NOTE: Sources of these document wished to be anonymous and have been removed from the e-mail Please NOTE also the date is July 9th
From: Becca Kenna-Schenk
Sent: Monday, July 9, 2018 9:05 AM
Subject: use of university resources
Thanks again for letting me know about the email related to internships for the Tim Ballew campaign. I have alerted the the president and WWU’s AAG, and Western’s AAG is consulting with the AG office in Olympia to determine if a violation of state law has occurred. In the meantime, the faculty involved in the original email have been asked to refrain from further use of state resources to promote employment in a political campaign until we receive a final recommendation from the AGO.
I will follow up with you when we receive a final response from the AGO.
Please give me a call if you have any other questions.
Thanks again and hope you are having a good summer so far.
A full month plus (The Primary Election was August 7th) Becca Kenna-Schenk , Government Affairs officer at Western, sent the following… discussing the action taken by the University.
From: Becca Kenna-Schenk <Becca.Kenna-Schenk@wwu.edu>
Date: August 13, 2018 at 2:54:10 PM PDT
Subject: RE: use of university resources
I’m writing to follow up on the issue of using university resources to inform students about internships on political campaigns. WWU’s AAG received guidance from the
State Executive Ethics Board that made it clear the activity was inappropriate under RCW 42.52.180. WWU’s ethics officer has sent a direction to the faculty members to stop forwarding such messages and refrain from activity such as this. With WSEEB input, WWU’s AAG advised that the Department could post a “free speech” board, and that campaigns could come in to post notices of internship opportunities so long as it otherwise used the campaigns’ own resources (e.g., the university is not printing or physically posting the notices for campaign, etc.).
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions.