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Sunday March 26th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak

DTH Photo Illustration. With online classes forcing unfamiliar working habits and adding a new level of stress, UNC hopes a switch to a pass/fail option for all undergraduate classes will ease that stress.

University extends pass/fail option for the fall semester, suspends Dean's list

The University expanded its pass/fail option for all undergraduate courses as an alternative to earning a letter grade for the Fall 2020 semester. Students have until Nov. 17, the last day of classes this semester, to elect the option for a course. Courses will receive one of three grades: pass, low pass or fail. Grades of C-, D+ or D will be converted to a Low Pass and cannot be used for graduation requirements, according to the message. Because of the shift in grading policies, the University will suspend the Dean’s List and the class rank for the fall semester.

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A DTH Photo Illustration. A row of dominoes falls over one by one.

UNC ignites ‘domino effect’ for universities across the country to move classes online

It’s been about a week since UNC-Chapel Hill announced undergraduate classes would go online after reporting several COVID-19 clusters. Since then, colleges and universities across the country have either delayed the start of in-person classes or moved the fall semester entirely online after reporting similar cases. “UNC was the first domino — the very first domino to fall,” said Bryan Alexander, a higher-ed thinker and futurist who teaches graduate seminars at Georgetown University. “When we saw UNC fall off the map, it was very much, ‘When is this going to happen to us?'” Michael Dugan, a student senator for Dillon Hall at Notre Dame, said.  “A lot of students are just prepared to pack up and leave if need be,” said Thomas Shults, a broadcast and digital journalism senior at Syracuse who is living off campus this semester.

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Number 19, junior forward Alessia Russo, prepares for a Clemson player to throw the ball back into play during a game on  Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019. UNC beat Clemson 1-0.

NCAA to give extra year of eligibility to fall sports athletes

In late March, the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to spring sports athletes, citing cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with the fate of college sports for the remainder of 2020 looking murkier by the day, the NCAA hopes to remove some level of uncertainty for its fall sports athletes.

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Schools across North Carolina, including NC State, ECU and UNC-Charlotte in addition to UNC-Chapel Hill are publishing their university's COVID-19 data in various formats.

UNC reported 135 new COVID-19 cases. Here's what's happening at UNC System schools

UNC-Chapel Hill reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 one week after the first day of classes and pivoted to remote instruction. But other schools in the UNC System are staying the course. Here's the COVID-19 situation at some other schools in the UNC System. East Carolina University reported 29 new positive tests last week.  North Carolina State University reported 28 new daily cases as of Aug. 18.  The Orange County coronavirus data show 1,562 total COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths since mid-March. 

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