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Report Asks to Amend to Sanctions, Burden of Proof
The task force's proposed
changes to the Honor Court
now go to the Committee on
Student Conduct for review.
By Milind Dongre
The Chancellor’s Task Force to
Review the Student Judicial System sub
mitted its final report to Chancellor
James Moeser last week.
The report titled, “The Practice of
Honor at UNC Chapel Hill” proposes
significant changes to the Code of
Among the most noteworthy propos
als are motions to change the standard
The House will likely cut
more out of the education
budget than the Senate did,
a UNC-system official said.
By Rohit Patel
The state budget approved by the
N.C. Senate on June 19 is set to head to
the House in efforts to secure a solution to
the state’s $1.5
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the Democrat-dominated Senate by a
33-16 vote, holds positive implications
for the UNC system, but some changes
are sure to occur in the House.
The Senate budget calls for a 2.4 per
cent cut to education, a total of about
$42 million. That projection is much
See BUDGET, Page 2
Anew Special Committee
on Tuition and Fees met for
the first time June 20 to
discuss the tuition policy.
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The UNC-system Board of
Governors began a re-evaluation of its
tuition policy last week, a process some
student leaders and UNC-system
administrators have been anticipating
for several months.
The board’s existing tuition policy -
which was put in place in 1998 - has
been criticized by student leaders for
being ineffectual and not followed by
members of the BOG when making
decisions on tuition increases.
The BOG’s Special Committee on
Tuition and Fee Policies, which consists
wholly of BOG members, met for the
first timejune 20 - mainly to review the
See BOG, Page 2
of proof for all misconduct charges
brought before the Honor Court from
“beyond a reasonable doubt” to “clear
and convincing;” to create a fast-track
option for guilty pleas in both academ
ic and non-academic cases; to create a
student advocate for honor position; and
to create a faculty adviser for the student
“We were talking about moving away
from a criminal law standard because in
many instances when it was 99 percent
sure that a student had cheated, it was not
beyond a reasonable doubt,” Marilyn
Yarbrough, task force chairwoman said.
“That’s important in an academic setting
because what we’re about is education.
“Students make mistakes in judg
ment. We want to help students under
stand the consequences before they
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A construction worker cleans the new Student Union windows Tuesday morning. The opening of the Union is scheduled for July,
more than a year after the Union was originally scheduled to be open ana about two years after construction began.
Don Luse, director of the Student Union, said Phases II and 111 are
expected to take six months each and will start immediately after
Phase I is complete. The projected final completion date for all phases
of Union renovation Is spring 2003.
June 2000 • groundbreaking
June 2001 • first projected completion date
, November 2001 • second projected completion date
'C-S** December 2001 • third projected completion date
February 2002 • fourth projected completion date
May 2002 • fifth projected completion date
June 13 • sixth projected completion date
July 12 • current scheduled completion date
July 17 • the Union is scheduled to open
Business School Requests Lower Tuition Hike Due to Pricing Problems
By Alex Kaplun
After years of tuition increases, some
UNC students might witness what has
become a rarity in higher education -a
voluntary reduction in tuition.
Robert Sullivan, dean of the Kenan-
Flagler Business School, asked the
UNC-system Board of Governors
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leave. That doesn’t happen when
(offenses) don’t even get charged.”
Yarbrough said the threat of false con
victions is minimal because “there are a
lot of safeguards built into the system.”
The task force’s call for a scale of nor
mative sanctions is the result of the
group’s overarching view of the judicial
process as an educational one.
“We want people to look at the viola
tion and make some judgment about
what sanction is appropriate -one that
would have educational, rather than just
punitive, value,” she said.
Yarbrough describes the scale as “a
range of sanctions.”
“Depending on circumstances, you
might get a different sanction,” she said.
The report also allows for a fast-track
option that expedites the judicial process.
New additions to the main building
include more meeting rooms for student
organizations, an increase in lounge and
lobby space and enhanced handicap
accessibility. Also, officials plan
to add a 24-hour computer lab
and copy center. Students will
also be able to buy bagels,
sandwiches, soups and
beverages. The new building will I
consist mostly of office space for
student organizations and student
lounges. An open-air walkway will
connect the two buildings.
Special Committee on Tuition and Fee
Policies last week to reduce the tuition
increase for some out-of-state students in
the business school.
Sullivan asked that a school-specific
tuition increase that is supposed to go
into effect this year for all out-of-state
master’s of business administration stu
dents be reduced from $2,000 to SSOO
and that tuition for all out-of-state mas
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In the past, many students found
themselves waiting long periods of time
for a sanctioning regarding their cases.
“We thought there should be a limit
ed period of time so that students would
know (the decision of the judicial body)
and could get on with their lives,”
The new student advocate for honor
would be “someone who would be
responsible for helping the campus keep
this culture of honor before them,”
“(The advocate) would help sponsor
programs about the student judicial sys
tem, do things that would keep it in the
public eye - that would show that the
student honor system was pertinent to
all of us and not just something out there
to catch us,” she said.
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ter’s of accounting students be reduced
from $1,300 to SIOO.
The Special Committee on Tuition
and Fee Policies has no power to approve
such a change. But the committee passed
a motion asking the board’s Budget and
Finance Committee to consider the
tuition reduction at its July meeting.
The rapid rise in the school’s tuition
can be attributed to both tuition requests
The report also recommends the
implementation of an “XF” grade for
students who fail a course due to acade
After studying the report, Moeser will
refer it to Dean Bresciani, interim vice
chancellor for student affairs, with a
request for its recommendations to be
reviewed by the Committee on Student
Conduct, which oversees student judi
cial governance at the University.
Moeser will ask that the committee
seek input from such bodies as the
Faculty Council and Student Congress
this fall and submit its final suggestions
for action by Dec. 1 -one year after
Moeser appointed the task force.
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made by school administrators and two
large systemwide tuition increases.
Last year, tuition at the school
increased by $4,400 due to a $2,000
school-specific increase request and a 9
percent systemwide increase approved by
the N.C. General Assembly, which was
used to cope with the state’s budget crisis.
For the 2002-03 academic year, anoth
er $2,000 school-specific tuition increase
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judicial system cases from fall 1997 to
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By Jan Rybnicek
After seven postponements, the new Student Union
is scheduled to open next month, but this delayed
opening may cost the University more than originally
The Union was originally scheduled to be complet
ed on June 13, 2001, but because of numerous delays,
the completion date has been pushed back to July 12 -
more than one year behind schedule.
Due to the delays, the original calculations for both
construction and design labor might be considerably
undervalued. In addition, delays resulting from faulty
construction may unexpectedly increase material costs.
Don Luse, director of the Union, said the contract
for the Union consists of three phases. The first phase
is the construction of the new Union building, and the
second and third phases involve the renovation of the
old Union building.
Luse said that if there are additional costs to the
Union, it will not have any impact on the appropria
tions that the University receives from the state. “We
won’t know any of the additional costs until after the
end of the project,” Luse said. “We do know that those
costs are not going to affect the state’s budget situation
because the Union project is student-funded.”
The University received bids from numerous gen
eral, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors,
from which it chose the best available bids. The origi
nal construction cost for the Union project was $10.4
Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for plan
ning and construction, said N.C. law stipulated - at the
time of the contract - that all state contracts must be
This means the state had to receive bids from a vari
ety of companies in each of the four contracting areas.
In a single-prime contract, the state would simply
receive bids from a variety of general contractors.
These general contractors would then be responsible
for subcontracting the mechanical, electrical and
Runberg said he believes the multi-prime contract
might have created some problems that led to the con
struction delay. “It creates a difficult contractual
process,” Runberg said. “The four contractors often
have trouble communicating, and therefore they have
Runberg said these scheduling problems can lead to
delays and, subsequently, to extra cost, which must
then be resolved through claims negotiations. “It is like
ly that there will be both claims negotiation between
the contractors, as well as between the state and the
See STUDENT UNION, Page 2
is set to kick in, and the General
Assembly is also considering a 12 percent
systemwide tuition increase, which would
raise tuition by another $2,800. Sullivan
said business school administrators did
not anticipate such a large systemwide
increase when they asked for their own
school-specific tuition increase last year.
See TUITION, Page 2