Members of the University Community:
On October 23, we wrote and encouraged everyone on campus to take advantage of the front row seat New Hampshire affords us during the presidential primary season. We’ve hosted numerous candidates this semester and anticipate having many more before the primary on Feb. 11, 2020.
In follow-up to that note, we are writing to share guidance regarding political activity and public advocacy on campus and by members of our community. As a public university, we are required to closely follow state and federal laws to ensure that we maintain a nonpartisan and welcoming environment for all members of our community and our guests. Please take some time to review the guidelines and policies that relate to political activity on campus. There are some very practical guidelines that we hope you find helpful.
UNH has a proud history of involvement in the state’s presidential primary. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first-in-the-nation tradition, we are confident that UNH’s ongoing commitment to the First Amendment, which includes the community’s willingness to discuss, and perhaps disagree on, the pressing issues of our time, will ensure UNH continues to play a leading role in the selection of our country’s leaders.
Finally, we want to let the campus community know that we are in close contact with the Secretary of State’s office and the Attorney General’s office regarding recent changes to state election law. Once we have more information and clarity from those offices, we will share it.
James W. Dean, Jr.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs