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Faculty Athletics Committee chair requests meeting with Wainstein

The Chair of the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) has requested to meet with Ken Wainstein to share questions and concerns raised by the faculty related to recent claims in the media.  We believe it is important for Mr. Wainstein to hear these views as part of his ongoing investigation.

While the investigation is underway, the Faculty Athletics Committee will continue monitoring current practices and implementation of policy and procedure changes.  After Mr. Wainstein releases his report and we have an opportunity to review his findings, we will evaluate additional measures to ensure academic integrity for the University and fair education opportunities and protection for our students participating in varsity sports programs.

Faculty Athletics Committee statement on academic integrity

The Faculty Athletics Committee presented the statement below at the April 25, 2014 Faculty Council / General Faculty meeting.

The Faculty Athletics Committee along with others listed below reaffirms the principle that academic integrity  is inviolable. It is never acceptable for any person or unit to  compromise, or allow to be compromised, the integrity of the education, research, and service missions of the university.

Signed by:

Faculty Athletics Committee, 2013-14
Advisory Committee for the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes
Subcommittee on Special Talent Admissions
Michelle Brown, Assistant Provost and Director for the ASPSA
Steve Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions

Miss Faculty Council on Friday, April 25? Here are the tweets!

Below you’ll find a “Storify” of tweets bearing the search term (“hashtag”) #FacCouncil from the Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting of Friday, April 25, 2014.

Faculty encouraged to participate in Commencement events, May 10 and 11, 2014

Faculty are invited to join us for the joyous events of Commencement Weekend 2014 on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th.

Our students’ accomplishments are remarkable, and their friends and families value our roles as teachers, mentors and scholars. Commencement honors our collective commitment to learning and building a sense of community within our University. You’re invited to participate in both events wearing academic regalia if you have it, but you are welcome regardless.

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the Dean Smith Center. During the ceremony, each graduate will be called to the stage to receive the doctoral hood from his or her advisor. The featured speaker is Carolina alumnus, Dr. Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning within the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.

Non-hooding faculty members who wish to march in the academic processional should arrive at the Smith Center (entrance D) no later than 9:00 a.m. and gather in the Press Room on the lower level (take elevators or stairs down to the first floor). Marshals will direct you to the line-up site. Parking will be available in all the lots around the Smith Center. More information about the hooding ceremony is available here.

University Commencement will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium. If it rains during the ceremony, the ceremony may be shortened; in the event of dangerous severe weather, it will be cancelled. Faculty participating in the processional should park in the Bell Tower deck and gather on the second floor of the Kenan Football Center at 9:00 a.m. From there, Faculty Marshal Valerie Ashby will lead the faculty processional.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a professor in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. An accomplished surgeon, a successful writer and a popular and dynamic speaker, Gawande offers audiences a unique perspective on the practice of medicine.

The ceremony will honor our graduating students and the following outstanding recipients of honorary degrees: Marjorie B. Buckley, Carolina alum and generous donor to the Carolina Center for Public Service; Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College; Armistead Maupin, Jr., Carolina graduate and author; former North Carolina Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue; and Anne Firor Scott, pioneer historian of American women and Professor Emerita of History at Duke University.

Many of you have attended Commencement in the past, and we welcome you again. For those who have yet to participate in this venerable academic tradition, please join us. We look forward to seeing you there.
More information about Commencement is available at

Sincerely yours,

Jan Boxill, Chair of the Faculty
Valerie Ashby, Faculty Marshal


Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting Friday, April 25

The year’s final Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library.  All members of the faculty are invited to attend.  The agenda and all related reports, resolutions, and other documents are online here.

Complete 2014 faculty elections results now posted

We have posted the complete 2014 faculty elections results for all races now.  Thanks to all of the candidates who ran for all positions, as well as to the hard-working Nominating Committee, and, especially, to the 2094 members of the faculty (55.1% of those eligible) who turned out to vote this year!

Cairns elected Chair of the Faculty

cairns_bruce_400Prof. Bruce Cairns of the Department of Surgery and the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center has been elected to succeed Prof. Jan Boxill as Chair of the Faculty for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014.  Cairns defeated Prof. Andrew Perrin from the Sociology Department in an election that ended Monday night at midnight with a record turnout of over 2000 voters.  Full results of the elections will be posted by Thursday morning, April 24.  Thanks to all who participated, as candidates and voters!


Faculty Athletics Committee to hold open forums on 4/23 & 4/24

The Faculty Athletics Committee invites our faculty colleagues to join us in an open forum regarding athletics at UNC. We encourage your participation and input as we begin formulating our work plan for 2014 – 2015. There will be two opportunities next week on two separate days, two different times, and two different locations to optimize the number of interested faculty available to talk with us. We look forward to this communication opportunity.

Dates and locations:

  • 4/23 3:30-5pm, Genome Sciences room G010
  • 4/24 9:30am-11am, Saunders 220


Faculty Athletics Committee statement on student privacy

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC ) has been monitoring the release of student record information and has expressed previous concerns regarding the potential for protected information being utilized and reported inappropriately.   It is the University’s responsibility to uphold legal and ethical safeguards for all of our students and their privacy. 


The Committee is aware of a Twitter Communication (tweet) released on April 6, 2014 which publicly refers to specific academic information regarding specific students who are identifiable by the language in the tweet.   Protected information is not within the right of any University employee to make public unless authorized by the students.

The FAC calls on all UNC employees to maintain the integrity of student records and to refrain from demeaning student academic performance through selective, unauthorized release of protected information.   The work of many elected and appointed groups of faculty includes reviewing student information and monitoring ongoing changes that will strengthen the academic experience for all students and specifically for  students participating in our sports programs.  We have accepted the broader issue related to past academic integrity problems.  This monitoring and investigating indicates the commitment to making it right, but these activities should not happen at the expense of students.  Upholding student privacy is a principle our Committee takes seriously.

We call on the University to investigate this and any situation where possible student privacy violations of University policy and guidelines may exist.

Faculty Athletics Committee statement on integrity and reform

As faculty who have consistently insisted upon integrity and reform, we would like to reassure our current and past colleagues that faculty governance is alive and well.  Faculty have provided input, leadership, and critical guidance at every step of the extended inquiry and reform processes following the scandals. We invite current and former colleagues to join us at meetings, speak with us to learn more about the complexities of the situation, and offer input. Through the reforms put in place through faculty, administrative, and staff cooperation we are striving to make Carolina a leader in transparency and openness.