Friday’s Faculty Council meeting covered everything from undercover cops to curriculum changes. Here’s what you need to know:
Chief of Police Jeff B. McCracken and Derek Kemp, associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management, addressed and defended the use of an undercover officer around the Silent Sam monument.
To address the motive behind the undercover officers, McCracken first described the heightened tensions around Silent Sam.
“(Silent Sam) has kind of been a lightening rod for a number years,” he said. “Most recently, it got more intense with the events that took place in Charlottesville. A number of people from all different points of views show up in that area, and it’s obviously a potential for conflict.”
McCracken said the undercover officer began his operation on Aug. 26 and his last day was Sept. 7.
“We don’t normally run undercover operations,” McCracken said. “This was extremely rare and the circumstances necessitated it.”
Law professor Eric Muller gave an update on the Board of Governor’s Freedom of Speech and Expression draft policy.
The Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, or House Bill 527, which prohibits protesters from disrupting campus events, was enacted on July 31. Muller gave background of the legislation, stating it was modeled after the Goldwater proposal.
“I think it is important for people to understand that this legislation is a model legislation that was initially proposed by the Goldwater Center, which is a conservative/libertarian think tank that looks at a variety of campus issues,” Muller said.