UNC Switches To Remote Learning Amid COVID Spike, Student-Athletes Can Stay

After a spike in COVID-19 cases during the first week of classes, the University of North Carolina will shift all undergraduate classes to remote learning, though student-athletes can remain on campus.

UNC started its fall semester of classes on August 10 – one week ago today. A press release from the school says that currently, 177 students are in isolation and 349 in quarantine after a “significant rise in positive COVID-19 tests” last week. The school’s coronavirus dashboard shows that the number of positive tests exploded from 10 the week before classes started to 130 last week.

An announcement today says that the school will shift to fully remote learning Wednesday and work to “greatly reduce residence hall occupancy.” But a few groups will be allowed to remain on campus: student-athletes, international students, and students without reliable internet access.

UNC’s move comes a week after Stanford announced it would start the year with a mostly virtual program of remote learning. It appears that Stanford student-athletes will also be able to remain on campus and train, even while school is conducted virtually.

The start of school years (both at the college and grade school/high school levels) has forced schools, conferences and athletic programs to make multiple difficult decisions on academic and athletic programs. UNC competes in the ACC, which is one of six top-level college athletics conferences still planning to compete in fall sports (dubbed “The Stubborn Six” by Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde). It’s unclear if the move to remote learning will have any impact on UNC’s college football schedule this fall.

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UNC Tutor
1 month ago

damn really thought we could count on 18-22 y/o’s to stay home alone instead of hanging out with friends and drinking

UNC tutor
Reply to  UNC Tutor
1 month ago

Shout out to the 5 18-22 y/o’s that down voted this

1 month ago

Wonder if the woman who transferred from Princeton because they decided to go online this semester is kicking herself?

Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

If you can read the article it says student athletes can remain so im sure she isn’t kicking herself. Im sure she made the decision with many considerations in mind but glad you care so much to hate on somebody you don’t know

Reply to  swimmah
1 month ago

“I had no intention of leaving Princeton at the end of my freshman year and I have the utmost respect for the PWSD legacy and my teammates,” Smith said of her decision. “However, with Princeton’s response to the pandemic, I felt like I needed to explore my options in order to best fit my needs and goals.”

Sorry @swimmah but those are exact quotes from
the previous article. I kind of feel like @blackflag82’s comment was legitimate. I hope she is able to swim at UNC this year, but if her main consideration was to do so I wonder if that will work out now.

Reply to  swimmah
1 month ago

Read the article before posting. If you think UNC swimming is going to do anything different in terms of a season than Princeton then I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

1 month ago

The grapevine says some TN swimmers are allegedly in quarantine because they attended a party. Can’t take the “social” out of college…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  azswummer
1 month ago

Clearly they were outed when people spotted those ridiculous coonskin caps.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Clearly, if you are an ol’ longhorn, you remember that those Volunteers in coonskin caps, which your forefathers were overjoyed to see, left their home in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee to come down to save Texas’ a** a couple of times. Without those Vols, your school colors might be green, white, and red instead of dirt.

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