Skip to main content
Sign In


May I participate in election campaigns?

As private citizens, University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members are permitted and encouraged to participate in election campaigns and advocate for public policies. However, most faculty members are also public employees, and the state and Board of Regents limit the manner in which employees may use the name and resources of the university. Specifically:

  • Under the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act (CRS 1-45-117), public money and university resources cannot be used to advocate for or against any candidate, ballot initiative or referred measure in any local, state or national election. This means that faculty members are prohibited, 24 hours per day, from using university computers, email accounts, university websites, faxes, office supplies or other resources to influence an election or to advocate for or against any candidate for office or any issue (ballot initiative or referendum) that is before the people.
  • Faculty members may not use their university email accounts to send or forward any materials that urge electors to vote for or against a candidate, ballot initiative or other campaign issue that is before the people.
  • Faculty members may not participate in any election activities during working hours; if they wish to do so, they must take personal (vacation) leave. Even if using personal time, faculty members may not use university resources and must clarify that their activities are being conducted on personal time and not on behalf of, or at the request of, the university.
  • Under the Act, any person can complain to the secretary of state that a public entity or public employee has violated the campaign practices law. The secretary of state may investigate any complaint and may impose monetary fines.
  • Certain campaign-related activities are allowed. For example, faculty members may provide information in response to questions posed in the ordinary course of their duties, even if the information provided relates to a ballot issue—so long as the question was not solicited by a state employee.
  • Separate rules and restrictions apply to students and student groups and to regents and certain other officers of the university.