The Campus and Community Advisory Committee discussed scheduling options for the upcoming spring semester, data regarding student residency and concerns regarding communication from the University at its second meeting on Tuesday.
Announced by Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz on Sept. 15, the committee’s purpose is to evaluate the Roadmap to Fall 2020 and the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic to best prepare for the spring semester. The committee is comprised of three co-chairpersons and 26 members representing student, faculty and community interests.
Mimi Chapman, co-chairperson of the committee and chairperson of the faculty, began the meeting by reaffirming the importance of the work the committee is doing.
“What we are doing is of the utmost consequence,” Chapman said. “The time we are devoting could not be about something more serious. We need to deliberate every decision fully and completely and do our very best to come to our very best recommendations.”
Members also discussed several scheduling options for the spring semester in order to determine what recommendations they will give to the chancellor.
Shayna Hill, committee co-chairperson and chairperson of the Employee Forum, presented five options, including the current schedule, outlining different start dates and changes to spring break.
The current plan calls for classes to begin on Jan. 6. But, the committee is weighing new options in light of Chancellor Guskiewicz’s comments in last Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting about pushing back the semester’s start date.
These new options call for the spring semester to begin the following weeks with possible start dates including Jan. 11, Jan. 13 and even as late as Jan. 19.
Chris McClure, executive vice president of the UNC System Office, said pushing back the start day will allow the University more time to properly plan for the semester ahead.