Supporting the University’s Summer Reading Program, In Light of Recent Events and Controversy

RESOLUTION OF THE EMPLOYEE FORUM

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

September 4, 2002

            WHEREAS, the Mission of the Employee Forum is to address constructively the concerns of the Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and

WHEREAS these concerns include the academic reputation of the University itself, the very foundation for the good work and research done in this hallowed place; and

WHEREAS this reputation is utterly dependent on the free and open exchange of ideas; and

WHEREAS the summer reading program, featuring “Approaching the Qur’an:  the Early Revelations,” exemplifies the spirit of free inquiry that animates University life; and

WHEREAS assigning “Approaching the Qur’an: the Early Revelations” as a summer reading assignment does not constitute imposition of religious beliefs upon students, but rather composes the first of many intellectual challenges to face students in their time at Carolina; and

WHEREAS the Forum believes that the University’s tradition of free speech and inquiry aids all members of the University community, faculty, staff and students

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Employee Forum praises Chancellor James Moeser and the University faculty for their stand in favor of academic freedom

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Forum recommends that the University continue this tradition in its assorted dealings with faculty, staff, students and outside parties, allowing the battle of ideas to continue unabated within and without the University campus.

Signed on Behalf of the Delegates of the Employee Forum,

Chair Tommy Griffin

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