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Tuesday September 21st

Kevin Guskiewicz

Kevin Guskiewicz is the current chancellor of UNC. He is the 12th chancellor of the University and was formally installed on October 11, 2020 after serving in the role of interim chancellor following the resignation of Carol Folt. Prior to this role, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.



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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The header image for the newly-launched Carolina Roadmap website at UNC explaining the details of UNC's fall reopening

'Still developing the specifics': Guskiewicz talks reopening plans in Zoom meeting

Chancellor Guskiewicz met with the Advisory Committee and Faculty Executive Committee in a joint online meeting Wednesday to answer questions about UNC's plans to reopen campus in the fall.  Attendees raised concerns about how to enforce University policies on social distancing and what would trigger an "off-ramp" course of action from the Carolina Roadmap for Fall 2020.  Concerns were also raised about how to continue to enforce University policies on social distancing when students return to campus. 

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A peer counselor at the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid gives financial advice to an incoming transfer student. Students with work study jobs are eligible for SNAP benefits, but few UNC students use the program. 

'We just want to know what’s happening': Students push for clarity on CARES Act relief aid

The University is beginning to release emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act for students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but some have criticized the administration for moving too slowly to release funds and not being transparent about the process.  Students were formally notified about the opportunity for emergency funding about a month after the University received funds from the CARES Act. The announcement was sent two days after Undergraduate Senator Lamar Richards sent a letter to the chancellor criticizing the University for not publicizing the funds and not moving quicker to release them.

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A student puts on a mask before leaving his house on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

UNC community considers implementation of face masks in fall

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday the initial logistics of returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester. As a part of Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, the University is planning to adopt new safety standards to reduce risk of transmission, which include asking community members to wear face coverings.

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UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at a webinar with other University leaders on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to discuss planning for UNC’s re-opening in the fall with changes in response to COVID-19.

'We’re not in a race to be first': Guskiewicz and UNC leaders discuss return to campus

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other University leaders hosted a webinar Wednesday to discuss UNC’s options for safe re-entry in the fall in response to COVID-19. The options under consideration are part of a framework called the Carolina Roadmap, which is expected to officially launch next week.  Under the Carolina Roadmap, students may expect modifications to on-campus housing, shifts to the academic calendar and the implementation of social distancing and other safety measures.

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Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz makes opening remarks ahead of the awards at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. "We must continue to confront our history so we can learn from that history, fuel from the learnings and move forward together," he said.

We sat down with Chancellor Guskiewicz to talk coronavirus, the Clery Act and more

This academic year has brought a report detailing Clery Act violations by the University, the reversal of the Silent Sam settlement between the UNC System Board of Governors and the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., a global pandemic and more. Kevin Guskiewicz began as interim chancellor in February 2019 and took on the position permanently in December 2019.  The Daily Tar Heel sat down with Guskiewicz to talk about the challenges to the University during his time as chancellor so far, as well as his plans for the future. 

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Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz hears from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee in the conference room of South Building in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Guskiewicz workshops Alert Carolina after crimes rattle students

A rape, attempted break-in and report of sexual harassment outside Davis Library have recently instilled fears within UNC students. With suspects at large in all three crimes, interim Chancellor Guskiewicz sat down with an advisory committee where they brainstormed ways to improve Alert Carolina and ultimately, reestablish a sense of safety on campus. 

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