September 18, 1970
Restrictions on the Use of University Resources and Facilities for Political Activities
Although various existing policies, regulations, and statements pertain to permitted and restricted use of University resources and facilities, I consider it essential at this time that policies pertaining specifically to the use of University resources and facilities for political purposes be issued and implemented.
The following basic guidelines, effective immediately, constitute Presidential policies governing the use of resources and facilities for political purposes or activities:
I urge that each of you take promptly whatever action is appropriate to make these policies applicable to your campus and, where circumstances warrant, that you develop and implement further appropriate guidelines.
Attached is a copy of my statement on the subject which was presented to The Regents' Committee on Educational Policy at its September 17, 1970 meeting. This statement will be printed in the September 28, 1970 issue of the University Bulletin. You may, of course, include all or any portion of my statement in the document concerning use of resources and facilities for political purposes which you issue on your campus. I call to your particular attention the fact that the attached statement superseded my statement entitled Use of Facilities and Resources which was distributed at the July meeting of The Regents' Committee on Educational Policy and which subsequently appeared in the August 3, 1970 issue of the University Bulletin.
I call to your attention also Attachment I to my statement which sets forth American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines on questions relating to tax exemption and political activities at colleges and universities. Please keep the ACE guidelines in mind as you develop any campus regulations supplementary to Presidential policies.
I will appreciate receiving from you a copy of the document on this subject which you issue to members of your campus community.
Charles J. Hitch