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The University encourages employees to exercise their rights with regard to political activity. However, there are guidelines that must be followed.

  • You are not allowed to actively manage a campaign, campaign for political office, or engage in political activity while on duty or during any period of time that you are receiving compensation from the state.
  • You may not use the authority of your employment/position or state funds, supplies, or vehicles to support or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election for office or party nominations.
  • You may not coerce a state employee to support or contribute to a political candidate or party by threatening employment dismissal or discipline or by promising preferential treatment.
  • If you are a supervisor, you may not institute, issue, or enforce any rule or policy that interferes with the right of state employees to engage in political activity on their own time.

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