Student representatives in the UNC Student Government undergraduate executive branch cabinet and the student safety and wellness committee published a memorandum on Sept. 17 with 11 demands for UNC administration.
“We write to express deep concern for the safety and comprehensive wellness of students who remain on campus for the fall semester,” the memorandum reads.
The memorandum, addressed to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and the current UNC administration, details 11 demands regarding the health and safety of students who remain on campus.
Nikhil Rao, a senior health policy and management and psychology major, serves as a senior adviser within the executive board. He commended the initiative of the student safety and wellness committee for spearheading this project.
“I'm also glad that it was very interdisciplinary and cross-cutting in nature, just started heading on a ton of different topics such as food security, discrimination — even within just the larger COVID sphere — which was what the entire memo was about,” Rao said.
The memo outlined specific demands, including accountability for the actions of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic members through an external review board, hazard pay to resident advisers and protections for students still on campus.
Examples of protections include the promotion of “adequate mental health resources” for international and out-of-state students, required COVID-19 testing for students still on campus and increased transparency from UNC administration.
In order to gain insight as to what students were facing that could be voiced to University administrators, the executive branch posted a survey on its Facebook account, allowing anonymous submissions.
Avni Singh, a sophomore studying behavioral economics, said the committee had a desire to ensure that demands would protect every type of student.