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Universities in the UNC System are beginning to release early plans for how they might reopen their campuses to students and faculty in the fall.

Universities in the UNC System are beginning to release early plans for how they might reopen their campuses to students and faculty in the fall.

The University of  North Carolina Board of Governors voted today for Interim UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz to step into the role permanently. 

Civil Rights Lawyers Stake Claim In Confederate Statue Case

Dec 13, 2019
In August 2018, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

RALEIGH — A national civil rights group has warned the leaders of the University of North Carolina that they should reconsider a $2.5 million settlement involving a statue of a Confederate soldier that protesters toppled last year at the system’s flagship campus.



You may have heard of the four college students in Greensboro, North Carolina who sat at a segregated lunch counter at a Woolworth's and helped spark the Civil Rights Movement in 1960. Thursday in Chapel Hill, community and town officials are celebrating the Chapel Hill Nine – nine high school students who also sat down, to stand up.

The Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina's flagship public university is defending its use of race in admitting students and wants a lawsuit filed against it by a group representing past and potential applicants and parents to be dismissed.

Silent Sam Confederate monument
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The UNC Board of Governors declined a proposal to build a $5.3-million education center to house the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In August 2018, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.


In the months after Silent Sam, a Confederate monument on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, was torn down by protesters, the University has been trying to decide what to do with it.

But even if they wanted to keep the statue off campus, officials say they couldn't.

In August 2018, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
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Seven people were arrested Saturday at a rally calling for a century-old Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina to be returned after it was yanked down five days ago.

About a dozen people carrying Confederate flags were met by dozens of protesters that don't want the memorial known as "Silent Sam" to return to the campus in Chapel Hill.

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UNC-Chapel Hill has spent $21 million on investigations, public relations and legal bills connected to the six-year academic scandal at the school.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes Wednesday in North Carolina. The first touched down at 4:20 p.m. just southwest of Monroe in Union County, tracking northeast for 7.7 miles. With average wind speeds of 100 mph, the tornado downed trees and tore the roof and sides off a barn. Few other structures were damaged.


UNC-Chapel Hill will pay a $1 million penalty for exceeding the system’s cap on out-of-state students. The Board of Governors approved the fine at its meeting Friday.

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Next week, UNC-Chapel Hill is launching a physician assistant program largely designed for military veterans. As the U.S. military’s drawdown plays out in a big way in North Carolina, the idea is to help troops with medical training turn their experience into jobs – and better health care.

Reema Khrais / WUNC

UNC Chapel Hill students aired their frustrations at a town hall meeting Thursday night about race and inclusion. It comes on the heels of several campus protests across the country related to racial issues. As WUNC's Reema Khrais reports, many students demanded answers and action from university administrators.

Two Triangle Chemists Win Nobel Prize

Oct 8, 2015

Two of the three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry live and work in the Triangle. Aziz Sanjar is a professor of bio-chemistry and bio-physics at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Paul Modrich is a professor of bio-chemistry at Duke University.  As WUNC’s Dave DeWitt reports, it was another example of collaboration between two universities that may be known best as fierce rivals.

Carolina Tar Heels Undergo Subtle Rebranding

Apr 21, 2015

Carolina blue will be a bit more consistent from now on. UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday night it's making some subtle changes to the Tar Heel brand.

UNC Board Approves Tuition Hikes, Closes 3 Policy Centers

Feb 27, 2015
From a Vine by Andrew Dunn / Charlotte Observer

The 32-member UNC Board of Governors unanimously voted this afternoon to close three university-based policy centers. The action included closure of UNC- Chapel Hill’s Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

“I disagree with this action. I hoped we could find a different way of going forward,” said UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt. “What the faculty and students I believe are saying is they’re very fearful this decision is having a chilling effect on their work and their perspectives on the area of poverty.”

UNC Board Of Governors Meets At UNC Charlotte

Feb 26, 2015
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The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors convenes its monthly meeting Thursday at UNC Charlotte. During the two-day meeting, the board will consider a proposal that would close three academic centers.  


Remembrances are pouring in of the man who built North Carolina basketball: Dean Smith. Smith died Saturday night at the age of 83. From the early 1960s to the late 1990s, he coached the UNC-Chapel Hill men’s basketball team to 879 wins, 11 Final Fours, and two national titles. Charlotte resident Tommy Tomlinson wrote a moving account for ESPN in March of Smith’s legacy on and off the court, as well as his struggle with dementia.


If you watch ESPN, you’re surely familiar with Stuart Scott. You don’t forget his style. Here he is giving highlights from a 1998 game between North Carolina and Duke.