On April 21, 1980, Governor Hunt signed Executive Order Number 48, which encourages State agencies (including UNC Charlotte) to enroll the services of volunteers and provides that such volunteers shall benefit from the same liability protections for their services to State agencies as State employees receive while in the course and scope of their employment. Executive Order Number 48 defines “volunteer” as “any person who provides goods or services to any state agency of his or her own free will and for no financial gain.” In order to be eligible as a volunteer, then, you will not be paid for providing any services to the Center for STEM Education. The Center for STEM Education may, however, reimburse you for expenses directly related to your volunteer services.
As a volunteer for the Center for STEM Education, you will be covered by the Tort Claims Act and the Defense of State Employees Act to the same extent as a University employee. The Defense of State Employees Act describes the conditions for legal representation of employees by the Attorney General and payment of judgment or settlement costs from State funds. The Tort Claims Act provides liability coverage up to $1,000,000 for any final judgment against a State employee. As a volunteer for the Center for STEM Education, you will also enjoy excess liability coverage. Excess liability coverage represents an amount of coverage above the limits of the Tort Claims Act. (Currently, excess liability coverage provides $5,000,000 per employee, $5,000,000 per occurrence, and $10,000,000 annual aggregate.)
You will not, however, be covered by the Worker’s Compensation Act for any injuries that you might suffer while in the course of volunteering for the Center for STEM Education. Nor will you be covered by the State Personnel Act or other provisions of law and regulations governing grievance procedures for State employees. Executive Order Number 48 also requires that volunteers must “comply with the appropriate agency rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to conduct, record keeping, and any other policy necessary for the operating efficiency of the state agency.” Applicable University policies are available online at legal.uncc.edu/policies.