Advocacy and Lobbying
In order to be effective in furthering the interests of the college and its constituents, State Tech must have a coordinated and cohesive approach to working with legislators. Advocacy and lobbying are within the primary responsibility of the President and the Legislative Liaison.
For the purposes of these procedures, advocacy is defined as public support for a cause or policy and lobbying is defined as seeking to influence a public official on an issue.
Students, faculty, and staff who engage in advocacy or lobbying activities shall do so within the following procedures:
- Coordinate communication, visits, and/or participation at events at the State Capitol with the Legislative Liaison. It is essential that the college has a unified presence with legislators and that all communication and visits are part of the college's overall legislative agenda.
- The Legislative Liaison can provide assistance with visits to the Capitol to help make them more convenient and efficient. In addition, the Legislative Liaison can provide updates about specific legislation as it moves through the bill-making process.
- Advocacy or lobbying personally or for a professional association should take place on personal time and with clear communication that the views being expressed are personal and not representing the college. State Tech apparel, letterhead, email accounts, logos, and titles conferred by State Tech shall not be used in such communications.
- Any exceptions must be approved by the Legislative Liaison on an annual basis.