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University of North Carolina Policies Governing Employee Involvement In Political Candidacy and Office-Holding 

Policies adopted by the Board of Governors establish processes for resolving, in advance, questions about possible conflicts between a University employee's satisfactory performance of employment responsibilities and the employee’s involvement in political candidacy and office-holding. All University employees except those subject to the State Personnel Act are covered by these policies. An employee who intends to become a candidate for election or appointment to or to hold any public office is responsible for knowing the terms of and complying with the requirements of the board policies. A copy of the full text of the board policies may be obtained from the legal counsel’s office. Failure to comply with the policies is a violation of the terms and conditions of University employment and may result in disciplinary action. The following is a summary of the basic provisions of the board policies. The full text of the policies should be consulted by an affected employee. Advice concerning the interpretation and application of the policies may be obtained from Fayetteville State University’s legal counsel.

  • Candidacy for election to public office.
    Becoming a candidate for election to a full-time or major part-time office is presumed to create a conflict of time that interferes with the employee's satisfactory performance of University employment obligations. The conflict may be avoided by (1) resigning from University employment, (2) seeking an appropriate unpaid leave of absence from University employment, or (3) rebutting the presumption of conflict by demonstrating that there in fact will be no conflict between campaign activity and University employment. An employee who intends to become a candidate must follow prescribed procedures for resolving questions about conflicts in advance of becoming a candidate.
  • Holding public office.
    Upon assuming an elective or appointive full-time office, a University employee will be deemed to have resigned his University employment, unless prior to assuming office he requests and is granted a full leave of absence, without pay. Such a leave of absence may not exceed two years.  

Upon assuming an elective or appointive major part-time office, a University employee will be presumed to have a conflict of time that necessitates his resignation from University employment; the resignation requirement may be avoided if (1) s/he requests and is granted an appropriate leave of absence or (2) s/he rebuts the presumption of conflict by demonstrating that there in fact will be no conflict between office-holding and University employment.

An employee who intends to occupy such an office must follow prescribed procedures for resolving questions about conflicts in advance of assuming the office.

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