RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – In response to House Bill 2, students and student leaders in the University of North Carolina system held sit-ins at UNC universities across the state.
According to an event posting on Facebook, the sit-ins were planned for noon Friday. A few students held a sit-in at North Carolina State University.
The event comes one day after University of North Carolina system president Margaret Spellings announced that the system will follow HB2, the controversial bill that prevents transgender people from using restrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.
Zack King, the student member of the UNC system Board of Governors, said about 70 students participated at UNC-Pembroke in Lumberton as Spellings toured the campus.
“I’m glad they turned out to show their protest,” King said.
The bill was passed and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory two weeks ago and went into effect April 1.
“The Act does not require University institutions to change their nondiscrimination policies, and those policies should remain in effect,” Spellings outlines in a memorandum.
“UNC institutions already designate and label multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities for single-sex use with signage and should maintain these designations and signage. Institutions may provide accommodations such as single-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities and may designate those facilities as gender-neutral,” the memorandum states.