The time has come for shopping carts to be filled, for professors to be scrutinized on Rate My Professors and for spreadsheets of the best courses at UNC to be shared on Twitter. It is, after all, registration season.
And, as with the change of the weather and the onset of a new year ahead, it’s now time for Carolina Housing to screw its students over — again.
It’s time again for the organization that houses over 8,500 students in a normal year to go against its own mission and fail to support the students of UNC — this time through its spring housing contract.
The priority deadline for Carolina Housing’s spring housing application is Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.
While that deadline might not seem daunting — aside from it being another date to worry about as we approach finals — it hides behind a concerning monetary facade.
The housing contract for the spring semester includes stipulations that require students to pay $300 if they cancel their housing contract on or before Dec. 10; 50 percent of the room rent if they cancel from Dec. 11 to Jan. 11; or prorated rent plus the 50 percent charge after Jan. 12.
And according to Carolina Housing, by signing the contract, you commit to remaining in on-campus housing “regardless of the mode of instruction for your Spring 2021 classes.”
This means Carolina Housing doesn’t care if your course load is fully online once you sign your life — or rather your housing — away.
All the while, students who are looking to take classes in the spring won’t be able to begin the registration process until Nov. 30. This means students likely won’t know where they physically need to be or go until mid-December. They don’t know whether to consider Carolina Housing as a living option or not.