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University policies and practices regarding the 2012 Colorado legislative session

February 6, 2012

A message from the Office of General Counsel on the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session.


Now that the 2012 Colorado legislative session is in full force, it may be helpful to review related University policies and practices:

  • All members of our campus community are encouraged to be involved in the political process on their own time. However, please be careful to represent your personal, political views as your own, and not those of the University.
  • If you write to your representative on any issue, do not use CSU letterhead and do not represent yourself as speaking for the institution or in your professional capacity as a CSU employee.
  • Faculty and staff may occasionally be called upon to offer expert testimony on a piece of legislation. The Board encourages employees to make their expertise available to legislative committees. In order to coordinate CSU's legislative activities, please contact the Office of the President at 970-491-6211 before agreeing to testify. Also, when appearing before a committee, you should make it clear that you are speaking as an individual or as a professional offering expertise related to your discipline, but not on behalf of the University.
  • If you are interested in seeing a piece of legislation brought forward on behalf of your department, the University, or any University entity, contact the Office of the President. University faculty and staff are not authorized to represent the institution in contacts with individual legislators.
  • If you wish to request that the University take a position on a piece of legislation relevant to the institution, please contact the Office of the President.

The University and the Board of Governors of the CSU System are represented at the Colorado Legislature by designated CSU System staff and a contract lobbying team. The University's official position on any legislative matter is determined only by the CSU president, who consults with vice presidents, deans, faculty, staff, agency heads, and others on specific pieces of legislation before formulating a University position.

If you have any questions or need further guidance on this issue, you're welcome to contact my office at any time.


Jason L. Johnson, Deputy General Counsel