UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 05-06-05
CATEGORY: FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
SECTION: Funds Management
SUBJECT: Political Contributions
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 13, 1992
This policy establishes regulations on the use of University funds for either direct or
indirect contributions to political campaigns, and applies to administrators, faculty and all
other employees of the University functioning in their official University capacities and/or
with University funds.
The University, as a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, is expressly prohibited from making political contributions or
participating in political campaigns in any way. No University funds, including monies in
"special" or "discretionary" accounts, may be used to make political contributions or
participate in political campaigns, even if the private donor consents to such use of the
funds. This ban on use of University funds for political contributions or activities applies to
purchasing tickets for political dinners, publishing statements on behalf of candidates, and
other such "indirect" contributions.
A violation of this prohibition could have very serious consequences including jeopardizing
the University's tax exemption. For this reason, any employee found to have violated this
policy is subject to disciplinary action.
Individual University employees may make private contributions from their own personal
funds to political parties and candidates. They may not, however, allow even the
appearance that they are doing so in their official University capacities.
Policy 02-03-09, Participation in Political Campaigns