Ellie Heffernan

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Students traverse Polk Place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Changes to UNC's absence policies have stirred concerns within the student population.

Confusion arises for professors and students around updated attendance policy

Updates to the UNC Class Attendance Policy were made in February 2018 to focus on protecting certain categories of absences. Still, some students can be confused by the absence policy — which can lead to conflicts between professors and students.  Though certain absences do not fall under categories of University approved absences, professors can still excuse these absences. They are encouraged to communicate with students about other absences, but some professors allow more flexibility than others. For some students, the flexibility of a professor's absence policy can affect their decision to take the class. 


An emergency call station sits outside of Hanes Art Center on Aug. 25, 2019.

Have campus blue light call boxes outlived their usefulness?

Other universities in the country have taken out call boxes because mobile phones have made them obsolete. What about UNC? Despite the fact that the investment, which totals over $1 million dollars and 300 boxes at this point, has been deemed both practically and cost-ineffective by many law enforcement professionals, students on campus feel they give peace of mind.  While apps and mobile devices, which are almost always equipped with sophisticated tracking devices, seem to be the more accessible and convenient option for emergency situations, UNC Public Safety spokespersons have said there are no plans to remove the boxes. The project, which has spanned over 30 years on UNC's campus, has been used more successfully than some other schools, which removed boxes after years of nonuse. 



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Faculty discussed issues that ranged from the Three Zeroes Initiative to the Program for Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse at Monday's Faculty Executive Meeting.

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Faculty discussed issues that ranged from the Three Zeroes Initiative to the Program for Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse at Monday's Faculty Executive Meeting.