Reminders for campus regarding political activity and use of facilities

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As Election Day approaches this year, questions may arise about how University of Arkansas employees can participate in the political process.

Now is a good time to review University policies regarding political activity as well as the use of University facilities and outdoor spaces.


The U of A respects the right of all employees to engage in political activity. However, employees may not involve the institution’s name, symbols, property or supplies in political activities.

For example, U of A employees may not use their titles, email addresses, letterhead, logos, or any university-related communication to engage in political activity. It is also prohibited to engage in political activities during work hours or with U of A-issued technology and devices at any time.

U of A employees are also advised to refrain from wearing clothing that would identify them as U of A employees when attending political events and not to represent their views as those of the U of A.

Other applicable policies can be found at:


When not required for educational programming or official functions, academic facilities and outdoor spaces may be made available to members of the campus community and non-academic entities, but should generally be reserved for the advance.

The University Facilities Use Policy generally addresses permitted use and reservation processes for University facilities and outdoor spaces, including a link to a reservation form for outdoor spaces.

Individuals requesting an interior space reservation should contact the building manager for that location and follow all policies and procedures for that site.

For outdoor spaces, a reservation must be completed and submitted to Facilities Management or the office responsible for the location.

At all times, this policy is implemented consistent with the University’s primary purpose of advancing knowledge, including promoting vigorous discussion among members of the University community, and consistent with the principles of the First Amendment.

The Fayetteville Policies and Procedures Online Resource includes all campus and university policies, as well as links to UA System Policies and Board Policies.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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