Another highlight of our January meeting was the Board of Trustees’ unanimous, voluntary adoption of a resolution pledging to treat each other with respect and decorum while discussing often routine matters and sometimes contentious policies. We hope to set an example of civility for other members of the University community in how we treat each other, demonstrating we can disagree (even strongly) without being disagreeable. In essence, the point is to debate the position, not the person. The pledge says:
“To help foster the free exchange of ideas necessary to the search for truth, I pledge to treat all students, faculty, staff, and our entire University community with respect, dignity, courtesy, and generosity of spirit. I acknowledge the value of varying backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and opinions among the members of our diverse University community. We are all fallible – and each of us born equally worthy. I commit humbly to the unending pursuit and advancement of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, acceptance, and mutual support as fellow Tar Heels first and last.”
You can read the full Resolution on the Promotion of a Collegial Atmosphere here.
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- — For the 18th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill as the best value among America’s public universities, the nation’s fifth-best public university, and its 29th-best university overall.
- — The University’s football team moved into the top 25 national rankings.
- — The University’s men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 in national preseason polls, while senior big man Armando Bacot was selected to multiple preseason All-America teams and tabbed as the preseason ACC Player of the Year.
- — The University’s women’s basketball team was ranked #12 in preseason polls.
- — The University fields the nation’s No. 1 field hockey team and No. 2 women’s soccer team.