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Tuesday August 9th

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors makes policy decisions for the UNC system and all of its constituent institutions. The board also elects the president of the UNC system — currently Thomas Ross — who oversees the system’s administrative affairs. The N.C. General Assembly elects all 32 voting members of the board to four-year terms. There are non-voting members as well, such as former board chairmen, former governors and the president of the Association of Student Governments.

Committees are often appointed to discuss certain issues. Some of those standing committees include one for audits, budget and finance, educational planning, policies and programs, personnel and tenure, public affairs, strategic directions and university governance. 



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Counsel fees add to UNC System losses in the Silent Sam settlements

The UNC System lost money on multiple fronts in the Silent Sam settlements. Even after the $2.5 million settlement with the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans was overturned, money from the "Monument Trust" was still used to pay University counsel, according to invoices from the firm Womble Bond Dickinson provided to The Daily Tar Heel. Invoices obtained by the DTH show that the UNC System paid over $243,338.14 to counsel for “professional services rendered” on the settlements — $119,753.14 through Nov. 30, 2019 and $123,585 as late as July 31, 2020.

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Mimi Chapman, the current chair of the faculty, poses for a portrait outside the UNC School of Social Work on Jan. 9. Chapman states her goal for the new semester is "to improve communication between the various (leadership) groups."

'What it really means to love Carolina': UNC leaders discuss power tensions

From the Board of Trustees to the Faculty Executive Committee and student governments, many groups have a stake in decision-making at UNC as part of the University's shared governance. Under this model, different bodies collaborate in processes with a goal to benefit campus constituencies. But recently, the integrity and effectiveness of that system has been called into question with controversies swarming around the University.

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Students walk past Wilson Library on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

As UNC reopens in-person, students and faculty have COVID-19 safety concerns

As UNC begins the fall semester, thousands of people are returning to campus without a vaccine mandate, consistent gathering limits or physical distancing procedures.  This “return to normal” leaves some students and faculty concerned about the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Mimi Chapman, chairperson of the faculty, worries that there is not enough time for all members of the campus community to get vaccinated before UNC returns to normal operations.  UNC senior Brooks Fitts fears for his own safety as an individual with diabetes, a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19. 

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