Crisp, however, was critical of The Interfraternity Council fraternities’ persistent transgressions. He said despite heightened efforts to cut down on underage drinking, like forbidding open source containers at parties and outlawing liquor, violations keep popping up.
Crisp called attention to the fiery drug-use issue in the student body.
In a trend Crisp said is mirroring a national wave, the use of opioids and misuse of prescription medications is rising on campus, and it’s taking a heavy toll on the health of students.
“All of these issues are intertwined with our general issues of health in particular, and the mental health and wellbeing of our students in general,” Crisp said.
Crisp also called for a comprehensive re-evaluation of the way in which the University goes about changing campus culture.
“While it is absolutely clear that our students need to be part of solutions, we have for too long put the vast majority of the burden of change on them," Crisp said. “The truth of the matter is students didn’t create alcohol and hazing culture on campus.”
Madelyn Percy, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, addressed the committee for the last time.
“I have lots of dreams,” Percy said. “But I am not a Dreamer with a capital D. I don’t wake up every morning afraid that today will be the day my parents are arrested by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents.”
She urged the committee to reach out and empower Dreamers, by issuing a statement saying the Board of Trustees stands with every student in the Carolina community.
“I realize that this is not politically easy, but it is undoubtedly morally right,” she said. “I beg you to speak out on behalf of Dreamers at UNC.”
She also commented on the work done by graduates in the past year and plugged graduate appreciation week in April.
Shayna Hill, chair of the Employee Forum, provided an update on the work of the forum, which turned 25 this year.
The Employee Forum has been responsible for lots of work in the community recently. They participated in the Habitat for Humanity Home Build and Home Dedication in Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood, which helped build a new home for a UNC employee.
She fielded questions after her presentation, where she conveyed a sense of anxiety concerning the faculty’s morale and ability to communicate.
“We’re skeletal crews. We’re operating thinly all over campus — everybody is,” Hill said. “I don’t think raising morale is throwing food at it.”