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Political Activities and UC policy

UC staff and faculty are encouraged, as individual citizens, to be engaged and politically active if they so desire. However, such participation and activities cannot be done on behalf of the university nor during working hours. Wearing campaign buttons or political message t-shirts are generally permissible provided that employees don’t have direct, constant and ongoing contact with the general public while wearing these items. The key is to avoid any improper inference that the University endorses/opposes a particular candidate or initiative/proposition. Click here to learn more about legal guidelines for UC participation in ballot campaigns and political activity.

UC policy prohibits the use of university resources, staffing or funding for activities that might reasonably be viewed as partisan/political in nature. Examples of university resources that may not be used include, but are not limited to, the use of:

  • University telephones or email
  • Letterhead or other university-printed materials
  • University-linked social media and-or websites
  • Wearing UC Davis name badge when attending political events or activities

 People who improperly use university resources may be subject to disciplinary actions.

 If you have questions, or are not sure about restrictions on political activities within the workplace, please contact Government and Community Relations staff by email or phone, 530-752-9795.


Advocacy Opportunities for UC Davis Students

Graduate Research Advocacy Day

Every year, graduate students from each UC campus gather in Sacramento to educate lawmakers about the importance of graduate research and its contribution to California’s economy and progress.

Legislative Advocacy Days

Annually, students join campus leadership for advocacy meetings at the State Capitol to advocate for UC and share student experiences with legislators and their staff. 

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Contact State Government Relations Director Adrian Lopez.

  • outreach to and engagement with officials
  • legislation
  • state budget and policy
  • other resources

Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering

Upper-class undergraduate & graduate students: Join us for a three-and-a-half-day program in DC to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students will have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress or congressional staff. 

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Contact Federal Government Relations Director Brandon Minto.

  • outreach to and engagement with elected officials
  • travel to Washington, D.C. on university business
  • the campus research and policy agenda
  • federal legislation and budget