More than 50 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, all of whom are graduates of or currently participating in the University’s Academic Leadership Program for faculty leaders on campus, signed a statement against the bill Tuesday — just as two civil rights organizations and three North Carolina residents
One of the people suing is Joaquín Carcaño, a transgender man and UNC employee.
The faculty statement, signed on behalf of the individual faculty members and not the University as a whole, decried the bill for hindering the University’s ability to recruit and retain competitive faculty, staff and students.
“I can’t bear the idea of being silent in the face of an injustice like this one,” said UNC law professor Eric Muller, who drafted the faculty statement. “And I think it’s important that leaders within the University speak clearly about the negative impact on the University.”
The UNC-system’s Association of Student Government also called an emergency meeting Monday night via conference call, where 12 campus student body presidents passed a resolution citing the financial impact the loss of federal funding would have on the system due to Title IX violations from the bill. The resolution also mentioned the potential for legal action by ASG.
UNC-CH was not on the call.
“Everyone was so in support of every single clause and every single statement of the resolution,” said Zack King, ASG president and non-voting member of the Board of Governors.
He said a decision will be made regarding potential legal action during the group’s April meeting.