CPAB(LEGAL) - OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS: MAIL AND DELIVERY
Use of District Mail System
Unless it has been opened to the public, by policy or practice, a school mail system is not a public forum. The District may create a limited public forum in its campus mailboxes. Perry Educ. Ass'n v. Perry Local Educators' Ass'n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983) [See also GKD]
Intercampus Mail Delivery
The District is prohibited by the Private Express Statutes from carrying unstamped letters over postal routes unless:
The letters relate to the current business of the District to an extent sufficient to satisfy the "letters of the carrier" exception; or
The carriage of the letters is without any compensation, direct or indirect, to the District so as to satisfy the "private hands" exception.
Regents of the Univ. of Cal. System v. Public Employee Relations Board, 485 U.S. 589 (1988); 39 U.S.C. 601-606; 18 U.S.C. 1693-1699
No officer or employee of the District may knowingly use or authorize the use of an internal mail system for the distribution of political advertising unless the political advertising is delivered by the United States Postal Service. Election Code 255.0031
"Political advertising" means a communication supporting or opposing a candidate for nomination or election to a public office or office of a political party, a political party, a public officer, or a measure that:
In return for consideration, is published in a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical or is broadcast by radio or television;
Appears in a pamphlet, circular, flier, billboard or other sign, bumper sticker, or similar form of written communication; or
Appears on an Internet Web site.
Election Code 251.001(16); 1 TAC 20.1(13)(A)
"Political advertising" does not include an individual communication made by e-mail, but does include mass e-mails involving an expenditure of funds beyond the basic cost of hardware, messaging software, and bandwidth. 1 TAC 20.1(13)(B)