The group’s North Carolina conference chair said Thursday that a national association of university professors may impose sanctions on the United Nations University system over alleged violations of academic freedom.
A resolution may be issued by the American Association of University Professors in early summer, as the leaders of the American University of America study 38 page report The group launched Thursday alleging political interference in campus management and alleged racism on the North Carolina campus.
The penalty will not be monetary, but will send notice to professors across the country that AAUP sees “unsatisfactory conditions for academic government,” according to the association’s website.
the report, Based on interviews with more than 50 people across the UNC system, he denounced the lack of faculty input in key decisions and said system leaders foster structural and class racism in North Carolina.
The report identified examples from several universities and focused in particular on the notable controversies at UNC-Chapel Hill, including Back and forth over the tenure For journalist Nicole Hannah Jones, the Epic about elimination From the silent Confederate statue of Sam from Campus and pressure to bear At the UNC Center for Civil Rights.
“The University of North Carolina system is in trouble, not the kind of problems that good enrollments or rankings can solve,” the report said. “It’s kind of a problem that gets worse and spreads.”
A spokesperson for the university system said the report contained “countless errors” and submitted it reply letter From Kimberly Van Noort, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“You present a relentlessly bleak picture of one of the strongest, most vibrant and productive university systems in the country,” books. “It is almost impossible to reconcile the bleak image I have created with the thriving universities we know and love.”
Because of the report’s findings, AAUP is considering imposing a rare sanction on the state’s university system, and its committee on college and university governance will decide the matter at an early summer meeting, AAUP spokeswoman Kelly Benjamin said via email.
There is still a “window” for the regime and political leaders to respond, said Michael Burnett, professor of history at Appalachian State University and president of the Arab American University in North Carolina. He also called for professors to regulate and said that if sanctions are imposed, it could make it difficult for the UN University system to recruit high-ranking professors.
“Do you want to join an institution that the faculty themselves flee from?” Burnett said during a press conference at UNC-Chapel Hill. “This is a great system… I hope it gets fixed.”