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UNC-Wilmington delays reopening for another week

September 27, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington won’t resume classes until Oct. 8, a week later than earlier forecast, officials said Wednesday.

“As you know, we had hoped to have employees come back to work (Thursday), with classes resuming on Oct. 1,” Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said in an online message to faculty, staff and students. “Because of the significant repairs still under way at Galloway Hall and Cornerstone Hall, we were in the unfortunate position of asking those displaced students to delay their return until Oct. 6.

“Over the past couple of days, we have been made aware of nearly a hundred additional off-campus students displaced by the storm and in need of housing assistance,” Sartarelli added. “In addition, as our employees have been able to return to Wilmington, they have discovered substantial damage to their homes – in some cases, total loss.”

Faculty and staff are now being asked to return on Monday, and students won’t be able to return until Oct. 6.

“We realize that there may be students who have already made travel plans to accommodate the original move-in date of Sept. 29. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but it was imperative that we not welcome students back until we were certain campus would be ready,” Sartarelli said.

There was no immediate word on how UNC-W will make up the additional lost class time this semester.

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