“We, as student leaders, are being tasked with feigning normalcy and and putting on a facade of comfort in times that are anything but comfortable and normal”
Here’s the amazing thing. These students are not criticizing the school’s COVID policies for being too restrictive. They are complaining that they’re not restrictive enough.
WRAL News reports:
UNC-Chapel Hill students, chancellor blast each other over campus’ pandemic protocols
Student leaders sharply criticized University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill administrators on Friday for pushing ahead with the fall semester as coronavirus infections mount on campus.
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other officials responded by calling a meeting of the Campus Presidents’ Council, the leaders of campus student groups, “a publicity stunt.”
Student Body President Lamar Richards called the emergency and invited Guskiewicz, Provost Robert Blouin and other administrators. But they pulled out at the last minute.
At the meeting, the student groups signed onto a letter calling for requiring vaccinations on campus, more frequent virus testing and an expanded mask mandate.
Since the semester started more than two weeks ago, 466 students and 74 employees have tested positive for coronavirus. Clusters of cases have been reported in four residence halls, and 87 students were in isolation and another 10 in quarantine as of Thursday, according to university data.
“You have misrepresented this meeting to the University campus and me,” Guskiewicz said in an email sent to Richards about an hour before the meeting. “[Y]ou are more interested in generating publicity than producing meaningful dialogue.”
Richards and other student leaders complained that administrators don’t want to listen to their concerns and would prefer to ignore the situation so campus life could proceed as if no pandemic existed.
“We, as student leaders, are being tasked with feigning normalcy and and putting on a facade of comfort in times that are anything but comfortable and normal,” Undergraduate Vice President Collyn Smith said. “The current risks being taken with our community’s livelihoods are not worth preserving the traditional Carolina experience.”
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