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Dear students in the College of Arts & Sciences,

I hope you are enjoying your Winter Break and that this time provides an opportunity to decompress after a semester of such hard work. The College of Arts & Sciences faculty will be here for you in mid-January, excited for the start of classes.

  • Our faculty are using this time between semesters to incorporate key innovations, new ideas and lessons learned from last spring, summer and fall into their courses for you. Many have participated in special training on student-centered teaching during a pandemic and ways to make learning in both synchronous and asynchronous courses as vital and engaging as can be.
  • Our faculty members who will be teaching in-person, on-campus courses have worked to create vibrant academic experiences for those of you who will be choosing this option.
  • In spring 2021, the Carolina Away program is expanding. We continue to offer the original program that was introduced in the fall and to support enrolled Carolina Away students. In addition, Carolina Away faculty, staff and student ambassadors are diversifying programming to create options for other first-year Tar Heels who are interested in exploring the university digitally and meeting classmates online. A new Carolina Away Opportunity Curriculum and a Social Activity Hub will offer ways to connect and create community.

So, this spring, whether you are exploring potential career options, participating in an academic club or organization, conducting mentored scholarly work, and/or completing a thesis, our faculty are here to support your learning. We are here for you whether you will be living on campus, reside nearby or choose remote learning.

I hope that you have had time to review the important email I sent you on Tuesday regarding return-to-campus testing protocols and community standards. Be sure to read this communication carefully; it contains important tasks that must be completed before returning to campus. In addition, an email from Amy Johnson, vice chancellor for student affairs, went out yesterday regarding tasks that you must complete in ConnectCarolina by Jan. 6.

You may find these other links helpful in preparing for the spring semester:

Last, our Academic Advisors are available over Winter Break should you need academic assistance. Please visit the Academic Advising Program website for drop-in hours and other information and resources.

On behalf of the College of Arts & Sciences, I wish you a restful and safe holiday season.


Terry Ellen Rhodes, Dean

College of Arts & Sciences

UNC-Chapel Hill




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