Employment Policies for EHRA Non-Faculty Tier I Senior Academic & Administrative Officer Employees
These Policies govern appointment of Tier I Senior Academic and Administrative Officer employees and are adopted by the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuant to the Employment Policies adopted by the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina for Senior Academic and Administrative Officers on November 14, 1986, and as subsequently amended.
These employment policies apply to Tier I Senior Academic and Administrative Officers (hereinafter “Senior Officer” or “Senior Officers”) in the following positions: the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors, the Provost, Deans, and the Directors of major administrative, educational, research and public services activities of the constituent institutions designated by the Board of Governors. These policies do not apply to EHRA Non Faculty positions designated as Tier II Senior Academic and Administrative Officers by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors that are covered by separately published employment policies.
Prior Versions & Policy References
References in appointment letters and other University policies which may refer to Sections I.A. and Section II of the “Employment Policies for EHRA Non-Faculty Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” which had been last revised as of September 25, 2003 are now covered by the most equivalent sections of the “Employment Policies for EHRA Non-Faculty Tier I Senior Academic and Administrative Officer Employees of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”
Employment Pursuant to Policy
All Senior Officers are employed in their administrative positions pursuant to these policies. Except with regard to the appointment of the Chancellor, no contract or other writing, except for The Code of The University of North Carolina, may vary these terms nor may any oral agreement modify these provisions.
Content of Letters of Appointment
All Senior Officers should receive a letter of appointment to a covered position that shall include:
- the title of the position
- the initial annualized salary
- provision for periodic review of compensation subject to any compensation policies adopted by the Board of Governors or the Board of Trustees;
- notice that the appointment is contingent on the successful completion of a criminal conviction check (unless a successful check has been completed prior to the letter being sent);
- the annual leave entitlement of the employee;
- notice that the employment conferred is “employment at will” subject to continuation or discontinuation at the discretion of the Chancellor; and
- notice that the employment is subject to these Policies, as originally adopted and as they may be periodically revised from time to time.
Provision of Written Copy of Policies
A copy of the Policies shall be attached to an initial letter of appointment. The most current version of these policies is available from the University’s Office of Human Resources.
Senior Officers do not have tenure in their administrative positions. They serve at the discretion of their employer and are not appointed to serve for specified periods of time. The continuance of these administrators in office therefore is at all times subject to determination by the appropriate authority, as follows:
- The Chancellor: The continuance in office of the Chancellor is determined by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors may act to terminate such an appointment upon its own initiative or upon recommendation of the President. The Board of Governors in all instances shall consult the Board of Trustees prior to terminating the appointment of the Chancellor.
- Other Senior Officers: The continuance in office of the Provost, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, and Directors of major educational, research and public services activities whose salaries are set by the Board of Governors is determined by the Chancellor. These Senior Officers are subject to the direction and control of the Chancellor and serve at the Chancellor’s discretion. They are employees at will; thus, the Chancellor may not purport to confer on any such office a period of employment of fixed duration or otherwise confer any property interest in such employment. However, such an officer may be appointed to a period of employment not to exceed a specified number of years, so long as the instrument accomplishing such an appointment states clearly that the incumbent officer is subject to removal at any time, during that period, at the option of the Chancellor.
It is the policy and intention of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that there be equal employment opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination in all employment within the University. To this end, the University has established the Policy On Prohibited Harassment & Discrimination and the Policy on Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title IX, which shall be used in conjunction with these Employment Policies to define impermissible conduct in employment and provide avenues for employees to secure relief from such conduct when alleged.
Nothing in this Section or in the referenced policy on prohibited harassment and discrimination shall otherwise infer or grant a right to grievance or appeal that is not otherwise explicitly granted to a Tier I Senior Officer under the policies of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.
A Senior Officer shall be entitled to 26 days of annual leave per calendar year.
Maximum Leave Carry Forward
The maximum number of unused days of annual leave that may be accrued and carried forward from one year to the next shall be 30 work days; however, unused annual leave in excess of thirty (30) days shall be converted to sick leave on December 31st of each year.
Advancement of Leave
Subject to approval by the employee’s supervisor, a Senior Officer may be advanced the amount of leave that can be accrued during the remainder of the year or during a twelve-month period. If an employee separates from the University and has taken more annual leave than has been accrued, the University will make deductions from the employee’s final pay check accordingly, subject to wage-hour laws.
Transfer of Accrued Annual Leave
A new employee in a covered position cannot transfer accrued annual leave from other UNC institutions or other State agencies to this University. Upon discontinuation of employment from a leave earning position at the University, a covered employee may either elect a payout of accrued annual leave as provided in Section X.5., below, or transfer the remaining balance of any unused annual leave to another UNC institution, State or local governmental agency, subject to the receiving agency’s approval.
Payout of Accrued Annual Leave
A Senior Officer who has accrued such unused annual leave as of the date of discontinuation of employment and who either does not elect or is not eligible to transfer such accrued leave to another position within the University, the UNC system, or another State or local governmental agency shall be paid for such unused annual leave, subject to a maximum of 30 days.
General Leave Benefits
A Senior Officer shall be entitled to the same state-prescribed sick leave, family and medical leave, family illness leave, civil leave, military leave, community service leave, and special legislative bonus leave given to employees subject to the State Personnel Act. However, with respect to sick leave, a Senior Officer may be advanced the amount of sick leave that can be accrued during the remainder of the year or during a twelve-month period
Voluntary Shared Leave
A Senior Officer shall be entitled to the same state-prescribed provisions concerning shared leave as given to employees subject to the State Personnel Act with the exception that the donation and acceptance of such leave shall be computed on the basis of days rather than hours.
Leave of Absence
A Senior Officer who desires a leave of absence for an interval of 90 days or less must obtain the approval of the President, who shall report all such arrangements to the Board of Governors. A leave of absence for a period exceeding 90 days shall require the approval of the Board of Governors.
Privacy of Personnel Records
Senior Officers enjoy the protections of and are subject to the provisions of Article 7 of N.C.G.S. 126, entitled “The Privacy of State Personnel Records.
Employment Preference for Veterans
Senior Officers enjoy the protections of and are subject to the provisions of N.C.G.S. 128-15 and 128-15.1, which provide for preference in employment for veterans of United States military service and their spouses and widows or widowers
Employment of Related Persons
Senior Officers are subject to the Policy concerning employment of related persons as adopted by the Board of Governors on April 13, 1972, and as it may be revised from time to time
Senior Officers may retire in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 135 of the North Carolina General Statutes.