Praveena Somasundaram


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.

DTH Photo Illustration. The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. 

Coronavirus closures complicate move-out process for many UNC students

The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the academic year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. Though the University initially announced last Wednesday that campus would remain "open and operational" during the remote learning period, the UNC System sent a press release on Tuesday announcing that students must return to their permanent addresses unless granted an exception. The University sent an email later that day, instructing students to move out of their residence halls unless granted a housing waiver. Now, students are dealing with the practical implications of moving out. 

DTH Photo Illustration. President Trump signed Executive Order 13856 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 allowing the government to withhold research funding from colleges and universities that fail to protect free speech. Trump emphasized this measure as being for those "challenging rigid, far-left ideology."

Free expression survey found UNC students are self-censoring their beliefs in class

A recent report conducted by political science professor Timothy Ryan, English and comparative literature professor Jennifer Larson and business professor Mark McNeilly, studied free expression and constructive dialogue at UNC. The report had many findings — one being that a significant undergraduate students across the political spectrum self-censor in class.  The study also looked at social media, with a question about whether students were concerned someone would post critical comments about them on social media if they stated their sincere political views. Junior Ali Montavon, co-president of UNC Young Independents, said social media is something "changes the game" for politics on campus.