NAICU Washington Update

September 17 is Constitution Day

September 04, 2015

Colleges and universities nationwide that receive federal funds are required to annually conduct an educational program relating to the United States Constitution on Sept. 17. 

Congress passed the legislation in 2005 mandating the commemoration of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Since the federal provision does not define "educational program," campuses have a great deal of latitude as to how to observe the event. 

The Library of Congress website lists a number of resources for planning activities and recognizing Constitution Day. In addition, the Constitution Center website offers a number of idea starters.

The regulations do not indicate any penalties for failure to comply with the mandate, nor do they indicate that specific activities need to be reported. 

NAICU encourages all of our members to embrace this opportunity to advance civic education.

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