In a meeting Monday, the Faculty Executive Committee discussed a petition signed by 101 UNC faculty members concerning police presence on campus.
Jay Smith, a professor in the Department of History, created the petition, which calls for an external investigation of UNC Police and its handling of recent campus events.
The petition appears to be a direct response to accusations of a UNC police officer giving false testimony against history graduate student Mark Porlides, who spoke at the meeting.
The Editorial Board has always believed in standing with student activists and holding the University accountable. Time and again, the actions of UNC Police have endangered student activists and the student body at large. Whether it’s lying under oath, shaking hands with armed white supremacists or antagonizing student activists, these actions are simply not acceptable — they represent a complete abdication of responsibility, a lack of morality and an utter disregard for student safety.
UNC Police has one job: to keep students safe. Their job is to protect us, yet they are doing exactly the opposite.