September 3, 2008

Purdue adheres to ACE guidelines

Purdue follows guidelines issued by the American Council on Education regarding colleges and universities' involvement in political campaigns.

ACE, the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions, represents more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations.

The ACE guidelines are based on judicial and IRS rulings and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 as well as Federal Election Commission regulations that apply to colleges and universities. The guidelines are divided into institutional and individual political activities.

According to ACE guidelines, college and universities can:

-- Participate in non-partisan voter registration activities.

-- Provide opportunities for candidates to speak on campus as long as all candidates are invited and treated equally.

-- Establish curricular activities aimed at educating students with respect to the political process.

-- Rearrange the academic calendar to permit students, faculty, and administrators to participate in the election process.

College and universities should not:

-- Endorse, expressly or impliedly, a candidate for public office.

-- Use institutional letterhead in support of a candidate or political party.

-- Reimburse employees for campaign contributions.

-- Provide use of institutional facilities or support to a candidate or party free of charge.

The full list of ACE guidelines can be found at www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Search&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=24699.

-- From the Aug. 28 edition of Inside Purdue.