Provost's Messages

January 8, 2021  |  Statement on Capitol Attack

Dear Faculty and Staff in Academic Affairs, 

I hope you all had a pleasant and peaceful holiday season. Unfortunately, the season is ending in a non-peaceful way, as we saw with the violent attack on the Capitol earlier this week. 

I wanted to alert you to the statement crafted by the Cabinet and the Chancellor regarding the violence in DC. OUR released the statement yesterday and it can be found here: To save you a click, I will also include it below my signature.

Also, I know many of us have questions about spring reopening, vaccinations, testing protocols, etc. Please be on the lookout for communications related to these topics in the next day or two. My office will work to keep you as updated as possible regarding new information on these and other topics. 

Best regards,

UNCW Statement on Capitol Attack


We, the leadership team of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, stand together to condemn the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and to express our deep commitment to the democratic principles defining our nation. The peaceful transfer of government; the right to freedom of speech,​ of the press, religion and assembly; protection from mob rule; and the many other democratic ideals outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights inspire our academic institution’s mission, vision and values. As a campus community, we embrace our Seahawk Respect Compact, which “promote(s) the right of every person to participate in the free exchange of thoughts and opinions within a climate of civility and mutual respect.” The mob at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (Jan. 6) assaulted these ideals and horrified the country and our university community. We stand with UNCW students, faculty and staff in our heartfelt commitment to the essential values that define and shape our country, our community and our campus. We will continue working together to protect and uplift these values now and in the future.

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and the Cabinet
The University of North Carolina Wilmington

James J. Winebrake, Ph.D.
UNCW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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