Chairperson of the Faculty Lloyd Kramer and Chairperson-elect Mimi Chapman hosted a community conversation Friday to discuss concerns about fall semester plans including course instruction, housekeeping changes and racial equity on campus.
The meeting modeled how a hybrid course would be structured, with some faculty and campus leaders seated in Kerr Hall at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and others joining via Zoom. Chapman began the meeting by presenting open-ended comments and questions based on results from a survey conducted earlier in June by the Faculty Executive Committee.
Concerns with the Roadmap
The first of these comments was about the timeline and resources for faculty to plan their courses for the fall. Course plans and instruction types from colleges and professional schools are due this week and will be subsequently mass-uploaded to ConnectCarolina, Lauren DiGrazia, assistant provost and university registrar, said.
DiGrazia said these updates should be available for viewing on July 1.
Other faculty survey responses were concerned with campus cleaning and housekeeping.
“A lot of that will be the responsibility of the student and the faculty to do their own personal areas,” said Bob Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost. “But there will be cleaning that will include door knobs, doors, the main entrances, etc., that there will be high touches to including bathroom areas, throughout the day.”
Cathy Brennan, executive director of UNC Environment, Health and Safety, said there will be enhanced cleaning in research buildings and the University will potentially hire additional housekeeping staff.
Faculty also asked about how the University will decide to change campus operations, in the event that positive coronavirus cases increase on campus. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said there will be off-ramps for these scenarios in the Roadmap within the next two weeks.