Director of Housekeeping Services Herb Richmond received a petition from UNC housekeepers on July 22, which demanded a response within the next five business days. To date, campus workers have heard no response, said Penny Elliott, crew leader for UNC Housekeeping. The petition addresses concerns such as providing proper personal protective equipment, requiring health checks at work, extending administrative leave and requiring the University to be transparent about the private contractors hired to clean.
As students plan to return to campus in the fall, Carolina Housing plans to use Craige North and Parker Residence Halls to house residential students in the likelihood they need isolation or to be quarantined due to the coronavirus. Here's what you need to know.
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.
The Undergraduate Senate passed a concurrent resolution at its full meeting Wednesday night, calling on the Board of Trustees to take action in renaming buildings on campus following the decision to lift the 16-year freeze.
A group of UNC law students is providing free legal services to charitable nonprofit organizations that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The services will address legal questions around CARES Act loans and loan forgiveness, real estate issues and employment law.
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, chairperson of UNC Department of Psychiatry and director of the UNC Center for Women Mood Disorders, was named the 2020 recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who, during the academic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.
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.
An anti-viral drug developed in partnership with UNC researchers was recently approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization in COVID-19 patients. Clinical trials results from April indicate that the treatment has the potential to shorten patients' recovery time.
Liddy Stewart and Phoebe Murray, two sisters and UNC grads, have teamed up to support local restaurants and healthcare workers by bringing fresh-cooked meals to UNC Hospitals.
Here's how the Carolina Center for Public Service is supporting Buckley Public Service Scholars amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some students reflect on their experiences and how they hope to volunteer away from campus.