both pr'd to death how brilliant their prep for real universities during covid year- both failed totally after 3 days
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, student body president Reeves Moseley, and UNC School of Medicine's Myron Cohen, Director of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases were featured in a 60 Minutes episode about universities across the country making plans for an uncertain fall due to COVID-19.
Watch it here.
Partisan governance is complicating the system's ability to respond to the pandemic, faculty and outside observers say.
They all saw it coming.
Or so read the editorial from the student journalists at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who delivered a scathing condemnation of administrators' refusal to heed instructors' and health officials' warnings that reopening the campus this fall would undoubtedly facilitate the spread of the coronavirus.
Warning signs abounded long before the state's flagship resumed in-person classes on Aug. 10, being one of the first U.S. colleges to do so before abruptly flipping to online courses this week.
In early July, the number of new cases the county health department identified reached record highs of 38 per day. The stunning increase was particularly acute among people in the typical college age range, and some student-athletes and sports staff were testing positive for the virus before the academic year began. Reports of bar activity and parties near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus were rampant, prompting rebukes from school officials.
The aforementioned trends culminated in the health department last month imploring the university to start the year online and reevaluate the possibility of face-to-face classes after five weeks.
UNC-Chapel Hill didn't take that advice. Local media reported that Provost Bob Blouin said he felt administrators were addressing the department's concerns "in spirit."
Faculty pushed back too. In an extraordinary public knock against their university's approach, 30 tenured professors wrote a newspaper op-ed last month entreating students to remain home if they were able.
Their concerns were well-founded. In the first week of classes, UNC-Chapel Hill detected at least 130 positive coronavirus cases among students and five among employees. Because asymptomatic people can spread the pathogen and UNC-Chapel Hill is not testing widely for it, the figures are almost assuredly an undercount.
So most everyone on the Chapel Hill campus — and those outside of it — had reason to predict what was coming.
And yet university executives pressed forward, until Aug. 17, when they announced that the spike of positive cases on campus would force them to pivot classes online.
You can read about the UNC-Chapel Hill Roadmap for Fall 2020 here.
notre dame is so pathetic blaming off campus parties- you couldnt prep prevention of number 1 cause of contagion - you claim close partnership with us number 1 infectious disease experts farmer/kim- how dare you bring franciscan and medical work into disrepute-its not obvious your university shpuld ever be trusted again for anything
whats worst is schools planned properly being thrown out with bath water by america fake mass media