Praveena Somasundaram


DTH Photo Illustration. Some UNC resident advisors have expressed fears about their ability to speak to the media, raising concerns about possible infringements on their first amendment rights. 

‘Don’t rock the boat’: UNC resident advisers grapple with media policy

As the public raised questions for months about Carolina Housing’s operations in the face of COVID-19, student staff had been hesitant to answer them to the media — many citing their fear of getting fired or losing their chance to be rehired. Several RAs, who asked to remain anonymous due to employment concerns, said the media policy is confusing.  When asked for interviews, they said they’ve felt afraid, nervous and unsure of what would be in violation of the policy — and if it would cost their jobs. The Supreme Court ruled in the 2006 case of Garcetti v. Ceballos that the speech of public employees is protected under the First Amendment — if it is engaged in as a private citizen.

Voices on the Road to Spring 2021

'Wheels are already kind of turning': UNC community reflects on spring semester plans

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced the formation of the new Campus and Community Advisory Committee in a formal notice on Sept. 15.  Selected by Guskiewicz, this group of faculty, staff, students and community members will give feedback as spring reopening plans develop. Vice Chancellor of Communications Joel Curran said in a statement that the new advisory committee aims to "ensure that as many voices as possible are heard" and provide critical feedback. Some still feel that it won’t be enough to change decisions.