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UNC Faculty Complain of Overreach

CHAPEL HILL — Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say the legislature has overstepped its authority in establishing an environmental policy center at the campus, the News & Observer reported.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council passed a resolution Friday saying that faculty participation is essential to the governance of the university.

The council joins the UNC Faculty Assembly, which passed a resolution earlier this month opposing various legislative mandates, including the environmental policy center, also known as the controversial North Carolina Policy Collaboratory.

General Assembly members have said the policy center was needed, in part, to counter liberal biases. Environmentalists argue the policy center would not sign on real scientists.

UNC Provost Jim Dean told the faculy council that there will be scientists in the collaboratory, but members of the faculty allege normal procedures were not followed in setting up the research center.

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