Resident advisers will have earlier move-in and training dates and will be expected to engage with residents in person, according to emails sent by Carolina Housing to student staff.
Following UNC's announcement regarding the new Aug. 10 fall semester start date, Carolina Housing’s Senior Director for Residential Education J. Kala Bullett informed student staff that they will move in on July 24 and begin training shortly after.
In March, Carolina Housing terminated all student staff following the closure of campus residence halls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds co-signed a letter asking UNC to pay RAs through the semester. A week later, Carolina Housing informed student staff they would be receiving paid administrative leave through April 30.
Now, some incoming RAs are concerned about their new schedule and expectations.
Connor Leeson, a rising junior and incoming RA, said he was supposed to meet with his community director and team in April to receive his housing assignment, but this meeting has still not happened.
UNC Media Relations said in an email that Carolina Housing is committed to communicating housing assignments before training begins and will announce meetings with community teams and directors in the coming weeks.
Leeson said he believes RAs should receive hazard pay, as he feels their duties now carry an increased risk to health and safety.
“We’re going to be asked to do a lot more than RAs would typically be asked in a given year,” he said. “I think they’re acutely aware of the idea of hazard pay, but there hasn’t been any mention of that at all.”
Student workers asked Executive Director of Carolina Housing Allan Blattner, ResNET Program Director Lee Hyde and Bullett in a letter to advocate on behalf of student staff to secure hazard pay until the “public health crisis” is over or campus closes again.