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By Owen Sizemore
On Thursday afternoon, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber sent an email to the Forty-Niner community outlining the university's plans for on-campus operations for the fall.
The short message began with Chancellor Gaber outlining the success of the UNC Charlotte community on keeping COVID-19 cases low on campus throughout the spring semester, as well as noting that vaccine distribution across the state of North Carolina is happening quicker than anticipated. Gaber articulated that "This is very good news, and it means UNC Charlotte is in a position to plan for a return to full operations in fall 2021".
Gaber outlined several goals and expectations for what campus life will look like at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. These expectations include:
UNC Charlotte's expectations for the fall are a swift turnaround from current university operations, where just a small fraction of students live on campus with even fewer in-person courses. Dining halls, sporting events, and many facilities are also at a highly limited capacity.
UNC Charlotte administrators are optimistic that the fall 2021 semester will see a return to pre-COVID-19 standards of living and learning, betting on the ability of students, faculty and staff to become vaccinated well before the start of the term.
In a similar spirit of transitioning back to full-capacity campus life, the university also recently released a statement committing to an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 from May 13-15. Exact details regarding the number of ceremonies and their times are to be announced on April 7.
In-person academic courses are also planned to be offered for UNC Charlotte's Summer term, albeit at a limited capacity similar to current spring operations. NC College Beat has not found any guidance released by the university regarding their goals for Summer term courses or campus living. ●
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