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Student Media Board

Owner: Student Media Board

Pertains to: Student media

Description: The student press at Hamline University exists to give the students a vehicle for the broad expression of their views on matters of concern to them. In brief, it is a press governed by and for the students. It is free from censorship or advance approval of copy by the university or any part of it, and the editorial staff is free to develop its own editorial policy and provide such news coverage as it finds appropriate.

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The student press at Hamline University exists to give the students a vehicle for the broad expression of their views on matters of concern to them. In brief, it is a press governed by and for the students. It is free from censorship or advance approval of copy by the university or any part of it, and the editorial staff is free to develop its own editorial policy and provide such news coverage as it finds appropriate.

Editors and managers may not be removed from office arbitrarily because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of editorial policy or content. The editorial freedom of student editors and managers entails corollary responsibilities to be governed by the canons of responsible journalism such as the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.

The Student Media Board supports and oversees all student media organizations, including the Oracle, the Liner, and the Fulcrum. The board is comprised of the following representatives: six students elected by the student body, the leader of each organization, and the faculty advisor for each organization. The board exists primarily to uphold the editorial independence and First Amendment rights of each member organization. It also functions as an advocacy organization for student media to all constituencies of the university, and provides a forum for concerns and comments from the student body at large.

Additionally, the board approves annual budgets for media organizations, in accordance with its authority within the college of liberal arts to levy a fee for all undergraduate students. This fee, combined with the activity fee levied by student congress, comprises the total student fee. The board typically meets once a month during both fall and spring semesters, and functions independently from student government.

View the Student Media Board page. 

Complaint Process for Media organizations (Oracle, the Fulcrum, the Liner):

Members of the Hamline community (students, alumni, and university employees) may bring informal complaints to the editor or editor-in-chief of the relevant media organization, and then to the adviser.

If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution, a formal complaint may be taken to the Media Board. It must be in writing, explain why the situation remains unresolved, and specify a desired outcome. The board will appoint a committee to consider the complaint, consisting of the faculty adviser from the organization in question, two student members not from the organization, and at least one faculty non-board member familiar with media ethics and law. Decisions of the committee are final and will be reported to the Dean of Students.