legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution’s governance structure: fiscal stability of the institution.

Judgment of Compliance
: In compliance    


The current University of North Carolina system (hereafter, the University) dates from 1971, when the General Assembly completely restructured higher education in North Carolina, bringing all state-supported institutions of higher learning, including East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) into a single system governed by the University’s Board of Governors (hereafter, BOG).

In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 116-11, the BOG is responsible for the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the University’s 17 constituent institutions, including East Carolina University.  Consistent with this statute, the UNC Policy Manual 700 A states that the responsibilities of the BOG are to ensure that adequate financial resources are devoted to higher education; to develop, prepare, and present to the Governor and the General Assembly a single, unified, recommended budget for all the constituent institutions; and to set tuition and fees at the constituent institutions.

In 1992, the BOG designated ECU as a “special responsibility constituent institution” (outlined in the UNC Policy Manual 600.3.2). As a “special responsibility constituent institution,” ECU has demonstrated governance and chief executive oversight and internal financial controls that enable it to competently and responsibly administer financial and other management authority as delegated to ECU by the BOG. G.S. 116-30.1 and GS_116-30.2 prescribe the general areas over which ECU may exercise management flexibility. Specific standards and safeguards pertaining to budgeting and accounting, personnel, and purchasing are established by the BOG and President as set forth in the Policy Manual 600.3.1. Consistent with the limitations set forth in the North Carolina statutes and UNC policy (UNC Code Appendix 1), the BOT adopted clear operating controls pertaining to budget administration, property management, tuition and fees, and other financial matters, as set forth in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University. 

Powers, duties and responsibilities of the BOT are defined in UNC Code Appendix 1 and include the appointment and compensation of senior academic and administrative personnel, conferral of tenure, awarding of degrees, approval of plans and specifications of capital construction projects, and recommendations for tuition and fees. In addition to powers and duties as defined and delegated by the BOG, the BOT serves as adviser to the BOG on matters pertaining to the institution and advises the Chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution, as described in North Carolina General Statute 116-33.




Reference Title


Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University

3.2.7 BOT-Bylaws

North Carolina General Statute 116-30.1 G.S. 116-30.1

North Carolina General Statute 116-30.2 GS_116-30.2

North Carolina General Statute 116-11

NCGS 116-11

North Carolina General Statute 116-33.

NCGS 116-33

The UNC Policy Manual, Section 600.3.1 Policy Manual 600.3.1

The UNC Policy Manual, Section 600.3.2 UNC Policy Manual 600.3.2

The UNC Policy Manual, Section 700A

UNC Policy Manual 700A

UNC Code Appendix 1

UNC Code Appendix 1