The political activities and guidelines for employees who seek to hold public office are outlined in UK Policy #76.0. https://www.uky.edu/hr/policies/political-activities-and-public-office.

Policy

“The University of Kentucky respects the right and responsibility of employees as individual citizens to engage in local, state, and national politics.  However, because the university is a public entity, its faculty, staff, and administrators may only engage in political activities or hold public office if they are able to do so within the applicable law and University regulations, and while meeting the obligations of their position at the University. This policy is not intended to prohibit university employees from freedom of political association but such associations shall not be exercised in the employee’s official, university capacity.”