The UNC Policy Manual

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts


The UNC Policy Manual

Chapter 100.1 - The Code

Section 901


901 A.    Policy.

It is declared to be the policy of the state to foster, encourage and promote, and to provide assistance for, the cultural development of the citizens of North Carolina, and to this end the General Assembly has created and provided for a training center for instruction in the performing arts. [See G.S. 116-63]

901 B.    Establishment.

There is established, and there shall be maintained, a school for the professional training of students having exceptional talent in the performing arts which shall be defined as an educational institution of the state, to serve the students of North Carolina and other states, particularly other states of the South. The school shall be designated the "University of North Carolina School of the Arts."17 [See G.S. 116-64]

901 C.    Board of Trustees.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and subject to the provisions of this Code; provided, however, that notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter IV of this Code, the Board of Trustees of said school shall consist of 15 persons, 13 of whom are selected in accordance with provisions of said Chapter IV, one of whom shall be the conductor of the North Carolina Symphony and one of whom shall be the secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources, each of the latter two serving ex-officio and non-voting. [See G.S. 116-65]

901 D.   Powers of Board.

The Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees of the school shall be advised and assisted by the State Board of Education. Entrance requirements shall be prescribed so that the professional training offered shall be available only to those students who possess exceptional talent in the performing arts. In developing curricula, the school shall utilize, pursuant to agreement with institutions of higher education or with any local administrative school unit, existing facilities and such academic nonarts courses and programs of instruction as may be needed by the students of the school, and, at the discretion of the Board of Governors, personnel may be employed jointly with any such institution or unit on a cooperative, cost-sharing basis. Curricula below the collegiate level shall be developed with the advice and approval of the State Board of Education and in consultation with the advisory board of the school. The school shall confer and cooperate with the Southern Regional Education Board and with other regional and national organizations to obtain wide support and to establish the school as the center in the South for the professional training and performance of artists. The chancellor of the school shall preferably be a noted composer or dramatist. [See G.S. 116-66]

901 E.    Endowment Fund.

The Board of Trustees is authorized to establish a permanent endowment fund, and shall perform such duties in relation thereto as are prescribed by the provisions of Chapter VII of this Code. [See G.S. 116-68]

901 F.    Purpose of School Program.

The primary purpose of the school shall be the professional training, as distinguished from liberal arts instruction, of talented students in the fields of music, drama, the dance, and allied performing arts, at both the high school and college levels of instruction, with emphasis placed upon performance of the arts, and not upon academic studies of the arts. The said school may also offer high school and college instruction in academic subjects, and such other programs as are deemed necessary to meet the needs of its students and of the state, consistent with appropriations made and gifts received therefore, and may cooperate, if it chooses, with other schools which provide such courses of instruction. The school, on occasion, may accept elementary grade students of rare talent, and shall arrange for such students, in cooperation with an elementary school, a suitable educational program. [See G.S. 116-69]

16Designated as North Carolina School of the Arts prior to August 1, 2008.

17Designated as North Carolina School of the Arts prior to August 1, 2008.