Political Activities

When considering the above, the interests of and responsibility to the College must be considered paramount. Furthermore, the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has approved the following criteria pertaining to political activities that the Board hereby adopts (Legal Reference: 16 NCAC 6C.0404):

a. Any employee who decides to run for a public office will notify the Board of Trustees through the President of his or her intention to run and will certify that he or she will not campaign or otherwise engage in political activities during his or her regular work hours or involve the College in his or her political activities.

b. Any employee who is elected to a part-time public office will certify to the Board through the President that his or her office will not interfere with his or her carrying out the duties of his or her position with the College, or request leave.

c. Any employee who is selected or appointed to a full-time public office or the North Carolina General Assembly will be required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming such office. The Board will determine the length of the leave of absence.

d. Any employee who becomes a candidate for public office will be prohibited from soliciting support during his/her regular work hours. The employee is prohibited from soliciting support on College property unless otherwise authorized by the Board of Trustees.

Definitions Used in this Rule:

Public office means any national, state, or local governmental position of public trust and responsibility, whether elective or appointive, which is created or prescribed or recognized by constitute, statute, or ordinance. Membership in the North Carolina General Assembly is a full-time public office under this rule.

a. Application of this Rule: The requirements of this rule will apply prospectively only. No change in the employment status of an employee who was an incumbent in public office on the effective date of this rule will be required under this rule for the remainder of that term of office, provided, however, this rule will not apply to any employee in the system who was a full-time public officer on the effective date of this rule.

b. Elected Officials

  • Any employee who decides to run for a public office will notify the Board of Trustees through the President of his or her intent to run and will certify that he or she will not campaign or otherwise engage in political activities during his or her regular work hours or involve the College in his or her political activities. Full-time or part-time public school employees serving as elected government officials may, with their supervisor’s approval, choose to use appropriate earned leave to attend to the responsibilities of their elected office. Any employee who is elected to a part-time public office will either certify to the Board, through the President, that his or her public office will not interfere with the carrying out of his or her duties with the College, or request leave.
  • Any employee who is elected or appointed to a full-time public office or the General Assembly will be required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming such office. The Board of Trustees will determine the length of the leave of absence.
  • If the President decides to run for public office, he will notify the Board of his intent to run and certify that he will not campaign or otherwise engage in political activities during his regular work hours or involve the College in his political activities. If the President is elected to a part-time public office, he must either certify to the Board that his office will not interfere with the carrying out of his duties as President, or request leave. If the President is elected or appointed to a full-time public office or the General Assembly, he will be required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming that office. The Board will determine the length of the leave of absence. If the President is a candidate for public office, he or she is prohibited from soliciting support during his or her regular work hours. Furthermore, he or she is prohibited from soliciting support on College premises unless otherwise authorized by the Board. The authorization will be on a case-by-case basis. The Board will notify the State Board if the President should become a candidate for public office or if the President is elected or appointed to a public office.

c. Campus Political Visitations: All persons visiting the College will be referred to the President’s office. Political candidates may visit the College only under the following conditions:

  • All bona fide political candidates are accorded the same visiting privilege.
  • No class visitation or other activity is allowed that would disrupt the normal operation of the College.
  • A visit in no way explicitly or implicitly indicates that the College, Board of Trustees or employees of the College endorses the candidate for office.

d. Employee Coercion: No employee, official, or President of the College will promise rewards, threaten loss of a job, or coerce any employee to support or contribute to any political issue, candidate, or party or in any way allow an employee’s support or contribution to any political issue, candidate, or party or lack of same to influence that employee’s position status or advancement or adversely influence his or her ability to function in the performance of his or her duties.

e. Disciplinary Action: Failure to follow this policy is grounds for disciplinary action that, in case of deliberate or repeated violation, may include dismissal.

f. Political Advertising: The posting of political advertising on College property and the use of the College mail system to distribute handbills; fliers, etc. are strictly prohibited for candidates seeking public office outside of the College. Political posters may not be posted on any interior or exterior doors or wall of any building.