With the 2012 presidential race in full swing, the ACE has reissued its 2011 memo, Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities.
This guide is designed to educate campus staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections, whether hosting an event or volunteering for a campaign. Divided into institutional and individual political activities, it gives concrete examples of what is and is not acceptable practice.
The memo is based on judicial and IRS rulings and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 as well as Federal Election Commission regulations that apply to colleges and universities. It is intended as general guidance only. Specific cases should be referred to campus legal counsel.
For resources and news stories on President Obama's and Mitt Romney's higher education platforms, see ACE’s Storify page, The 2012 Presidential Election & Higher Education.