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Political & Campaign Activities Policy

Smith College is a charitable entity subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding political and campaign activities. While all members of the college community are free to express political opinions and engage in political activities, it is important that they do so only in their individual capacities and avoid even the appearance that they are speaking or acting for the college in political matters.

Notwithstanding the above, the college does not seek to inhibit the expression of personal political views by any individual in the college community. Faculty, students, and staff may support candidates for office or in furtherance of political causes. There is no restriction on discussion of political issues or teaching of politics or campaign-related topics.

This policy statement addresses campaigns for political office and provides specific guidelines on activities related to campaigns. It also addresses how individuals can avoid having their personal opinions appear to be those of the college as an entity. The following statements provide the foundation for the more specific guidelines: