Political Activities

Board of Regents Policy 8.2.18.3 Political Activities

USG employees are encouraged to fulfill their civic obligations and engage in the normal political processes of society. Nevertheless, it is inappropriate for USG employees to manage or enter political campaigns while on duty to perform services for the USG or to hold elective political office at the state or federal level while employed by the USG.

The following policies governing political activities apply to all USG employees:

1.   A USG employee may not manage or take an active part in a political campaign that interferes with the performance of duties or services for which he or she receives compensation from the USG.

2.   A USG employee may not hold elective political office at the state or federal level.

3.   A USG employee seeking elective political office at the state or federal level must first request a leave of absence without pay beginning prior to qualification as a candidate in a primary or general election and ending after the general or final election. If elected to state or federal office, a USG employee must resign prior to assuming office.

4.   Employees may seek and hold elective office at other than the state or federal level, or appointive office, when it does not conflict or interfere with the employee’s duties and responsibilities to the employee’s USG institution or the USG.

Link: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct

 

USG Policy Guidance on Political Campaign Activity:

Employee Expression of Political Opinions

The USG respects the free expression rights of USG employees to share their own views on political issues. Sharing these views should be done only in employees’ personal capacities and in a manner that does not interfere with work, does not involve improper use of state resources, and does not create the appearance that the employee is speaking on behalf of the USG or its institutions. Employees desiring to express personal political views should make it clear that their views are personal in nature and do not represent the views of the USG or its institutions. For example, employees desiring to express personal views to elected officials or other third parties: (1) must make it clear that their views are personal in nature and do not represent the views of the USG or its institutions, and (2) may not use state resources (including work email) or work time to communicate these views.

In addition, employees are prohibited from using any USG registered trademarks when expressing personal opinions on political issues, unless they are otherwise specifically authorized to do so.

Employee Involvement in Political Campaigns

Individuals may not hold elective political office at the state or federal level while employed by the USG. Any employee seeking elective office must notify his or her direct supervisor and request a leave of absence without pay prior to qualifying as a candidate.

Employees are also prohibited from managing or taking an active part in political campaigns during work hours or where such involvement would otherwise interfere with work responsibilities. Under no circumstances may employees use any state property, resources, or materials in conjunction with any political campaigning.

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