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Bill 11-A-33 Revising "Guidelines for Partisan Political Action on Campus" by Establishing a "Policy" Section (Approved)

FACULTY SENATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE BILL 11-A-33

Approved by the Faculty Senate
November 16, 2011

BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill presents the revised policy for the Faculty Handbook section on Partisan Political Action. Changes include definitions of the "University" and "partisan" for this policy.

REVISING "GUIDELINES FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL ACTION ON CAMPUS" BY ESTABLISHING A "POLICY" SECTION

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: subject to the passage and approval of both this bill and its companion bill establishing a corresponding "procedures" section, Chapter 7, Section H of the Faculty Handbook be amended by replacing the existing content (Faculty Senate Bill 90-A-07) with the following "policy" section (with the companion "procedures" to follow it in the Handbook):

Partisan Political Action Policy

A University exists, in part, as an institution in which the free and vigorous exchange of ideas is not only welcomed but encouraged. Partisan political activity should be welcomed on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University as an important ingredient in the life, of the mind and in the broad education of the students. The University should remain strictly neutral regarding partisan political activity. Therefore, procedures shall be set forth and maintained to enhance the neutrality of the University with respect to partisan political activity.

For purposes of this policy and the procedures promulgated to accompany it, the following definitions shall apply:

1. "University" shall include the actual legal entity and any employee(s) or representative(s) thereof authorized to speak on behalf of the actual legal entity.

2. "Partisan" shall include political parties, candidates thereof, and officials of a political party or political party related campaign.

Policy contains portions of Faculty Senate Bill 90-A-07 approved by the Faculty Senate May 14, 1990 and by the Board of Regents June 18, 1990

Amended by Faculty Senate Bill 11-A-33 approved by the Faculty Senate November 16, 2011 and by the Board of Regents XXXX

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Action Date
Introduced to Senate 10/5/11
Second Senate Meeting 11/16/11
Faculty Senate Vote 11/16/11
President's Review 11/2011
Board of Regents' Review 03/23/12
Posted to Faculty Handbook

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