UNCWAlert: Emergency and Safety Updates


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This is the official UNCWAlert website and serves as an official source, along with UNCW email and UNCW's Facebook feed, of emergency information and statements/responses from the university. UNCWAlert phone calls and/or text messages will be issued to employees and students in the event of an urgent update (e.g., the reopening of campus after a closure) or an immediate threat (e.g. a tornado warning, an active attacker). The university announced June 1 that, for the first time, parents and the public will be able to sign up for UNCWAlert notifications via this website. This means that upon registering for this service, users will receive UNCWAlert text messages, phone calls and/or emails when they are issued by the university. The university is pleased to offer yet another means of connecting parents and the public with the university, particularly in the event of emergency situations.  Please be sure you are relying on only official university messaging during emergency situations. 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information
See uncw.edu/coronavirus for detailed information and resources about the university's on-going response to the global coronavirus pandemic.


Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update

June 2, 2020
An update from Chancellor Sartarelli featuring UNCW's revised academic calendar for the fall, as well as some information on the steps we must follow in order to prepare to return to campus. 
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Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update

May 21, 2020
An update from Chancellor Sartarelli for faculty and staff regarding UNCW's progress toward a safe and efficient return to campus for employees and students. more...

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Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning Update; Input Requested
May 15
A message from Chancellor Sartarelli updating faculty and staff on the Planning Team's work to develop a series of potential academic, operational and financial models for the fall.
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Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Congratulations and Thanks
May 8
A year-end message from Chancellor Sartarelli to the campus community that includes a link to a special video created in honor of the Class of 2020. more...

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Important Message from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid 
May 6
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency funding to universities to assist students affected by the campus disruptions caused by COVID-19. more... 

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Notice: UNCW Cancels Remaining Summer Programs (Non-Athletics)

May 4

UNCW summer programs, camps, and conferences (non-Athletics) have been canceled through August 5. However,  some camps and programs will be offering innovative and exciting participation online; please check individual programs’ websites for information. UNCW Athletics will announce a decision about their camps by May 15. more...


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Notice: Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning for the Fall
April 30
I want to be sure you’ve seen the latest message from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper, which reflects the theme of my communication to you earlier this week: We are all committed to bringing our faculty, staff and students back to campus as quickly, and as safely, as possible. more...

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Notice: Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Planning for the Fall; Commencement
April 27
I’m writing to you to provide an update on where things stand in our continued response to coronavirus impacts. I want to be totally transparent here: There is no way to know for sure what the fall will look like. We want our Seahawks to come home to campus, safely and efficiently, as soon as it makes sense for you to do so. To that end, I have put together a task force, comprising a number of smaller teams focused on specific areas of contingency planning, to assess the possibilities for next semester. more...

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Notice: All Summer 2020 Classes Will Be Online

April 7
Based on UNC System guidance and the latest information available regarding social distancing guidelines, all summer 2020 courses (May-August) will take place online. more...

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Notice: Housing & Dining Refunds

April 6

Consistent with UNC System guidance, housing and dining meal plans will be refunded based on a start date of March 23, 2020, which was the day after the deadline for students to vacate their residence halls if they had not received exceptions to remain on campus. The “food dollar” portion of meal plans will be credited based on the remaining food dollars that have not been utilized. more...

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Notice: UNCW Announces Pass/Fail Policy Modifications for Spring Semester 

March 31

UNCW has announced a new policy allowing students in many courses to opt into Pass/Fail grading for many courses after the semester ends and grades are reported.  more...


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UNCW Cancels Non-Athletics Summer Programs

March 31


After a great deal of consideration and given current state and local mandated restrictions, UNCW has made the difficult decision to suspend summer programs that were scheduled to begin in April and run through June 24, with the exception of athletic programs. A decision regarding UNCW Athletics’ summer programs will be announced by May 15.  more...


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Message from Chancellor Sartarelli re. Refunds

March 31


During a special meeting of the UNC Board of Governors, Interim UNC System President Bill Roper announced that the UNC System is committed to pro-rated reimbursements of housing and dining funds that have been unused as a result of the University System’s rapid response to COVID-19. more...


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Notice: Impacts of State, County Orders

March 30

Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina. The statewide order will be in effect through April 30, 2020. Shortly after that, New Hanover County issued additional restrictions, which will be in effect until April 14, 2020. more...

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Notice: Classes have resumed

March 23

Classes have resumed, most via online or alternate instruction. More information about coronavirus impacts can be found on UNCW's coronavirus website, here.


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Notice: Spring break has been extended through the week of March 16-20


Classes will resume on March 23, most via online or alternate instruction. More information can be found on UNCW's coronavirus website


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Information for UNCW Students, Faculty and Staff re. Emergency Notifications


Designated as a Disaster-Resistant University, UNCW promotes a safe environment on campus through education, response and well-practiced plans for a variety of emergencies. The UNCW Alert system includes multiple communication tools that the university may deploy during an emergency. Pay attention to the university homepage, official social media feeds, emails, text messages, phone calls and other communications from the university.

 

Student Notifications

Student phone numbers are automatically registered to receive UNCW Alert emergency notifications by voice and text message. Students should follow these instructions to review or update their contact numbers. UNCW strongly encourages students to remain in the service to ensure they are always automatically contacted in the event of an emergency, but individuals may opt out by following these instructions.

 

Faculty-Staff Notifications

Only faculty and staff who have voluntarily registered their cell phone numbers with the university will receive UNCW Alert emergency text messages and voicemails during the test and in actual emergency situations. UNCW strongly encourages faculty and staff to register for these alerts. Please see these instructions (PDF) to register for the service, change contact numbers or opt out.

 

Additional resources: 

UNCW Emergency and Safety Information

UNCW Police Department


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