Internal Governing Policies


 

#93 - Political Campaigning in Student Housing


Approved: August 22, 2011

Monitor: Vice President for Student Affairs


The University encourages student participation in federal, state, local, and campus elections.  Campaigning is permitted in student housing facilities in accordance with this policy. Campaigners who violate this policy will be asked to leave the hall or area. The University may take additional actions in the event of continued violations.

Campaigners may not solicit contributions, and the advertisement or sale of commercial goods or services is prohibited unless permitted under existing University policy.   Posting of materials must comply with University Internal Governing Policy 138.1, and mail distribution must comply with Campus Mail Services and United States Postal Service regulations.

Campaigning outside of residential buildings must not block or impede access to building entrances or exits.  Excessive noise levels or other behavior which unreasonably disturbs residents is prohibited.

Public Areas within Student Housing

Campaigning is prohibited in Panther Dining facilities including dining centers, service areas, lines, or entrances.

For the purpose of election campaigning or hosting candidates in residence halls, a resident of the building in which he or she resides may request the placement of a table in a public location designated by the building director.  Campaigning in public areas within residence halls is limited to persons at such tables between the hours of 12 p.m. (noon) and 8 p.m.

Door-to-Door Campaigning

Campaigners who desire to go door-to-door in the University residence halls, University Court apartment buildings, or on the University Apartment grounds must  register in advance with the Office of the Director of  University Housing and Dining Services. The letter of registration must be presented upon request of any resident or staff member.  Campaigning is permitted only between the hours of 12 p.m. (noon) and 8 p.m.  In residence halls, Greek Court buildings, or University Court buildings campaigners must be escorted at all times by a resident of the building in which they are campaigning.

Campaigners are asked to honor a "no campaigning" sign on the door of a room. Campaigners should knock on the resident's door, identify themselves and state their purpose for being there. Campaigners should honor a student's request to leave the resident's room or doorway.