upcoming four-part course here.

Sept. 18: The Mountain Area Health Education Center Department of Continuing Professional Development presents the Asheville African American Health Symposium & Webinar Series. View their website for upcoming event details, which kick off Sept. 18.

For a complete list of upcoming events, please check out your Weekly Digest email on Mondays.

Overview of Online Learning 1,2

What is Online Learning?

Online learning is one of the newest and most popular forms of distance learning– the umbrella term for any learning that takes place when the learner and instructor are physically separated. Evidence suggests online learning is most effective when best practices in course design are followed (e.g. backward design with well-defined objectives and assessments) and faculty are trained to teach in virtual environments.


Common Online Learning Models 3,4

  • Synchronous: The instructor is engaged online at the same time as the learner. This can take place through a variety of formats, including video conferencing and live chat.
  • Asynchronous: Learners access and study course materials (e.g. self-guided modules, discussion boards) independently to satisfy course requirements.
  • Hybrid: Course structure includes a mixture of both synchronous and asynchronous models.
  • HyFlex: Learners have the option of attending sessions in person, participating online, or some combination of the two. Learners can change their mode of attendance according to need or preference.

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CONTENT: Strategies for Optimizing Course Content in a Virtual Environment 5,6

Organization

  • Prepare and provide links to materials ASAP (preferably when course begins)
  • Pre-plan complex directions in advance and provide them verbally and in writing
  • Organize content intuitively so that learners’ attention remains focused on learning the material

Structure

  • Record lectures or post slides for learners to review as pre-work before engaging in class
  • Add visual appeal to materials (e.g. break up long chunks of text, embed images, include videos)
  • Scaffold learning activities and provide incremental feedback to learners

Delivery

  • Explain your expectations and rules for engagement so learners know how to best participate
  • Provide examples and proactively explain concepts in multiple ways just as you would if a learner raised their hand because they didn’t understand a concept during an in-person course

ENGAGEMENT: Strategies for Maintaining Engagement in a Synchronous Environment 5,6

  • Start each course with a welcome and check that learners can hear and see materials
  • Establish a norm for how participants should ask questions and participate
  • Utilize a small group feature (e.g. zoom breakout rooms) to get learners talking and engaging during class
  • Use feedback technologies (e.g. polls, chatbox) to see and respond to learner thinking 
  • Utilize facial expressions and body language for emphasis and to draw learner attention
  • Include community building time to create intentional opportunities for students to bond
  • Make class an inviting, pleasant place and let learners know you care about them – by making class inviting, your learners are more likely to attend

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ZOOM: Three Tips to Harness the Power of Zoom for Teaching and Learning 7

Tip #1

Technology alone will not facilitate learning

Your presence and facilitation are critical. Once you have defined your desired outcomes, determine your teaching strategies, and then select the appropriate zoom function to achieve your outcomes.

Tip #2

Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle can help optimize a series of learning experiences

Using reflection and application activities, this cycle can help you scaffold learning and create an environment that promotes higher-order thinking.

Tip #3

Learners should be empowered to socially construct learning experiences together

Use Zoom’s breakout rooms with other technologies, such as Google Docs, MindMeister or Padlet, to facilitate collaboration in application, synthesis, and/or creation.


ASSESSMENT: Online Learning Assessment Strategies 8

Learn more about ExamSoft strategies to mitigate challenges with online learning assessments


GO LIVE! Five Tips for Your First Session 5,6

  • Prepare to troubleshoot technology snafus with a pre-written list of solutions
  • Empathize with learners’ everyday domestic needs
  • Learn about the tech and bandwidth your learners have
  • Sign in 15 minutes early and encourage learners to do so
  • Be yourself

 

NOTE: The resources in this tab were curated by faculty at CIPhER (Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy) to provide a brief overview of online learning. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of any other entity, including other faculty or personnel at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Last updated: v5_2020.06.12 (McLaughlin, Morbitzer)

For questions or more information on any of the topics above, please contact CIPhER.

Preparation for return to teaching

Operational Return Committee: In preparation for the return to campus, this Committee has been formed from the original COVID-19 Management Committee as the School shifts from a crisis management approach to an operational return. On behalf of the Dean, the Committee will manage all operational return issues with the specific deliverables of (a) developing and delivering a plan to Provost and (b) implementing a plan for August 2020 return to campus and subsequent adjustments into the Fall 2020 academic year.

This Committee will initially be supported by three subcommittees that will have routine weekly/bi-weekly meetings. Subcommittee’s include:

  1. Enterprise General Operations Subcommittee
    This subcommittee is charged with discussing and implementing operational return practices for successful student, faculty, and staff return in the Fall 2020. The team is taking the guidance developed by the University on returning to campus and determining the measures that will work best for our School (e.g., health and safety guidance, workplace signage/wayfinding/capacity, and human resource support, etc.) as students, faculty, and staff return to campus. The recommendations and updates from this subcommittee will be discussed with the School’s Operational Return Committee for inclusion in the School’s Fall reopening plan.
    Team Members: Chris Allen, Deryck Dunn, Dave Maldonado, Jason Martin, Corey Parker (UNC Housekeeping), Stan Parker, Wayne Pittman, Herb Richmond (UNC Housekeeping), Matt Rivenbark, Greene Shepherd, Randy Stutts, Jason Whitley. Reports to Scott Savage.
  2. Education Enterprise Subcommittee
    This subcommittee is charged with discussing and implementing strategies for successful student return in the Fall 2020. The team is taking the guidance developed by the University on returning to the learning environment into consideration and will determine what measures will work best for our School (e.g, numbers of students in classrooms and labs, how to implement a flexible teaching model, types of courses that can be offered in person, etc.) as students, faculty, and staff return to campus. The recommendations and updates from this subcommittee will be discussed with the School’s Operational Return Committee for inclusion in the School’s Fall reopening plan.
    Team Members: Amanda Corbett (Co-Chair), Jason Martin (Co-Chair), Mike Jarstfer, Melissa Jones, Rachel Parry (PhD student), Chris Pippen, Libby Powell (PharmD student), Chris Parish (PharmD student), Greene Shepherd, Colleen Wernoski, Will Taylor. Reports to Wendy Cox.
  3. Research Enterprise Subcommittee
    This subcommittee is charged with managing issues related to the research enterprise during the COVID-19 pandemic including the temporary suspension of research activities, laboratory shut down, conduct of critical research activities, and resumption of research activities based on our laboratory reopening plans. Implementation of strategies for successful continuation of research at full capacity in the Fall 2020 is currently under consideration. The team takes the guidance being developed by the University on these matters into consideration and determines what measures will work best for our School [e.g., physical spaces, number of research personnel in labs (including students), types of laboratory and clinical research]. The recommendations and updates from this subcommittee will be discussed with the School’s Operational Return Committee for inclusion in the School’s Fall reopening plan.
    Team Members: Kristy Ainslie, Stephen Frye, Craig Lee, Megan Roberts and Arlo Brown. Reports to Kim Brouwer.

What is known at this time

  • The University has a Roadmap to Fall 2020 which is updated regularly with guidance for returning to campus in the Fall. The Operational Return Committee is developing a School of Pharmacy reopening plan that is in compliance with the Roadmap, but specific to the School. This plan will be submitted to the Provost no later than the end of June for approval and shared with the School community.
  • The guidance and expectation from the University at this time is that we will return to campus in the fall, which includes in-person teaching for some courses.
  • Social Distancing Protocol: The University has provided guidance of a minimum of 1 meter (3.3 feet) between individuals in classrooms, but are leaving discretion to the schools to expand distance if they feel it is necessary.
  • Masks will be required for everyone at the School – faculty, staff and students.

Academic Calendar

  • The published academic calendar for the Pharm.D. and graduate students is up-to-date.
  • Pharm.D. Calendar: No changes were made to the Pharm.D. calendar. Pharm.D. students will have final exams/assessments after Thanksgiving but will not return to campus for these assessments. They will be remote. Students will be encouraged not to travel outside of the state during Fall Break.
  • Graduate Program Calendar: The start date was moved up and classes will finish prior to the Thanksgiving break.

Awaiting Further Guidance

  • Classroom Configuration: More information is forthcoming from the University on classroom configuration and maximum capacity in rooms at the School of Pharmacy. This will inform our plan for holding certain classes or certain days of classes in person. Space will be an issue for classes as a reduced capacity will be required and we will be required to split many classes into two rooms (ex. Kerr 1001 and 2001). We are expecting to receive the recommendations from the University this week.
  • Many faculty members have asked about social distancing requirements, personal protective equipment, directional movement in the classrooms, classroom cleaning, etc. These issues are not yet resolved and will be addressed by the Enterprise General Operation Subcommittee. We will have recommendations and will address these issues prior to the start of any in-person teaching at the School.
  • Proposed in Person Teaching Schedule: The Educational Enterprise Subcommittee is finalizing a proposal for the fall classes that can be held in person based on space and class size. This proposal will be vetted with the Operational Return Team and then shared with Division Chairs and faculty members. Once this proposal is received, faculty will know what courses or days of courses have been proposed to be held in-person versus remotely. Most classes will likely have a mix of in-person and remote teaching. Faculty can then discuss the recommendations with their Division Chair if they have concerns with the proposal or with their return to campus. This will allow faculty to plan with more confidence in their teaching approach. We anticipate release of the schedule sometime next week.

What faculty can do now to prepare for fall teaching

  • Review the Carolina Together website which contains the University’s Roadmap for Fall 2020 to familiarize yourself with the plans in place at the University around the return to campus. This website is updated regularly as the Roadmap is continuously updated.
  • Course Directors: Engage in weekly course director meetings to plan your course.
  • Instructors: Reach out to the course director for the course you are engaged with to learn more about the plans for the fall.
  • Review the remote teaching resources below to get tips and advice on evidenced-based ways to teach remotely.
  • Sign-up to attend some of the remote teaching programs offered at the School over the summer (See attached).

References

  1. Stern, Joshua. Introduction to online teaching and learning. West LA College. 2003.
  2. Kentnor HE. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue. 2015;17:21-34.
  3. Hodges C, et al. The difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning. EDUCAUSE Review. 2020.
  4. EDUCAUSE. 7 things you should know about the HyFlex course model. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. 2010.
  5. Relay Online Instructional Team. 10 best practices for live virtual teaching. eCampus News. 2020.
  6. Darby F. How to be a better online teacher: advice guide. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2020.
  7. Hall E. Harnessing the power of zoom for teaching and learning. Harvard Macy Institute. 2020.
  8. Miller A. Formative assessment in distance learning. & Summative assessment in distance learning. Edutopia. 2020.

Online Learning and Education Resources

  1. https://keepteaching.unc.edu/
  2. AERA Coronavirus Teaching Resources
  3. Educause Webinar: Online Teaching Strategies

Remote teaching resources

Other Resources

Harvard Business Review

OHR’s Wellness Resources During Covid-19

Relias

  • Short, self-paced course on Work-life balance

Greater Good Science

As some researchers begin to report back to work, it’s crucial to know that UNC researchers must follow specific guidelines while working on campus.

For guidelines on operating a safe laboratory environment in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy please click here.

Guidelines for Human Subjects Research can be found here.

Principles of Operation

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will follow the principles outlined in the Roadmap on the Carolina Together Website.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

Our strategies and interventions to return to campus safely will be based on evidence and science. Our operational principles currently center around 4 community standards that we are asking everyone in our buildings to abide by:

  1. Screening for symptoms daily prior to coming on campus
  2. Wearing a UNC-provided surgical mask in all buildings at all times
  3. Distancing from others by at least 6 feet
  4. Increasing hygiene activities (e.g., frequent hand sanitizing/washing, frequent disinfecting of classrooms, bathrooms, and other spaces)

Symptom monitoring will align with University guidance. All students, faculty, and staff should check symptoms before attending on-campus activities and thought out the day using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist must not come to campus. Instead, such persons should contact the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic or Campus Health (students) and act on their instructions. Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, who has been referred for testing or who is awaiting test results, should notify their supervisor that the EHOC has advised them not to report to work. Students should notify the Office of Student Affairs through the Eshelman Care Team Line. Refer to the website for additional detail and updates.

Face masks or facial coverings must be worn in all classroom settings by students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the time they enter the building to the time they leave the building and common indoor spaces such as bathrooms and hallways. In dining halls, masks must be worn except when eating or drinking. In addition, masks must be worn in outdoor settings where physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. Although there is no University requirement for eye protection or face shields, the School of Pharmacy will provide them to faculty, staff, and students if requested. If they are needed, they can be requested from their supervisor or OCSA for acquisition. Video guidance is available for reference. Additional details and updates will be provided on our website.

The following locations have mask supplies:

  • GMB: on the counter at Suzie Roth’s desk
  • Marsico: 3rd floor across from Dottie Forthman’s office AND in the 4th floor Mail Room
  • Kerr and Beard Halls: DPET suite next to the coffee pot AND in the Grants Administration Suite (on the table right outside Kathryn Fiscelli’s office)

If you need a mask while you are in the building and don’t have access to any of these locations, please work with your supervisor/manager to organize access to one of these areas.

Physical distancing requirements are anchored with the most recent research and data (see references section). The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has aligned with the University and recommends social distancing 6 feet apart. There will be a 6 feet minimum distance between the instructor and the first row of students and in-between students in every classroom. Additional details and updates will be provided on our website.

Handwashing throughout the day is critical. We are asking everyone in our buildings to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after 6 | Page being in public spaces, after touching commonly used surfaces or after blowing a nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching the face. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer will be provided that contains 60% to 90% alcohol. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed throughout the buildings, restrooms, and common areas. Additional details and updates will be provided on our website.

Building Access: Access to our buildings will be by One Card/Mobile One Card only.  Learn how to install a Mobile One Card. The One Card app for building access only applies to Beard and Kerr Halls at this time.

Note: The Beard front entrance (Columbia Street) and Beard north entrance (parking lot side) will be open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all other doors in Beard and Kerr will remain card access only.

Foot Traffic Patterns

Foot traffic patterns for Beard and Kerr halls are recommended in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Learn more about the new foot traffic patterns.

To limit the spread of COVID-19 infection, UNC Housekeeping Services will regularly clean public spaces such as lobbies and restrooms along with high touch surfaces including doorknobs/handrails multiple times a day. Each classroom and meeting space will be cleaned once per day in the evenings. Due to the limited cleaning of these spaces, they will be limited to a single use each day.

In order to meet the needs of the curriculum and keep rooms to a single audience each day, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will not be opening room reservations to the faculty and staff of the School or external users for Fall Semester 2020. Students may still reserve the spaces in the evenings with the caveat they be vacated before the evening cleaning. If you are working on-site, the procedure to hold meetings will be from video conference or individual offices if required.

Room accommodation requests can be sent to Jason Martin at jasonmartin@unc.edu and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We will work to balance individual needs for flexible work arrangements with the broader needs of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the overall University mission. We will do so with a strong sense of community and a compassion for one another.  Where there are requests for accommodations or flexibility that are based on medical circumstances, we will ask that employees use the secure ADA accommodations process administered by the University’s EOC Office.

Where there are requests for flexibility for reasons other than medical circumstances (e.g.  childcare matters, age, caregiving responsibilities for or cohabitating with a high-risk individual), employees are encouraged to work with managers, supervisors and department chairs to identify solutions that balance individual needs with those of their respective schools and units, and the University as a whole.

Community Protective Equipment (CPE)
We have developed a process for ordering and delivering Community Protective Equipment (CPE).  The following materials are available to order using the CPE Order Form:

  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wipes
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Paper Towels

 

Orders: CPE orders should be submitted to esopfinance@unc.edu one week prior to delivery. For example, the first round of scheduled orders should be received by close of business Wednesday Aug. 5, for the next delivery date of Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Please include the number of items your team needs for a two-week period.

Deliveries:  CPE deliveries will occur every other Wednesday, starting July 29. The next delivery date to the School will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, with requested supplies available for pick-up the next day on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Supply Pick Ups: pick-ups can be made during the specific time slots noted below every other Thursday, beginning Aug. 13, from the following locations:

  • Beard/Kerr       Kerr Room 2307              8:00 a.m.-  9:00 a.m.
  • Marsico             Room 3106                       9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • GMB                   Room 1011                     11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Note: The ordering process varies depending on whether the CPE is for Research Labs or Offices.

Research Labs

Rather than 3rd party procurement, research laboratories may order surgical masks and other Community Protective Equipment (CPE) through UNC procurement by submitting a CPE Order Request Order directly to esopfinance@unc.edu one week prior to delivery.

Offices

Community Protective Equipment (CPE) orders for faculty and staff in units/offices (non-laboratory) will be made by CPE ambassadors.  CPE Orders should be submitted by ambassadors to esopfinance@unc.edu one week prior to desired delivery. The CPE Ambassadors are noted below based on the areas they represent:

Units/Offices                 Ambassador

Advancement                Lewis, Heather

Asheville                         Mulkeen, Mike

CBMC                               Mason, Ain

CE                                      Companion, Austin

CICBDD                            Leslie, Sara

CIPhER                             Charamut, Susan

CMO                                 Gaskins, Tashani

CNDD                               Bregu, Jubina

Dean’s Office                 Pettaway, Sara

DPET                                 Fleming, Victoria

DPMP                               Sun, Ning

DPOP                                Watson-Mebane, Alisa

EA Floater                       Moriarity, Gail

Ed Tech                            Pippen, Christopher

EII                                      McDaniel, Ryan

Facilities                          Allen, Chris

Finance                            Dunn, Deryck

Global Engagement       Bratsch, Laura

HR                                      Kenney, Nicole

IT                                        Maldonado, David

Marcom                           Jennings, Brittany

MEDIA                              Whitley, Jason

OCSA                                Wingo, Brad

OSPA                                 Gosk, Christopher

ONE                                  Burriss, Vicky

PACE                                 McGlothlin, Stacey

Research                         Kshatriya, Raju

SGC/Catalyst                  Swain, Kim


CAROLINA TOGETHER CARE KITS

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Student Care Kits
The University is making available a Carolina Together Care Kit for every student on campus:

  • two washable, reusable face masks;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • thermometer;
  • no-contact door key;
  • a Community Standards reminder card.

Kits will be available starting Aug. 8. Kits will be guaranteed until Aug. 11. Distribution locations will be available on campus and students will scan their One Card to collect their Care Kit. Additional details of distribution will be posted soon.

Employee Care Kits
The University is making available a Carolina Together Care Kit for faculty and staff when they return to campus (kits will not be mailed):

  • two washable, reusable face masks;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • thermometer;
  • a Community Standards reminder card.

Kits will be available starting August 10. Kits will be distributed by their unit’s CPE coordinator.


Home Delivery

Procurement Services has worked out an arrangement with two of our contracted vendors, CDW-G and Staples, to provide equipment and supplies to home addresses. The extensive catalogs provided by these two vendors should meet the majority of the home office needs for our campus community. While I know many of you prefer to utilize Amazon Business, Amazon is not capable of providing the ability to modify shipping addresses. The flyers linked here will provide you detailed instruction for CDW-G and Staples, but here is a quick summary:

  • IT Peripheral Devices:
    • CDW-G: Buyers will place their orders as normal through the E-Procurement punchout in ConnectCarolina and pass the PO# and desired shipping address to a CDW-G representative who will modify the address on their end.
  • Office Supplies:
    • Staples: Buyers will purchases via E-Pro. During the checkout process, you will need to change your Ship_To address to Staples_HD which will flag it in the system. You will then be contacted by a Staples customer service rep to provide your home address.

NOTE: CURRENTLY THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO E-PRO VENDORS ENABLED FOR SHIP TO HOME. These vendors will NOT charge you shipping or sales tax. Please make these vendors your first-line choice for supplies. 

Personal Travel: At the height of the coronavirus crisis in March, the School implemented a policy that faculty, staff, and students traveling out of the state on personal travel should not come onto campus for a period of 14 days.  With no PPE and no social distancing guidelines in place, this was the best approach to protect against the asymptomatic shedding that occurs.  As the University now returns to operations with additional policies and expectations around PPE, distancing and hygiene to help minimize the risk, the School will realign with the University’s travel policy and remove this personal travel restriction.  Please continue to monitor information surrounding travel from the University.


Travel Policy: You can find the University’s current guidelines here.


Protocol for Requesting Faculty/Staff Exceptions to UNC System Travel Policy: A process has been established if a faculty or staff member needs to make an exception to the UNC System Travel Policy which states that no university-affiliated travel is permitted outside North Carolina. That process requires approval from your supervisor and dean before submitting the request directly to the provost. Steps to submitting a request:

Requests for exceptions should be addressed directly to the provost, Bob Blouin (provost@unc.edu), and should copy Debbi Clarke, associate provost for strategy and special projects (debbi_clarke@unc.edu); Sarah Schtakleff, associate counsel, Office of University Counsel (schtakleff@unc.edu); and Emma Dehne, executive assistant to the provost, (emma.dehne@unc.edu).

In their message, petitioners should include:

  1. The specific dates, routes, and destinations of proposed travel.
  2. The purpose of the proposed trip (research, conference, etc.) and an explanation as to why this work can’t be fulfilled remotely via video conferencing or through other electronic means.
  3. Whether the proposed travel is related to COVID-19 or other pressing public health matters.
  4. A summary of how the trip will explicitly advance the mission of the University.
  5. A description of travel risks and how the traveler proposes to mitigate those risks during the trip and upon return to campus.
  6. Finally, the traveler should also state that his or her supervisor and dean has approved the request for an exception.

Experiential Travel: Experiential sites may require students to reside in North Carolina for 14 days after returning from domestic or international travel. As such, students completing Immersion or Advanced Immersion Experiences are strongly encouraged to return from travel outside of North Carolina 14 days prior to the start of the assigned experience to avoid placement complications. Those students who are unable to return 14 days prior to the start of a practice experience are required to notify and be cleared by the Office of Experiential Programs (OCSA_compliance@unc.edu) prior to commencing Immersion or Advanced Immersion Experiences.

Parking & Transportation

The permit year begins on August 1, 2020 and parking regulations will become effective August 3, 2020.

License plate(s) must be registered through online services to associate vehicle with virtual permit. Only one registered vehicle may be on campus at one time.

If you would like to change or amend your parking assignment you will have to contact the department parking coordinator  after July 22, 2020.

Post-Docs and temporary employees will be able to request a  permit through the parking coordinator after July 22nd. Due to limited allocations, they will mostly likely by assigned to Craige Deck or the S11 lot.

For more information and updates visit: https://move.unc.edu/news/covid-19/.