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Policies, Rules and Regulations

Chapter Name: Employment, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights

Chapter No. 3.2.6

Issue: Political Activity of Staff

Effective Date: 3-23-1956

Revision Date: 10-30-2012


Political activity is recognized as a part of the whole duty of a citizen. However, certain problems arise affecting the operations of the college in connection with the candidacy for appointment to public office, and it is the judgment of the Board that there should be some clear-cut policies and procedures. These are stated below:

The employee shall will discuss with his or her division leader or department head. The division leader will inform the President of such candidacy or appointment before public announcement is made.

In the case of candidacy for any public office, it is expected that the employee will campaign on their own time.  For the period of such candidacy the employee is expected to continue to perform the full scope of his or her EMU duties and responsibilities unless he or she is granted a leave of absence for the period of his candidacy. The judgment as to whether or not a leave of absence shall be granted shall depend upon the amount of time the staff member expects to devote to his or her candidacy and the operational needs of the University.

Employees seeking public office should not represent themselves as spokespersons for the University.

If an employee is elected or appointed to any public office, the question of whether or not he or she shall take leave of absence or shall resign his or her position shall be discussed with the department or division head and the president. In the case of part-time office, such as membership on city councils, school boards, boards of supervisors, etc., leave of absence or resignation shall not normally be expected or required. In the case of election or appointment to full-time office, the employee must take either a leave of absence without pay or resign, dependent upon the joint judgment of the department or division head and the president; provided that no leave of absence shall be extended beyond two years. In no case will an employee be permitted to hold a public office that presents a conflict of interest with his or her EMU position or is in violation of the Incompatible Offices Act.  In addition, all employees must comply with the federal and Michigan Campaign Finance Acts, which prohibit the use of EMU resources to support or oppose a candidate or the qualification, defeat, or passage of a ballot proposal.


The Chief Human Resources Officer and Assistant Vice President, Academic Personnel and Contract Administration are responsible for the overall implementation, administration, and interpretation of this policy.


This policy has University-wide application for all employees to the extent that it is not limited by a collective bargaining agreement.



Authority for Creation or Revision:

Minutes of the Meetings of the State Board of Education, March 23, 1956; page 80.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, September 17,1969; para. .816M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents: October 30, 2012