Legal Defense


Legal Defense


Policy Statement

Legal defense may be provided for civil or criminal action or proceedings which arise against employees because of an act or an omission in the scope of employment. According to provisions of the law, the Attorney General has the authority to determine whether the State will provide defense for an employee. Provision of legal defense may be denied by the State or University on the basis of four statutorily enumerated grounds:

  • The act or omission which gave rise to the proceeding was not within the course and scope of employment.
  • The act or omission which gave rise to the proceeding was fraudulent, corrupt, or malicious.
  • Defense of the action by the State would create a conflict of interest between the State and the employee.
  • Defense of the proceeding would not be in the best interests of the State.

Legal defense, if it is to be provided, usually is offered through the Office of the Attorney General of North Carolina. For more information, contact the University Counsel Office at 919-962-1219.

Related Subjects

  • Limitations on Political Activities
  • Civil Leave

Contact Information

Policy Contact

Policy Contact Information Table
Address Phone Number Email

Office of Human Resources

104 Airport Drive, CB #1045

Chapel Hill, NC 27599



Article ID: 131774
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Effective Date
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07/12/2017 12:00 AM
Issuing Officer
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Issuing Officer Title
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Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Last Review
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07/12/2017 12:00 AM
Last Revised
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07/12/2017 12:00 AM
Date on which the original version of this document was first made official.
07/12/2017 12:00 AM
Responsible Unit
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Office of Human Resources