Policy for Employees Engaging in Political Activity, Seeking Elective Office, and Serving as Elected or Appointed Officials

Board of Regents Policy Document #800 states:
  1. No political campaigning activities shall be engaged in during hours when an employee is expected to be performing his or her regularly scheduled University duties. Further, as provided in recent State legislation, no officer or employee may solicit or receive or be involved in soliciting or receiving any contribution or service for any political purpose from any officer or employee of this state while on state time or engaged in his official duties as an officer or employee.
  2. If a staff member chooses to enter a primary campaign, he or she, in consultation with the department chair and dean should determine whether or not this activity will impair or encroach on performance of University duties. If it is determined that it will, a reduced-time appointment should be arranged for the period of the primary campaign.
  3. If a staff member is a candidate in a regular election, Step 2 should be followed with the expectation that a reduced-time appointment would be in order.
  4. If a staff member is elected, he or she may be granted a leave of absence for the initial term of office where the time demands of the office would not allow continuance of full- or part-time performance of university duties. If the individual is elected to a second term, it would be the normal expectation that the individual would sever his or her relationship with the University. If a campus wishes to extend the leave of absence in this instance, justification should be advanced to the President of the System and the extension must receive the specific approval of the Board of Regents.
  5. If a staff member accepts appointive local, state or national office, political or educational in nature, he or she may be granted a leave of absence for the initial appointment term where the time demands of the office would not allow continuance of full- or part-time performance of University duties. Extension of leave beyond the initial term shall require justification and approval as outlined in #4 above.
  6. Service as an elected or appointed official on off-hour demand activities (e.g., school boards, city councils, county boards, or local, state, or national commissions) would not normally require a reduced appointment or leave of absence. Each case should be reviewed.