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An early 2022 version of The Faculty Code may also be downloaded at this link [PDF]. The latest version with December 2022 amendments is forthcoming.


A committee of the faculty to study and report on University Government was established in November 1942. The original members of that committee were Arnold K. King (Education), William de Berniere MacNider (Pharmacology), Carl Pegg (History), J. Carlyle Sitterson (History), Robert H. Wettach (Law), Louis Round Wilson (Library Science), and John M. Booker (English), Chair. During the years of study (complicated by World War II), the committee made numerous progress reports to the faculty. In November 1947, after several meetings and the adoption of amendments, the faculty approved the committee’s recommendations on Faculty Legislation. Further amendments were adopted in 1950, the most important of which provided for the establishment of the Faculty Council, a representative legislative body. When the Faculty Council first met on January 5, 1951, there were fifty-two elected members based on an apportionment ratio of one to seven, and twenty-nine ex officio members. In 1974, Faculty Legislation was renamed The Faculty Code of University Government. The current organizational and numbering scheme of the Code was the result of a complete editorial revision in 1997.

The Committee on University Government began work on a comprehensive revision of the Faculty Code in 2003. The first four Articles were comprehensively revised by the General Faculty on January 16, 2004. The remainder was comprehensively revised on March 23, 2007. Section 3-1 was amended March 28, 2008. Sections 4-5 and 4-5.1 were amended November 6, 2009. Section 12-1 was amended March 19, 2010. Sections 1-4, 2-2, 2-4, 5-4, and 6-4 were amended March 18, 2011. Sections 4-1 and 12-3 were amended March 16, 2012. Article 8 was revised February 8, 2013, and Section 4-1 was amended February 8, 2013. Section 4-9 was amended March 28, 2014. Sections 2-2 was amended and Section 4-14 was added March 20, 2015. Sections 3-1, 4-7, and 4-8 were amended and Section 3-5 was added, and Section 4-12 was recodified February 19, 2016. The Joint Rules of Procedure of the General Faculty and Faculty Council were added April 15, 2016. Section 1-8 was renumbered to 1-9 and a new Section 1-8 was added March 9, 2018. Sections 1-7, 4-14, 12-1, and 12-3 were amended April 12, 2019. Section 4-5 was amended April 17, 2020. Most recently, Sections 2-10, 3-1, 3-2, and 4-5 were amended December 9, 2022.

“The Joint Rules of Procedure of the General Faculty and Faculty Council” that appear at the end were adopted by the faculty on April 15, 2016. They are included for convenience, but are not part of the Code. Similarly, items that appear in brackets are annotations and not part of the Code proper.


Jill D. Moore
Secretary of the Faculty
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
December 12, 2022

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