Faculty Handbook: Policies Governing Faculty Service
3.10  Political Activity

(Board Policy 465.1, adopted March 7, 1975, revised March 30, 2016)

University employees, as citizens, have the right to engage in political activity. However, no employee may involve the institution’s name, symbols, property, or supplies in political activities.

An employee who intends to seek public office or to assume a major role in a political campaign is obligated to discuss their plans with their supervisor. If the supervisor determines that the activity will impinge to any extent upon the full discharge of the employee’s responsibilities to the University, including, but not limited to, any actual or perceived conflict of interest, the plans shall be reviewed through regular administrative channels to the Chancellor's Office or chief executive officer for each campus, division or unit, after consultation with the General Counsel’s Office, for a determination of workload and salary adjustment.

Involvements which require part or full-time services, and for which more than token compensation is received, will require reduction of workload and pay, leave of absence, or resignation, depending upon the extent of the activity. For more information, refer to Board Policy 465.1.