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Message from the Chancellor, Nov. 5, 2018

Dear NCCU Community:

Today, Monday, November 5, 2018, I met with the North Carolina Central University School of Law community to discuss the matter involving the reported use of offensive language and the alleged inflammatory comments posted on social media. NCCU denounces the use of racially offensive language.

Judge Elaine O’Neal, interim dean of the School of Law, and members of the NCCU administration met with the students and faculty on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Several concerns that were raised have been addressed, including security and timely updates on the matter. As noted in the correspondence disseminated on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, NCCU promotes diversity and inclusion and adheres to a Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination.

During today’s meeting, Mr. Fred Hammett, NCCU chief of Police, provided an update on the increased safety measures that have been underway at the Turner Law Building since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, as well as information on the status of the inquiry. Additionally, the Police Department has provided information regarding the inquiry to local, state and federal authorities for further review.

North Carolina Central University immediately followed safety protocols, which determined that there was no imminent threat to the campus, nor students. The enhancements include limited building access, as well increased surveillance utilizing cameras and police officers.

Atty. Don Corbett, associate dean of academic for NCCU School of Law, reviewed the School of Law’s disciplinary process and the university’s obligation to follow its policies. 

Atty. Hope Murphy Tyehimba, general counsel, noted six federal, University of North Carolina System or NCCU policies: Weapons on Campus, Family Educational Privacy and Rights Act (FERPA), Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, Free Speech and Expression Policy, Law School Student Handbook and NCCU Student Code of Conduct.

Dr. Toya Corbett, assistant vice chancellor and dean of students, provided an overview of NCCU’s Student Code of Conduct and the complaint and grievance policy.

The conversation was then opened to students, faculty and staff.

Students with safety concerns are encouraged to contact NCCU Police at 919-530-6106.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.

Chancellor

Published: Monday, November 05, 2018
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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