The new University Policy 501, Nondiscrimination and Procedures for Addressing Reports of Discrimination is a broad, all-inclusive nondiscrimination policy that lists all protected statuses and directs students, staff, and faculty to the appropriate procedures for submitting complaints. The former University Policy 501, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability has become a regulation and has been renumbered as University Policy 501.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability Regulation.
The new University Policy 501, Nondiscrimination and Procedures for Addressing Reports of Discrimination is a broad, all-inclusive nondiscrimination policy that lists all protected statuses and directs students, staff, and faculty to the appropriate procedures for submitting complaints. The former University Policy 501, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability has become a regulation and has been renumbered as University Policy 501.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability Regulation. The former University Policy 504, Sexual Orientation has become a regulation and has been renumbered as University Policy 501.2, Regulation Regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Transgender Status.
University Policy 410 has been revised for overall clarity and ease of use for students. As part of that revision, the procedures set forth in what was previously University Policy 410.1, Request for Review of a Final Course Grade, are eliminated and are instead included within the body of this policy to make the process more transparent.
This Policy has been revised by the Board of Trustees in accordance with amendments to NC law allowing for a waiver of tuition and fees for three (rather than two) courses per year for certain faculty and staff, provided that the courses do not interfere with normal employment obligations.
This policy has been revised to establish clear procedures for extraordinary public records requests when estimated costs exceed $500.00. In those cases, the University would require a fifty percent deposit prior to fulfilling any such request.
In response to concerns regarding the privacy of student information, UNC Charlotte has revised University Policy 402, Student Education Records (FERPA), by significantly altering the definition of “directory information.” The following information will no longer be considered directory information under the revised policy: local and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Student email addresses, as well as photographs, videos, or other media containing a student’s image or likeness, have been designated under the revised policy as “limited use directory information.” Use and disclosure of limited use directory information will be restricted to: (1) publication in official University publications or on social media sites or websites hosted or maintained by, on behalf of, or for the benefit of the University, including the University’s online directory and internal email system; (2) University officials who have access, consistent with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), to such information and only in conjunction with a legitimate educational interest; and (3) external parties contractually affiliated with the University, provided such affiliation requires the sharing of limited use directory information. In accordance with FERPA regulations, students retain the ability to “opt out” of the directory information and limited use directory information exceptions.
In addition to a handful of minor revisions relating to changes to how the university conducts business, Section III of the Policy was also revised to clarify under what circumstances students may request copies of their records.
The purpose of this new policy is to take affirmative steps to safeguard and protect minor children from potential abuse while:
These revisions are in response to a report from Internal Audit following a 2011 assessment from an outside consultant that identified areas for improvement in the ways in which UNC Charlotte communicates with its various stakeholders. In addition, the revisions contemplate the establishment of a University-wide Communications Cabinet. The title of the policy has also been changed from "Publications" to “Marketing Communications.”
UNC Charlotte, along with the entire UNC system, has adopted the ISO/IEC 27002 standard as its policy framework for information security. This revision of University Policy 311 is an initial step in implementing the ISO/IEC 27002 standard. The revised policy will be the overarching information security policy under which information security standards, guidelines, and procedures will be adopted. Standards and guidelines will be made available online at the ITS webpage as they are approved.
This policy has been revised and rewritten both to expand the coverage of the Policy to all students who may fall victim to or be involved in hazing, and also to fall in line with national best practices.