HR-509 Political Activity
University employees may engage in lawful political activities of organizations of political parties qualified to place candidates on the ballot in accordance with Missouri Statutes or of political parties seeking such qualification; nonpartisan or bipartisan groups seeking the election of candidates to public office; nonpartisan or bipartisan groups seeking the approval or disapproval of issues which are or may be submitted to the voters for approval; and individual candidates seeking public office, including candidates for membership of any political committee established by Chapter 120, RSMo. Such activity, like any other personal, nonofficial undertaking, must be done on the individual's own time and should not interfere with University duties.
Employees may contribute funds or expend funds on behalf of the above parties, groups, candidates or issues, subject only to state and federal laws which regulate political contributions.
Before officially announcing candidacy, or accepting any elective office, an employee must inform his/her superior officer of such intention and such officer must make the fact known to the President through appropriate channels. If the policy permits, the President will offer no objection to the candidacy provided it does not require time or attention that should be given to University duties. Subject to the requirements of notice to the President, an employee may, without the President's permission, become a candidate for and hold a part-time position. In case of doubt, the President shall decide if the candidacy is permissible under this policy. Such activity must be conducted on the individual's own time and shall not interfere with University duties.
The holding of any elective full-time office in local, county, state or federal government is forbidden while the person is serving on the University staff. Some offices, for example the Missouri General Assembly, should be considered full-time although not in session for the entire year. Any employee seeking election to such an office must resign or request a leave of absence as of the date of filing in the primary. The provisions of the Retirement and Death Benefit Plan relating to leaves of absence shall apply. Before accepting such an office, the employee is required to resign his/her University post.
Date Created: 9/26/97
Last Updated: 04/01/2005