Update from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Amy Johnson

Student studying at library, wearing masks.
Students study in Davis Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 19, 2020. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

As of Monday morning, Student Conduct has received more than 300 referrals since Saturday night. Every referral is reviewed to assess whether the reported action, if verifiable, represents a violation of the COVID-19 Community Standards. Because of the volume of referrals, we expect the review process to take some time.

For each reported violation, Student Conduct will designate a Hearing Officer to assess the report, conduct an initial review of the alleged violations, and meet with the student to allow for appropriate due process. If students are found responsible for violating the COVID-19 Community Standards, consequences could range from a warning, to facility access restrictions or loss of campus privileges, removal from housing, or disenrollment, depending upon the severity of the violation. The full COVID-19 Administrative Process is outlined here.

The final determination of these cases will be included in our COVID-19 Community Standards Conduct Summary reports, which are released at least once a quarter.

At the beginning of the semester, every student at Carolina signed an acknowledgement of the COVID-19 Community Standards as a condition of enrollment — wear a mask, remain six feet apart, comply with local gathering limits, monitor your health daily  and participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program. As part of that acknowledgement, students were made aware that those who do not adhere to these standards are subject to administrative or disciplinary action.

We do not endorse social media as the place to report alleged violations of  our  COVID-19  Community  Standards, and we do not monitor social media accounts for violations. Instead, we encourage our community to call  the  police immediately  (callers  may choose to remain anonymous) if  they  witness  activities that are not in compliance with the  COVID-19  Community Standards, as incidents are more challenging to investigate after they occur, or  refer  behavior  to  Student  Conduct.

Amy Johnson
Vice Chancellor for Student AffairsAmy Johnson