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May 18, 2023

VICTORY: UNC Chapel Hill rejects task force recommendation, shows why it’s a ‘green light’ school

In a victory for academic freedom, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced its decision to not implement recommendations made by the School of Medicine’s Task Force to Integrate Social Justice into the Curriculum that would condition tenure and promotion on faculty commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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https://www.thefire.org/news/victory-unc-chapel-hill-rejects-task-force-recommendation-shows-why-its-green-light-school

May 4, 2023

Speech Protections Are Spreading Across the UNC System

Free-speech protections are on the rise in the UNC System. Late last year, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees and Faculty Council adopted free-speech resolutions, with the latter signing on to the speech-friendly Chicago Principles, as well. More recently, two UNC-System institutions have joined the flagship in publicly committing to protecting First Amendment rights on campus.

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https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2023/05/speech-protections-are-spreading-across-the-unc-system/

Apr 23, 2023

A New Anti-DEI Petition for UNC Medical School

The Martin Center has often reported on the damage being done in colleges and universities under the guise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Now, another organization, Color Us United (CUU), is doing the same for the UNC School of Medicine (UNCSM).

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https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2023/02/a-new-anti-dei-petition-for-unc-medical-school/

Apr 20, 2023

KOTIS: The hypocrisy of the Coalition for Carolina

For much of the last century, Democrats controlled North Carolina.

Since 2010, however, voters bestowed that power on Republicans, who have appointed conservatives like me to govern the UNC system.

Democrats have made political hay from bashing our leadership. Look beyond the bad-mouthing, though, and you’ll see what’s motivating them: They’re not in charge any more, and it’s killing them.

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https://nsjonline.com/article/2023/04/kotis-the-hypocrisy-of-the-coalition-for-carolina/

Apr 10, 2023

HILL: College students are crippled by faculty patronizing them

The scariest professor I had in college at UNC was Dr. Daniels.

He taught French 40 ― existential literature. I hated it.

Everyone else loved him. He had a reputation for being lenient in grading ― if a student went to his office to chat with him 3-4 times during the semester, they were pretty much guaranteed to get an A.

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https://nsjonline.com/article/2023/03/hill-college-students-are-crippled-by-faculty-patronizing-them/

Apr 10, 2023

Meeting Overview
January 2023
Trustees back administration plan for new faculty-approved curriculum

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https://bot.unc.edu/meeting-reports/

Mar 29, 2023

UNC Board of Trustees approves resolution in support of policy curbing ‘compelled speech’

CHAPEL HILL — At a March 22 meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees (UNC BOT), a resolution was approved that supports a recent policy change to curb “compelled speech.”

UNC BOT member and Strategic Initiatives Committee Chair Perrin Jones introduced and read the resolution supporting the amendment of UNC Policy Section 300.5.1. The approved policy revision in that section restricts “vague or ideologically motivated statement policies of any kind across UNC campuses” in admissions, employment and professional advancement.

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https://nsjonline.com/article/2023/03/unc-board-of-trustees-approves-resolution-in-support-of-policy-curbing-compelled-speech/

Mar 17, 2023

SMITH: UNC Chapel Hill is emerging as a national free speech leader

Three cheers for UNC Chapel Hill.

The public institution — paid for in large part by taxpayer dollars — has become a national leader of the anti-woke backlash in higher education. This development is as surprising as it is welcome, since many public colleges and universities are doubling down on political indoctrination and ideological discrimination.

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https://nsjonline.com/article/2023/03/smith-unc-chapel-hill-is-emerging-as-a-national-free-speech-leader/

Mar 3, 2023

A university finally stands up to woke virtue signaling

Where have all the adults gone?

That is one of the questions I keep wondering about wherever I look in America or the wider West these days.

We have politicians who behave like schoolchildren, teachers who live in fear of their students, and bosses and CEOs who are terrorized by their most junior employees.

When did all the adults leave the room?

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https://nypost.com/2023/03/02/a-university-finally-stands-up-to-woke-virtue-signaling/

Mar 3, 2023

University of North Carolina moves to ban ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ statements in anti-woke backlash

The University of North Carolina (UNC) moved against encroaching woke culture and voted to ban diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statements and politically preferential hiring.

UNC voted to ban DEI statements and compelled speech from admission, hiring, promotion and tenure at its Board of Governors meeting Thursday.

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https://www.foxnews.com/media/university-north-carolina-moves-ban-diversity-equity-inclusion-statements-anti-woke-backlash

Feb 24, 2023

University of North Carolina moves to ban ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ statements in anti-woke backlash

The University of North Carolina (UNC) moved against encroaching woke culture and voted to ban diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statements and politically preferential hiring.

UNC voted to ban DEI statements and compelled speech from admission, hiring, promotion and tenure at its Board of Governors meeting Thursday.

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https://www.foxnews.com/media/university-north-carolina-moves-ban-diversity-equity-inclusion-statements-anti-woke-backlash

Jan 31, 2023

The UNC Echo Chamber Fights Back

Our editorial on Friday about the University of North Carolina’s effort to create a new school dedicated to free inquiry and open academic discourse has caused a fuss on campus that illustrates why the new school is needed. It seems that faculty grandees are outraged that the UNC board of trustees thought such a school is necessary and didn’t even seek the faculty’s permission.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/university-of-north-carolina-school-of-civic-life-and-leadership-daily-tar-heel-board-of-trustees-11675203324#

Jan 26, 2023

UNC Takes on the University Echo Chamber

Progressive politics has dominated elite universities since before the term woke was coined. But one university is trying to revive the academic ideal of a campus as a haven for free inquiry and debate. On Thursday the University of North Carolina board of trustees voted 12-0 to create a new school committed to free expression in higher education.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/university-of-north-carolina-school-of-civic-life-and-leadership-board-of-trustees-11674773696?page=1

Dec 19, 2022

UNC-System Employees Really Love Democrats

While North Carolina is often considered a “purple state,” the composition of UNC-System campaign contributions is anything but bipartisan. OpenSecrets data indicate that campaign contributions to Democrats among UNC-System employees outweighed those to Republicans by more than 20 to 1 in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles.

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https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2022/12/unc-system-employees-really-love-democrats/

Dec 12, 2022

Has Your University Signed "The Chicago Statement?"

Vietnam War-inspired protests were all but gone on campuses when I started college in 1974, but the “free speech” movement they spawned was just getting started.

It’s no secret that this college-anchored free speech movement has evolved since the early 1980s, when “free speech zones” were established on campus grounds. But free speech advocates soon began to challenge them as too restrictive.

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https://kellyjohnston.substack.com/p/has-your-university-signed-the-chicago

Dec 12, 2022

Ideological Compulsion at the UNC School of Journalism

There are times when “I told you so” is unpleasant to say. This is one of those occasions.

In May, the Martin Center reported on the appointment of a new dean, Raul Reis, at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism. Based on Reis’s previous work and his professed dedication to “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI), the Martin Center warned that this new hire might seek to remake the school in the image of DEI. That prediction, unfortunately, appears to have come true.

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https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2022/12/ideological-compulsion-at-the-unc-school-of-journalism/

Dec 5, 2022

Murphy Champions First Amendment Rights at Annual Campus Free Speech Roundtable

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Greg Murphy, M.D., Virginia Foxx, Kat Cammack, Burgess Owens, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks held the second annual Congressional Campus Free Speech Roundtable in the U.S. Capitol. The event brought together leaders from the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), current college students, and members of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA) to discuss First Amendment concerns in post-secondary education.

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https://gregmurphy.house.gov/media/press-releases/murphy-champions-first-amendment-rights-annual-campus-free-speech-roundtable

Oct 19, 2022

HILL: Holden Thorp and the charade of political neutrality

Frank Hill

Former UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp published “The Charade of Political Neutrality” in the Sept. 16 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

He tried to make the case that conservative politicians want to dictate what colleges teach and who teaches what subjects. What he and virtually all administrators and faculty fail to understand about conservatives is they couldn’t care less what any administrator or faculty says at Carolina or any other college ― as long as other faculty and students have the guaranteed freedom to say whatever they want in response without fear of reprisal, ostracism, suppression or ridicule supported by the administration. Or worse, be declined tenure as a young professor or get a failing grade as a student for not adhering to the liberal ideology imposed by their superiors.

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https://nsjonline.com/article/2022/10/hill-holden-thorp-and-the-charade-of-political-neutrality/

Oct 18, 2022

Universities Should Adopt Institutional Neutrality

Mark McNeilly

On July 27, 2022, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees passed a resolution adopting both the University of Chicago’s Free Speech Statement and its Kalven Report. Chicago’s Free Speech Statement, which guarantees free expression at the university, is well known in academia. According to the campus free speech organization FIRE, 87 universities have adopted the Statement as of July 2022. Much less well known is the Kalven Report, which focuses on institutional neutrality.

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https://heterodoxacademy.org/blog/universities-should-adopt-institutional-neutrality/

Sep 29, 2022

UNC Holds First Amendment "Celebration" With One-Sided Condemnations of Free Speech Values

A professor at the University of North Carolina recently sent me an article on a “free speech event” held at the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy as part of the University’s 13th First Amendment Day celebration. What was striking about the free speech panel was not just that it was decidedly opposed to core free speech principles but it lacked a single panelist who spoke primarily in favor of free speech and against censorship.

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https://jonathanturley.org/2022/09/29/unc-holds-first-amendment-celebration-with-one-sided-condemnations-of-free-speech-values/

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