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Tuesday September 21st

Faculty And Administration


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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DTH Photo Illustration. Professors are working to provide assistance to students during the current transition.

Students, professors use new methods to form connections through the computer screen

“For my Spanish class, my professor reached out to me last week because I forgot to take a quiz for that class,” said junior Jose Rodriguez Gomez. “He reached out to me to see if everything was fine and if I was doing okay and if I was facing hardships and that is why I forgot to take the quiz. After talking to him for a bit, he said that he would extend the quiz online for me.”

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(From left) Frank Baumgartner, Jennifer Ho and Sharon Holland discuss their collaborative "Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice" course at the Gray Squirrel coffee shop in Carrboro in 2016. Photo courtesy of Kristen Chavez, UNC College of Arts & Sciences.

Faculty of color consider leaving, cite lack of opportunities and toxic environment

UNC faculty said they have considered leaving the University for peer institutions due to a lack of leadership opportunities and a toxic environment for faculty who are people of color. “The work that we do is not valued as much as work that other faculty do,” Jennifer Ho said. Jennifer Ho was the associate director of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities — until she left in June 2019. “A lot of us were going to leave at a certain point because one, we couldn't get leadership positions, and two, who would want to stay in this climate?” Sharon Holland, chairperson of the Department of American Studies and ​Townsend Ludington distinguished professor, said.

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