A group of young alumni is adding its voice to the chorus of recommendations to the University on how to handle ongoing scandal and scrutiny.
Last week, six alumni from the class of 2011 — prompted by the negative press UNC has received as a result of academic, athletic and sexual assault scandals — drafted a letter addressed to the entire UNC community, including the UNC-system Board of Governors, UNC Board of Trustees, professors and students.
The letter asks the University to hold those engaged in academic fraud accountable, to apply the full academic standards to student athletes and to implement reforms to support and protect all students.
“We want to make sure that the University knows that we’re here to support and endorse them on following through with their stated mission,” said Benjamin Sines, an alumnus who helped write the letter.
The group forwarded the letter to friends, peers and classmates to generate support. As of Sunday, 107 alumni from several graduating classes had signed the letter.
Jonathan Tarleton, who also helped write the letter, said the group plans to submit the letter to the University on April 1.
He said the University is not only a crucial institution for the state but is also an influential leader among its peer institutions.
“Athletic scandals, academic fraud and mishandling of sexual abuse are problems at a lot of universities,” Tarleton said. “We think this is an opportunity for the University to be a leader again.”
Sines said young alumni have a crucial viewpoint in the discussions of university issues because they can relate to both older alumni, who are more distanced from the University, and students.