Before I’d seen the light, I was a political science and journalism double major. Even though I switched from polisci to legal studies my sophomore year, I never got taken off the polisci listserv. The department assistant sends out all kinds of job offers and other emails of potential interest to the listserv. This week, I received the following message:
The Political Science Department has been inundated with requests from various campaigns and political organizations seeking students to work in both paid and unpaid positions. Since the Department adheres to a nonpartisan policy, future messages will not be forwarded through our listserv. Of course, we encourage students to get involved in the political process, especially during this exciting election season. If you are interested in working with a particular campaign or a political organization, we recommend that you contact their offices directly.
Undergraduate Program Assistant
Department of Political Science
The overwhelming majority of listserv messages sent to polisci majors pertain to political organizations and campaigns. I wonder if the department is going to stop sending out messages altogether.
I’m also wondering: So long as the department doesn’t discriminate by blocking certain messages while allowing others, how does forwarding a message from a political organization constitute a violation of the “nonpartisan policy”? This seems more like an antipartisan policy than a nonpartisan one.