Complaints about Email Politicking

Rev. Bob Spencer chairs the Equality State Policy Center Board.
Rev. Bob Spencer chairs the Equality State Policy Center Board.

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Laramie, WY – Email is a common part of political campaigning these days, but seeing such politics on the University of Wyoming email system is uncommon – that's because it's banned.

But Bob Spencer with the Equality State Policy Center says they recently received complaints about email politicking over the system, so they sent a letter to UW President Tom Buchanan asking that the university do all it could do to prevent use of the taxpayer-funded system for partisan politics.

UW Communications Director, Jessica Lowell says because university email addresses are publicly available, people are sometimes added to political lists without their knowledge. She adds that regular reminders are distributed when it comes to email policy guidelines.

Spencer says he was impressed that the university was quick to act, sending a reminder to all employees that using the UW system to originate or forward messages promoting political candidates is a no-no. Faculty receiving such messages are encouraged to delete them immediately.

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