University Governance, Ethics, Integrity, and Legal Compliance
Partisan Political Activity
ScopeFaculty, staff, and students
Syracuse University values and encourages the expression and exchange of ideas and encourages students, faculty and staff to exercise their rights and privileges as individuals by participating fully in the political process.
However, as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Syracuse University is prohibited from participating or intervening in any partisan political activities on behalf of or in opposition to any particular candidate for public office. Intervention includes, but is not limited to, making financial contributions and publication or distribution of written or oral statements in favor of or opposition to a particular candidate. Violation of this prohibition may result in monetary fines and exposes the University to possible revocation of its tax-exempt status. Interpretations of and questions about this prohibition should be directed to the senior vice president for Public and Government Affairs.
In accordance with both the law and this University policy, everyone connected with the University is expected to observe the following rules with respect to participation in national, state, or local partisan political activities.
Syracuse University-related organizations composed solely of members of the corporate University community, such as recognized student organizations, may utilize available University facilities such as lecture halls or meeting rooms, or rooms regularly reserved for student use to engage in partisan political activities within the University community, provided the organization:
In order to ensure that all legal and Syracuse University requirements are followed, University policies for advance approval, scheduling, planning, and publicizing events on University property apply. (See Events on University Property policy.)
This policy is not intended to infringe in any way on an individual's right, in his or her own name, to support a particular candidate or participate in a political campaign. Individuals remain entirely free to become involved in the election process as they choose, in a manner that does not evidence or imply University involvement.
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Date: May 2008
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