Policy 5.05 - Political Activities


As an individual, each employee of the community college system retains all rights and obligations of citizenship provided in the Constitution and laws of North Carolina and the Constitution and laws of the United States. Therefore, the State Board of Community Colleges encourages employees of the system to exercise their rights and obligations of citizenship. The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees has adopted the following policy on the political activities of its employees, not including the president:

  1. Employees who decide to run for a public office notify the Board through the president of their intention to run and certify that they will not campaign or otherwise engage in political activities during regular work hours or involve the college in political activities.
  2. Employees who are elected or appointed to a part-time public office certify through the president to the Board that the office will not interfere with their carrying out duties of the college position, or they must request leave.
  3. Employees who are elected or appointed to a full-time public office or the General Assembly are required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming that office. The length of the leave of absence is determined by the local Board.
  4. Employees who become candidates for public office are prohibited from soliciting support during regular work hours. Employees in question are prohibited from soliciting support on college property unless otherwise authorized by the local Board.

In addition, the Board has adopted the following policy on political activities of the college president:

  1. The president will not be openly affiliated with any political party or openly contribute personal funds to the political campaign of any party or individual.
  2. The president who decides to run for public office notifies the Board of the intention to run and certifies that he/she will not campaign or otherwise engage in political activities during regular work hours or involve the college in his/her political activities.
  3. The president who is elected or appointed to a part-time public office certifies to the Board that the office will not interfere with his/her carrying out the duties of the college position, or he/she must request leave.
  4. The president who is elected or appointed to a full-time public office or the General Assembly is required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming that office. The length of the leave of absence is determined by the Board.
  5. The president who is a candidate for public office is prohibited from soliciting support during regular work hours. The president in question is prohibited from soliciting support on college property unless otherwise authorized by the Board. The authorization must be on a case-by-case basis.
  6. The local Board notifies the State Board if the college president becomes a candidate for public office or if the college president is elected or appointed to a public office.

Definitions as used in this policy:

  1. Public office means any national, state, or local governmental position of public trust and responsibility, whether elective or appointive, that is created or prescribed or recognized by constitution, statute, or ordinance.
  2. Membership in the General Assembly is a full-time public office under this policy.

The requirements of this policy apply prospectively only. No change in the employment status of employees who were incumbents in public office on the effective date of this policy are required under this policy for the remainder of the term of office; however, this policy does not apply to employees of the college who were full-time public officers on the effective date of this policy.

Adopted: July 12, 1990

Revised: January 24, 2002, July 20, 2010

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