Political Nonpartisanship Policy

Political Nonpartisanship Policy


Lindenwood University is a nonprofit entity with educational focused mission, vision, and values. Consistent with this standing, the Bylaws of the University reflect that the University shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Similarly, the University shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a nonprofit organization consistent with its tax-exempt status.


This policy applies to political activities of the University.


Consistent with the position asserted in its Bylaws, the University practices political nonpartisanship. This means that no University office, organization, subdivision, student, or employee may use University resources, advertising channels, or work time to promote, assist, or express support for any particular candidate(s) pursuing election or appointment to a political office. Similarly, no Lindenwood students, faculty members, or employees may use University resources or University work time on behalf of personal political initiatives or state or imply that they speak as a representative of the University when expressing personal support for a political candidate. No Lindenwood students, faculty members, employees, or entities are permitted to post, mount, erect, or stand a sign, banner, or poster of a political nature on any property owned, leased, or managed by the University.

This policy is in no way meant to deter students or organizations on campus from engaging in political discussions and debate. However, Lindenwood as an institution itself, must remain politically neutral relative to candidates for office. Also, students may invite active candidates to campus as long as the University issues equal invitations to the opposing candidates. The general principle is that Lindenwood will allow political activities on campus only if they serve a clear educational purpose. Any such events must be approved in advance by the University.