10/21/2020 7:06pm

UNC sophomore Ideliya Khismatova poses for a FaceTime portrait from her home in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

Midnight classes, thousands of miles away: Living abroad during UNC's remote semester

International students living abroad face compounded challenges taking online classes, from class times at odd hours to uncertainties surrounding returning next spring. Vedika Parikh was studying abroad in Denmark in March when she heard that President Donald Trump had imposed a travel ban on all non-U.S. citizens coming in from Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parikh, who isn't a U.S. citizen, didn't think she could go back to the United States, but she also didn't know if she could stay in Denmark. Due dates, too, have become a minefield, as the time difference makes it more difficult to keep up with submission deadlines.

10/19/2020 10:54pm

DTH Photo Illustration. Some UNC resident advisors have expressed fears about their ability to speak to the media, raising concerns about possible infringements on their first amendment rights. 

‘Don’t rock the boat’: UNC resident advisers grapple with media policy

As the public raised questions for months about Carolina Housing’s operations in the face of COVID-19, student staff had been hesitant to answer them to the media — many citing their fear of getting fired or losing their chance to be rehired. Several RAs, who asked to remain anonymous due to employment concerns, said the media policy is confusing.  When asked for interviews, they said they’ve felt afraid, nervous and unsure of what would be in violation of the policy — and if it would cost their jobs. The Supreme Court ruled in the 2006 case of Garcetti v. Ceballos that the speech of public employees is protected under the First Amendment — if it is engaged in as a private citizen.