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House bill could eliminate tenure in the UNC System, faculty see it as a threat to academic freedom

N.C. House Bill 715, or The Higher Ed. Modernization & Affordability Act, aims to end faculty tenure at all UNC System universities and community colleges. Many UNC professors have expressed alarm at the legislation. A letter with over 670 signatures said the faculty are concerned by the “interference and overreach” of the N.C. legislature, UNC Board of Governors and UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees into academic freedom and shared governance at the University.  “(The state legislature) challenged the core operations of the University —  teaching, research, hiring, tenure — everything that we take seriously, everything that's vital to the institution, is being challenged in a new way here,” history professor Jay Smith said. “And, we just wanted to raise our voices in protest.”


'Grief is love lost': UNC community dedicates permanent memorial to James Cates

The James Lewis Cates Jr. memorial — an outcome of years of student and local advocacy — was officially dedicated in the Pit on Monday. Cates, 22, was a Chapel Hill resident murdered outside the Student Union in November 1970 by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang. “In a perfect world, we would see his dreams fully realized today and would have him here as an elder to share the beauty of his life on his own,”  Student Body President Taliajah “Teddy” Vann said. “And to pour his wisdom into Black students at UNC, like members of the Northside have done for decades.”

City & State

A guide to abortion and reproductive health care in North Carolina

The ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade gave individual states the power to set their own their own laws on abortion access, with almost half of U.S. states expected to ban or severely restrict abortion. North Carolina is one of the only Southern states where abortion is still legal — for up to 20-weeks of pregnancy.  Here's a breakdown of abortion and reproductive health care resources in the state.

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The Campus and Community Advisory Committee meet virtually on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 to discuss COVID-19 testing and vaccination rollout plans for the upcoming semester.


Faculty Executive Meeting

The Faculty Executive Committee gathered Monday afternoon to consider complexities in leadership, debates over the spring “Conflict over Gaza” Conference and the concerns of student government.

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