March 28, 2019

University's protocol regarding political activity

A message from Diane Kenyon, vice-president (university relations)

To all faculty and staff:

Albertans will go to the polls for a provincial election on April 16, 2019. Now that the election has formally been called, I would like to remind you once again that the University of Calgary is a non-partisan organization and does not support or endorse any political party or candidate at any level of government. 

The University of Calgary recognizes the right of students, employees, academic staff members and postdoctoral scholars to participate as individuals in the political process provided they do not use university resources to do so, and subject to the restrictions laid out in the Partisan Political Activities Policy. Members of the university community must be rigorous in not using university resources for partisan political purposes. Key points of the policy include:

  1. The University of Calgary cannot make contributions (money or donations in-kind) to any political party or candidate running in an election. Any funds that flow through the university including operating, research or donated funds cannot be used for partisan political purposes.
  2. University funds cannot be used to cover the cost of attending partisan political fundraising or campaign events.
  3. University resources cannot be used to promote partisan political events or campaigns. This would include using your ucalgary.ca email address for partisan political purposes, including distributing campaign information, forwarding campaign materials received in your ucalgary.ca inbox, or using university mailing or email lists to distribute campaign materials.   
  4. Election signs and posters for candidates may only be placed on the publicly available bulletin boards inside university buildings. Signs placed elsewhere may be removed.
  5. Please note that under the Alberta Elections Act, candidates may canvass students in residences during the election period between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The policy is not intended to limit or interfere with academic freedom and does not preclude academic staff members or postdoctoral scholars from engaging with political parties, their candidates or other political party representatives in conducting teaching and research.

If you are planning an event or meeting during this time where you would normally consider extending invitations to provincial elected officials, please contact the government relations office.

If you have any questions, please contact the government relations office: David Keto, director, government relations (dketo@ucalgary.ca or 403-220-8567).

Thank you.

Diane Kenyon
Vice-President (University Relations)