Government Affairs Policies

Protocol for Visits by Political Candidates or Surrogates Sponsored by Registered Student Organizations

The Ohio State University is a prime location for visits by political candidates and surrogates affiliated with their campaigns. The following protocols are in place to ensure that the university remains in compliance with federal regulations for non-profit institutions.

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Guidelines Regarding Political Activity by Employees of the University

University staff and faculty members are encouraged to fully and freely exercise their constitutional right to vote, as well as express their personal opinions regarding political candidates, issues, local, state and national programs, initiatives and referendums. However, as employees of a public institution there are restrictions on exercising these rights in a manner that suggests University endorsement of a cause or candidate.

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Gift and Travel Rules for Federal Officials

The United States Senate and House of Representatives have specific rules on gifts--giving guidance regarding acceptable gifts and travel for Members of Congress and their staff. If you or your unit host an event at which a federal official or staff participates, please contact the Office of Government Affairs to ensure compliance.

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State Lobbying Disclosure Information

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee lobby handbook details both the University and our lobbyists’ reporting requirements for expenditures made on behalf of state officials and legislation in which the University and our lobbyists are engaged.

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Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act

The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 requires that the University report, on a quarterly basis, a good faith estimate of all expenditures on federal “lobbying activities” conducted on behalf of the University.

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