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2 The Tar Heel Thursday, July 5, 1980 1
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By Jac Versteeg
A special faculty committee report
presented to the UNC board of trustees
June 20 says Sonja H. Stone should be
tenured. The favorable report is the first
break for Stone in an appeal process -that
began when she was first denied tenure in
Stone, former assistant professor and
director of the African and Afro-American
Studies curriculum, charged that the
University's decision not to grant tenure
was based on racism and sexism. The
University maintainted she did not have
the proper research credentials for tenure.
The report recommending tenure was
prepared by a seven-member faculty
committee headed by history Professor
George V. Taylor. The committee was
appointed in December, after Stone had
lost several appeals, because a three
member trustee committee found there was
"reasonable doubt as to the objectivity of
the tenure review jcommittee" in Stone's
"I feel elated over the tenure decision,"
Stone said in a telephone interview
Tuesday. "However, there was no
promotion recommendation, and I am
disappointed by that" In addition to her
tenure appeal, Stone had appealed the
University's decision not to promote her to
Stone, who is at Ohio State U niversity on
a nine-month research fellowship, said the
Taylor committee report denied that the
original decision not to grant tenure was
based on racism or sexism. She said the
report's favorable tenure recommendation
was based on a reassessment of the old
evidence as well as an examination of her
activities since the appeal began.
Stone, acting on the advice of her lawyer,
declined to provide more details about the
report until it has been made public.
Despite the favorable report, Stone's
appeal is not over yet Board of trustees
Chairman Ralph N. Strayhorn said the
trustees will take no formal action until
two faculty committees, the Instructional
Personnel Committee and the Faculty
Advisory Committee have reviewed the
report. Several of Stone's supporters have
expressed concern that some members of
the faculty committees that will review the
report previously have served on
committees that recommended denying
Stone tenure. . ' ' .
However, Strayhorn said the faculty
committee did not have the power to
reverse the report's recommendation. He
said he could not be certain when the
trustees would take final action on Stone's
appeal. "I think it will be soon," Strayhorn
University Provost Charles Morrow said
it was his impression that a subcommittee
of the Instructional Personnel Committee
already had reviewed the report. That
subcommittee was chaired by Samuel R.
Williamson, dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences, who concurred in the
original decision not to ten ue Stone.
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A spokesman for the chancellor's office
.would not say Tuesday whether the
Faculty Advisory Committee would take
any action on the report at its July 2
If the trustees follow the report's
recommendation and vote to tenure Stone,
the matter will be forwarded to the Board of
Governors for final action, Strayhorn said.
If the trustees vote against Stone, she must
appeal to the UNC Board of Governors.
The Board of trustees also received a
report on proposed changes in tenure
regulations at its June 20 meeting. The
most significant change recommended by
the report is the inclusion of review by the
trustees as a mandatory step in the tenure
appeals process, Strayhorn said.
Previous tenure appeal regulations
bypassed the trustees completely. Stone's
case was referred to the trustees only after a
special recommendation by the Board of
In a preface to the tenure review report,
members of the subcommittee indicated
that they were not "presented with any
evidence which would indicate a lack of
commitment on the part of the University
to the strengthening of the minority and
female presence within the faculty, nor
were we presented any evidence to support
any allegation that the University has
, engaged in discriminatory practices in
decisions regarding tenure."
Two .17-year-old high school students
were arrested Tuesday night after climbing
to the top of a crane near the Carolina
The crane, used in constructing the
University's new central library, is 200 feet
The boys were members of a group of
five seen near the Pit, Lieutenant James
Roberson said. While three of them stayed
behind, two boys walked between the
construction site and theCarolinaUnion.
"The three of them were watching me, so
I knew something was up," Roberson said.
He contacted another patrolman in
Hamilton Hall, and they spotted the boys
climbing the crane.
They tried to talk the two down. When
they refused to answer, the officers called
the fire department. After shining
spotlights on them, one boy climbed down,
but the other froze, Roberson said. Two
firemen climbed up and helped him get
Both were arrested by University police
and charged with tresspassing.
This is the second time high school
students have been caught climbing the
tower, patrolman R.F. Hazel said.
University Police and the Health and
Safety office are attempting to stop would
be climbers. "We're trying to find some
way to secure the ladder (running up the
tower) to make it less accessible," Hazel
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