The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will shift to remote learning after clusters of five or more coronavirus cases spread in three residence halls and within a fraternity, just one week after class began.
Driving the news: Students who returned to campus are calling out the glaring problems with their school's off-campus partying culture, demanding leadership address the potentially-devastating communal spread of COVID-19 in their college towns. "We all saw this coming," The Daily Tarheel, the school paper, wrote in an editorial.
The big picture: Universities determined to reopen this fall boasted preventative measures of smaller class sizes, cleaning protocols and even testing options, but the results thus far haven't been especially successful.
- Reports of parties and informal gatherings are fueling the lack of social distancing practices among students, which are out of a university's control when they occur off-campus.
What they're saying: Students are now calling out their universities in college media outlets for not preparing for the inevitable.
- "University leadership should have expected students, many of whom are now living on their own for the first time, to be reckless," The Daily Tarheel wrote.
- "After only one week of campus operations, with growing numbers of clusters and insufficient control over the off-campus behavior of students (and others), it is time for an off-ramp. We have tried to make this work, but it is not working," UNC's Dean of Public Health Barbara Rimer said in a blog post Monday.