This message was sent to undergraduate students with a primary residence outside the U.S.

Good Evening –

We hope you are well and enjoying the Winter Break so far! We are writing today to explain further the options being provided for students returning to campus this spring from outside the United States.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

First, as an undergraduate student, you are expected to fulfill all of the requirements outlined by Dr. Rue in her message; including:

  1. Complete the pre-arrival testing process
  2. Self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days prior to accessing campus
  3. Resume using the SneezSafe tool for daily symptom screening for 14 days prior to accessing campus
  4. Provide flu vaccination documentation in the Student Health Portal or receive an exemption

Travel Quarantine Requirements Prior to Accessing Campus

We appreciate your patience as we finalized the details of the University-sponsored quarantine option for our students returning from outside the United States. Based on the new CDC recommendations, students returning to the United States are expected to:

  • Get tested 1-3 days before your flight.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND quarantine for 7 days after travel.

For students living off-campus, you are encouraged to plan your arrival to Winston-Salem such that you can complete the required 7-day quarantine prior to the academic semester beginning on January 27.

For students living on-campus, you will be required to complete a 7-day quarantine prior to moving into your University housing. You should plan to arrive in Winston-Salem between January 15 and 18, to ensure you can complete your quarantine and transition to your housing prior to the start of classes.

You are welcome to quarantine independent of the University, but you would still be expected to report for post-arrival testing; details will be shared in early January. You may also choose to utilize a quarantine option provided by the University. The cost for this University-sponsored option will be $28 a night between your arrival and January 23. Additionally, you will be charged per meal ordered. These charges will be billed to a student’s University account.

If you plan to utilize University-sponsored quarantine space, please confirm that with us by January 8 by email to

While in quarantine, students are expected to remain in their residence and avoid exposure to anyone who is infected or who may have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19.

You should only leave your home or quarantine space for medical care or in case of a need to evacuate your housing for an emergency (fire alarm or to seek emergency shelter for severe weather).

If for any reason you must come in contact with someone, maintain a distance of six feet from one another, and always wear a cloth mask.

Avoid close contact with friends and family (even those with whom you share a house or apartment). If you share a home with others, stay in your room as much as possible and use a separate bathroom, if available.

Thank you again for your patience as we evaluated the new CDC recommendations and pulled together these details. If you have questions, please contact us at or 336-758-5185.

Best –

Zach Blackmon, Ph.D., MBA
Associate Director of Operations