University Policy 803, Reporting and Investigation of Suspected Improper Activities and Whistleblower Protection, has been revised to include instructions for Board of Trustees members about what actions to take if a Board member receives report a report of alleged improper activities by a University employee. In addition, ownership of this policy has been transferred from Business Affairs to Legal Affairs.
University Policy 601.6, Scheduling University Facilities, has been revised to provide clarity and to update the names of departments and positions. In addition, revisions have been made in response to suggestions from the the Chancellor-appointed Integrated Scheduling Committee to address the potential scheduling conflicts that are anticipated with the addition of the football program.
This policy has been rewritten to more accurately reflect current practice and to establish University space allocation principles and processes.
Revisions to this Policy and its supplemental Notice of Intent form are consistent with recent amendments to University Policy 102.2, Conflict of Interest and Commitment, and UNC Board of Governors’ Policy 300.2.2, Regulation 300.2.2.1[R] and Regulation 300.2.2.2[R].
These revisions were necessary because the University has grown considerably in staff size over the years, requiring many employees to assume added responsibilities and workload to keep the campus functioning effectively. The revisions provide additional ways to recognize strong staff contributions, particularly during periods of budget austerity.
University Policy 503 has been revised to add, “gender identity or expression” to the list of derogatory references and to add language notifying employees and students where to file a complaint of alleged fighting words harassment.
Revisions to University Policy 407 include an increase in the size of the Academic Integrity Board, adding provisions addressing group work and work done outside the context of an academic course, adding examples of certain types of violations, and clarifying the terms of readmission after expulsion for violation of the Code.
This policy has been updated to reflect current practice. University Policy 202 was initially revised in May 2007 due to changes made in the course schedule and class meeting times. After the policy change, there remained significant confusion surrounding final examination schedules. As a result, in Spring 2009 the Office of the Registrar worked with members of the faculty to develop recommendations to resolve the issues related to the final exam schedule. The resulting recommendation, endorsed by the Associate Deans Council, removed the need for department chairs and associate deans to be involved in the process of changing final exam times. This became the “practice” beginning in Fall 2009 and has worked smoothly since then. In addition, an electronic Final Examination Conflict form has eliminated the need for students to obtain the form from the Office of Registrar in person. Finally, the changes also include reference to the related Academic Calendar policy and the Faculty Council’s recent motion that no activities be required on Reading Day.
On June 27, 2012, Chancellor Dubois approved revisions to University Policy 101.9, Employee Assistance Program. These revisions, made in consultation with the Human Resources Department, reflect changes in the EAP vendor and program benefits, and clarify the procedures for self (voluntary) referrals and directed referrals.