It’s been a month since UNC announced it would shift to remote learning after just a week of in-person instruction. Case counts have dropped, housing occupancy reduced and tuition dollars collected. Now, the administration seems to be moving forward — but most UNC students are still trying to sort through the mess they've left behind.
In the past four weeks, thousands of students living on campus were displaced after being forced to cancel their housing contracts, leaving them scrambling for an alternative. Hundreds of students tested positive for COVID-19 and were relegated to desolate quarantine dorms. Dozens of resident advisers and other student housing staff suddenly found themselves without jobs. Does the administration even care?
“I don’t regret any decisions.”
“I don’t apologize for trying.”
These statements — from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin, respectively — are a slap in the face to students who are still picking up the pieces of a shattered semester, illustrating perfectly the ever-present divide between the administration and its students.