RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — A change is coming to UNC system board meetings.
In an effort to stop demonstrations, college leaders have now decided to listen to up to an hour of public comments following each meeting, starting Friday, May 27. The meeting will take place at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development in Chapel Hill.
The move comes after several meetings had been interrupted by protests. Last month’s meeting in Chapel Hill was forced to adjourn until police cleared more than two dozen protestors from the conference room. The meeting was moved from the UNC-Asheville system campus because of a planned demonstration there.
The public comment sessions will begin 30 minutes after the Board of Governors meeting adjourns. All individuals will have to sign in and they are asked to address topics relevant to the UNC system. Each speaker will be given three minutes to talk.
A handful of the 32-member governing board’s members will listen to up to an hour of public comments following each meeting. The listening sessions are part of UNC President Margaret Spellings goals towards increasing transparency about the university’s activities.