Update: June 28 at 4:00 p.m.: The Board of Trustees will hold a full board special meeting at The Carolina Inn on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed.
The UNC Board of Trustees will vote on Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure case this week, NC Policy Watch reported Monday.
A vote will be officially announced Monday morning and be held as early as Wednesday, according to two people directly involved in the process.
The terms of six of the 13 trustees, including Chairperson Richard Stevens, will end Wednesday.
Hannah-Jones’ legal team announced last week she will not join the UNC faculty unless she is offered a tenured position.
Student Body President Lamar Richards submitted a formal meeting request to the Board Wednesday petitioning for a special called meeting by or on June 30 to discuss and take formal action on Hannah-Jones's case.
“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 of the request if at least five other trustees join Richards and also submit a formal written request, according to the Board's by-laws.
Seth Noar, the journalism and media representative on the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and a professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media said he is excited about the new development.
“Nikole Hannah-Jones has been through this whole process for months and months and we’ve all been waiting for the Board to finish the process,” he said. “So it’s great news that apparently that’s going to happen.”
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