UNC System President Peter Hans issued a statement Thursday blaming students for rolled-back reopening at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.
UNC and N.C. State both started classes on Aug. 10, but UNC switched to online courses just one week later on Aug. 17.
N.C. State announced on Thursday that it also would move undergraduate courses to online delivery beginning Aug. 24, but the university is not closing on-campus housing. Residents can choose to cancel their housing contracts with no penalty.
Hans said the UNC System planned for reopening under the guidance of public health officials and considered the different situations at each university.
"This hard work is being undermined by a very small number of students behaving irresponsibly off campus, which unfairly punishes the vast majority of their classmates who are following the rules," Hans stated.