Political Activity at JCCC
Because JCCC is supported by public funds, the college as a whole cannot support or endorse a candidate for public office or an election issue.
College policy 427.01, “Political Activities,” prohibits employees from using college time or property to promote, elect or defeat a candidate or election issue. However, student organizations that follow college guidelines may be involved in political activities on campus (such as: College Democrats, College Republicans, Student Senate, etc.).
- Use of JCCC's name, letterhead, logo and/or resources (including college computing and information technology resources, including email) for partisan electoral purposes such as solicitation of funds or other contributions in support of a political party or candidates, endorsement of candidates for public office or advocating a position with regard to a public issue (other than an authorized spokesperson on behalf of the college) is strictly prohibited.
Candidates on Campus
- Minimal Distraction - As a publicly supported institution, JCCC welcomes to campus any candidate running for office during a political campaign. However, the candidates’ desire to reach potential voters must be balanced against the students’ ability to pursue their studies without distraction.
- Literature Distribution - Candidates wishing to talk with students, faculty and staff during a campaign may request to have a table in the public area of the Commons building. From there, the candidate may distribute campaign material in the public areas on campus — namely the Food Court and cafeteria in the Commons, the first floor of the Student Center and the exterior central courtyard. Candidates may not visit areas where students work with Student Services or Learner Engagement personnel, such as the Success Center, or areas where students are involved in educational activities, such as classrooms, the library or computer labs.
- Tables - Each candidate may have a table for one day during the campaign. To make arrangements for a table, call the office of Student Life and Leadership Development, 913-469-8500, ext. 3410.
- Notices - Placing notices in or on parked cars in campus parking lots is prohibited.
- JCCC professors or staff members may invite a candidate to visit a class or organization to make a presentation, but the candidate should do so with the understanding that he or she is not to campaign during the visit and should be vigilant and cognizant of the need for neutrality and fairness in seeking classroom visitors.
- JCCC facilities may not be used for political fund raising events for candidates or parties, nor may candidates be invited to participate in campus events (such as a commencement ceremony or building dedications) during an election year when other candidates running against them would be excluded
- JCCC facilities may be made available for the purpose of holding political meetings, provided there is no interference with regularly scheduled function, there is not otherwise available a reasonable facility in the community, students are permitted to hear the speakers without charge and sponsors pay in advance the regular fees for use of the facilities (including technical support in the performance spaces, food ordered from JCCC’s Dining Services and overtime labor and setup costs if the event takes place outside of normal working hours). To inquire about JCCC facilities, call the Scheduling Office, 913-469-4423.
- Depending on the college calendar and the event schedule, the college may also invite all candidates (or candidates’ representatives) to come to campus on the same day right before a November election.
- Political office holders and candidates will not be introduced or recognized on campus unless they are attending a campus event.
Students, Faculty and Staff Comments
- Students, faculty and staff may engage freely in comment on political issues or public policy as individual citizens, provided they clearly identify that the opinions expressed are their own and do not represent the official position of JCCC.