Moeser rallied those attending the Faculty Council meeting to support him in his stand against the 7 percent budget cut from the UNC system -- a total of $125 million -- that the state legislature's Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education formally requested last week. If enacted, the University's share of the cuts would total close to $25 million.
"He came out, both barrels blasting," said Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff.
Moeser asked faculty members to fight to protect the integrity and quality of UNC. He also emphasized that the tuition money intended for faculty salary increases would not be used to offset the budget cuts.
Estroff followed with a call to "join together to form an embrace for the common cause."
"We will not sell North Carolinians short," she said.
"We will not undermine their confidence (in the University)."
Moeser's speech at the meeting was part of an effort to spark a grassroots campaign by UNC faculty, students and parents to put pressure on state lawmakers.
He sent an e-mail to the University community Thursday informing it of the possible cuts.
The meeting also addressed a report of the Committee on Grading Standards, which was formed last year to investigate University grading policies and suspected grade inflation.