A Message from Advancement Regarding UNC Asheville's Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends of UNC Asheville,

As a supporter of UNC Asheville's students, faculty, and staff, we are writing to keep you informed of the University's response to COVID-19.

The global reality of the COVID-19 virus has created uncertain, unprecedented times. We all find ourselves in situations that are rapidly evolving, with information concerning our individual family, work and community needs changing day by day.

In the interest of public health and well-being, UNC Asheville is continuing to work closely with our University partners, County Health Department, State Health Department, UNC System, and other local health agencies to provide support not only for our students, faculty, and staff, but also for our alumni, community members, and friends.

This email will outline many of the ways UNC Asheville is rolling up our sleeves, washing our hands, and getting to the business of supporting our community.

Best regards,

Laura Herndon
Interim Chief Advancement Officer
Division of University Advancement

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Webpage

For updates that pertain to our campus, and the community at-large, the University has developed a webpage dedicated to COVID-19. If you don't find answers to your questions on that website, email communication@unca.edu so we can get those questions answered.


COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Site

UNC Asheville is now serving as one of two drive-through testing sites in Buncombe County. Testing will occur in parking lot P28 today, Wednesday, March 18, from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm and continue to operate every weekday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, based on the availability of testing supplies.

COVID-19 Hotline: (828) 255 – 7250

UNC Asheville Emergency Operations Call Center will operate from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer questions from faculty, staff, students and their families, alumni, and the public.


What is Happening on Campus

Academic Courses

In accordance with the UNC system guidelines, we have extended Spring Break and will be transitioning to remote (online) instruction beginning March 23. The University is making other adaptations on campus to get necessary work done for our students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Events

All events of 50 attendees or more scheduled through April 6 have been postponed or canceled. You may have already received messaging from event organizers. More postponement and cancellation decisions are being made as news develops and CDC recommendations for group gatherings are announced.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Until further notice, OLLI has canceled all gatherings at the Reuter Center, including meetings, orientations, workshops, rehearsals, and presentations by community partners. All Spring 2020 College for Seniors courses have been canceled.

To contact OLLI, please email or call to avoid direct contact in person
olli@unca.edu | (828) 251-6140


Wondering How You Can Help?

Even as we are being encouraged to socially-distance ourselves from one another, we are searching for ways to come together and we have been truly inspired by the spirit of compassion and collaboration in our community. While our main focus is supporting you, we have some avenues that will best support our students, faculty and staff.

  • UNC Asheville Fund: gifts to the UNC Asheville fund enable the university to be nimble in times of challenge from providing vital support for moving our classes online to funding special initiatives to provide additional services to students in need.
  • Student Emergency Fund: from providing off-campus housing to healthy meals to counseling services, this fund enables our faculty and staff to quickly respond to student emergencies and needs that arise during this time.
  • Food Equity Initiative: this on-campus program dedicated to providing healthy food to students struggling with food insecurity is now providing one-on-one support for students staying in the area who are struggling to find healthy food options they can afford while off-campus.
  • Remote Technology Support: to meet the technology needs of our students, faculty, and staff as they take their learning and teaching online.