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UNC Board of Governors Racial Equity Task Force chair Darrel Allison speaks at the virtual meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

UNC Board of Governors' Racial Equity Task Force outlines work ahead at first meeting

The UNC Board of Governors Racial Equity Task Force met for the first time Thursday to outline the group's mission and the work it plans to do over the next several months.  The task force will focus on three key areas: equity in student recruitment, enrollment and success outcomes, recruiting and retaining "diverse and equity minded practitioners and leaders" and creating safe and inclusive campuses. 

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Craige Residence Hall as pictured on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

System may not refund housing if students are forced to move out, UNC-G contract says

On Monday, UNC-Greensboro notified its students in an addendum to its housing contract that, based on UNC System policy guidance, on-campus students who may be forced to move out due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the fall could not receive refunds.  UNC-G later clarified that the policy did not mean no refunds would be responded under any circumstances — but a student-created petition asking the UNC System to ensure refunds in the event of early contract termination has already garnered over 7,000 signatures. 

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Students prepare for class in Phillips 208 on Monday, March 18, 2019. This is one of five classrooms considered a 'Studio Classroom' and just one type of classroom in Carolina's Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative. The Initiative's purpose is to improve student-focused interaction through the modernization of classrooms.

UNC professor leading project to develop high school science lessons on COVID-19

UNC School of Education Professor Troy Sadler is leading a one-year research project in partnership with researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia to develop high school curricula about the coronavirus pandemic.  By integrating real world issues into the classroom, Sadler said students can see how the material they are learning can translate to bigger picture issues and inform important decisions in their lives.

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Judge Allen Baddour looks on as SCV lawyer Boyd Sturges speaks during the hearing on Wednesday. Feb. 12, 2020. Judge Baddour ruled to vacate the consent order and dismiss the lawsuit regarding Silent Sam.

UNC's $2.5 million Confederate payout won't be fully repaid despite backdoor deal reversal

The UNC System's now-infamous settlement with the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. was struck down last month after a swarm of public scrutiny and legal challenges. The reversal by Orange County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour returned possession of Silent Sam to the state's higher-education authority, but a $2.5 million trust of UNC's money that the System forfeited in that deal may not be coming back in full. More than $80,000 of those funds in total are set to pay the Confederate group's lawyer and the attorneys involved in operating the trust after its creation. However, a new legal challenge by UNC students and faculty seeks to change that.

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