11.22 / Political Activities and Campus Facilities
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard
to the use of campus facilities for political purposes.
Wichita State University is committed to the free expression of political
views by members of the campus community and to the value of discourse and
debate as an important part of the education experience. Concurrently,
Wichita State University must comply with provisions governing its tax
exempt status as a state educational institution of Kansas, policies of the
Kansas Board of Regents and maintain neutrality with regard to politics and
1. Campus facilities and grounds shall not be made available for
campaigning, electioneering or fundraising events for any candidate for
political office, party committee or political committee.
2. Political office holders and candidates may not be introduced or
recognized on campus unless they are attending a campus event.1
3. Politicians and/or political parties may hold meetings, including
partisan political gatherings in University facilities provided that:
- There is no interference with regularly scheduled functions or
activities of the University;
- There is no filming, video taping or other production of partisan
- Students are permitted to hear speakers without charge; and
- All financial arrangements required for use of the facility have been
arranged and paid for in advance.
4. The distribution of handbills or political leafleting is subject to
the requirements of Section 11.12, Use
of University Campus for First Amendment Activities.
5. Student organizations may sponsor an event which involves
candidates for political office for educational purposes as long as all
candidates for the respective political office, are given an opportunity to
be present and provide information on a neutral and non-partisan basis. Such
events must be open to the public.
6. Student organizations may advocate publicly a position on a
political issue, provided the organization clearly identifies itself as a
student organization and communicates in any public statement that it does
not represent or speak on behalf of the University.
7. Students, faculty and staff may engage freely in comment on
political issues or public policy as individual citizens, provided they
clearly identify that the opinions expressed are their own and do not
represent the official position of Wichita State University.
8. Use of the University's name, letterhead, logo, trademarks and/or
resources (including University computing and information technology
resources) for partisan electoral purposes such as solicitation of funds or
other contributions in support of a political party or candidates,
endorsement of candidates for public office, or advocating a position with
regard to a public issue (other than an authorized spokesperson on behalf of
the University) is strictly prohibited.
9. It is recognized that political office holders and candidates may
contribute greatly to the education of students and said individuals may be
requested to provide classroom instruction. Faculty should be vigilant of
the need for neutrality and fairness in seeking classroom visitors.
1 This includes meetings exclusively sponsored by students for
their own political education.
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual
and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.
July 1, 2010
January 30, 2018
(See also Section 3.17, Political
Activity, of this manual)