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Partisan Political Activity
Partisan Political Activity Policy
Responsible Office or Person:
This policy covers all students, faculty, and staff of Carroll University.
Carroll University is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which prohibits the University from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. The law prohibits the University from endorsing candidates for political office or contributing any money, goods, or services to candidates.
In order to ensure Carroll's compliance with the restrictions placed on the University as a tax-exempt organization, members of the University community must adhere to the following guidelines:
When endorsing or opposing a candidate for political office or taking a position on an issue for the purpose of assisting or opposing a candidate, individuals and groups within Carroll University must make it clear that they are speaking only for themselves and not the University.
Carroll University's name and insignia may not be used on stationery or other documents intended for political purposes, including soliciting funds for political support or carrying on a political campaign.
Funds or other contributions may not be solicited in the name of Carroll University for political support or carrying on a political campaign.
Carroll employees may not perform tasks related to partisan political activities during working hours.
The following may not be used for political campaign purposes:
The University's mailing resources;
University mailing lists-including the addresses and e-mail addresses of students, faculty, staff, emeriti and alumni;
University-provided office supplies, computers, telephones, facsimile machines, copiers, etc.;
The University's sales tax exemption for purchases of goods and services.
Partisan Political Campaign Events on Campus
When a University organization composed of University faculty, staff, students and other representatives sponsors a partisan political campaign event, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind:
University organizations may reserve through the Office of Reservations and Event Services available University building space (University facilities regularly reserved for student use and other University space such as lecture halls and meeting rooms) to engage in partisan political activities within the University community, provided that such organizations:
Pay for the costs of such activities and
Pay rental fees for the use of such facilities that they would otherwise be charged. University funds, including student organization budgets, may not be used for campaign materials.
No campaign fund-raising is allowed.
A disclaimer must be included in all written materials and advertising, and announced at the beginning of all events: "Carroll University does not support or oppose any political candidates. The views expressed are those of [the candidate or other partisan political speaker] only. The [Carroll-related group] is sponsoring this event." The distribution of written materials must be limited to time and location of the event.
Organizations that are composed of non-University members, participants or employees are ineligible to use University space to engage in partisan political campaign activities.
Certain non-partisan political activities (such as properly organized voter registration activities, voter education programs, and candidate debates) may be permissible if they do not evidence a preference for or opposition to a political party or to candidates who have taken a particular position.