A petition written by a group of UNC System students with demands relating to the suspension of in-person instruction due to COVID-19 has garnered over 22,000 signatures.
Kylah Guion, a 20-year-old political science student at N.C. A&T State University, drafted the original petition.
“Initially, figuring out what to put in the petition was a direct result of talking to real students, examining my own lived experience right now and just thinking critically about nuanced solutions that could benefit the most people possible in this situation,” Guion said.
UNC-Chapel Hill has addressed some of the stipulations included in the petition, including allowing students to have a say over how they will be graded for the spring semester with an option to pass/fail classes. The UNC System also confirmed that UNC-CH will be able to issue prorated refunds for campus housing and dining services.
Other demands made in the petition, such as prohibiting the factoring of attendance into final grades for the spring 2020 semester, preventing any decisions being made that will stop graduating seniors from graduating and preventing UNC System students from receiving failing grades for the spring 2020 semester, have not been publicly addressed by UNC-CH.