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UNC Chapel Hill Reaches Settlement With Nikole Hannah-Jones Over Tenure Flap

UNC Chapel Hill Reaches Settlement With Nikole Hannah-Jones Over Tenure Flap

“The steps taken to resolve the lingering potential legal action posed by Ms. Hannah-Jones will hopefully help to close this chapter”

You may recall this ridiculous feud from last year. The school settled with Jones for a measly sum less than $75,000.

The News & Observer reports:

UNC-Chapel Hill reaches settlement with Nikole Hannah-Jones after tenure saga

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has reached a settlement with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones following the months-long battle last year over her initially not being offered tenure at the university. UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chair David Boliek confirmed the settlement to The News & Observer Friday.

The settlement was for less than $75,000 and was approved by Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Boliek said.

Hannah-Jones is an investigative journalist for The New York Times who was hired last spring as UNC’s Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

Any settlement reached by public universities in the state for less than $75,000 is able to be approved under the sole authority of the university’s chancellor, according to the UNC Policy Manual. No settlement requires a vote from the university’s Board of Trustees, though settlements for higher sums of money require approval from the UNC System president or the system’s Board of Governors, depending on the exact amount of money involved.

Attorneys representing Hannah-Jones, including the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., last year threatened to take legal action, including filing a federal discrimination lawsuit, against UNC-Chapel Hill and its Board of Trustees over the failure to give her tenure, The N&O previously reported.

Boliek told The N&O Friday that the settlement reached by the university was to resolve that “potential legal action,” and that a formal lawsuit was never filed by Hannah-Jones’ attorneys.

“The steps taken to resolve the lingering potential legal action posed by Ms. Hannah-Jones will hopefully help to close this chapter and give the University the space to focus on moving forward,” Boliek said in a statement to The News & Observer.

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Comments

The Gentle Grizzly | July 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm

The settlement should have been a kick in the bee-hind using steel toed boots.

SeiteiSouther | July 19, 2022 at 2:16 pm

That’s worse than a wash. The majority of the settlement will be eaten up by her legal bills. Silly woman.

    tbonesays in reply to SeiteiSouther. | July 20, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Her lawyers assuredly took it on contingency so she gets a big %. And she got tenure so she can continue to preach hate at the tax prayer’s expense for the rest of her life.

henrybowman | July 19, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Aw. I was hoping that one or the other would have been bankrupted.
Instead, the settlement amount has all the curious stench of a “sue and settle” scam.

healthguyfsu | July 19, 2022 at 9:45 pm

She literally fabricates journalism….she should be banished from journalism and academia but for woke.

Further, she was later offered tenure and turned it down…it’s a farce that her lawyers even got to eat at this table.

Hannah-Jones is a hack, a fake historian and a clown.

And she goes to all the trouble of looking like one too!

What a waste, from every perspective.

The university should have fought the case. Why would tenure be offered to someone who has no academic background. If the NAACP legal wants to wasted their $$, let them.

I suggest that the $75,000 be taken out of the salary pool of the department that “recommended her” for tenure.

Well, if it had been U Minn. instead I am guessing they would have ponied up $29M for her “suffering and inconvenience.”

“Hannah-Jones is an investigative “journalist” …

FIFY.
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