The UNC Policy Manual

Finances, Property, and Obligations

 

The Code

100.1

Revised 3/20/09

 

CHAPTER VII -                 FINANCES, PROPERTY AND OBLIGATIONS

SECTION 700.                   BUDGETS AND APPROPRIATIONS.

700 A.   Budget Recommendations.

The Board of Governors shall develop, prepare, and present to the governor, the Advisory Budget Commission, and the General Assembly a single, unified recommended budget for all of public senior higher education. The recommendations shall consist of requests in three general categories: (i) funds for the continuing operation of each constituent institution, (ii) funds for salary increases for employees exempt from the State Personnel Act, and (iii) funds requested without reference to constituent institutions, itemized as to priority and covering such areas as new programs and activities, expansions of programs and activities, increases in enrollments, increases to accommodate internal shifts and categories of persons served, capital improvements, improvements in levels of operation, and increases to remedy deficiencies, as well as other areas. [See G.S. 116-11(9)a] 

700 B.   Appropriations and Allocations.

Funds for the continuing operation of each constituent institution shall be appropriated directly to the institution. Funds for salary increases for employees exempt from the State Personnel Act shall be appropriated to the Board of Governors in a lump sum for allocation to the institutions. Funds for the third category in Section 700 A above, shall be appropriated to the Board of Governors in a lump sum. The Board of Governors shall allocate to the institutions any funds appropriated, said allocation to be made in accordance with the board's schedule of priorities; provided, however, that when both the board and the Director of the Budget deem it to be in the best interest of the state, funds in the third category may be allocated, in whole or in part, for other items within the list of priorities or for items not included in the list. [See G.S. 116-11(9)b]

700 C.   Transfers of Appropriated Funds.

The director of the budget may, on recommendation of the Board of Governors, authorize transfer of appropriated funds from one institution to another to provide adjustments for over- or under-enrollment or may make any other adjustment among institutions that would provide for the orderly and efficient operation of the institutions. [See G.S. 116-11(9)c]

SECTION 701.                    TUITION AND FEES.

The Board of Governors shall set tuition and required fees at the constituent institutions, not inconsistent with actions of the General Assembly, in such amount or amounts as it may deem best, taking into consideration the nature of each institution and program of study and the cost of equipment and maintenance; and each institution shall charge and collect from each student, at the beginning of each semester or quarter, tuition, fees, and an amount sufficient to pay other expenses for the term. [See G.S. 116-11(7) and 116-143] Consistent with the North Carolina constitutional mandate, the benefits of the University of North Carolina shall be extended to the people of the state free of expense, as far as practicable. [See N. C. Constitution, Art. IX, Sec. 9]

SECTION 702.                   GENERAL POWERS CONCERNING PROPERTY.

702 A.   Corporate Powers.

The Board of Governors shall have the powers, relating to the acquisition, use and disposition of property, set forth in Chapter I, Section 101 of this Code.

702 B.   Statutory Powers.

Subject to applicable state law and to the terms and conditions of the instruments under which property is acquired, the Board of Governors may acquire, hold, convey or otherwise dispose of, invest and reinvest any and all real and personal property, with the exception of any property that may be held by trustees of institutional endowment funds under the provisions of G.S. 116-36 or that may be held, under authority delegated by the Board of Governors, either by a board of trustees or by trustees of any other endowment or trust fund. [See G.S. 116-11(2)]

702 C.    Transfer of Property and Obligations.

All property of whatsoever kind and all rights and privileges held by the former Board of Higher Education and by the former boards of trustees of Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke[14], University of North Carolina School of the Arts,[15] Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University, as said property, rights and privileges may have existed immediately prior to July 1, 1972, are, effective July 1, 1972, transferred to and vested in the Board of Governors. All obligations of whatsoever kind of the former Board of Higher Education and of the former boards of trustees of Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University, as said obligations may have existed immediately prior to July 1, 1972, are, effective July 1, 1972, transferred to and assumed by the Board of Governors. Any property, real or personal, held immediately prior to July 1, 1972, by a board of trustees of a constituent institution for the benefit of that institution or by the University of North Carolina for the benefit of any one or more of its six institutions, shall, from and after July 1, 1972, be kept separate and distinct from other property held by the Board of Governors, shall continue to be held for the benefit of the institution or institutions that were previously the beneficiaries, and shall continue to be held subject to the provisions of the respective instruments, grants, or other means of process by which any property right was acquired. All property of whatsoever kind and all rights and privileges held by the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, as said property, rights and privileges may have existed immediately prior to July 1, 2007, are, effective July 1, 2007, transferred to and vested in the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina. All obligations of whatsoever kind of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as said obligations may have existed immediately prior to July 1, 2007, are, effective July 1, 2007, transferred to and assumed by the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina. In case a conflict arises as to which property, rights, or privileges were held for the beneficial interest of a particular institution, or as to the extent to which such property, rights, or privileges were so held, the Board of Governors shall determine the issue, and the determination of the Board of Governors shall constitute final administrative action. Nothing in this Code shall be deemed to increase or diminish the income, other revenue, or specific property which is pledged, or otherwise hypothecated, for the security or liquidation of any obligations, it being the intent that the Board of Governors shall assume said obligations without thereby either enlarging or diminishing the rights of the holders thereof. [See G.S. 116-12]

702 D.   Limitation on Exercise of Powers.

The power and authority granted to the Board of Governors with regard to the acquisition, operation, maintenance, and disposition of real and personal property shall be subject to, and exercised in accordance with, the provisions of Chapters 143 and 146 of the General Statutes. [See G.S. 116-13]

SECTION 703.                   IMMUNITIES.

703 A.   Tax Exemption.               

The lands and other property belonging to the University of North Carolina shall be exempt from all kinds of public taxation. [See N. C. Constitution, Art. V, Sec. 2(3) and G.S. 116-16]

703 B.   Tort Liability.

The University of North Carolina is not liable for any tort claims except as provided for by law. [See generally G.S. 143-291, et seq. and G.S. 116-40. 2]

SECTION 704.                   ENDOWMENT FUND.

Each board of trustees is authorized to establish and maintain, pursuant to the requirements of state law and such terms and conditions as the Board of Governors may from time to time prescribe, permanent endowment funds for its institutions. [See G.S. 116-36]

SECTION 705.                   ANNUITY OR RETIREMENT INCOME CONTRACTS.

Notwithstanding any provision of law relating to salaries and/or salary schedules for the pay of faculty members, administrative officers, or any other employees of universities, colleges, and institutions of higher learning as named and set forth in this Code and other state agencies qualified as educational institutions under 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, the Board of Governors may authorize the business officer or agent for each constituent institution of the University of North Carolina to enter into annual contracts with any of the faculty members, administrative officers, and employees of said institutions of higher learning which provide for a reduction in salary below the total established compensation or salary schedule for a term of one year. The financial officer or agent shall use the funds derived from the reduction in the salary of the faculty member, administrative officer, or employee to purchase a nonforfeitable annuity or retirement income contract for the benefit of said faculty member, administrative officer, or employee. A faculty member, administrative officer, or employee who has agreed to a salary reduction for this purpose shall not have the right to receive the amount of the salary reduction in cash or in any other way except the annuity or retirement income contract. Funds used for the purchase of an annuity or retirement income contract shall not be in lieu of any amount earned by the faculty member, administrative officer, or employee before the individual’s election for a salary reduction has become effective. The agreement for salary reductions referred to herein shall be effected under any necessary regulations and procedures adopted by the Board of Governors. The amount by which the salary of any faculty member, administrative officer, or employee is reduced pursuant to this section shall not be excluded, but shall be included, in computing and making payroll deductions for social security and retirement system purposes, and in computing and providing matching funds for retirement system purposes. [See G.S. 116-17]

SECTION 706.                   REVENUE BONDS.

The Board of Governors shall have authority, subject to such limitations and restrictions as may be established by state law, to issue revenue bonds and special obligation bonds. Revenue bonds may be issued for service and auxiliary facilities, student housing, student activities, physical education, and recreation facilities. [See G.S. 116-41.1 et seq., 116-175 et seq., and 116-187 et seq.] Special obligation bonds may be issued for the construction, renovation, improvement or expansion of any capital facilities located or to be located at a constituent or any affiliated institution of the University for the purposes of carrying out the mission of that institution. [See G.S. 116D-21 et seq.]



[14]Designated as Pembroke State University prior to July 1, 1996.

 

[15]Designated as North Carolina School of the Arts prior to August 1, 2008.