Following the release of the report by Kenneth Wainstein of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced several initiatives to prevent the recurrence of academic irregularities and to strengthen Carolina. To that end, two working groups were formed in May 2015—the Policy and Procedures Working Group, which has been charged with overseeing an enterprise-wide audit and then using the findings to further enhance process excellence and compliance—and the Ethics and Integrity Working Group, which has been charged with reinforcing ethical high-integrity behavior throughout the University.

The Policy and Procedures Working Group helps the University to identify any redundancies, gaps and inconsistencies, make recommendations for policy and procedure improvements and create a mechanism for periodic re-evaluation. As a University, we recognize that we need to have clear, coherent policies and procedures so as to enable effective operations and process excellence.

The working group oversees an audit that ensures the University is following applicable laws, regulations and policies. They will select a higher education consulting firm to assist them in the process of taking what they learned from the audit and improving upon it. The working group will define the firm’s scope of work, the expected outcomes and manage the process through its completion.

The group will provide a preliminary report to the Chancellor by October 15 and a final report by the end of 2015.

Policy and Procedures Working Group members:

  • Todd Nicolet, Associate Dean for Operations, School of Government, and Working Group Chair
  • Kathy Bryant, Senior Director, Human Resources Communications and Talent Development, Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Office
  • Jeff Cannon, Director of Academic Programs, Accreditation, and Assessment, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Debbi Clarke, Consultant, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • Matt Fajack, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration
  • Paul Godley, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, School of Medicine
  • Susan Kellogg, Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO, Information Technology Services
  • Abigail T. Panter, Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chris Payne, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Student Affairs
  • Phyllis Petree, Director, Office of Internal Audit
  • Will Tricomi, Associate Counsel, Office of University Counsel

The Ethics and Integrity Working Group will ensure that we have created the optimal culture, principles and practices to reinforce ethical high-integrity behavior throughout the University. It will address both culture and practices, including specific policies and process that will enable clear, consolidated and confidential channels through which all members of our university community can speak up and share ethical concerns.

It will also recommend how to best oversee the University’s commitment to integrity and compliance with all applicable laws regulations and policies. Finally, the working group will identify necessary processes, systems, personnel and training to ensure the University environment reinforces integrity and ethical behavior at every level. This group will meet regularly and its schedule can be found here.

Ethics and Integrity Working Group members:

  • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, and Working Group Chair
  • Julie Byerley, Vice Dean for Education, School of Medicine
  • Gena Carter, Senior Director, Employee Management and Relations, Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Office
  • Haywood Cochrane, Member, UNC Board of Trustees
  • Jennifer Conrad, Senior Associate Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Pat Crawford, Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy Counsel, Office of University Counsel
  • Jean Elia, Associate Provost, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • Michael Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor, School of Law
  • Ferrel Guillory, Distinguished Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Norma Houston, Coates Distinguished Term Professor, School of Government
  • Kerri McNeill, Auditor, Office of Internal Audit
  • Paul Pogge, Associate Athletic Director, Athletic Department
  • Joy Renner, Associate Professor and Division Director for Radiologic Science, Faculty Athletic Committee Chair
  • Terry Rhodes, Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jonathan Sauls, Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs
  • Houston Summers, Student Body President

We will follow-up with updates and reports as they become available.

Published June 4, 2015

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