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ASU-Jonesboro re-affirms neutral stance in
contested political campaigns
Oct. 13, 2008 --
State University-Jonesboro today re-affirmed its neutral stance in
contested political campaigns, such as those currently underway in the
City of Jonesboro.
Robert L. Potts released a copy of his
memorandum, issued to the
ASU-Jonesboro campus on June 24, 2008, in which he emphasized that the
university must maintain a neutral position in all political campaigns,
including local, state and national contests.
At the same time, he also welcomed employees to personally support the
candidates of their choice, as long as they do not use their university
position or resources to do so.
The memo provides, in part:
“Faculty and staff should not involve the university name, logo,
imagery, mascot or any other form of identification in a way that would
suggest a university endorsement of a particular candidate or issue.
“Those who direct or advise student groups and organizations have a
particular responsibility to ensure that the students and their
university association are not used for political purposes.”
He added that healthy debate about public issues and candidates is an
important part of the educational enterprise, and ASU has policies in
place about the rental of facilities to any interested group. Speakers
and candidates are welcome, as long as it is clear that the university
is not supporting one candidate or party.