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Residence Hall Re-naming Process

Carolina Housing and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) have been dedicated to addressing Residence Hall names so they better align with the department's mission to create a space that is: "Safe, Inclusive, and Supportive."

Since the 2020 Summer, the 2019-2021 RHA President, Kira Griffith, has been heavily involved in the process to remove the first four building names on campus and consider ways to go about re-naming.

Fall views of campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Background Timeline

  • June 2020 - Board of Trustees votes to lift moratorium on changing building names.
  • July 16, 2020 - Board of Trustees creates formal Name Removal Policy.
  • July 21, 2020 - Chancellor-appointed committee reviews first 4 building names.
  • July 29, 2020 - Board of Trustees votes to remove first 4 building names.
  • November 2020 - Chancellor appoints Honorific naming Committee to review the existing naming policy and make revisions
    • Work is currently on pause, but some of what was discussed has been incorporated into the eligibility criteria shared by the Chancellor for name submissions.
  • Spring 2021 - RHA begins to solidify relationship with Commission on History, Race, and A Way Forward
  • March 23, 2021 - Joint RHA/Carolina Housing Renaming Committee convenes to discuss approach to re-naming of residence halls.
  • March 26, 2021 - Chancellor calls on community to submit names to consider for re-naming.
  • April 9, 2021 - Joint Town Hall between RHA & Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward

Current Re-Naming

So far one Residence Hall has been re-named:

  • Residence Hall One - formerly Aycock Residence Hall

Several residence halls are being considered for renaming, along with several University buildings. For a full list of identified names created by the Commission on History, Race, and A Way Forward, click the button below.

The Commission on History, Race, and A Way Forward is the body charged by the Chancellor to review which building names need to be removed (among other tasks). The total list of building names they have recommended be removed thus far can be found on their website. This link will continuously be updated by the Commission with new names they propose be removed.

Process for Re-Naming a Building

The current process is broken down into 2 parts: Name Removal and Renaming.

Name Removal

  1. The Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward submits names to the Chancellor for removal. (Anyone can submit a name for removal; however, the Commission ensures quality research and a robust proposal)
  2. The chancellor appoints a small committee to review the anmes being considered for removal. 
  3. This committee make a recommendation to the Chancellor about which names should be removed. 
  4. The Chancellor brings this to the Board of Trustees, which votes on whether to remove the names. 


  1. Community members submit names to be considered - link for submission form. 
  2. The Chancellor and the Chancellor's Naming Committee review the names and decide which names they will use. 
  3. The Chancellor brings this to the Board of Trustees which votes on approval of the names.


Have questions about the re-naming process and/or want to be involved in the change? Reach out to RHA or Carolina Housing to see how you can get involved!


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