Board of Campus Publications Charter_2019

 
 
Document Number:
STUD-0003
Revision #:
v1.0
Document Owner:
Student Involvement
Date Last Updated:
10/2/2019
Status:
Approved

General Description

Policy Summary:

The University is the publisher of campus publications, but the function of the publisher
shall be exercised through the Board of Campus Publications. This Charter establishes the Board of Campus Publications and the relationship between the campus newspaper and yearbook and the University. It sets forth editorial, business, advertising, and personnel policies for the newspaper and yearbook. 

Purpose:

Trinity University strives to maintain an environment in which the free exchange of
student ideas and opinion can exist. At the same time, Trinity University recognizes its
obligation to ensure the continued responsible operation of the officially recognized campus
publications. 

Scope:

The Board of Campus Publications has been established and appointed
by the President of Trinity University, under authority of the Board of Trustees, to supervise
the campus publications as the governing body and publisher.
Policy Content
Trinity University recognizes that the student press has a fundamental right to determine the content of its own publications free from censorship and threat of reprisal, suspension, or removal from office. However, Trinity University also expects that the student press will conduct its business in a professional and responsible manner, adhering to the canons of journalism and business ethics, such as avoidance of libel, indecency, vulgarity, undocumented allegations, unsupported attacks on personal integrity, and techniques of harassment and innuendo.Trinity University strives to maintain an environment in which the free exchange of student ideas and opinion can exist. At the same time, Trinity University recognizes its obligation to ensure the continued responsible operation of the officially recognized campus publications. Therefore, the Board of Campus Publications has been established and appointed by the President of Trinity University, under authority of the Board of Trustees, to supervise the campus publications as the governing body and publisher.
  1. The purpose of the Board of Campus Publications shall be to act as sole publisher and supervisor of the Trinity University newspaper and yearbook.
  2. The purpose of the Trinitonian is to serve as a campus communication link between students, faculty, staff, and other readers during the academic year; to inform the Trinity University community of campus events and developments of importance and general interest; to provide a forum for free and open exchange of ideas and opinions; to provide an innovative learning experience in a laboratory environment which emulates that of a professional newspaper.
  3. The purpose of the Mirage is to annually document activities, interests, and events involving students, while still reflecting the larger University community; to include a section on each class (first year, sophomore, junior, senior) with each member's name and photograph as well as a similar section on faculty including coverage of the administration and staff; to strive for fair and balanced coverage of major events on campus including all groups, clubs, and organizations, athletics, student life, and academics providing a historical view of life that year at Trinity University; and to provide an innovative learning experience in a laboratory environment which emulates that of a professional publication.
  4. Each campus publication should clearly state its purposes in a policy manual or other procedural document that is to be approved by the Board of Campus Publications.
  5. Approved December 1990
  1. Campus publications are representative of the University.
  2. Campus publications are the primary means of communication on campus and shall be open to all segments of the University.
  3. Campus publications shall be governed by the canons of responsible journalism, such as the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, unsupported attacks on personal integrity, and techniques of harassment and innuendo. Editors shall adhere to commonly recognized standards of truth, decency, and fairness.
  1. The Board will participate in the selection of the Campus Publications adviser. If the Board is not in session, such as during the summer, available faculty and administrative committee members and appropriate student representatives will be included in the process. The president of the University will make the appointment.
  2. The Board of Campus Publications may remove from office any of the student publications executives, but only through orderly and prescribed procedures as established by the Board and the adviser. All publications executives selected by the Board are responsible and accountable directly to the adviser and the Board.
Requirements

Approvals:

  • VP for Student Life
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v1.0
7/22/2019 7:03 AM
Katharine Martin