Cunningham, the athletic director for UNC, discussed athletes’ intense schedules at an open house Monday organized by the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor .
Chancellor Carol Folt and Vice Chancellor for Communications Joel Curran joined Cunningham at the forum, which only drew a crowd of about dozen people.
Cunningham said he wants to give student-athletes more free time because many feel overwhelmed as they try to balance academics, athletics and community involvement.
He said he has found the criticism UNC has recently endured to be somewhat beneficial.
“There is a huge variety of opinion and thought, and getting that helps make better decisions,” he said. “I don’t really look at criticism as critical of me personally; I look at it as critical of an issue.”
“It makes me think about what’s important to me, what I think is the right thing to do, how to communicate the pros and cons of various decisions and choices, and how to move us forward.”
Administrators covered a range of topics including student activism and sexual assault reform.
Harry Edwards , a freshman and member of Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, said these meetings are an opportunity to be informed and to be heard.