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Student Handbook - Student Publications

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A student, student group, or student organization shall not distribute or communicate material on campus without prior approval of the Dean of Student Services. Approval shall be granted within 5 college business days unless, in the opinion of the Dean of Student Services, the material violates the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Libelous or obscene material does not conform to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

All student communications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the institution or its student body. Editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administration, or community disapproval of editorial policy or publication content.

This editorial freedom entails a corollary obligation under the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists will be made available by the faculty advisor of the student publications. Copies of the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists are also available in the office of the Dean of Student Services. Any breach in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists perpetrated by a student publication will be referred to the Advisory Council to the Dean of Student Services which will judge publication content solely by the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. If a breach in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists is judged significant, Dean of Student Services has the authority to sanction or dismiss the editor of the publication. The Dean of Student Services will approve the appointment of publication editors. When a vacancy exists, the publication faculty advisor will recommend a student(s) to fill the position. This student will be assessed for academic good standing, experience, and commitment to the publication.