Class registration for the fall semester has been pushed back to June 1, UNC announced in a campuswide email on March 5.
Since 2013, registration for the upcoming fall semester has occurred throughout April.
The University said the date change will give faculty the maximum amount of time to plan for the fall semester, as the University expects a return to in-person instruction. While some students have reacted with skepticism, others welcome the additional time to choose courses.
University Registrar Lauren DiGrazia said in statement that moving class registration was necessary to facilitate a successful fall semester.
“Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to give departments enough time to plan for the semester as we prepare for a return to a more typical academic experience this fall,” DiGrazia said. “Simultaneously, we thought it critical to give extra time for students to gain an accurate picture of fall class offerings while also avoiding the stresses of having to navigate class registration in the middle of exams.”
In the Faculty Council meeting on March 19, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said he is working closely with infectious disease and public health faculty as they plan for the fall semester.
The University plans to start classes, with a full return to in-person instruction, on August 18.
“But, certainly if the variant should show up here in a way that forces us to think about a modification, then absolutely we will be working closely with them,” Guskiewicz said. “But, I don't plan on setting a date right now by which way we would pivot in any direction. We're gonna take it a week at a time, a month at a time.”