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Category Archives: General

Allison named Director of Title IX Compliance

August 16, 2017 | In General, Other Departments

After a national search, Adrienne Allison has been selected as the Director of Title IX Compliance in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, effective Aug. 1. In this position, Allison will have primary responsibility for coordinating the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all operations of the University, as well as retaliation.

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2016 Winter Break Update & Closings

November 15, 2016 | In General

As a reminder, the University is closed for a one-week period for Winter Break 2016:  Monday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  During this period, four days are designated as paid holidays. One day – Thursday, Dec. 29 – is not covered by a State-provided holiday and therefore has been designated as a University Closed Day on which employees must use leave, since the State Human Resources Act provides State employees with only 12 paid holidays per year.

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Gasoline Shortages

September 20, 2016 | In General, Work/Life

As you know, much of the Southeast is experiencing gasoline shortages due to the disruption of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama. News reports say that the situation should be resolved in the coming days. Continue reading

Reminder: Seeking SPA Grievance Panelists and Support Persons

October 9, 2012 | In General


Reminder: Seeking SPA Grievance Panelists and Support Persons

The deadline is this week for any individuals who wish to serve as hearing panelists and support persons as part of the SPA grievance process. Individuals may be nominated by their supervisors or may self-nominate (with approval of their supervisors).

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Both permanent SPA and permanent EPA non-faculty employees are eligible to serve as support persons. Only permanent SPA employees are eligible to serve as hearing panelists.
Overview of SPA Grievance Process
The SPA Grievance Policy provides a mechanism for SPA employees to resolve workplace disputes. In Step 1 of the process, a member of the grievant’s management responds in writing to the grievant’s matter of concern. The grievant may file a Step 2 appeal of management’s response.
At Step 2, a panel composed of three University SPA employees hears the case and makes a recommendation for action to the Chancellor, who renders the final decision for the University. Support persons are volunteers who can assist employees throughout the grievance process.
Most grievances are completed within 90 calendar days.

Time Commitment
In most cases, panelists and support persons would participate in fewer than three cases per year. Participants can accept or decline requests based on other scheduling needs. A hearing panelist’s involvement over a three-week period may require up to 20 hours of work time. A support person’s involvement over a three-month period may require up to 30 hours of work time. Appointments are for two-year terms and are renewable.
Qualities of Hearing Panelists and Support Persons
The Office of Human Resources is seeking individuals with strong analytical skills, strong ability to understand and apply University policy, and strong oral and written communication skills. Panelists and support persons must exhibit respectful conduct at all times to all parties involved in a grievance, encourage mutual respect among parties, contribute to providing a fair and honest process, and maintain confidentiality at all times. Panelists and support persons must continue to meet their normal work responsibilities while assisting with the grievance process.
Submitting Notice of Interest
Interested individuals must submit a notice of interest to the Office of Human Resources. The notice of interest form is available on the Office of Human Resources website at http://hr.unc.edu/files/2012/11/Letter-of-Interest-2012.doc.
You can also request a notice of interest form from Employee & Management Relations at 919-843-3444 or emr@unc.edu.
Initial Training Requirements
Interested individuals must complete training provided by the Office of Human Resources before being appointed to serve as panelists and/or support persons. Employees must complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of the training to be considered for support person and/or panelist roles.
PART 1 (full day)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PART 2 (half day)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Employee & Management Relations at 843-3444 or emr@unc.edu.

2013 Holiday Calendar

May 15, 2012 | In General


2013 Holiday Calendar

The State Personnel Act provides all State employees a holiday schedule that cannot exceed 11 paid holidays per year, except in those years in which Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – when the schedule allows 12 paid holidays. For 2013, Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday; therefore, we have three paid holidays at Christmas (a total of 12 for the year).

UNC System institutions are also allowed to adjust the dates of the annual holidays to accommodate the academic schedule. Traditionally, UNC-Chapel Hill has moved only the State’s Veterans Day holiday into the winter break period (between Christmas holiday and the New Year’s (Eve) holiday period). For next year, 2013, the University will observe Tuesday, December 31, as a holiday in lieu of Veterans Day.

It is noted that some departments have essential work that must be done on designated holidays. SPA employees who work on holidays are paid holiday premium pay, in addition to hour for hour compensatory time up to 8 hours.

The 2013 holiday schedule is as follows:
* New Year’s Day — Tuesday, January 1, 2013
* Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, January 21, 2013
* Spring Holiday — Friday, March 29, 2013
* Memorial Day — Monday, May 27, 2013
* Independence Day — Thursday, July 4, 2013
* Labor Day — Monday, September 2, 2013

* Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, 2013
* Winter Break — Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26, 2013
* New Year’s Eve — Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

If you have questions, please contact your Benefits Consultant. You can search for your department’s assigned Benefit Specialist using HR Connect (http://hrconnect.unc.edu/); select the topic, "Benefits Questions."

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day (Athletics Department)

March 20, 2012 | In General


Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day (Athletics Department)

You are cordially invited to participate in the following:

Carolina Lacrosse Double Header
Saturday, Apr. 7

Fetzer Field

#8 UNC Men’s Lacrosse vs. #1 Virginia at 1 p.m.

#2 UNC Women’s Lacrosse vs. #6 Maryland at 3 p.m.

Free tickets are available for UNC employees & immediate family. Light refreshments & hospitality available from 2-2:45 p.m. at North Entrance (South Road) of Carmichael Arena. Please RSVP by Monday, Apr. 2.

Each faculty and staff member will receive free tickets for themselves and their immediate families. Check-in and ticket distribution will be on Hooker Fields adjacent to Fetzer Field starting at noon. We will have an exclusive hospitality area for Faculty & Staff between the men’s and women’s games around 2:30 p.m. on Hooker Fields. At this time Coach Breschi, head coach of UNC Men’s Lacrosse, will join us.

This day is also dedicated to breast cancer awareness. We are encouraging all fans to turn it pink. In honor of our Turn It Pink Day, we will be hosting a Health Fair on Hooker Fields from noon to 3 p.m. This will consist of many vendors, lacrosse skills competitions, inflatables, prizes and more for the whole family!

Those who RSVP will receive a confirmation the week of the event.

To join the FANS listserv, they can send an email to listmanager@listserv.unc.edu with message "SUBSCRIBE FANS".

For questions regarding Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day, or the Faculty & Staff Athletics Program, please contact Rachel Penny at rfpenny@uncaa.unc.edu or

Director of Academic Personnel

December 16, 2011 | In General, HR Events


Director of Academic Personnel

TO: HR Facilitators

FROM: Bruce W. Carney, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

I am pleased to announce that Gwen Burston has agreed to join the University as the next Director of Academic Personnel. Gwen’s vast experience in human resources includes a previous stint at Carolina as Director of the Employee Services Department. In her current capacity as Director of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gwen has responsibility for the full suite of human resources functions. She has also previously served as the Director of Human Resources at OWASA.

The Director of Academic Personnel provides leadership and supervision of the Academic Personnel Office and is a critical partner with the business and human resources managers in the University’s Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. On behalf of the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Director works collaboratively with University administrators and managers on faculty recruitment, appointment, employee relations, compensation, performance, and leave issues and also serves as a subject matter expert in interpreting and developing faculty personnel policies and procedures.

Gwen’s professional background and experience is particularly well suited to this role and we look forward to her joining the University on December 19th. Please join us in welcoming Gwen to campus and back to Carolina.