Protesters drape a flag that reads "Rest in Power: Heather Heyer" over the Silent Sam monument. Heyer was hit and killed by a car that drove into a crowd during the Charlottesville protests.

The 2010s were, for many, the decade that changed everything for UNC. There was the NCAA scandal, Clery Act violations, massive turnover of legislators in Raleigh that affected the BOG and budget cuts that continued after the Great Recession of 2008. Two chancellors resigned amidst controversies and the UNC System president position saw a significant shakeup as well. 

Here's a look at the biggest events that have changed the University over the past 10 years. Some view the decade as a "crumble," while others are optimistic entering the 2020s — whatever they may bring. 





The women’s rowing practice room is located in the basement of Woollen Gym, pictured on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Head coach Sarah Haney resigned in the midst of a Title IX investigation into the program.

UNC rowing head coach resigns amid Title IX investigation

Sarah Haney’s resignation came five days after The Daily Tar Heel obtained, through an anonymous source close to the program, an email from athletic director Bubba Cunningham that confirmed the existence of a University Title IX office investigation into the rowing program. The investigation follows complaints made by student-athletes against Haney, the head coach since 2002, and assistant head coach Anthony Brock, including alleged emotional abuse, injury negligence and sexual harassment, according to the person close to the program and a group of five current rowers, all of whom were granted anonymity by the DTH. 


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‘It’s a disgrace’: UNC will give Silent Sam to Sons of Confederate Veterans after suit

The UNC System Board of Governors postponed its decision on Silent Sam multiple times after the monument's toppling in August. On Wednesday, it announced a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans that follows the group's suit against the UNC System and BOG.  Under the settlement agreement, Silent Sam will be returned to the group — not to be erected in the 14 counties with UNC System schools — and UNC will set up a charitable trust of $2.5 million for the care and preservation of the monument, including a possible building to house it.   


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Waitlists and frustrations grow as UNC's computer science department tries to keep up

Student participation in the computer science department at UNC has skyrocketed over the last decade, but issues have emerged from the department's inability to accommodate its newfound demand. While the number of declared or intended computer science majors has increased by more than tenfold since fall 2009, the department's faculty total has risen only 8.2 percent over the same time period.  While the University recently extended a hint of incoming relief, the expectation remains that class cuts, reduced enrollment availability and other restrictive measures will make life increasingly difficult for computer science majors.