FrOM THe HIll
After Student Complaints
Wailing sirens drowned out the hum of normal campus activi- ties shortly before noon on
Sept. 6 as alert Carolina responded to tornado warnings issued for Orange County.
Winston Crisp ’ 92 (JD), vice chancellor
for student affairs, said the threat posed a
perfect test of recent revisions to the campus security warning system.
Senior administrators, public safety officers and student representatives began
meeting in april to discuss how to improve
the system and address student complaints
about insufficient notification regarding an
armed robbery in Morrison residence
Hall in april.at the time, alert Carolina
had two tiers of notices: one for emergen-
cies announced by
sirens, text messages
and emails, and
another for “no
which were posted
on the alert Car-
Dan SearS ’ 74
The revised sys-
Sept. 1, was mod-
eled on protocols
developed by Vir-
ginia Tech after
slayings there in
2007 and on stu-
said Jeff McCracken
’05, director of pub-
lic safety. The revisions include a new
Timely Warning notification tier that uses
text messages and email notifications to
inform the campus of situations without
using a siren, such as robberies or assaults.
McCracken said he hopes the additional information tier will address student
concerns about campus safety. “Without
official information about a campus
crime or emergency incident, rumors circulate and fear grows, even if there is no
continuing threat to the campus,” he said.
McCracken said he would continue
analyzing and revising the system as
necessary, considering feedback from test
drills, warnings, and after actual emergencies.
Coaches Get Seven-Year Contract Extensions
roy Williams ’ 72, in his ninth sea- son as head basketball coach, has been given a contract extension
Williams’ base salary will be $333,938,
he will receive an expense allowance of
$30,000 in 2011-12 and $40,000 in each of
the next six years, and he will receive supplemental income paid by UnC ranging
from $1.35 million to $1.65 million a year.
The University also extended the contracts of women’s basketball Coach Sylvia
Hatchell and baseball Coach Mike Fox ’ 78
through 2018. Chancellor Holden Thorp
’ 86 and the UnC Board of Trustees
approved the new contracts.
Williams is eligible to receive standard
bonuses for qualifying and advancing
through the nCaa Tournament and for
the men’s basketball team equaling or
exceeding the nCaa’s academic Progress
rate of 960, a measure of the graduation
success rate of athletes.
Fox’s base salary will be $180,000 in
2011-12, $220,000 in 2012-13, $240,000 in
2013-14, $250,000 in 2014-15 and
$260,000 in each of the following three
seasons. He also will receive an expense
allowance ranging from $25,000 to $50,000
and is eligible to receive standard bonuses
for qualifying and advancing through the
nCaa Tournament and for the baseball
team equaling or exceeding the aPr.
Hatchell’s base salary will be $360,000.
UnC will pay her supplemental compensation ranging from $70,000 to $130,000 a
year and an expense allowance of $40,000.
Hatchell, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, is eligible to receive standard bonuses for qualifying and advancing
through the nCaa Tournament and for
the women’s basketball team equaling or
exceeding the aPr.
Hatchell, in her 26th season at Carolina,
is one of only four women’s basketball
coaches with at least 800 wins.
acommittee that spent the summer eviewing the University’s honor system came to three unanimous
conclusions: a need for greater efficiency
and better communication between the
honor system and faculty and the honor
system and University; a need to encourage
measures that empower faculty in useful
ways; and more regular and rigorous contributions to discussions of intellectual
The committee presented 12 proposals
to strengthen the honor system and a collection of positive and negative reviews
from faculty. One professor shared his concerns that frequent “group work” allows
students to justify sharing ideas and papers.
a majority agreed with the need to revise
the system, including greater student participation and a uniform policy regarding
academic dishonesty among faculty.
“If we don’t have a consensus, you can
imagine the confusion among students,”
committee Chair Jay Smith said. “Our goal
is educational citizenship and intellectual
honesty. We can ensure everyone is on the
same page and can give this explicit attention in our courses.”
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■ Michael Bloomberg, who became
new York’s mayor two
months after 9/11, will
give the Commencement address in May.
■ U.S. News rankings
place Carolina fifth again
among public universities;
the report notes concerns
about class size and
resources for faculty.
■ An assistant profes-
sor studying the effects of
alcohol on the brain wins
top early-career honor for scientists and
■ An artist, a songwriter, a pioneer,
leaders in health care and sport science:
UnC honors five with Distinguished
alumna and alumnus awards on University Day.
■ Laurence Alvin Lovette, the second
suspect in the 2008 murder of eve Carson
’08, is scheduled to go on trial nov. 28 in