BY: CAROLINE WORONOFF
On Wednesday February 5th from 4:30-5:30 on the second floor of the Student Union, The Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor (SACC) will host Chancellor Folt in her inaugural open house. Vice Chancellor Crisp and Provost Dean will also be in attendance.
The event is designed so students will be in small group discussions for about 25 minutes. After the discussion period ends, a microphone will be passed around to each table of students in order for them to engage in a Q&A with the panel of administrators. The goal of this set-up is not only to encourage more in depth questions for the Chancellor, but also to encourage more in depth discussions between members of the student body.
The agenda for the open house includes many of the hot topics on campus right now like the athletic literacy reports, sexual assault policies on campus, undocumented tuition, and academics.
Before going to the event, here is a refresher on where the chancellor stands on many of the issues likely to be discussed at the open house:
First, she stands by our student athletes’ hard work in the classroom, in the community, and in the athletic arena. In her letter to students regarding the claims that have been made against UNC athletes she stated that,
“I take these claims very seriously, but we have been unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with those data currently being cited as the source for the claims. Moreover, the data presented in the media do not match up with those data gathered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.”
Second, on the topic of sexual assault, Howard Kallem has been appointed as the university’s new Title IX Compliance Coordinator as of January 2nd 2014. Kallem is responsible for keeping UNC compliant with the federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs. According to a message sent to students from Brenda Malone, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources:
“This important area has Chancellor Folt’s full support. She has made a commitment to further expand the resources available to support Title IX compliance by creating a new position that will focus on direct student engagement and programming, as well as an additional Title IX investigations position. These positions will be open for recruitment in the very near future. Howard Kallem’s appointment, along with the addition of these new positions, will ensure that the University is well situated to provide a safe and responsive environment for our students and employees, and also play a leadership role in the ongoing conversation about Title IX compliance in higher education.”
Lastly, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper rejected the One State One Rate campaign that lobbied for instate tuition for undocumented students. On a different but similar subject, Chancellor Folt has worked to expand access to higher education to low income and first generation students. While attending a summit on affordability in higher education at the White House, Chancellor Folt announced three new pledges to making education at Carolina affordable. First, she has committed $4 million to double the size of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program at UNC. Second, she has announced another $4 million investment to improve graduation rates for undergraduates specifically for low income and first generation students. Third, Folt announced an expansion of the Carolina College Advising Corps, a service that provides college advising to high