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Chapter 330: Employee Conduct

330.050 Political Activities

Bd. Min. 9-20-74; Bd. Min. 11-29-01.

  1. Regulations -- The following are the regulations concerning political activity and holding of public office by members of the University staff:
    1. Activity in Political Party Organizations:
      1. Members of the staff may engage in lawful political activities:
        (1) Of organizations of political parties qualified to place candidates on the ballot in accordance with Missouri Statutes or of political parties seeking such qualification.
        (2) Of nonparties or bipartisan groups seeking the election of candidates to public office or the approval or disapproval of issues which are or may be submitted to the voters for approval, or
        (3) On behalf of individual candidates for public office, including candidates for membership of any political committee established by Chapter 120, R.S.Mo.
      2. Such activity, like any other personal, non-official undertaking, must be done on the individual's own time and should not interfere with University duties.
      3. Members of the staff may contribute funds to pay of the above parties, groups or candidates or expend funds on behalf of the above parties, groups, candidates or issues, subject only to State and Federal laws which regulate political contributions.
    2. Election to or Holding Public Office -- Any staff member before he announces officially as a candidate for or accepts any elective office must inform his superior officer of such intention and such officer must make the fact known to the President o the University through appropriate channels. If the regulations permit, the President will offer no objection to the candidacy provided it does not require time or attention that should be given to University duties.
      1. Subject to the requirements of Notice to the President, a member may, without permission of the President become a candidate for and hold a part time position of political office, provided that such activity must be conducted on the individual's own time and shall not interfere with University duties. In case of doubt, the President shall decide if the candidacy is permissible under these regulations.
      2. The holding of any elective full time office in local, county, state or the Federal government is forbidden while the person is serving on the University staff. Before accepting such an office, a person is required to resign his University post. A person seeking election to such an office must resign or request a leave of absence as of the date of filing in the primary.

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