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Thursday January 20th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


A summer facilities worker walks to the edge of Wilson Library while wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

'On the front lines': UNC facilities workers consider costs of fall return to campus

As the start of the fall semester approaches, questions from housekeeping and facilities workers about the practicality and implementation of safety guidelines for on-campus operations remain.  Part of the community standards for sanitizing these public spaces involve housekeeping staff disinfecting “high-touch surfaces,” like restrooms and elevator buttons, four times every day, and cleaning all classroom surfaces nightly.   "For them to do the cleaning the way they want it done in every building, it’s not possible,” said one housekeeping crew leader.

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Screenshot of the Faculty Executive Meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020, where there was discussion on racial equity in the upcoming school year.

Faculty Executive Committee discusses fall semester, racial injustice at UNC

Two UNC professors presented a roadmap for racial equity that has been in development for over a year at Monday's Faculty Executive meeting.  The roadmap calls for sustained actions over the course of three years, including renaming campus buildings in an inclusive process, establishing faculty advisory groups on racial equity and holding an annual UNC Board of Trustees meeting with Black and Indigenous faculty, and faculty of color. 

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The Graduate Student Petition and a previous Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Meeting in Kerr Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

Graduate workers continue to petition UNC, demand not reopen in-person instruction

In a petition published June 12, graduate workers have expressed concerns about the safety and logistics of returning to campus for in-person instruction this fall. Workers demanded that UNC not reopen in-person this fall, does not layoff or furlough staff and grant them a one-year time-to-degree extension, among other demands. The University has said the Carolina Roadmap was developed with feedback from multiple parties, are working to refine the plan and will make "whatever adjustments are needed in real time.”

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Students prepare for class in Phillips 208 on Monday, March 18, 2019. This is one of five classrooms considered a 'Studio Classroom' and just one type of classroom in Carolina's Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative. The Initiative's purpose is to improve student-focused interaction through the modernization of classrooms.

UNC professor leading project to develop high school science lessons on COVID-19

UNC School of Education Professor Troy Sadler is leading a one-year research project in partnership with researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia to develop high school curricula about the coronavirus pandemic.  By integrating real world issues into the classroom, Sadler said students can see how the material they are learning can translate to bigger picture issues and inform important decisions in their lives.

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Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at the virtually-held Campus Safety Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 about recent protests against racism and police brutality and how the University will respond to these current events.

'It's a big job': Campus Safety Commission responds to protests, discusses fall plans

The Campus Safety Commission met Wednesday to discuss how University safety and health guidelines will proceed in the fall semester. The commission also finalized a statement that was sent out the following day, which acknowledged the role of systemic racism in acts of police brutality and expressed the commission's intent to continue to foster safety and justice on campus. 

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