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Over 60 UNC campus buildings test positive for lead

Lead has been detected in at least one fixture of 61 buildings on UNC’s campus, as of data released November 15. Avery Residence Hall and the building that houses Campus Health join 18 other buildings in having at least one fixture that tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s threshold of 15 parts per billion (ppb), requiring water systems to take remedial action.

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Supreme Court hears oral arguments in UNC affirmative action case

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a case against UNC-Chapel Hill that could affect the fate of affirmative action — especially relating to considerations of race in college admissions.  The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., alleged that the University's admissions processes violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  The Court is expected to release its decision on the case next year. 

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University begins phase two of lead testing on campus

Spencer Residence Hall, Carrington Hall and Wilson Library have all had multiple fixtures with lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s threshold of 15 parts per billion which requires water systems to take remedial action. George Battle, vice chancellor for institutional integrity and risk management, said that testing has been completed in over 30 buildings. Over 20 more are scheduled to be tested for lead this week. “We're taking a really aggressive approach in terms of just making sure out of an abundance of caution, we want to reassure our campus community that their health and safety is paramount for us,” Battle said. 

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Detectable levels of lead detected in 57 in-room Spencer Residence Hall sinks

Lead has been detected in 57 of 84 in-room sinks in Spencer Residence Hall, according to a notification sent to residents Tuesday obtained by The Daily Tar Heel. The results ranged from 1.1 parts per billion to 34.6 ppb. Only three of the sinks had lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's threshold of 15 ppb requiring water systems to take action. 

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Allegations, administration, accountability: tensions at Kenan-Flagler Business School

This fall, Kenan-Flagler Business School has seen a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former doctoral student, as well as the co-leads of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative leaving their positions.  Douglas Shackelford, who had been serving as dean of the school since 2014, unexpectedly retired in September.  In terms of diversity, Kenan-Flagler is 61st out of  81 ranked U.S. business schools, according to Bloomberg's 2022-2023 Diversity Index. 

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‘No safe level of exposure’: What having lead in campus water means for UNC

In recent weeks, the University has found detectable levels of lead in the drinking fountains and sinks of eight UNC buildings — including Fordham, Hamilton, Manning, Phillips, Carrington and Isaac M. Taylor Halls, along with South Building and Wilson Library. UNC testing has found that samples in seven out of the eight buildings exceeded the threshold of 15 parts per billion (ppb), the amount set by the EPA requiring water systems to take action.  “If you don't test for lead, you're not going to find it,” Elizabeth Kamai, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern California who has previously studied children's lead exposure in North Carolina, said.  

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