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Leaders of UNC Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Government Call for a Pause to Instruction

October 10, 2021

Dear Chancellor Guskiewicz, Provost Blouin, and Vice Chancellor Johnson,

The leaders of the Undergraduate and Graduate and Professional Student Governments are mourning the tragic loss of life that occurred on Carolina’s campus this weekend. We share the pain of our peers who are now navigating both the grief of losing a friend and simultaneously completing a rigorous curriculum during an already stressful semester. We request that the university provide a break from instruction from Monday, Oct. 11 through the end of day Tuesday, Oct. 12 to allow the Carolina community time to grieve and seek out essential mental health resources. Students require this immediate action from the university to ensure that their mental health needs are being considered and met. Furthermore, we request that all planned University Day celebrations be postponed to allow students to reflect, grieve, and seek services uninterrupted. All university actions should be guided by the expertise of Carolina’s mental health professionals and we request transparency from the university as to the implementation of this guidance. 

A loss of even one Tar Heel is one too many. We encourage all students who are struggling to contact the Dean of Students team, Counseling and Psychological Services or Student Wellness for assistance. CAPS support is available by calling 919-966-3658 (24 hours a day) or by walk-in at the CAPS offices (3rd Floor of Campus Health) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On-campus residents are encouraged to contact their Resident Advisor or a Community Director by visiting the Community Office/Front Desk or by calling the on-call staff at (919) 843-5621.  Additionally, confidential and free services are provided 24/7 by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.

Sincerely,

Graduate and Professional Student Government Executive Board 

Undergraduate Student Government Executive Board 

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