The Carolina Union will allow student organizations to reserve temporary spaces for the spring semester, starting Nov. 5.
If events on campus stay prohibited in the spring, these reservations will be canceled, and the organizations will be alerted like they were in the fall, Joe Singer, senior associate director for Carolina Union events services, said.
Singer said the events held within the Carolina Union starting in the spring will follow the University's guidelines for gatherings and events on the Carolina Together website.
“The Carolina Union will keep student organizations abreast of any updates in reservation status due to changes," Singer said. "This includes gathering size, capacity of spaces and reduced space availability."
But UNC students have expressed concerns about reopening and the conditions that should be met to maintain safety in the Student Union during the pandemic.
Amisha Garikipati, a junior neuroscience major at UNC, is on the executive board of the Carolina Neuroscience Club. Garikipati said the club has faced difficulties in recruiting new members due to the pandemic.
While the club has been meeting virtually instead of at the Student Union, Garikipati said one positive of going online is that it has presented new opportunities for the club and a chance to attract more people through new platforms.
“Even though we do have a fewer turnout now, it has presented some opportunities that wouldn't have been possible before," Garikipati said. "We had someone from the neuroscience club in South Carolina reach out to us and see if we could potentially collaborate."
Garikipati said she is not sure if the club would use the event reservation ability for the spring semester. If members thought it was safe and beneficial, she said the club would do it.