Graduate teaching assistants and some faculty members at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are planning to “withhold grading" over the way in which the university is handling a heavily protested Confederate monument.
The Workers Union at UNC announced via Twitter its support for faculty members and teaching assistants withholding students' end-of-semester grades "until certain demands are met."
“Many UNC workers, students & community members have decried the BOT [Board of Trustees] & Chancellor Folt’s proposal to relocate Silent Sam w/ no thought for student safety,” the union said. “Opponents of Silent Sam have asked faculty & TAs to withhold grading finals and assignments until certain demands are met.”
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"The Workers Union at UNC supports campus and graduate workers and their call for the creation of a safe work environment," the union added. "We also support the individual exercise of all constitutional rights by and for workers."
One graduate student, who is also a TA at UNC, said on Twitter that she will be joining the strike to withhold grading.
“I’ll be joining in the TA strike at UNC to withhold grading for the Fall semester until demands for the withdrawal of @ChancellorFolt ‘s plans for #silentsam (among others) are met. You should too,” graduate student Kelly McArdle said in a tweet. “We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
The move comes after the UNC Board of Trustees approved the building of a $5 million history center on the outskirts of campus and the relocation of a Confederate statue named Silent Sam to that facility, according to the Charlotte News and Observer.
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