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UNC System President comments on UNCW controversy

UNC System President Margaret Spellings. (Source: WECT) UNC System President Margaret Spellings. (Source: WECT)

UNC System President Margaret Spellings commented Friday on the ongoing controversy at UNC Wilmington after a professor wrote a public opinion piece on a student. 

Some people have started a petition to remove Dr. Mike Adams from the faculty at UNCW after he wrote a commentary called "A 'Queer Muslim' Jihad" on the website TownHall.com, which described how a student on campus was questioned by Secret Service after making social media comments on Donald Trump's visit to campus. 

Spellings responded to a reporter question after the Board of Governors' meeting Friday by saying that as UNC's president and as a parent, this was personally troubling for her. She said the issue is on a very difficult legal line, as they must honor the constitutional right to free speech, even if they disagree with the comments. Spellings reiterated the system's commitment to making the university welcoming and inclusive places for all students. 

Spellings said that Chancellor Zito Sartarelli has her kept her up to date on the situation. 

The university sent out a statement last month noting that it doesn't regulate opinions from students and faculty, but encouraged anyone who felt harassed or discriminated against, to report it. 

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