Political Activity by University Employees
Effective Date: 05/01/08
Policy Statement 1: Political Activity by University Employees
I. Political Activity by University Employees
- No East Carolina University employee shall use the authority of his/her
position, implicate the name of the University, or utilize State resources
to support or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election involving
candidates for office or party nomination. This includes, but is not limited
to, the following:
The UNC System Policy Manual can be found online at: http://www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/legal/policymanual/contents.htm
- No employee may take an active part in managing a campaign, or campaign
for political office or otherwise engage in political activity during
working hours. N.C.G.S. §126-13; State Personnel Manual (Section
3, page 35); UNC Policy 300.5.1.
- No employee may use his or her position, State or University funds,
services (including mail service), supplies (including letterhead), equipment
(including telephone and computers), vehicles or other university property
to support or oppose a candidate. N.C.G.S. §126-13; UNC Policy 300.5.1.
- No employee may coerce an employee to support or contribute to a political
candidate or party or to change voter registration. N.C.G.S. §126-14.
- No EPA employee (including Faculty and EPA Professionals) may promise
preferential treatment or threaten detrimental treatment of an employee
to induce support or opposition to a candidate. UNC Policy 300.5.1.
- If running for or holding office, all EPA employees (Faculty and EPA
Professionals) must comply with UNC Policies 300.5.1 through 300.5.4 and
300.5.6. For many types of office, the policies require that before becoming
a candidate or holding political office, the University employee must
make certain disclosures and receive various approvals on a prescribed
schedule. Prospective candidates or office holders for some political
office must petition the chancellor for approval months in advance, and
failure to do so may result in loss of university employment.