Bill Summaries: all (2019-2020 Session)

  • Summary date: Jul 23 2019 - View summary

    House committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and now provides the following.

    Includes whereas clauses.

    Part I.

    Directs the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to study and evaluate the impact of undergraduate summer school courses in improving academic success, overall college completion rates, and four-year graduation rates and potential funding options. Specifically requires the BOG to examine and include in its report at least the most recent six years of available data, both system wide and by each constituent institution, when available, including examining the most utilized undergraduate summer school courses, evaluating the funding methods for summer school courses or year-round enrollment in other state public university systems, examining the impact of undergraduate summer school instruction on current faculty contracts, and examining campus services provided to students enrolled in the summer school courses, among other required data. Requires the BOG to report to the specified NCGA committee and division by March 15, 2020, on its findings, recommendations, and potential funding options. 

    Part II.

    Directs that, from the funds appropriated by the act for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to the BOG for the College Advising Corps program, that the BOG provide a directed grant to the National College Advising Corps Inc. (CAC) to support an expansion of the placement of college advisers in NC public schools through its program over a three-year period. Describes the CAC and its program. Appropriates the following amounts to the BOG for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to CAC to expand the placement of college advisers pursuant to the act: $1,881,861 in recurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year; and $618,139 in recurring funds for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Establishes legislative intent to appropriate to the BOG $333,333 in recurring funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years to expand the placement of college advisers statewide in the program's third year. Establishes a 2:1 match of CAC funds to State funds. Specifies that the availability of matching funds does not revert. Details parameters for the use of State funds by CAC, requiring that CAC focus expanding its program into Tier 1 and Tier 2 designated counties during the first two years, and the remaining counties designated Tier 3 during the third year. Also requires CAC to designate at least three postsecondary institutions to partner with in order to increase the number of recent graduates working as near-peer college advisers to meet the needs of the program expansion. Directs that once the statewide goals have been met, the funds provided to CAC for the program are to continue the mission of the program to increase access for NC public school students to postsecondary degree or certificate attainment at community colleges and universities. Requires CAC to report annually to the specified NCGA committee and division for every year it uses State funds pursuant to the act, as specified. Deems the provisions of the Part to supersede GS 143C-5-4 in the event they conflict. Provides that the provisions are effective until the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the applicable year becomes law, at which point the Director of the Budget will adjust allotments to give effect to that act from July 1 of the fiscal year. Effective July 1, 2019.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.

  • Summary date: Mar 7 2019 - View summary

    Amends GS 116-11 to require the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to adopt mandatory, systemwide policies governing a student's due process rights during disciplinary investigations and hearings. Specifies five items that must be included in the policy with regard to allegations of sexual misconduct by a student, including that the accused student be promptly provided adequate notice including details of the allegations, details of any alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and copies of all evidence at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner and be advised of the right to consult legal counsel and to an appeal, as well as requiring that the standard of proof of responsibility for proving sexual misconduct be no less than clear and convincing evidence.

    Enacts new Part 8, Student Disciplinary Proceedings, under Article 1 of GS Chapter 116. Enacts new GS 116-44.20 requiring each UNC constituent institution to adopt policies to govern student conduct and to establish adequate due process procedures to be followed when conducting disciplinary proceedings against students. Requires the policies to comply with the policies adopted by the BOG under GS 116-11, as described above; Article 1; and US and State laws and regulations. Requires that the University policies include or provide for the development of a Code of Student Conduct that notifies students of the standards of behavior, conduct that may subject a student to discipline, and the range of disciplinary measures that may be used. Allows the suspension, but not expulsion, of a student for conduct not occurring on campus, if the conduct violates the Code of Conduct and the conduct has or is reasonably expected to have a direct and immediate impact on the orderly and efficient operation of the constituent institution or the safety of individuals in the educational environment. Prohibits allowing a student to be suspended or expelled long-term without first providing a hearing and prohibits imposing mandatory suspensions or expulsions for specific violations unless otherwise provided by state or federal law. Requires minimizing the use of long‑term suspension and expulsion. Requires University policies to include the hearing notification procedures and due process procedures to be followed by university officials and students for cases involving a disciplinary outcome that may result in suspension or expulsion, consistent with Article 1.

    Recodifies GS 116-40.11 as GS 116-44.21 and includes it in new Part 8. Also amends the statute to give any student enrolled at a constituent institution who is accused of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (was, violation of the disciplinary or conduct rules) the right to be represented, at the student's expense, by a licensed attorney or nonattorney advocate who must be (was, may be) allowed to participate during any disciplinary hearing or procedure. Provides that a student does not have the right to be represented by an attorney or advocate for any allegation of academic dishonesty (previously also included situations where the institution has implemented a student honor court that is fully staffed by students to address such violations). Makes additional conforming changes.

    Applies to investigations and proceedings initiated on or after October 1, 2019.