Concerns were also raised about how to continue to enforce University policies on social distancing when students return to campus. Guskiewicz said he had started speaking with some members of the community about how to address the issue, along with the general question of what the consequences would be if social distancing guidelines are not followed.
Further details about the Roadmap for Fall 2020, which outlines UNC's plans for reopening campus in the upcoming semester, were made available Thursday on the Carolina Together website.
Guskiewicz said the Roadmap includes "off-ramps" that would allow the University to transition back to online learning if necessary, like it did following Spring Break.
He said there is not a set threshold for when one of these "off-ramps" plans would be used.
"Quite honestly, we're still developing the specifics of that, in terms of what would require us to take an off-ramp," Guskiewicz said.
The chancellor said he was in communication with Myron Cohen, director of UNC's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, about what would trigger the decision. Guskiewicz gave the example of a cluster of positive cases all in one class that might cause the University to "take an off-ramp."
At the end of the meeting, Florence Dore, director of graduate studies in the English and Comparative Literature Department, questioned the University's decision to reopen on-campus operations at all.
"I think we must have some idea now of what is an acceptable level of infection and death," Dore said. "That's what we're proceeding on the basis of and I guess at a certain point that's going to change, and 'Oh, there's too much,' so we'll close — and yes, there are no models but we do know there are quarantine dorms that we're setting up, HR is talking to us about new kinds of sick leave, so we are preparing for illness."
Guskiewicz responded, saying there are many who feel they need to come back and that “we want to provide those opportunities for those individuals if we can safely do that.”