Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates and Information

Announcements for Graduate Students and Programs

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Fall 2020

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the developments concerning COVID-19, all members of The Graduate School staff are working remotely until further notice. At this time we are unable to process hard copy paperwork that arrives at The Graduate School, including official transcripts. If possible, official transcripts should be sent to The Graduate School electronically. Additionally, we encourage electronic communication with our Admissions and Enrolled Student Specialists team as much as possible during this time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a graduate/professional student who is graduating on May 9, 2020. I just learned that my GSHIP will terminate on May 31, rather than on July 31 like my graduate/professional school peers who will remain at UNC for another semester or more. What should I do to ensure that my health insurance coverage does not lapse?

Answer by Campus Health:
The GSHIP policy year begins on August 1 and ends on July 31. The GSHIP policy must be renewed annually in order for coverage to continue. In order to be eligible for the GSHIP policy, an individual must be a current graduate or professional student. Therefore, insurance coverage ends when a student graduates, when the student’s appointment as a research assistant or teaching assistant ends, or if the student withdraws from the University. For graduating students, GSHIP insurance coverage ends on May 31.

There are several health insurance options available for graduating students:

  1. Losing GSHIP coverage at the end of May is considered a qualifying life event (QLE), and graduating students have the option of moving to the Student Blue Plan (also called the mandatory plan) in response to the QLE. You should contact Campus Health or Blue Cross Blue Shield directly (888-351-8283) for assistance. Please note that you must take action within 30 days from termination of GSHIP in order to enroll in Student Blue. After that, you will not be eligible and would have to go to the healthcare exchange (see option 2).
  2. A student may secure a self-paid plan through the healthcare exchange; here are some resources to help with this option.
I am facing new financial difficulties because of the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. Is there a way for me to get help paying for my expenses, including housing, food, travel and technology?

Answer by UNC:
Carolina students facing financial hardships because of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak can apply for assistance through the Carolina Student Impact Fund. The fund will provide emergency support for various expenses on items such as housing, food, travel and technology to students who are unable to meet the unexpected financial burdens resulting from the effects of the novel coronavirus.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who need financial assistance due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 should complete the financial assistance request form. Additional information about the Student Impact Fund are available in the Financial Questions section of the CV-19 Student Care Hub FAQ page.

How do I place a course on or remove a course from pass/fail for the spring or summer 2020 semester?

Answer by Office of the University Registrar:
Graduate students requesting a pass/fail accommodation will have their request reviewed by the class owner (i.e., the department or school offering the class). At the graduate/professional level, some courses cannot be taken pass/fail due to accreditation or other academic issues. Once you submit your request, it will be routed by The Graduate School for approval. You will receive notification of the decision once it is processed.

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I heard that residence halls are closing. What if my home is in Baity Hill Graduate and Family Housing?

Answer by UNC:
All Baity Hill residents who consider Baity Hill to be their permanent residence are considered a Special Circumstance and will be approved to stay. Because all exceptions must be approved, please complete the waiver and indicate that you live in Baity Hill. Once completed, you should receive your waiver and can continue living at Baity Hill through the remainder of the semester. If you plan to move out, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible and should complete a notice to vacate form on the MyHousing portal in Online forms/resources indicating the day you plan to move. For more information, please send an email to baityhill@unc.edu.

How can I find out about getting a reimbursement for unused housing, dining or parking expenses?

Answer by UNC:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working with the UNC System to provide these refunds as quickly as possible. Refund payment processes have already begun and are expected to take no longer than three to four weeks, with the goal of completing payments to students by the end of April. All refunds will be processed through student accounts to address any outstanding balances, with the remaining balances issued as refunds via direct deposit. Refunds will be calculated beginning on the first day after the day that students were told to leave residence halls. Students not set up for direct deposit will be contacted and encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. Granville Towers refunds will be mailed. Graduate students will also be included in the refund process.

See more: Message from Vice Chancellor Pruitt on parking cost suspension and refunds

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