Kyle Ingram

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UNC System workers march across campus towards South Building on Friday, July 17, 2020 to protest the university’s approach to reopening.

'Safe jobs save lives': University faculty and staff demand safer conditions for fall

With less than a month before classes are set to begin, UNC System workers have concerns and questions left unanswered.  The North Carolina Public Service Workers Union (UE Local 150) and the American Association of University Professors held a town hall on Thursday to address these concerns and lay out demands for a safer return to campus. The town hall was followed by a “Day of Action” on Friday, where campus workers shared their demands through a march on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. 


Screenshot from the virtually-held Campus Safety Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to discuss concerns about returning to campus regarding COVID-19.

Campus Safety Commission discusses community standards and rising COVID-19 cases

With a little more than a month left before the fall semester is set to begin, critical questions about the return to on-campus operations remain.  The Campus Safety Commission met Wednesday to discuss some of these concerns, including implementation of community standards, the current rate of COVID-19 cases and what could trigger potential “off-ramps” to send students home. 


Craige Residence Hall as pictured on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

System may not refund housing if students are forced to move out, UNC-G contract says

On Monday, UNC-Greensboro notified its students in an addendum to its housing contract that, based on UNC System policy guidance, on-campus students who may be forced to move out due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the fall could not receive refunds.  UNC-G later clarified that the policy did not mean no refunds would be responded under any circumstances — but a student-created petition asking the UNC System to ensure refunds in the event of early contract termination has already garnered over 7,000 signatures. 


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.


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.

First day of classes will be Aug. 10, final exams to end Nov. 24, Guskiewicz announces

UNC’s first day of class will be held on August 10, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Thursday’s UNC Board of Trustees Meeting. Students will complete finals by November 24 and then not return to campus until the spring semester.  Guskiewicz announced the development of the Carolina Roadmap to reopen campus in the fall. The Roadmap includes the establishment of community standards to prevent virus transmission, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.  



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The UNC wrestling team held a special draft for Mason Fannin, a 7-year-old with Leukemia, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. 

Mason Fannin

The UNC wrestling team held a special draft for Mason Fannin, a 7-year-old with Leukemia, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.