UNCW ‘prepared to pivot’ to online learning only if virus spreads on campus

UNCW student (Photo: Peyton Furtado)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington sent a letter to students and staff after their sister university UNC decided to modify their fall semester plans due to coronavirus.

“This decision reflects conditions on their campus,” the university wrote in a news release. “Currently, 177 Chapel Hill students are in isolation and 349 are in quarantine, both on and off campus.”

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UNCW says they have not yet encountered similar circumstances on our campus and released the following statement:

“We understand this turn of events may cause concern for our faculty, staff and students, especially our residential students and their parents. We want to assure the Seahawk community that we are doing everything we can to monitor COVID-19 conditions at UNCW.”

“We are closely observing our campus for similar trends, and we are prepared to pivot to an online modality should conditions warrant. Most of our students moved into campus housing this past weekend, and our classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 19. As outlined on our data dashboard, fewer than 10 positive cases were identified last week. As of today, only 10 of UNCW’s 150 quarantine spaces are being used; each one of those is for travel-related quarantine.”