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Policy for Political Involvement and Candidate Campaigning


University of Northwestern – St. Paul, MN 55113



Students and student groups are free to engage in personal expression of political views, activity, expression and association on campus.  Campaign posters, lawn signs, and similar materials generally may not be posted on University property.  Students are permitted to post campaign posters in their residence hall room but not in windows or on outward facing doors. 

Official UNW Student Organizations and Clubs are permitted to:

  • Campaign for, endorse, and promote a candidate or a legislative change or political cause in the name of their own student group.
  • Host rallies, debates, and events on campus
  • Host a table in the Billy Graham Commons.
  • Promote voter education/registration on campus.
  • Advertise for political events they are hosting.
  • Host a political candidate on campus (see the Political Campaigning On Campus policy below)

UNW Student Organizations and Clubs are not permitted to:

  • Solicit donations for a candidate, sell campaign paraphernalia, or make direct monetary contributions or a particular campaign.
  • Advertise for events hosted off-campus or post campaign posters, lawn signs, etc. on campus.
  • Campaign for, endorse, or otherwise promote a candidate in the name of the University of Northwestern.
  • Solicit for a candidate or cause in residence halls (unless they are with the candidate themselves per the Political Candidate Visit policy listed below). 



University of Northwestern welcomes political candidates to campus for the purpose of campaigning. In accordance with Fair Campaign Practices (MN Statutes, Section 211B.20), Northwestern allows access to campus buildings and campus residences under the following rules:



  1. A candidate must seek admittance solely for the purpose of campaigning.
  2. Proper identification of the candidate is required.
  3. An appointment is made in advance with Student Life to gain access to the facility (Contact the Dean of Community Life for access to the residence halls and the Dean of Student Engagement for all other campus public areas).
  4. Any campaign workers (up to four in number) must be accompanied by the candidate at all times.
  5. In designated campus public areas, a candidate may reserve a table on which to display campaign materials. Tables are reserved through Student Life.
  6. The public areas of the campus are available to candidates and their campaign workers from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  7. Residence halls and apartments may be accessed after 12 p.m. and before 9 p.m. on evenings.
  8. Candidates and campaign workers may go to individual residence hall rooms/apartments in any of the university residences only during visitation hours.
  9. Northwestern reserves the right to ask candidates and/or campaign workers to leave campus for good cause.



  1. Political rallies, forums, and/or events must be sponsored by an official UNW student organization or club.
  2. For all political candidate events, final approval must be made by the Student Engagement Program Coordinator or the Dean of Student Engagement.


The University of Northwestern requires a minimum of seven days’ notice for all campaign related requests.  All requests may be made to the Dean of Student Engagement at 651-631-5205.


Medical Care

Student Medical Records

The personal health records required for matriculation at the University do not include questions concerning the existence of HIV infection; however, students with HIV infection are encouraged to inform their health care provider(s), including the Health Services staff, so that appropriate medical care, support, counseling and education can be provided. This, like all other medical information, will be handled in strictly confidential manner in accordance with the procedures and requirements in effect at the Health Services.

Medical and Psychological Follow-up

Primary medical and psychological care for students with HIV infection is available through the Health Services and Counseling Services. As with other medical illnesses, referrals are provided for services beyond the scope of care available on campus.

Employee Records and Support Services

The personnel records required for employment by the University do not include questions concerning the existence of HIV infection. HIV infected employees are provided the same services available to all employees with serious illnesses and are entitled to the full protection of the University’s sick leave and disability programs, as well as medical care under their respective health care plan.


Students known to have HIV infection are not automatically exempted from institutional requirements for vaccinations; however, requests for exemptions for these requirements are handled on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Health Services.

HIV Antibody Testing

The University does not require mandatory testing of either employees or students for evidence of HIV infection; however, employees and students should understand that independent insurance carriers may require HIV antibody testing. Individuals desiring HIV antibody testing are referred by the University Health Services to anonymous and confidential testing and counseling services in the region.

Confidentiality of Health Records and Release of Information

It is the policy of the University that all health records are strictly confidential. No specific or detailed information about students’ health concerns or diagnosis will be provided to faculty, administrators, or even parents without the expressed written consent of the patient in each case. This position with respect to the health record is supported by Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 regarding the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases in minors. Furthermore, no person, group, agency, insurer, employer or institution will be provided medical information of any kind without the prior written consent of the patient. The inclusion of any information regarding HIV infection in any University records will be discussed with the individual prior to its entry.

Need to Know

The number of individuals at the University who are aware of the existence and/or identity of students or employees who have HIV infection will be kept to an absolute minimum on a “need-to-know” basis.

Discrimination, Harassment and Endangering Behavior

Discrimination against or harassment of persons with HIV infection or persons who are at high risk (or perceived high risk) is a violation of federal and state laws and University policies and regulations. The University will not protect individuals who violate federal and state laws. Violators of University policies and regulations are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with established University procedures.

Likewise, behavior by members of the Northwestern community known to have HIV infection that intentionally places other members of the community at risk of contracting HIV is considered endangering behavior. Such behavior is unacceptable and a violation of University policies and regulations. Violators are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with established University procedures.

Safety Precautions

The University Health Services, science laboratory personnel, and the departments of Athletics, Buildings and Grounds, and Public Safety have adopted universal precautions and safety procedures as proposed by the United States Health Service for the handling of blood and bodily fluids, the proper cleaning of contaminated surfaces and equipment, and the proper handling of and disposal of contaminated medical supplies in order to prevent transmission of HIV.


The University will continue to monitor new information about AIDS and HIV infection and reserves the right to modify these guidelines.


“General Statement on Institutional Response to AIDS,”American College Health Association Task Force on the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes (AIDS), November 1988.


Last Updated: February 2014
Responsible University Officer: Dr. Janet Sommers, Senior VP for Academic Affairs
Policy Owner: Student Development
Policy Contact: Paul Bradley, Dean of Student Life

Location: Community Policies



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