External Constituency Relations
The University of Virginia, as a public institution, makes every effort to communicate its activities openly to the public, principally through the press and other mass media. These communication efforts are in support of the University's overall mission and goals established by the Board of Visitors.
Faculty members are entitled to engage freely in political activity consistent with obligations as teachers and scholars. The political positions assumed by members of the faculty are personal ones, and faculty members must ensure that they do not necessarily, nor even inferentially, imply that such positions are endorsed by the University. For this reason, a faculty member should avoid expressing such political positions on University letterhead.
Faculty members are public officials whose professional activities may create situations in which their private or personal interests are potentially in opposition to their official responsibilities. A faculty member must be sensitive to the potential for conflict of interest situations and act in a manner to minimize their effects.