The Faculty Council, academic departments, schools and other UNC-Chapel Hill campus constituents have released thoughtful statements opposing the UNC Board of Governors’ settlement on the disposition of the Confederate statue with the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, especially the considerable sum of money ($2.5 million) included in the settlement. The Office of Faculty Governance has compiled these statements into one document that conveys responses from throughout the University:
UNC faculty and staff statements on the Board of Governors’ settlement on the Confederate statue. [PDF]
Links to most of the statements in the document are included below. If your unit does not appear on the list, please send your statement (or a link to it) to the Office of Faculty Governance.
List of UNC statements regarding the November 2019 BOG settlement on the Confederate statue (updated 01/23/2020)
Faculty Council Resolution 2019-11. On the Board of Governors’ Settlement Concerning the Confederate Monument: https://facultygov.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/261/2019/12/FC-resolution_2019-11-passed-12.06.18.pdf
College of Arts and Sciences departments, curricula, chairs
African, African American, and Diaspora Studies: https://aaad.unc.edu/2019/12/13/statement-on-board-of-governors-settlement-with-the-sons-of-confederate-veterans/
American Studies: https://americanstudies.unc.edu/
Asian Studies: https://asianstudies.unc.edu/silent-sam/
English and Comparative Literature: https://englishcomplit.unc.edu/2019/12/ecl-statement-on-silent-sam-decision/
Global Studies: https://globalstudies.unc.edu/
Peace, War, and Defense: https://pwad.unc.edu/pwad-news/
Political Science: https://politicalscience.unc.edu/2019/12/silent-sam-statement/
Romance Studies: https://romancestudies.unc.edu/2019/12/roms-support-statement/
Chairs of Fine Arts and Humanities: https://americanstudies.unc.edu/files/2019/12/AMST-Declaration.pdf
Institutes and other non-departmental units
UNC Black Community: Letter to BOG, not found online. Included in linked document.
Carolina Performing Arts: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/the-overture/statement-regarding-silent-sam-decision/
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: http://hpdp.unc.edu/2019/12/20/statement-from-the-center-for-health-promotion-and-disease-prevention-on-silent-sam/
Critical Ethnic Studies Collective: https://south.unc.edu/2019/12/23/statement-from-the-critical-ethnic-studies-collective-on-the-svc-settlement/
Employee Forum Executive Committee: Open letter to UNC chancellor shared via email to all employees. Included in linked document.
Institute of African American Research: https://iaar.unc.edu/2019/12/20/statement-by-iaar-director-on-the-costs-of-the-board-of-governors-settlement-with-sons-of-the-confederate-veterans/
Institute for the Arts and Humanities: https://iah.unc.edu/iah-responds-to-bog-settlement-with-increased-support-for-race-and-reckoning-research/
Institute for the Study of the Americas: https://isa.unc.edu/files/2019/12/On-the-Matter-of-the-Confederate-Monument.pdf
Library Association at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: http://launcch.web.unc.edu/archive/2019-2020/statement-silent-sam-settlements/
Odum Institute: https://odum.unc.edu/2019/12/silent-sam-statement/
Retired Faculty Association Executive Committee: Email to RFA members, not available online. Included in linked document.
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History: https://stonecenter.unc.edu/statement-from-the-stone-center-on-the-scv-settlement/
Library and Information Science: https://sils.unc.edu/news/2019/SILS-statement
Public Health, Department of Nutrition: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/Department-Statement-12-19-19.pdf
Social Work (Dean’s statement): https://ssw.unc.edu/node/4883
In addition, Chancellor Guskiewicz shared a letter with the campus community that he sent to UNC System President William Roper and UNC Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey on December 11, 2019 in which he expresses his concerns about the settlement, writing:
I join with others on my campus in stating that the values expressed by the SCV are inconsistent with and antithetical to the values of the University. In addition, I am deeply concerned by the comments from SCV regarding their intended use of funds from the charitable trust.