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Students asked to cancel housing contracts by Aug. 25, take everything with them

First-years living in Craige Residence Hall move out on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 following UNC’s announcement that all classes will be moving to an online format.

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. 

Students who cancel their housing contract by Aug. 25 will have priority if they re-apply to return to on-campus housing in spring, the email said. 

In the email, Blattner said students may not re-enter any residence hall after they move out unless they get approval from Carolina Housing. Students who are in quarantine are not permitted to return to their residence hall to retrieve their belongings until after they finish their isolation and are cleared by Campus Health Services. 

"Pro-rated refunds for students in quarantine and isolation will relate back to the last date that they were able to occupy their assigned residence hall room," he said in the email. 

Move-out appointments will be scheduled in three-hour slots between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. from now until Aug. 30, the email said.