NC Ethics & Lobbying FAQs

North Carolina enacted a series of ethics and lobbying laws that significantly increased the state’s regulation of interactions between Duke personnel and “covered” state officials. Learn about some general guidelines for interacting with state officials.

NC Lobbying Law & State Ethics Act

Review the law governing interactions between representatives of Duke and state officials (see Articles 1 through 7, 8 and 9 of Subchapter II).

Government Relations Activity Policy Memorandum

In August 2020, the Office of Public Affairs & Government Relations released an updated memo clarifying policies regarding political activity on campus and engagement with policy makers.

Government Relations Activities Policy

Learn more about the University’s official policy for interacting with federal and state officials as a representative of Duke.

Earmarks (Direct Appropriations)

Duke University is committed to excellence in research and hence to competitive peer review in the funding of research. Research funded by earmarks threatens to undermine excellence in research by diverting resources from the peer review process. As a result, the University does not seek or accept direct appropriations except under extraordinary circumstances and with the express permission of the President of the University. Such extraordinary circumstances would include only those in which the President, in consultation with the senior administrative leadership of the University, determined that the proposed project involved inherently unique circumstances that could not be replicated elsewhere. When the case for an exception is considered, the strong presumption must be against the taking of earmarks.