Update June 23 at 12:51 p.m.: UNC Student Body President Lamar Richards submitted a formal meeting request to the Board of Trustees petitioning for a special called meeting by or on June 30 to discuss and take formal action on Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure situation.
“I make this formal petition for a special called meeting for the sake of our University’s future, not as the sole corrective measure for inclusion efforts on campus but as the first step to ignite this critical phase of bolstering inclusion for Carolina,” he said in the email first obtained by NC Policy Watch.
A special meeting must be called within 10 days if at least five other members of the Board join Richards and also submit a formal written request, according to the Board's by-laws.
Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join the UNC faculty unless she is offered a tenured position, according to a letter obtained by NC Policy Watch.
Hannah-Jones will also not start her position on July 1 as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism, according to the letter, which Hannah-Jones' legal team sent to the University on Monday.
The previous two Knight Chairs at UNC received tenure upon hiring, but Hannah-Jones was offered a fixed, five-year contract as a professor of the practice, with the option to be reviewed for tenure at the end.
NC Policy Watch reported that two BOT members said they were frustrated with the lack of decisiveness by the Board.
One trustee said some other members of the Board as well as some in the UNC-System leadership want Hannah-Jones to take the job under lesser conditions than her white predecessors, according to Policy Watch.