Political Activities: Tax-Exempt Organization Restrictions
- Canvassing: "The University does not permit any candidate, campaign, or other interested party to engage in solicitation, campaigning, or other door-to-door canvassing activities in staff or faculty offices, student residence halls, or other private work or living areas. Canvassing activities are necessarily limited to publicly accessible areas consistent with the University’s Solicitation Policy.”
- Institutional Resources: "University employees and students are prohibited from using institutional resources (such as, but not limited to, funds, vehicles, FAX or duplicating equipment, supplies, services, intercampus mail, or mailing lists) for political campaign purposes, except as permitted by this Policy. When using campus email or other electronic format for any political activity announcement, an institutional disclaimer must be prominently featured within the communication. In addition, they may not use the University seal, letterhead, symbols, or other proprietary marks of institutional affiliation to endorse, or for or on behalf of, political parties, campaigns or candidates.”
Non-commercial solicitation—student residence halls: "In conjunction with the policies set forth in the University’s Housing and Meal Plan Contract Terms & Conditions, all non-commercial solicitation by residents or UVM student organizations must take place in the lobbies and common areas of residential complexes (i.e. the spaces that connect residence hall buildings together, where the main desk is located). Residents or UVM student organizations seeking to staff a table, distribute literature, or engage in other forms of non-commercial solicitation must register between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Department of Residential Life’s main office located in Robinson Hall. All other individuals and groups must follow the procedure set forth in this Policy and obtain the appropriate forms from the Director of Conference and Event Services or designee. No resident, UVM student organization, or other individual or group is permitted to engage in any door-to-door canvassing activities, such as solicitation or campaigning, in the student living areas of residence halls.
“Non-commercial solicitation includes, without limitation, petition drives, public opinion polling, membership drives for recognized groups and organizations, preaching, proselytizing, political organizing, political canvassing, and political campaigning. It also includes charitable fundraising for the benefit of the University, University recognized groups and organizations, or other nonprofit or charitable organizations.”
Posting: “The posting or placing of flyers, signs, notices, and posters on doors, windows, exterior and interior hallways and walls, trees, utility poles, campus light poles, statues, signs, trash cans, ceilings, benches, sidewalks, and vehicles, and the use of ‘lawn signs,’ is generally prohibited on University property … Flyers, signs, notices, and posters may, however, be posted on bulletin boards that are open to the public, provided that they must be removed immediately following the event they are advertising. All indoor and outdoor bulletin boards will be cleared of postings on a regular basis. Postings made in violation of this Policy are subject to removal. Materials such as bumper stickers or decals that can damage University property are prohibited in all instances, as is graffiti.”