Minnesota Statute 211B.20 states that it is “unlawful for a person, either directly or indirectly, to deny access to…[a] dormitory…” to a candidate who has filed for election to public office or to campaign workers accompanied by the candidate, if the candidate and workers seeking admittance to the facility do so solely for the purpose of campaigning. A violation of this sanction is a petty misdemeanor.
The law does not prohibit limiting visits by candidates or workers accompanied by the candidate to a reasonable number of persons or reasonable hours; requiring a prior appointment to gain access to the facility, or requiring reasonable and proper identification as a necessary prerequisite to admission to a multiple unit dwelling.
Therefore, Candidates who have filed for election may access the Augsburg College residence halls for door-to-door campaigning provided:
a. The candidate or campaign workers must make an appointment to meet with the Director of Public Safety to make arrangements. The Director of Public Safety can be contacted during normal business hours, M-F, 8-4:30 p.m.
b. The candidate or a campaign worker must contact the Director of Public Safety at least 48 hours in advance of the day they wish to access the hall(s).
c. Since Augsburg requires resident students to escort their guests, a Campus Public Safety Officer must accompany the candidate and campaign worker(s), if any. The Director of Public Safety may designate a student to accompany the candidate or campaign worker.
d. Augsburg College Residence Life staff will provide advance notice to students. Students may deny admittance into their personal residential units. Students will be asked to post a sign on their doors asking not to be bothered if they do not want a candidate or campaign worker to knock on their doors.
e. Candidates must furnish reasonable and proper identification to Public Safety.
f. Visits by candidates and workers accompanied by the candidate for the sole purpose of campaigning are limited to 3 or fewer people and between the hours of noon to 9 p.m.
Meet and Greet
Candidates and/or campaign workers may also meet and greet students in the lobby of the residence hall(s). Candidates and/or campaign workers must call the Residence Life Office at least 48 hours in advance of the day they wish to be on campus. If the candidate and/or campaign workers make arrangements to be at a table, they may not go door-to-door in the residence hall(s).
[See also: SOLICITATION POLICY]