Silent Sam Protesters at Chapel Hill Embrace a New Tactic: a ‘Grade Strike’

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Amid a week of standoffs between activists, the police, and officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over its plan to house a Confederate monument, Silent Sam, in a campus center, the protesters have a new bargaining chip: students’ grades.

Just as the fall semester is set to close, activists say, at least 79 teaching assistants and instructors have joined a rare “grade strike,” pledging to withhold more than 2,000 final grades unless the university meets their conditions. A Chapel Hill spokeswoman said on Friday evening that the university could not verify those numbers.

Final exams have already begun, and the first grades will be due next week.


Read entire article at The Chronicle of Higher Education

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