The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Executive Committee asked the UNC Board of Governors to vote against closing the Center for Civil Rights.
The committee passed a resolution Thursday saying the proposed policy "makes it harder for campuses within the system to pursue their mission."
The resolution said the policy constrains the way faculty trains students, harms the University's reputation and could threaten its accreditation.
The policy will ban UNC-system centers and institutes from “act(ing) as legal counsel to any third party” or “employ(ing) or engag(ing), directly or indirectly, any individual to act as legal counsel to any third party.”
The committee argued that the policy bars lawyers from counseling, negotiating, drafting legal instruments, providing legal opinions, mediating, investigating and "many other things."
Because of this, the resolution said the policy should be known for more than just being a "litigation ban."
Faculty participating in centers and institutes "serve the public, enhance the education and training of students and carry out research to create new knowledge."
Faculty from a variety of disciplines provide services for centers, but the policy singles out "legal services," the resolution said.
"If there is a justification for decreeing that a professor of engineering may evaluate the ergonomics of a small business’s workplace through a Center, but a professor of law may not assist that same business by drafting a contract, we do not perceive it," it continued.