With seven days until the Sept. 30 deadline to respond to the 2020 census, some UNC students may still be wondering how to fill out the census, considering changes in living situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNC students who were living in on-campus housing during the 2020 spring semester have already been counted in the census by the University, said Kristen Smith Young, director of community relations for UNC. This includes residence halls, Granville Towers, and sorority and fraternity houses.
Young, who serves on the Complete Count Committee for Orange County, said these students do not need to respond to the census even if they moved back home by April 1, which was Census Day 2020.
Students that were living in off-campus housing during the spring semester should respond to the census using their college address even if they moved home by April 1, Young said. They should respond based on where they would have been living on Census Day if not for COVID-19. This also applies to students who graduated between April 1 and now.
Melody Kramer, director of communications for Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center, said in an email to The Daily Tar Heel that first-year students should ensure their guardians have filled out the census based on where their families were living on April 1.