Dear Carolina Community:
In the days since my last message to you, I have been made aware of – and read for myself – examples of heated conversations inside and outside of Carolina regarding many of the issues I addressed: the integrity of our support for student-athletes and their success from admission to graduation. I closed that email by saying, “Whether we agree or disagree, we must welcome healthy debate, respect each other and in that way show the true character of our Carolina community.”
Today, I am asking for a renewed effort by everyone, regardless of your opinions, to encourage civil debate and discourse about these complex issues. I hope that we can talk about these topics in an informed way without resorting to personal attacks directed at students, faculty or staff members. Carolina character lives in our words and deeds.
Carol L. Folt