Policy Number: 2-4
Policy Name: Guidelines for the Use of University Facilities for Activities in Support of a Political Party or Political Candidates
Date: April 15, 1975
Revisions: June 5, 1989; August 16, 2006
To comply with State law that the University shall never be managed or conducted in the interest of any party, sect, or denomination.
The following guidelines are based on Section 5103 of Title 14 Delaware Code which states: "The University shall never be managed or conducted in the interest of any party, sect, or denomination." This section of the Delaware Code constitutes, in part, a basis for portions of the following University policies:
The general guideline of the University, as established by the faculty in 1970, which governs the invitation of persons from outside the University to speak on the campus reads as follows:
"Student groups are allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing, providing the groups do not violate the University Charter which forbids the University to show favoritism or preference among political parties. Guest appearances must not interfere with the University's regular instructional, research, and service programs. Student organizations desiring to invite persons from outside the University to speak on the campus shall invite such persons only after obtaining the approval of their faculty advisers. Except for ceremonial occasions, invited speakers should be prepared for a reasonable public discussion of their express views." ( The Student Centers). Additional guidelines for the sponsorship of such activities, based upon the University policies cited above, are as follows: