Chancellor Sartarelli's Statement Re: House Bill 2
March 30, 2016
In the days since N.C. House Bill 2 passed, we have received questions about what the legislation means for UNCW. We are awaiting guidance from General Administration and have hesitated to comment before we have the complete picture, but felt the topic was too important to let any more time pass.
While we have not determined the full impact the law may have for our campus, what will not change is our long-held commitment to an inclusive environment for our students, faculty, staff and guests. There are, of course, policies in place, including the university Equal Opportunity policy and the Harassment Prevention Policy, aimed at preventing employee harassment or discrimination of any kind. There are also policies within the Code of Student Life, and the sexual misconduct policy, for students. All these policies reflect the values in the Seahawk Respect Compact.
We are dedicated to providing avenues of remediation for those who feel they've been subjected to harassing or discriminatory behaviors. If you feel you have been treated inconsistent with any university policy, we encourage you to reach out to your manager, to Human Resources (faculty or staff) or to the Dean of Students' office (students).
Yesterday UNC President Spellings issued the following statement:
Yesterday, a federal lawsuit was filed by three members of the UNC community and others against the Governor, the Attorney General, and the University of North Carolina, seeking to stop implementation of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB 2).
I want to underscore UNC’s long-held commitment to making sure that the University of North Carolina and its campuses are welcoming, inclusive and safe places for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds, beliefs and identities. I know that many across the UNC system are concerned about the implications of HB2. This law was passed last week, and since then we’ve been working to consider its full impact on the University community and UNC system operations. We stand ready to work with the Governor and General Assembly as the lawsuit progresses. As we continue to assess the law’s scope, reach, and potential impact, I reiterate our commitment to providing a safe, secure and inclusive environment for the entire University community.
In the coming weeks, we will continue the dialogue around our collective efforts to increase and sustain diversity on our campus, and to enhance the many ways we offer support and services for all employees and students. In the meantime, I stand with my peers across the UNC system in their commitment to maintain an environment dedicated not only to excellence in education but to fairness, safety, and support for every one of you.
Jose V. Sartarelli