Political Activity of Employees – 402.49

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Political Activity of Employees
Policy Number: 402.49
Effective Date: February 13, 1976


University employees as citizens, have the right to engage in political activity. However, no employee may involve the institution’s name, symbols, property, or supplies in political activities.

Any employee who intends to seek public office or to assume a major role in a political campaign is obligated to discuss his or her plans with his or her supervisor. If the supervisor determines that the activity will impinge to any extent upon the full discharge of the employee’s responsibilities to the university, the plans must be reviewed through regular administrative channels to the Chancellor’s Office for a determination of work-load and salary adjustment.

An employee of the university who becomes a candidate for any national or statewide office will be placed on leave of absence without pay at the time of filing. An employee who becomes a candidate for the Arkansas General Assembly or a county office will have his or her employment status and salary reduced to half-time at such time after filing that he or she has an opponent who has filed. (In primary elections this means an opponent with the same political party designation.) Such leaves will extend to the end of the semester or summer session in which the election is held. An employee who has an opponent in the general election must take similar leave for the fall semester.

An employee who is elected to a full-time county, statewide or national office will be granted a leave of absence without pay for one year and at the discretion of the Board of Trustees for a second year. In no instance will the leave be extended beyond the end of the second year. Employees elected to the Arkansas General Assembly must take leave of absence without pay when the General Assembly is in regular session and for the duration of extraordinary sessions.

Source: UA Board of Trustees Policy 465.1, March 7, 1975 and University-wide Memo, February 13, 1976
Approved By: UA Board of Trustees
Custodian: Office of Human Resources