Women’s studies professor Silvia Tomaskova expressed concern that even though undergraduate faculty have the most direct contact with student-athletes, they can’t create significant change.
One of the points of concern was the fact that only three out of the nine members of the athletic committee are from the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Having people who aren’t teaching undergrad creates different perspectives,” Renner said. “There are nine people who have different perspectives.”
Law professor Michael Gerhardt said, following Kenneth Wainstein’s report on years of academic fraud, UNC needs to rebuild trust in its administration.
“We need to restore confidence in governance,” Gerhardt said. “It’s about finding ways to restore confidence and involve faculty.”
History professor Harry Watson said the discovery of fraud has significantly harmed UNC’s image.
“The scandal does define Carolina, and we need to earn that trust back,” he said.
English professor Susan Irons said faculty need a space where their opinions are taken seriously.
“When you do raise your voice as faculty we’re not given a place to empower that voice,” she said.
Tomaskova agreed, saying many faculty members feel helpless and overwhelmed.
She also said some faculty members feel they will appear to dislike the athletic department if they come forward with issues concerning student-athletes enrolled in their classes.
Pharmacy professor Adam Persky said changing the organization of the committees is just one potential approach.
“Structural changes may not be the only solution. This issue is multifaceted.”