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Wednesday November 30th

Administration


Op-ed: Set a date to review Hannah-Jones for tenure

"Should it become clear that Ms. Hannah-Jones will not be given a fair hearing and vote as has every other candidate for the position she will hold, faculty will no doubt leave this university. Why stay when promotion or tenure may be delayed or denied because of someone else’s politics?"

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Members of the Carolina Black Caucus stand outside of the Carolina Inn to protest the UNC decision to deny tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones on Thursday May 20, 2021 before the UNC Board of Trustees meeting.

UNC and Chapel Hill community members rally in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC and Chapel Hill community members gathered Thursday morning to show their support for Nikole Hannah-Jones ahead of the Board of Trustees' 9 a.m. meeting at The Carolina Inn. The rally was organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the Carolina Black Caucus in response to the BOT's choice to not take action on approving a tenured position for Hannah-Jones at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

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With over 50 buildings in severe condition, UNC's maintenance costs keep growing

UNC’s deferred maintenance backlog has grown to over $900 million and counting. The facilities condition index is a ratio of remedying a building’s deficiencies relative to the current building replacement value. A building in good condition has an FCI of less than or equal to 0.05; fair condition if between 0.05 and 0.10; poor condition if between 0.10 and 0.30, and severe condition if greater than 0.30. The average for all UNC buildings is 0.19, falling in the poor condition category.

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DTH Photo Illustration. The university’s response to the pandemic worsened the distrust people already felt toward UNC after events such as Silent Sam and Title IX concerns.

How the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted growing distrust in the University

Mimi Chapman, chairperson of the faculty, said the broad distrust that has emerged in recent months is partially due to a series of past events, like the NCAA scandal, Silent Sam and Title IX concerns. The erosion of trust that resulted from these events was never fully regained, and new University leadership has assumed the responsibility of repairing past harm while confronting new challenges. 

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