After the University announced a delayed start to the spring semester in an email Thursday, students still have questions about the academic calendar and the likelihood of in-person classes.
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin said UNC’s spring semester will start on Jan. 19 and registration for the spring will open on Nov. 30 — although a deadline to register for spring classes has not been determined.
Junior Ash Curry said the email left her with several questions.
“I think the email definitely left a lot of loose ends,” Curry said. “I’ve seen some confusion on social media of people not knowing what the semester’s going to look like even if we have a start and end date.”
Curry said students were left wondering whether the spring semester will be partially in person or completely online. If there will be in-person instruction, she said she wants to plan a schedule that is completely remote to protect herself and high-risk people in her life.
Students will be able to see the modality of their courses in Connect Carolina before and during registration for the spring semester and can search for classes based on modality, Alicia Ferreira, the records and enrollment services specialist at the Office of the University Registrar, said in an email.
Ferreira said a new credit-based registration model that was meant to be implemented for spring 2021 registration will not yet go into effect, meaning enrollment into courses will function as it has for previous semesters.
She said students will be assigned their registration date based on their terms in residence, per usual, and enrollment appointment dates will be posted to the registrar’s calendar once they have been determined.
“We hope we can implement the new model for registration during a 2021 term, but with the challenges imposed on preparing for the upcoming year in general, it is not an ideal time to try a completely new process,” Ferreira said in an email.