Election Activities Policy
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College encourages its students to participate in national, state, and local
political activities to prepare themselves for active lives as engaged citizens.
While all students, faculty, and staff are free to express political opinions
and engage in political activities, it is important that they avoid the
appearance that they are speaking or acting for the college in political
As a non-profit,
private institution of higher education whose activities are regulated in part
by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Dickinson College may not participate
or intervene in the political campaign of any candidate for public office. Federal
Elections Commission regulations also prohibit Dickinson College from
facilitating the making of contributions or funding communications that
influence, or are intended to influence, the outcome of federal elections. Nevertheless,
every individual has the right to organize and to join political associations
and to advocate and publicize political opinions.
and funds may be used by political groups on campus so long as the use does not
favor one political party over another. Student activities funds may not be
used for direct political action, for disbursement to any organization that is
not an officially recognized Dickinson College organization or contributed to a
political campaign or other political fund or organization. Student
organizations that use College facilities for political presentations must open
such presentations to all members of the campus community. No campaign
political rallies may be held on campus.