Statement following Board of Governors’ Resolution on Aug. 28, 2018

We are grateful for the support from the Board of Governors, Chair Harry Smith and President Margaret Spellings on our proposal to develop and provide a plan for the future of the Confederate Monument to the Board by Nov. 15, 2018. In their resolution, they recognized that the Board of Trustees and the leadership team have engaged in considerable work to explore options regarding the Confederate Monument. They also said, and we agree, that we expect to be in a position to provide a plan for a lawful and lasting path that protects public safety, preserves the monument and its history, and allows the University to focus on its core mission of education, research, economic stimulation, and creating the next generation of leaders. We will look at all options, including one that features a location on campus to display the monument in a place of prominence, honor, visibility, availability, and access, where we can ensure public safety, ensure the monuments preservation and place in history of UNC and the nation, while also following appropriate processes to secure any needed approvals from the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, NC Historical Commission, and/or the North Carolina General Assembly.

-Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Published August 28, 2018

 

 

Statement about the Confederate Monument

Around 9:20 p.m., a group from among an estimated crowd of 250 protesters brought down the Confederate Monument on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage.

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University releases documents related to faculty grievance

Today Chancellor Carol L. Folt released the following memo. The documents referenced in the memo are included below.

 

 

 

  1. The letter of Provost Robert Blouin to Christopher B. McLaughlin, Chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee, dated November 30, 2017.
  2. The letter of Chancellor Carol L. Folt to Professor Jay Smith dated February 26, 2018.
  3. The letter of Chancellor Carol L. Folt to Board of Trustees Chair Haywood Cochrane dated March 20, 2018.
  4. The decision of the Board of Trustees denying Professor Smith’s appeal dated April 2, 2018.

 

Published May 4, 2018

 

 

Chancellor Folt statement on Board of Trustees vote on honorary degree

 

I recommended that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees initiate a process via a mail ballot to revoke the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 2003. This is the first known time that the University has taken steps to rescind an honorary degree, and we do not take this action lightly. In this case, Cosby’s acts were so counter to our campus values that this prestigious honor is no longer appropriate.

 

Honorary degrees are awarded based on the information available at that time, and we do not intend to review the actions of each recipient years later. The Trustees are reviewing a recommendation to revoke his honorary degree, and they will formally vote on the matter at their regular May meeting.

 

The University has no tolerance for sexual assault, and we have worked diligently in recent years to comprehensively revise our sexual assault and misconduct policy and enhance resources for our community. We encourage anyone to visit safe.unc.edu for more information.

 

Carol L. Folt
Chancellor

 

Published May 2, 2018

 

Statement: University comments on N.C. Court of Appeals decision in lawsuit seeking names of students found responsible

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University comments on N.C. Court of Appeals decision in lawsuit seeking names of students found responsible

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. April 17, 2018) – “We are disappointed with the N.C. Court of Appeals decision and are examining all legal options as we review the ruling. We firmly believe Judge Baddour made the correct decision last May by recognizing the University’s legal and ethical responsibility under federal law to protect the privacy rights of all students.

 

Our position is based on the principle that we must protect the identities of survivors and other parties who put their trust in the University’s Title IX process and their rights under federal privacy law.

 

Releasing the names of those found responsible in sexual assault or misconduct cases could lead to disclosures about the names of survivors and witnesses who filed reports expecting a confidential process. That change could have a chilling effect on survivors’ decisions to file reports and witnesses’ willingness to participate, jeopardizing years of work by the University to encourage more reporting under the Title IX process.”

 

Joel Curran
Vice Chancellor for University Communications

 

Published April 17, 2018

 

-Carolina-

 

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on NCAA decision

Dear Carolina Community,

 

Today, we received the decision from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in our case resulting from academic irregularities that ended more than six years ago.

 

The hearing panel found no NCAA bylaw violations by the University; you may read its decision here. We believe this is the correct—and fair—outcome.

 

I am grateful that this case has been decided and the University can continue to focus on delivering the best possible education to our students. We wish to thank the NCAA staff and the Committee on Infractions for their work and time during the joint investigation and hearing process.

 

Carolina long ago publicly accepted responsibility for what happened in the past. One of the highest priorities of this administration has been to resolve this issue by following the facts, understanding what occurred, and taking every opportunity to make our University stronger. We have been open and transparent in everything we have done, as documented on our Carolina Commitment website.

 

The resolution of this case is part of a comprehensive effort working with administrators, faculty and staff across campus and with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, our accrediting agency, to fully address these issues.

 

Strong collaboration with our faculty was critical to developing the more than 70 groundbreaking reforms and initiatives, including in the areas of academic advising and academic oversight. I believe we have done everything possible to correct and move beyond the past academic irregularities and have established very robust processes to prevent them from recurring. We continue to devote extraordinary resources to monitoring and refining these reforms and initiatives that already had such a profound impact on our University.

 

I want to thank our dedicated students, and especially our student-athletes, who have shown so much passion and drive in the classroom and in competition while all of these things that had nothing to do with them were addressed. Carolina is proud of the accomplishments of our coaches and faculty and their commitment to our students and our campus. We are very grateful for the loyal support of our alumni and friends.

 

Carolina is in a better place, and we continue to focus on deserving your trust and ensuring integrity in everything we do. We are as resolute as we have ever been to our commitment to excellence, guided by our historic mission to serve the people in our state and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol L. Folt
Chancellor

 

Published Oct. 13, 2017

Statement from the University on the Status of the Confederate Monument

This is an update on the status of the Confederate Monument, better known on campus as Silent Sam.

 

Despite how it is being interpreted in the media, the University has not been given the clear legal authority to act unilaterally. Governor Cooper cites a provision where removal would be permitted if a “building inspector” concludes that physical disrepair of a statue threatens public safety, a situation not present here.  The University is now caught between conflicting legal interpretations of the statute from the Governor and other legal experts.

 

Based on law enforcement agencies’ assessments, we continue to believe that removing the Confederate Monument is in the best interest of the safety of our campus, but the University can act only in accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina. As we continue to seek clear guidance and legal authority to act, we ask for your patience and cooperation to help us maintain as safe an environment as we possibly can. Your safety and the safety of our community will always be our first priority.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill issues statements on Tim Beckman

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UNC-Chapel Hill issues statements on Tim Beckman

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Aug. 25, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has issued the following statements:

 

Statement from Head Football Coach Larry Fedora

“Tim will no longer serve as a volunteer with our program. I brought Tim here to help a friend gain experience from our staff, but after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too much of a distraction.”

 

Statement from Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham

“We made the decision today to part ways with Tim Beckman and thank him for his contributions in the short time he volunteered with our football program. Coach Fedora’s interest was in helping a coaching colleague get back on his feet. We will learn from this and continue preparing for the season.”

 

Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

“When I first learned yesterday that Coach Larry Fedora had invited former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to serve as a volunteer with the football program, I was surprised and disappointed. The decision for Mr. Beckman to withdraw from his volunteer position was the right thing to do, and moving forward I don’t expect this situation to recur. I continue to put a great deal of trust in Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and Coach Fedora to educate and develop our student-athletes and to ensure we meet the high standards we all expect at Carolina.”

 

-Carolina-

 

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