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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
August 29, 1089
Dr. William H. Cunningham Opinion No. JM-1091
University of Texas System Re: Use of campus mail ser-
201 W. 7th Street vices at state universities
Austin, Texas 78701 (RQ-1644)
Dear Dr. Cunningham:
You have requested the advice of this office on the
We request your opinion as to whether a
faculty or staff organization that has been
certified by an official of the University to
be an organization whose activities and
purposes 'are academically relevant to the
educational mission of the University' may be
permitted to use the campus mail service
without violating Section 51 of Article III
of the Texas Constitution or the federal
statutes relating to the private carriage of
letters without the payment of postage.
You do not describe any particular faculty or staff
organization. We assume from your letter, however, that you
are asking about organizations that are neither supported
nor sponsored by the university but whose activities and
purposes the university has recognized as "academically
relevant to the educational mission" of the university. See
generally Attorney General Opinion H-511 (1975) (use of
university facilities by student organizations with
We turn first to 'your question about article III,
section 51, of the Texas Constitution, which provides:
The Legislature shall have no power to
make any grant or authorize the making of any
grant of public moneys to any individual,
association of individuals, municipal or
other corporations whatsoever; provided,
however, the Legislature may grant aid to
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: JM-1091, text, August 29, 1989; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth273529/m1/1/: accessed September 29, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.