24. Elective, Non-Elective Offices and Political Activities
University procedure provides, with certain restrictions, for faculty as citizens to hold elective and non-elective offices. The restrictions apply to conflict of interest, interference with the duties of the employee and others, and the manner in which the employee's activities reflect on the University.
The University recognizes the right of faculty to participate in political activities, so long as such participation does not interfere with the discharge of duties and responsibilities to the University or involve the University in partisan politics. It is, of course, the right and duty of every person to function as a citizen with the community, state and nation. Therefore the following guidelines are reiterated for information:
As a state-supported institution, the University does not endorse any candidate for any political office. Since the public may judge the University by the statements of its employees, it is important that employees involved in political activity make it clearly known that their statements are made as private citizens and not as University employees. Under no circumstances are state supplies or equipment to be used in connection with any political campaign.
This University does not consider the classroom an appropriate forum for any type of partisan political activity.