Living in Greek Village during COVID-19

Fall 2020

Living on campus will look a little different during the fall 2020 semester.  As plans are developed to re-open campus operations, we will share relevant information necessary to living on campus.  We know that recommendations, expectations and the information is constantly evolving, we will keep this page up to date with the latest information necessary.  FSL hosted a webinar for residents, parents and families, house corporation volunteers, and staff on Monday, July 27th.  The resource reviewed is linked and a recording of that webinar is accessible for viewing.  Please review the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards.

If you test positive for COVID-19, or if a health care provider tells you that you are presumed positive for the novel coronavirus, please notify the university by filling out the form for students. If you do not have web access, please call Student Health Services at 919-515-2563 to self-report a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. This procedure is voluntary, and the information is confidential. This information helps university health care professionals conduct contact tracing and provide any resources and support you might need.

Members of the campus community are expected to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible. Our houses and spaces now have visible reminders encouraging physical distancing, such as floor tape indicating 6 feet of distance, rearranged furniture and signs indicating traffic flow. Please follow the signs directing traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevators and other common areas. Love the Pack but don’t pack the elevators. Maintain a safe distance inside elevators.

It’s up to everyone to practice safe physical distancing protocols. Clean up after yourself. Limit your time in communal areas. Practice good hygiene. And hold each other accountable. Residential programs and engagement opportunities will be conducted virtually whenever possible, while still providing the support, resources, education, and community that are hallmarks of the on-campus living experience.

Wash your hands before and after meals and whenever you cough or sneeze. When you wash your hands, wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, you may use hand sanitizer. NC State has increased the number of hand sanitizer stations across campus. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow — not with your hands. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands. You should also avoid touching your face.

NC State’s housekeeping teams will regularly clean all common areas and high-touch surfaces in university-owned properties, increasing this frequency to daily. Even so, it is up to everyone to do their part to maintain a clean and sanitary living environment. Residents should regularly clean up after themselves when using common areas. Lounges, dining rooms, and other common rooms will have limited capacities for the upcoming year. Bathrooms and showers will be regularly cleaned and sanitized, but again, it’s up to each individual to use best practices as they go about their day.

When Housekeeping staff or Facilities staff are present to clean or perform work orders, it is important that residents are respectful of such staff. Students remaining in a room while cleaning or a work order is being addressed by a staff member will be required to either leave the confines of the room while the work is being performed or wear a mask and maintain 6′ of distance. Students who refuse either option understand that the work requested cannot be performed.

Roommates, suitemates, and house-mates will be considered “family units” for the purposes of assignments and how the university will respond to confirmed cases or exposure to COVID-19. In order to do this effectively, it is imperative that every member of the NC State community self-report if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Isolation and quarantine instructions will be provided, per CDC guidance, at the direction of NC State’s Student Health Services. If a resident has no other resources, we are holding spaces that will be used to provide temporary housing to residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and for residential students who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus who need to be in quarantine because they were exposed but are not yet sick, as recommended by Student Health Services and other health authorities.

A face covering is an added layer of safety while in a public space. Face coverings are in addition to, not a substitution for, physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when sick. Beginning July 1, everyone will be required to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose in all NC State buildings, and in all university programs held in non-university buildings, including all classrooms and laboratories. Face coverings will also be required in outdoor spaces on university property where appropriate physical distancing cannot be guaranteed. In situations where at least 6 feet of physical distance is maintained and guaranteed, such as in a personal office, studying alone in a room, or when you are walking alone in an uncrowded outdoor location, then no face covering is required. Everyone is expected to carry a face covering on campus at all times, in case they encounter an unforeseen situation where physical separation cannot be maintained. Employees on campus are expected, and in certain work situations may be required, to maintain physical distance from others and to wear face coverings. The university will provide face coverings during the reactivation of campus operations in accordance with CDC guidelines. For more information, visit
go.ncsu.edu/requestfacecoverings.

Fraternity and Sorority Life will be providing council branded face masks to every active member within our community, which will be distributed during move-in. In some special circumstances, the university will make adjustments to campus safety standards on a case-by-case basis.

NC State will be converting some double rooms to singles in each house to create rooms that can be used by students with preexisting health conditions, as self-identified through a student survey. Students should visit the Disability Resources Office website to review the steps necessary to submit a request for consideration. The university is maintaining those signed up to live in the chapter houses for the next academic year. NC State is extending the move-in period for students to 10 days: July 31 through Aug. 9. Time slots will be assigned by appointment only. Because of the early semester start date, there are no early move-ins this semester. Registration for move-in appointments will begin in early July. Additionally, each student is limited to two moving assistants. While residents are completing the move-in process, they will be asked to follow physical distancing guidelines. Volunteers will manage traffic around buildings and the flow of students and moving assistants throughout the process.

The chapter house will reconfigure dining spaces and furniture to help maintain distance between diners, in accordance with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requirements. All Dining employees are required to wear protective masks, and students will be required to do the same while in service areas. Dining areas will be cleaned frequently. No self-service options will be available, and the employees will be serving or packaging the meals or late-plate pickup. If the need arises, the university may set up large outdoor tents for food service, expanding the available seating area. Out of house meal operations are currently being evaluated. Either separate designated eating areas from those living in the house, or pick up to-go meals.

The university is making changes to its campus bus system, Wolfline, to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Drivers and riders will be required to wear face coverings, and some seats will be roped off to help maintain physical distancing between passengers. Only three passengers will be allowed to stand on the bus. Standing spaces will be marked with floor decals. Riders will enter through the front door only and will fill available seats from the rear to front of the bus. They will exit through the rear door only. Buses will be cleaned daily with an EPA-approved disinfectant. When weather permits, we will open the roof hatches on buses to increase fresh airflow. NC State will redesign bus schedules, resulting in fewer routes but increased frequency so buses will be less crowded. Students, employees and visitors will be encouraged to use the ParkMobile app for short-term parking.

Resources for Students

NC State Coronavirus Information
Get the latest updates on the university’s central coronavirus web portal.  ncsu.edu/coronavirus/

Student Health Services
Student Health Services works to meet the health needs of NC State students.
Phone: 919-515-2563
Email: healthypack@ncsu.edu

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center’s diverse staff is trained to address academic, emotional and social concerns that are common to college students and may affect overall well-being.
counseling.dasa.ncsu.edu/

Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity 
For information or questions relating to Americans With Disabilities
Act accommodations or religious exemptions, or to discuss other equal employment opportunity concerns related to returning to campus, please email ada_coordinator@ncsu.edu or equalopportunity@ncsu.edu.

diversity.ncsu.edu/

Student Services Center
Student Services Center has released an FAQ page for the fall 2020 semester.

Scholarships and Financial Aid 
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2831 Thurman Drive (corner of Dan Allen Drive and Thurman Drive). Park in the Dan Allen Drive parking deck.  Reach out via phone at 919-515-6278 or visit our website: studentservices.ncsu.edu/your-money/financial-aid/

Emergency Assistance
Students who are experiencing challenges due to the novel coronavirus outbreak should submit a CARES Act Emergency Grant application, which is available in MyPack Portal. Students not eligible for support under the CARES Act may apply for funding from the Pack Essentials Student Emergency Fund. Please only submit one application per student.

dasa.ncsu.edu/pack-essentials/

Campus Food Pantry
Feed the Pack is a community-based initiative sustained by the greater NC State community to combat the food insecurity experienced by members of the Wolfpack family. The pantry is open to all members of the campus community (students, staff and faculty). In order to use the pantry, you can show up during our open hours. You will be asked to swipe your campus ID and then can shop for the items you need. Current hours are Tuesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.at 2221 Dunn Avenue.

feedthepack.dasa.ncsu.edu/

Disability Resource Office
The Disability Resource Office is the designated office to assist eligible students with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

dro.dasa.ncsu.edu/