Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, interim director of UNC’s Parr Center for Ethics, said a proposal for the group has been prepared for Folt’s review.
“I believe it is undergoing revisions now,” Sayre-McCord said in an email.
He said it’s important to have clear, consolidated, confidential channels for people to raise concerns.
“More generally, I believe having a working group think about how the University might best support, encourage and protect integrity across the board is very worth doing,” Sayre-McCord said.
The group might resemble the Faculty Athletics Committee’s new review process for concerns specifically involving student-athletes and academics, said Joy Renner, committee chairwoman.
She said when someone reports a concern, it will be investigated, and a conclusion will be delivered to the individual who initially reported the concern.
“It makes sure that every question that gets asked gets the attention it should and that it gets fully vetted,” she said.
Renner said she developed plans to pilot such a process prior to the Wainstein report’s release.
“It’s important to have a mechanism so if someone feels, ‘Is this right? Is this in keeping with the University?’ they have a place to go ask that question,” she said.
Anyone within the University community can report, Renner said.
Renner acknowledged that developing a working group of this nature for the entire University will take more time and planning.
“Because of what we have done with the FAC so far in piloting our program — I see even more so the value of having this type of process where you take a question, it’s consistently evaluated, it involves multiple people across different areas so you make sure you don’t miss a perspective, and then there’s a formal reporting out,” she said.