As a State entity, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system is subject to the State Human Resources Act. University positions are administered in accordance with the provisions and requirements of that Act. Positions covered by the Act are referred to as “SHRA” positions.
There are, however, four categories of positions have been largely exempted from coverage under the Act. Positions considered “EHRA” (Exempt from the Human Resources Act) fall in these categories:
- Non-Faculty Instructional, Research and Public Service positions
- Senior Academic & Administrative Officer (“SAAO”) positions
While the two groups have many similarities and are all state employees, SHRA and EHRA employees have some differences in terms of benefits, leave allowances, and policies. The University’s Office of Human Resources provides human resources programs and policy administration for SHRA and EHRA non-faculty positions; for faculty, human resources are primarily administered by the Office of the Provost.