No landlord in NC would be able to get away with this! If the students are forced to leave because of COVID, they should get a prorated refund of housing, and a full refund for meals they won't be there to eat!
If schools close down, students will leave campus, which means they pay for not living there. Also, if classes go fully online as they eventually will, why should we have to pay for in person classes? Its crazy.
UNC grad here. The system could at least offer students a voucher for future use like even airlines do. I thought UNC was smarter than American Airlines. If not, then its administrators are incompetent thieves. Give students a refund.
Another point - freshman are required to live on campus and to have a meal plan to "attend" so this is not a choice by student nor is it a small financial investment...it is double the academic only cost per semester.