UNC announced Monday that all undergraduate classes will be delivered remotely starting Wednesday.
The same day, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Town Council sent a letter to the UNC System and University officials requesting that the Board of Governors allow chancellors to decide whether to continue with reopening on their individual campuses.
"We are deeply disturbed by the heightened levels of stress, anxiety and division being felt throughout the community along with the concerns about personal safety expressed by students and residents alike," the letter said. "The vacuum left by the University’s decision to take minimal responsibility for students when they are off campus has meant that the need for monitoring and reporting has fallen largely to peers and neighbors, which is neither appropriate nor fair."
The letter was one of many requests from town and county officials over the past month requesting for UNC to reevaluate its reopening plan.
In a July 29 letter, Orange County Health Department Director Quintana Stewart recommended to UNC officials that the University restrict on-campus housing to at-risk students and implement online-only instruction for at least the first five weeks of the semester.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners Chair and the mayors of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough released a similar letter Aug. 5.
Hemminger said the Monday letter was released because the Town was not aware the University was planning to announce going remote.
"We knew there would be a faculty meeting, we heard that was happening, and we wanted to lend our support for the consideration because of all the clusters," she said.