CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte announced plans to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, switching all classes and labs to online for the remainder of the semester, beginning March 23 and ordering those in the dorms to move out by Friday at 5 p.m.
“We believe it is important that you leave as soon as possible, so please take only essential belongings with you. Residence halls will be secured, and you can return at a later date to retrieve your items. This is to ensure social distancing and protect the health of all students,” the university said in a press release.
Just one day after the announcement was made, parents and students were seen with arms full and dollies in tow as they unpacked their dorm rooms, Wednesday.
“Oh it sucks, it’s not fun,” said UNCC freshman, Aidan Mamunga.
The university said students had the option to only take essential belongings and leave the rest to pick up at a later date, but many families who spoke to WCNC, said they are moving everything out, not knowing when they might get back in.
“I’m moving all the way out, so I don’t have to actually come all the way back up here in April for the second round-trip you know,” Mamunga said.
While both parents and students WCNC spoke with agreed with the university’s decision, freshmen were taking the decision particularly hard.
“These eight months [were] great and it’s just kind of tough you know, but I get it, I understand,” said freshman Chris Crenshaw, “Missing the independence and missing all of my friends and the environment here. We have a really great community here at UNC Charlotte, so I’ll miss that.”
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