Covid-19 Community Standards

Being part of the Pack means we are accountable together, we take responsibility for our own health and the protection of others, and we collectively work to help keep the NC State community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

We each play an important part in helping keep the NC State community healthy. Every member of the Wolfpack has a responsibility to know and act in accordance with university policies and guidelines that have been developed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemicThis information is subject to change.

Behavioral Requirements on and off campus

All students (including student organizations), faculty and staff are expected to follow these standards both on and off campus. These community standards — as well as all other rules, practices and guidelines NC State has implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 — are supplemental and in addition to university policies, regulations and rules already in place.

Wear a Face Covering Indoors

Wear a face covering. Beginning Aug. 2, and until further notice, all students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus, including in housing, classrooms and laboratories, as well as in any off-campus building or facility owned, controlled, managed or leased by NC State for the university’s use, and when using the Wolfline bus system, other forms of public transportation serving the NC State campus, or riding in university passenger vans or buses. Exceptions include:

  • When a student is in their own residence hall room alone or with their roommates; 
  • When a faculty or staff member is alone in their enclosed, private office; 
  • When an individual is actively eating or drinking indoors;

Face coverings will not be required in outdoor spaces for vaccinated individuals, but are encouraged, especially in large crowds. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering outdoors.

Studentsfaculty, staff or visitors not able to wear a face covering because of a documented disability, medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may make a request for a reasonable modification.

For more information on current Community Standards, please visit the Protect the Pack website. All students, faculty, and staff must follow state and local directives for wearing face coverings when off campus. For more information on this requirement, see RUL 04.21.01 (Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19.

Comply with Directives given by Public Health Authorities and University Officials

Students are required to comply with directives related to contact tracing, monitoring and adhering to isolation and quarantine requirements if diagnosed with COVID-19, have possible COVID-19 symptoms, or deemed a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Comply with Local and State Laws and Ordinances

This includes state and local directives for wearing face coverings and mass gathering limitations when off campus, if applicable. Violation of state of local laws, ordinances or executive orders are subject to criminal citations, penalties, and/or university or administrative action. 

Sanctions for Violating the Covid-19 Community Standards

Students referred to the Office of Student Conduct for alleged violations of the COVID-19 Community Standards will be processed in accordance with the Student Discipline Procedures. Students found responsible for a violation will receive sanction(s) which may include Disciplinary Probation and/or Suspension. For incidents occurring in University Housing, students may be removed if found responsible for a violation. 

Disciplinary Probation

is a pre-suspension status. A student is placed on disciplinary probation for a period no less than the remainder of the current semester up to the remainder of their academic career. Disciplinary probation may impact various university programs or activities, including but not limited to: 

  • Holding a leadership position in a recognized student organization
  • Study Abroad
  • Employment for certain campus employment position
  • Eligibility for certain merit-based scholarships
  • A student’s disciplinary record that may need to be reported to graduate or professional schools


is a separation from the university for a specified period of time. While suspended, a student shall not participate in any university program or activity and will be trespassed from the university premises. Suspensions can take effect in the middle of the semester, in which case the student is withdrawn from all of their courses and will receive no credit. Notations of suspension will appear on the student’s transcript and the Office of Student Conduct maintains a record of suspension permanently. Students who are suspended will have their name added to the University of North Carolina suspension/expulsion database.  

Removal from University Housing

Residents of University housing facilities found responsible for violations of this code may be removed from University housing facilities. Removal from University housing facilities may be for a period no less than the remainder of the current semester up to the remainder of the student’s Academic Career. The duration of any removal and/or trespass from University housing facilities is at the discretion of the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of University Housing. All costs incidental to the removal from the University housing facility are the responsibility of the student. Students subject to removal from a University housing facility will be trespassed from entering all University housing facilities. Exceptions to this trespass may be granted by the Executive Director of University Housing based on the written petition of the student and for good cause.

Interim Actions

In certain circumstances, NC State may take one or more interim actions to safeguard the university community before a student conduct process begins or is completed. These interim actions may be imposed immediately, without prior notice, when, in the university’s judgment, there is a need to implement an individualized response based on the seriousness of the alleged violation(s) of the Code and/or the potential for an ongoing threat or disruption to the University community. The following Interim Actions may be taken for a violation of the COVID-19 Community Standards: 

  • Interim Removal from University Housing
  • Interim Suspension

Examples of behaviors which could result in interim action being taken include, but are not limited to: 

  • Hosting a mass gathering
  • Repeated referrals for COVID-19 Community Standards Violations
  • Violating the requirements related to isolation and quarantine

All members of the university community have a responsibility to report alleged violations to the Office of Student Conduct. When submitting a report, please provide a description of the behavior and, if possible, provide as much detail as possible, including any additional documentation you may have. We encourage you to use our online reporting form which can be found here: COVID-19 Online Reporting Form