CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – UNC system president Margaret Spellings took time to discuss the controversial House Bill 2 law and how the measure will impact students at the system’s universities on Thursday.
Spellings has made no secret that she is concerned about the impact that HB2 will have on the UNC system. Her concerns center on how HB2 will have impact retaining and recruiting students and faculty.
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Spellings talked to lawmakers last week. On Thursday, CBS North Carolina spoke with her about those conversations.
“We continue to think through ideas of what might provide some relief and some comfort and calm for the campuses and institutions,” she said when asked what has changed since her meetings. “The Department of Justice and the Department of Education certainly are interested in this issue, so we continue to work on those things. We stay in touch with general counsels at each of these institutions – it evolves daily.”
Lou Bissette, UNC Board of Governors chair also commented on HB2 and the UNC system.
“There’s of course been impacts. There’s no question about that. We’re here today instead of being in Asheville, partially because of an impact from HB2,” he said.
Bissette was referring to potential protests as the reason why the meeting for today and Friday was moved to Chapel Hill from UNC-Asheville.
Bissette reiterated that the UNC system doesn’t discriminate.
“We don’t discriminate against anybody. Our students come in all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, sexual orientation. We don’t discriminate,” he said. “We’re a state entity. We’re trying to educate students and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”
Spellings also said moving to Chapel Hill made sense from a logistics perspective.
“We’re just better equipped to deal with the mechanics of a meeting and the kind of public input that we’re likely to have at this meeting,” she said.
Spellings plans to continue to meet with lawmakers on the matter.