UNC CAUSE August Updates & Format Announcement

We wanted to provide more details of our revised UNC CAUSE virtual format planned for this fall. In lieu of our traditional, 3-day in-person event, we will be hosting UNC CAUSE as a series of virtual events over a three-week span beginning October 6th and running until October 22nd.

We chose this format in response to what we were hearing from each of the UNC System schools, combined with the modified working realities many are facing coming into the fall semester.

Conference Dates

The conference will be live on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week with a consistent schedule of events.

  • Week 1: October 6-8
  • Week 2: October 13-15
  • Week 3: October 20-22

Why this approach?

We know many of you who plan to attend will be juggling work and personal responsibilities. Instead of someone potentially missing the entire conference due to one busy work week, we decided to extend the conference window. We also don’t feel that the density of events we typically see at the in-person conference will work well in an online format.

By stretching the event over three weeks, we hope more people can participate and find time to attend sessions on topics they enjoy, while engaging in community events with peers across the system. Users will have plenty of time over the three-week conference to join in, and we specifically wanted to avoid the fatigue that can come from a dense video conference schedule.

Delivery Format and Sessions

To bring the conference online, we will use a combination of standard Zoom video meetings and Zoom Webinar sessions. After thorough discussion, this seemed the most familiar option in use across the UNC System, and we have plenty of volunteers with administration experience.

For our user-led presentation sessions, we will be keeping our traditional 45-minute session format. We will also provide full-length slots for Special Interest Group meetings, UnConference sessions for emergent topic discussion, and vendor presentation slots to help provide a full conference experience.

Registration & Schedule

As a reminder, the costs to attend the 2020 UNC CAUSE Conference are being handled at the university level this year, and nearly every UNC System school has paid thus far.

Though this year’s event is virtual we are still asking that attendees register individually! We need this information to help us focus on topics of interest and will use registration emails to share the Zoom session links. Please complete the registration process today!

Vendor Registration 2021

Those who submitted presentation proposals will be contacted soon with further details from our proposal team, and a full schedule of events will be published shortly!

Thanks for everyone’s feedback and support through this transition, and we look forward to seeing everyone in October!

Rates & Registration Updates

With the ongoing changes and virtual format, this year’s conference team and UNC CAUSE Board members have been evaluating how to best handle registration and fees for 2020 UNC CAUSE.

Given that this is a challenging time for all, we have elected to change to a one-time, per-institution registration fee to provide more manageable costs and to make it easier for people to attend the virtual conference.  

We are still asking that individual attendees to register!
Though this year’s event is virtual we need registration information to help us focus on topics of interest and will use registration emails to share the Zoom session links. Please complete the registration process today!

NEW 2020 UNC CAUSE Rates

  • $500 Rate – Campuses with > 10,000 students
  • $100 Rate – Campuses with < 10,000 students 

Click here to go to the Registration Page for more information about how to proceed and where to follow up on any questions.


Proposal Extension

We understand that concerns over COVID-19 and an in-person conference may have kept people away from submitting this year, so we are providing one final extension for proposals.  Proposals can now be submitted until July 31st! We hope that the change to a virtual format has made this decision easier for many of you, and we look forward to additional submissions.

After reviewing the current submissions, we are highly interested in presentations around the topics of:

  • Innovation
  • Customer Support & Engagement
  • Leadership & Professional Development

If you feel you may have an interesting presentation that you would be willing to share with your peers across the UNC System, we strongly encourage you to apply today!

Submit Proposal

Virtual Conference

Conference Update

Due to the continuing circumstances around statewide travel policies and in response to Fall semester plans released by many of the UNC System schools, the conference planning team has made the decision to move the 2020 UNC CAUSE conference to a virtual format.

We are still in the early stages of the transition and we are exploring options to maximize the value of the conference through remote delivery. Pending some additional feedback from stakeholders, we plan to have details out soon regarding format and availability.

Presenters Wanted!

For those interested in presenting, we are utilizing the existing submission platform for submissions in a virtual format. Now that we are formally switching to remote delivery, we want to encourage anyone who may have held off submitting a presentation due to concerns over an in-person conference to sign up for a virtual presenter spot.

Submit Proposal

The conference is expected to return to its regular in-person format for 2021, and we hope to share more information about this soon. We want to thank everyone who has provided feedback and support for this decision and the conference planning team is excited to host the first ever virtual UNC CAUSE! 

COVID Update

The UNC System Office has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19 closely and has provided the UNC CAUSE Planning Committee with guidance regarding campus activities, events, and conferences. Our campuses and communities have changed rapidly over the past few weeks as we seek to understand the impact and implications of the COVID-19 virus in the short and long term.

At this time, the committee is continuing plans for 2020 UNC CAUSE for this fall.  The committee anticipates opening up the call for proposals in mid-May and early-bird registration by June 1.  In the event that 2020 UNC CAUSE must be canceled this fall, full refunds will be issued.

Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions or concerns. 
Please check this website frequently for updates and further information.  

SIG Advisement

For Special Interest Groups that traditionally host in-person meetings during the Spring semester, it is currently advised to transition these sessions to remote solutions until such time as the UNC System can resume normal gathering rules.

As a reminder, UNC CAUSE offers support to SIG as defined in our SIG Event Guide. For SIGS who have questions or support requests in light of these modified meeting circumstances, please contact the UNC CAUSE SIG Chair via email at sigs@unccause.org.