Use of technology for political activity
Members of the University community, as individuals and groups, have the right to exercise their full freedom of expression and association. However, as a 501(c)(3) organization, the University is prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office and no substantial part of the University’s activities may be directed to influencing legislation.
A website is a form of communication. If something were to be posted on the University’s website that favored or opposed a candidate for public office or a political organization or solicited financial or other support for a candidate or a political organization, it likely would constitute prohibited political activity. It is the same as if the University distributed printed material, or made oral statements or broadcasts that favored or opposed a candidate or a political organization. In addition, the University’s website may not be used to influence legislation.
Similarly, individuals may not use the technological resources of the University for political purposes in a manner that suggests the University itself is participating in campaign or political activity or fundraising, or for influencing legislation. Faculty and staff also should refrain from use of University e-mail for campaign, or political activity or fund-raising, or for influencing legislation.
Other political activity
Unless otherwise provided in RRR Section 1.5 or other University policy, University resources typically may not be used with respect to political activity. To the extent use is permitted, however, individuals and groups should take care to make it clear that when expressing political views they are speaking only for themselves and not for the University. Non-partisan educational activity is typically acceptable. Questions regarding the use of University resources with respect to political activity may be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.