Course Changes Related to COVID-19

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a team working diligently to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to maintain the safety and well-being of our community.  As we do with inclement weather or other emergency situations, the School is following the University’s lead and adjusting our in-person courses according to University programming guidelines.

The School of Government is working to transition our courses to an online format. We are offering a 25% discount on registration fees for all programs that begin between March 23 through June 30. The discount will be applied automatically at checkout - those who have already registered for courses at full price will be refunded this discount. 

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As of Friday, July 3rd, the following School of Government (or partner) programs have been affected: 

Municipal and County Administration will be held virtually via Zoom beginning in October 2020 and continuing through May 2021. The application period will begin mid-late July. For more detailed information, please visit the  course page here

The Cornavirus in the Workplace: A Primer for NC Local Governments live webinars took place on March 18. As of March 19, the on-demand version is available here.

Governmental Accounting & Financial Reporting (March 23-26) will be held via Zoom from July 15-August 12 on five consecutive Wednesdays. Those who had registered for the in-person course can register to attend the virtual program here.

Introduction to Holding Small Claims Court for Magistrates (May 11-15) will be held via Zoom. The first portion will meet from 1 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday from May 28-June 25, while the second portion will meet from 1 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday from June 30-July 28.

Property Tax Listing and Assessing in NC (June 9-12, Morganton) has been cancelled. The course will be offered October 27-30 in Chapel Hill.

The North Carolina CGCIO Graduation (June 23) has been cancelled. It will potentially be rescheduled for later in 2020.

The remaining sessions of Leading the Way to Board Excellence (April, May, June) have been postponed indefinitely.

Advanced Family Law (July 8-10) has been cancelled. The program will be replaced with Managing Family Financial Cases (July 10), to be held online.

The Advanced Leadership Corps Ambassador Program (July 9-10) has been cancelled. It will either be held online or postopned until later in 2020.

Strategic Public Leadership: Get the Right Results (July 10) has been cancelled. 

Contested Hearings for Clerks (July 21-22) has been cancelled.

Energize and Motivate Empoyees (July 31) has been cancelled. 

Legal Competency for Local Elected Officials (August 12) has been rescheduled for July 31 to be held on Zoom.

The Assistant and Deputy Clerks of Court Conference (August 12-14) has been cancelled.

Leadership: Learn It, Love It, Live It (August 13-14) has been cancelled.

The Juvenile Defender Conference (August 14) has been converted to a two-day online program: held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 14 and from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 25.

Incompetency & Guardianship Hearings for Clerks (August 26-28) has been cancelled.

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government (August 28) has been moved from an in-person course to Zoom from August 24-26.

Make the Right Hire (August 28) has been cancelled.

Working with Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees (October 23) has been cancelled. 

Cohort I (September 14-18, October 12-16) and Cohort II (November 9-13, December 7-11) of the LGFCU Fellows program have been cancelled.

Emotional Intelligence: Leaership's Super Power (October 2) has been rescheduled to September 2, and will be held via Zoom.

The Spring Public Defender Attorney and Investigator Conference has been rescheduled for August 19-August 21 and will be held via Zoom. 

The Advanced Leadership Corps Ambassador Program (February 7-12, 2021) will now be held at the Carolina Inn from January 31-February 5, 2021.

The NCCCMA Summer Seminar will take place at the Beaufort Hotel from June 23-26, 2021.


Additional information:

We are encouraging all faculty, staff, partners, and course participants to promote everyone’s safety through the following measures: 

  1. If you feel unwell from any illness by the time your course starts, we encourage you to stay home and focus on your health.

  2. The University is requesting that anyone returning from Level 3 and 2 countries or any locations within the United States where a state of emergency has been declared related to COVID-19 to stay off of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for 14 days.

  3. We have temporarily amended our course cancelation policy. From March through May, we will refund any course registration fees for cancellations occurring through the day before a course is set to begin.

  4. We are exploring the possibility of livestreaming courses for participants who request to do so remotely.

We will continue to be in touch about these and other adjustments to our courses going forward. It is important to us to maintain a high level of service to you while at the same time not compromising the health of those in our immediate surroundings. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 919.966.4414 or with any questions or concerns.

For local governments and public officials responding to COVID-19, the School has compiled resources and information