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Informing voters on nonpartisan basis

Guide to nonpartisanship

Staying nonpartisan

 

 

University of Wisconsin Rules on Campaigning

General UW-Madison policy information

UW-Madison Policies affecting student organizations.

UW-Madison Facilities Use Policies and Guidelines

The above are administered by the UW-Madison Office of Legal Affairs


Specific UW-Madison policies

UW-Madison Facilities Use Policy, Policy P-6, states:

"Registered Student Organizations and/or independent groups of students* may use University facilities only for events that are primarily for students, faculty and staff. Registered Student Organizations and/or independent groups of students may invite candidates for public office to speak in University facilities with no limit in the number of appearances by a candidate."

However, public meetings are different: "During a primary election campaign, each recognized candidate for public office or candidate’s surrogate may hold one public meeting at a University facility."

 

UW-Madison Department of University Housing:  Policies on advertising, flyers, and campaigning:

"CAMPAIGNING AND SOLICITATION

All forms of door-to-door canvassing and soliciting, whether for commercial, political, or informational purposes, are prohibited. This includes a prohibition against placing promotional materials under or on resident room doors. Only University agencies, residence hall student organizations/interest groups/committees, and registered student organizations are permitted to engage in political campaigning with limitations in the residence halls. The details of this policy are available in the Residence Life Office in each hall. Additional information on these policies can be found on the Student/Community Expectations page."

Student Community Expectations, page 11:

"Campaigning

• Only University agencies, residence hall student organizations/interest groups/committees, and registered student organizations are permitted to engage in political campaigning with limitations in the residence halls. The details of this policy are available in the Residence Life Office in each hall. • Door-to-door campaigning is prohibited."


UW System Policies

UW System Guidance on Political Campaign Activities

UW System rule 18, Conduct on University Lands: soliciting 18.11 (8)

UW System rule 18, Conduct on University Lands: campaigning 18.11 (9)

UW System rule 21, Use of University Facilities

The above are administered by the UW System Office of General Counsel


"One of our missions as an American educational institution is to prepare and encourage everyone who passes through the university to be an active, engaged citizen. Voting is one important aspect of this. It is essential to our democratic form of government and a responsibility that comes with citizenship."  -From UW-Madison's Chancellor Rebecca Blank's blog, January 29, 2016

Web page by Paul Malischke       malischke@yahoo.com       Last updated March 16, 2019