Political activities (faculty)

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to define the conditions for and procedures by which Lynn University faculty members may engage in political activities.

Policy

Faculty members, as citizens, are free to engage in political activities. Any member of the faculty who wishes to engage in direct political activity which will involve a substantial amount of time away from the performance of the University responsibilities (e.g., holding or running for political office, managing a campaign, directing group action on behalf of a political candidate or issue) is expected to work out a mutual agreement for leave of absence before undertaking such activity. The terms of such leave of absence will be set forth in writing. In addition, faculty members are reminded that as employees of a non-profit institution, they must adhere to the University’s Political Activity Policy.

Definitions

Political Activities—means promoting or opposing any partisan political activity, political party, or candidate for public office (local, state, or national), including oneself.

Procedures/Guidelines

A request for unpaid special leave to engage in political activities or hold a public office shall be submitted in a timely manner and in accordance with University policies. The primary consideration for authorizing a special unpaid leave is that it serves the best interest of the University.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Academic Affairs.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018