In a joint session between the undergraduate, graduate and professional senates on Tuesday, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz delivered a state of the University address.
Among other issues, he discussed campus safety improvements, mental health resources for graduate students and the impact of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision.
Every year Guskiewicz delivers an address to the Undergraduate Senate, but this year the UNC Graduate and Professional Student Government was also included in the discussion.
Katelyn Heath, senior vice president of UNC GPSG, said the Graduate and Professional Student Government works alongside the Undergraduate Student Government to achieve the same goals and that being part of the “flagship event” will help all students.
“We’ve been trying to take more time to partner up and get connected on initiatives that we’re doing that are similar and trying to meet the needs of all students with our combined efforts,” she said.
Members of both groups joined community members in Kerr Hall to hear from Guskiewicz. He began his speech by recognizing the Aug. 28 campus shooting and the ways in which students, faculty and police responded to the event.
Guskiewicz expressed his confidence in the chief of UNC Police Brian James and said the University has increased the amount of patrol officers on campus.
The war in Gaza has also impacted students both locally and internationally, Guskiewicz said. He said the University aims to protect students while allowing them to engage in discussion.
“We won’t stand for violence in any way on our campus and we’re committed to allow groups to express their opinions on our campus,” he said. “Under the first amendment we strive to rise above hateful rhetoric and engage in civil discourse and educated debate.”