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UNC will close residence halls for the academic year, move to reduced operations

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks during an event welcoming him as UNC's 12th permanent chancellor at CURRENT Art Space on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Guskiewicz was nominated and approved during a Board of Governors meeting on the same day.
Buy Photos Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks during an event welcoming him as UNC's 12th permanent chancellor at CURRENT Art Space on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Guskiewicz was nominated and approved during a Board of Governors meeting on the same day.

UNC's residence halls will be closed to all residents for the rest of the academic year with few exceptions, according to a campus-wide email sent from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz on Tuesday. 

Students currently on campus should begin moving out no later than Saturday at 5 p.m., the message said. 

UNC Libraries, Campus Recreation, Student Stores and classroom buildings will all be closed, according to the email. 

Campus Dining Services will be reduced to takeout and will only be offered to residents granted "special circumstances waivers," the email said. For students to remain on campus, the email said they must apply for a waiver by Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m. 

"Waivers will only be granted to those residents who complete an appropriate health screening and clearly establish that no other practical alternative is available," Guskiewicz said in the email. 

The email also said the University will make accommodations for students to quarantine themselves, if directed by a health care provider, if the student has been granted a waiver to live on campus or uses Campus Health as their primary health care provider. 

Decisions regarding refunds for housing or dining fees will be made by the UNC System, Guskiewicz said in the email. 

The University previously announced that the majority of classes will be taught remotely beginning on March 23 in response to the spread of COVID-19. The Tuesday email said an estimated 95 percent of courses will be ready to be taught remotely starting March 23. 

Guskiewicz said in the email that there has currently been no decision regarding "a potential extension of the academic calendar." He also said a decision has not yet been made about Spring Commencement on May 10, and that the University will seek input from graduating seniors if a change is necessary. 

"As we mentioned earlier, this is an unprecedented time for our campus," he said in the email. "We realize this update presents challenges for everyone. This is not the Carolina experience we wanted for this semester, especially for our graduating seniors and graduate students." 

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