UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Chair: Two different COVID realities on campus, faculty “in the dark,” campus “without a clear map”
The chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty is expressing frustration over the state of COVID-19 communication on campus, complaining of a return to a “toxically positive” direction that masks the problems and creates “two different realities” while the campus is “without a clear map.” In an August 19 email to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost […]
New ‘Silent Sam’ revelations contradict past public assurances offered by UNC Chancellor Guskiewicz
In December 2019, Kevin Guskiewicz, then the new UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, appeared before a concerned and angry Faculty Council. The UNC System had just announced its Board of Governors had settled a lawsuit with the NC Sons of Confederate Veterans. The settlement would not only give the group the controversial Silent Sam Confederate monument but also $2.5 million in trust to care for it.
UNC-Chapel Hill housing policies, density change as pandemic concerns intensify
It’s been a rough week for the UNC System — particularly its flagship campus, UNC Chapel Hill. First, it was revealed that the Orange County Health Department recommended the school move online-only for the Fall semester and restrict on-campus housing to a bare minimum. The school did not disclose those recommendations to faculty, students or […]
UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Chair to UNC Board of Governors: “Allow decision-making at the local level” on COVID-19 pandemic
On Monday the chair of UNC-Chapel Hill’s faculty asked UNC Board of Governors to allow the school to make its own decision as to whether the campus makes online education as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. In a letter to the board and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Dr. Mimi Chapman, chair of the school’s […]
Will UNC students and faculty ‘vote with their feet’ on the prospect of returning to campus?
Classes start in just over two months, and Eric Muller, a professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law, should be consumed with textbook choices, syllabi and lesson plans. Instead, he’s thinking about his wife, who cares for her 90-year-old mother. To just how much risk will be exposing his family each day when he comes home from work?
UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Workers issue COVID-19 demands
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate workers have issued a series of more than a dozen demands related to the school’s COVID-19 response. In a Monday letter to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other university officials, the students outlined the precarious financial situation of many graduate workers during the pandemic. They demanded increased pay, emergency stipends, employment and health […]
Petition to move to pass/fail grading at UNC-Chapel Hill getting heavy support
A petition to move to pass/fail grading for all courses at UNC-Chapel Hill for the Spring Semester has gained momentum, surpassing its original goal of 5,000 signatures in fewer than 24 hours. The petition was organized by students concerned about the impact of massive changes to instruction and housing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It […]
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty petition to end moratorium on renaming university buildings
Prominent faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are petitioning to rescind the UNC Board of Trustees’ self-imposed moratorium on renaming of historical properties. Students and faculty have pushed for the renaming of buildings at UNC-Chapel Hill for decades, arguing men and women who owned slaves, fought for the Confederacy to preserve slavery and wrote white supremacist tracts […]
Guskiewicz becomes new UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor amid continued Silent Sam conflict
The UNC Board of Governors unanimously voted to appoint Kevin Guskiewicz chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friday. The Board of Governors, UNC-System Interim President and Guskiewicz himself declined to answer any questions on the settlement Friday. Guskiewicz, who has been serving as interim-chancellor for the last ten months, enters the […]
New interim chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill no stranger to faculty, student tensions
When Kevin Guskiewicz was named interim chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill this week, he was hardly an unknown quantity. Guskiewicz joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995 and has been dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since 2016. In that role he’s been no stranger to tensions between faculty, students and administration. Guskiewicz […]