Effective January 2018, this is a new policy.
University resources are to be used to further the University’s mission, which includes outreach and engagement. Accordingly, all expenditures made from University accounts must be for official University business. Article III, section 31, of the Iowa Constitution has been interpreted as strictly forbidding the donation of University resources to any person or entity. Donations of University funds to charitable organizations are prohibited. However, advertising and marketing expenses are allowed, as well as event sponsorships where the University participates in the event or where its contribution is otherwise publicly recognized or acknowledged. (Note: Any agreement or contract relating to sponsorship needs to be signed by a person who has signature authority under University policy, such as the Director of Purchasing or University Business Manager.)