A reminder that under Minnesota Statutes section 202A.19, subd. 3 (2014), state colleges and universities are prohibited from scheduling any event, including classes, which will take place after 6:00 p.m. on the day of a major political party precinct caucus unless approved by the Board of Trustees:
No Minnesota state college or university may schedule an event which will take place after 6:00 p.m. on the day of a major political party precinct caucus unless permission to do so has been received from the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
The statutory prohibition applies to any college or university sponsored classes and events, whether or not they are physically located on the campus.
This year, Minnesota’s DFL and Republican parties have set March 1, 2016 as the date for their 2016 precinct caucuses.
While in prior presidential election years caucuses in Minnesota were held in February, this year’s date falls on so-called “Super Tuesday,” when eight other states also hold their primaries and caucuses.
For more information, see the General Counsel’s explanation of details at Office of General Counsel.