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8/2/2020 7:23pm

Screenshot from the virtually held Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity meeting regarding UNC's fall reopening on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

UNC student commission resolution: ‘All courses must be offered virtually'

The Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity's resolution calls for full remote instruction and limitations on the number of students living on campus. The resolution came in response to the concerns students and Chapel Hill residents have expressed regarding UNC's reopening plans. “The only way we can make sure that everyone is safe, and everyone has access to an equitable education experience, is by offering all courses virtually and de-densifiying our dorms,” said Chairperson Lamar Richards. 


7/13/2020 1:00am

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. 


6/23/2020 9:42pm

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. 


5/28/2020 8:14pm

Headshot of Samantha Meltzer-Brody. Photo courtesy of Samantha Weiss.

UNC faculty member selected for prestigious O. Max Gardner Award

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, chairperson of UNC Department of Psychiatry and director of the UNC Center for Women Mood Disorders, was named the 2020 recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who, during the academic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.


3/26/2020 1:06am

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.


12/14/2019 3:55pm

Kevin Stone, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans' North Carolina chapter, poses next to Silent Sam after suing and immediately settling with the UNC System and Board of Governors, a deal that gave the group possession of the Confederate monument and $2.5 million in UNC System money for its "preservation and benefit." Photo courtesy of SCV members. 

Sons of Confederate Veterans members oppose $2.5 million Silent Sam reward

Multiple current member of the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. spoke to The Daily Tar Heel in the aftermath of the Confederate group's secretive settlement with the UNC System, which accrued it ownership of Silent Sam and $2.5 million in UNC System money. The members expressed desires to squash the deal and give the money back. They alleged financial impropriety and extortion among SCV leadership, referenced intermingling with gangs and hate groups, and described threats and slurs that have been issued toward members who raise questions.