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'Operating in a state of fear': Faculty petitions for 4-6 weeks of remote instruction

As cases of the COVID-19 delta variant rise, faculty and staff petition administrators to shift to temporarily remote learning. Titled “The Risks are Too High,” the open letter expresses concern surrounding the University’s lack of planning for an off-ramp option without a vaccine mandate or enforcing physical distancing on-campus. “I am appalled at the lack of planning for this semester," former sociology professor and petition signee Sherryl Kleinman said in a statement. "The delta variant clearly puts students, staff, faculty and surrounding communities at risk. With ICUs filling, people with serious illnesses that aren’t COVID-related will have trouble finding beds."  

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Here's why UNC's $3 billion endowment can't all be used for COVID-19 relief

University leaders explain what the UNC endowment is and how its funds are being used in light of the pandemic.  The UNC endowment had a market value of over $3 billion in the 2019 fiscal year, leading some to see it as a possible lucrative source of funding for students and community members struggling financially during the pandemic.  Endowment funds are collected from various donors and invested by a team at the UNC Management Company, which is composed of a board of business leaders, investment experts and University leaders who make decisions on how to monitor and invest donations. Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development Cynthia Butler said that only a small percentage of the value of endowment funding is available for liquid use. 

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'New voices': UNC introduces approach to spring semester planning involving students

The University is taking a new approach to planning for the spring semester that includes a new Campus and Community Advisory Committee following an unsuccessful return to in-person classes this fall. Bob Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost, is leading the spring semester planning process. Three advisory groups will work together and report directly to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz regarding a potential return to campus. In reflecting on the fall semester at UNC, Blouin said that the University had success in limiting COVID-19 transmission in areas where it could assert more control over student behavior, such as classrooms, research and other on-campus settings.

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On-campus students ask 'what happens next' to Carolina Housing

Two weeks after move-in began, students must now decide how to move forward with their on-campus housing after the University announced undergraduate classes would shift to being fully remote. Tuesday evening, Carolina Housing informed residents that they should make plans to return to their "permanent home" for the fall semester and cancel their housing contract within the next week. The University will use a review process for students who have to remain on campus. Undergraduate Student Government Affordability Committee Co-Chairs Ekta Deshmukh and Collyn Smith sent a letter to Carolina Housing and the UNC administration Tuesday that included a list of demands for students and employees amidst the shift to remote learning. 

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