• Student Media Board

    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 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 university 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.  

    Click here to view the Student Media Board Constitution.

    Meet the student media Board 2019-2020

    Chair: Lydia Hansen
    Secretary: Sydney Holets

    Untold Magazine
    Representative: Jennifer Rosario
    Faculty Advisor: Jen England

    Representative: Abby Doty
    Faculty Advisor: Michael Reynolds

    Hamline University Radio
    Representative: Alex Walsh
    Faculty Advisor: Silvester Vicic

    Her Campus 
    Representative: Skyler Kane
    Faculty Advisor: Nancy Webber

    Representative: Madelaine Formica
    Faculty Advisor: David Hudson

    Members at Large
    Member: vacant
    Member: vacant

    Ex Officio
    Patti Klein

    Click here to view the Editorial Board's history.

    Complaint Process For student Media Organizations

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

    If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution, a formal complaint may be taken to the Student Media Board. The complaint 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, which will consist of the faculty advisor 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.