UNC/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICER.

View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
Senate Bill 521 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 29, 2017
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICIES ADOPTED BY, AND SERVICES OFFERED BY, EACH CONSTITUENT INSTITUTION AND HOW THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS MAY BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT THROUGH POSSIBLE CONSOLIDATIONS OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SERVICES OFFERED BY EACH CAMPUS.
Intro. by Curtis, Brown, McInnis.

Status: Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House Action) (Jun 29 2018)

SOG comments (1):

Long Title Change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition made changes to the long title. The original title is as follows:

AN ACT TO DIRECT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICIES ADOPTED BY, AND SERVICES OFFERED BY, EACH CONSTITUENT INSTITUTION AND TO WORK WITH THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS TO DEVELOP A MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PLAN THAT CONSOLIDATES THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SERVICES OFFERED BY EACH CAMPUS.

S 521

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 25 2017 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Amends the long title.

    Deletes all current language giving direction to the UNC Board of Governors and replaces it with the following.

    Directs the UNC Board of Governors (Board) to study the equal opportunity policies, including diversity and nondiscrimination policies, of each constituent institution, and the implementation and services provided on each campus, with particular focus on transparency and effectiveness. Requires constituent institutions to identify staff positions on campus who have any responsibility for the implementation, administration, or enforcement of policies intended to promote equal opportunity, diversity, or inclusiveness, and their place in the organizational structure of the constituent institution, and costs related to those positions and services provided. Directs the study to consider the possibility of consolidating equal opportunity services at each constituent institution to a single office, headed by an individual appointed by the Chancellor. Directs the Board to submit its report to the Joint Legislative Education oversight Committee by January 1, 2018, and to approve the report prior to submission.

    Effective when the bill becomes law.


  • Summary date: Mar 30 2017 - More information

    States General Assembly findings related to UNC and discrimination and equality.

    Requires the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to review and evaluate the equal opportunity policies, which include the policies related to diversity and nondiscrimination, adopted by each constituent institution, the implementation of those policies on each campus, and the services provided on each campus in order to evaluate the transparency and effectiveness of those policies. Specifies that as a part of the review the BOG must direct each constituent institution to identify all staff positions on campus that include as part of the job duties any responsibility for the implementation, administration, or enforcement of policies intended to promote equal opportunity, diversity, or inclusiveness; indicate how those staff positions and the services offered through those positions fit within the organizational structure of the constituent institution; and indicate the direct and indirect costs related to those staff positions and services provided by those staff positions.

    Requires the BOG, based on its evaluation, to establish policies that require each constituent institution to develop an equal opportunity plan that consolidates all equal opportunity services offered on campus into a single office headed by an equal employment officer designated by the Chancellor, identifies measurable goals to ensure equal opportunity and inclusiveness within each institution, and requires quantification of all costs incurred in the university's efforts to promote equal opportunity, inclusiveness, diversity, or nondiscrimination. Requires each constituent institution to develop a plan outlining steps it will take to comply with the BOG for review by the BOG within three months. Requires the plans to be implemented upon approval by the BOG. Requires chancellors to report to the BOG annually on the number of personnel involved in the institution's equal opportunity efforts, progress made in meeting the institution's stated goals, and the costs associated with the institution's equal opportunity plan.

    Requires the BOG to also review policies on the funding of student organizations from mandatory student fees and any other State funds. Requires constituent institutions to have policies that recognize student organizations that select their members or leaders on the basis of commitment to a set of beliefs and allows these organizations to limit membership and participation in the group to those students who, upon individual inquiry, affirm that they support the group's goals and agree with its beliefs. Prohibits a constituent institution from using State funds or receipts derived from mandatory student fees to support such student organizations. Applies beginning with the 2017 fall academic semester.

     


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