In age of coronavirus, mother finds UNC-Chapel Hill didn't even clean son's dorm room
While university administrators across North Carolina have spent weeks preparing to bring students back to their campuses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one mother says UNC-Chapel Hill missed a basic step: cleaning the dormitories.Posted — Updated
Amanda Edwards said that, when she walked into the Ram Village 5 building to help her son move in, the filth she saw was a complete disconnect with all of the talk during the pandemic of frequent cleaning and sanitizing surfaces to limit the spread of the virus.
The filthy floor included a condom wrapper. The common area was even worse, she said.
"We are very disappointed to hear about the condition of this student’s room and are addressing the issue right now," Blattner said in a statement. "We found out about the situation this morning, and a cleaning crew is currently being sent to the student’s room."
Carolina Housing also emailed Edwards to apologize, adding that, with 4,000 dormitory rooms and the campus opening a week earlier than normal, housekeepers have "been up against a very tight schedule."
"I’ve already cleaned his room, but I hope you would do better for the other students coming in on [Aug.] 10th to make sure the floors get cleaned and things get wiped down," Edwards said. "I was just shocked because they made such a big deal out of COVID and how we’re going to keep your kids safe."
UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities have online "Fix My Room" sites where students can send an email to get problems with their dormitory rooms addressed.
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