Students who live on campus should plan over the next week to leave their residence halls, unless they are unable to do so, Carolina Housing told students in an email Tuesday. The email said students should take everything with them.
Unless students have a need to stay on campus, the email is requesting that students cancel their housing contracts by Aug. 25 — next Tuesday. Students will be charged a daily prorated rent from Aug. 8 through the day they move out, but will not be charged an additional fee for canceling their contracts.
The University will have a formal review process for students who must remain on campus, Carolina Housing Executive Director Allan Blattner said in the email. UNC will prioritize students who:
- Lack access to safe alternative housing or reliable internet,
- Have high-risk family members at home,
- Participate in ROTC or varsity athletics,
- Are international students,
- Are involved in academic or research programs that cannot be conducted remotely,
- Or have other compelling needs or hardships "as approved."
The University announced Monday it will change all undergraduate courses to remote learning, after one week of allowing in-person instruction. In the announcement, UNC said it would make efforts to "de-densify" housing in response to COVID-19 clusters around campus.