Questions raised by UNC's accreditation body — the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges — letter were at the top of the Faculty Executive Committee agenda Monday.
Faculty chairman Bruce Cairns said the University has an obligation to respond to every question outlined in the letter, which questioned UNC's integrity, curriculum and student-athlete admissions process, among other things.
“I think that those are all reasonable questions,” he said. “They’re difficult, and they’re challenging, but this entire situation is. We have a responsibility to be accredited and a responsibility to stand for and support all the outlines in the letter.”
Part of the letter asks the University to define and provide policies and practices related to academic freedom. The University must demonstrate how the current policies excuse the faculty from accountability for academic integrity and how it creates barriers to report academic irregularities.
Cairns said the questions related to academic integrity were meant in a positive way.