In his opening remarks at Friday's Faculty Council meeting, Faculty Chairperson Bruce Cairns addressed tensions within the UNC system and suggested the council keep North Carolina voters in mind as they make decisions.
“As we deal with the issues, we have to remember, they are the ones who elected our legislators. The legislators are the ones who put in the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors are the ones who select the Board of Trustees, but ultimately, our chancellor,” Cairns said.
“There is a structure that we have to work with, whether we’re happy with it or not.”
New snow day policy
During her remarks, Chancellor Carol Folt fielded a question about the decisions that were made this past week about when adverse weather should cancel University operations.
Each closure UNC has had this year has been condition two, in which classes are cancelled and only mandatory employees come to work, while other employees must use personal time off unless directed otherwise, or condition one, when classes are held but non-mandatory employees may still use personal time off.
Folt said the University operating conditions policy has changed as of Jan. 1, making the qualifications for the University to go into condition three (complete closure) more stringent.
The new policy is statewide and applies to the UNC system as a whole.
“I, last year, created mostly condition threes, but I’m no longer allowed to do that,” Folt said. “There have been changes to the policy.”