715.000 - Student Organizations and Publications

As constituents of the academic community, Clark College students are free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of institutional policies and procedures which include the examination and discussion of issues of interest to them and expression of opinions both publicly and privately. They are free to invite and to hear persons of their choosing and to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the College.

715.001 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

As constituents of the academic community, Clark College students are free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of institutional policies and procedures which include the examination and discussion of issues of interest to them and expression of opinions both publicly and privately. They are free to invite and to hear persons of their choosing and to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the College.

715.005 FREEDOM OF INQUIRY AND EXPRESSION

Any chartered student club or officially recognized student organization or group of students acting through the ASCC Executive Council may invite any person of their own choosing to the campus. College procedures are to be followed to ensure orderly scheduling of facilities, adequate preparation for the event, and that the event is conducted in a manner appropriate to an academic community.

715.010 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Clark College delegates editorial responsibility for student publications to students and therefore assumes no responsibility for the content of the publications. The College acknowledges the dual purpose of student publications as instructional tools and as vehicles for free inquiry and free expression in the academic community. As safeguards for the editorial freedom of student publications, the following provisions are necessary:

  1. The student press shall be free from censorship and advance approval of copy, and its editors and managers shall be free to develop their own editorial policies and news coverage.

  2. Editors and managers of student publications shall be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of editorial policy or content. Editors and managers shall be subject to removal only for proper and stated causes by orderly and prescribed procedures. (See Administrative Procedure 715.012 PUBLICATION POLICY FOR THE INDEPENDENT.)

  3. All College-published and financed student publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the College or the student body.

715.012 PUBLICATION POLICY FOR THE INDEPENDENT

The Independent (student newspaper) functions as an instructional program—an adjunct to classes in journalism. It is also a student program, and the major portion of the program is funded by Student Activities.

Goals of the Publication

  1. Provide a realistic journalistic workshop for students taking courses in news writing, news editing, and other courses that may be designated. Provide students an opportunity to learn about news judgment, making story assignments, news writing, feature writing, headline writing, news and feature photography, editing, layout and design, and paste-up.

  2. Provide information about the College within the instructional framework, its environs, and the people associated with it to the student body, faculty, administration, and interested community members.

  3. Provide students with an opportunity to work on a student publication where they have to meet deadlines and work professionally with each other and with other departments and individuals on campus.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of disagreement between the instructor/advisor and managing editor concerning the journalistic integrity of any story, the parties may agree to bring the matter before all student editors. The instructor/advisor may seek the advice of the College's legal counsel. If unresolved, the instructor/advisor and managing editor may agree to submit the matter to a three-person advisory committee comprised of a student appointed by the Associated Students of Clark College president, a faculty member appointed by the AHE, and a professional journalist selected by the president. If possible, the journalist should be a representative of a newspaper within the Clark College service district. In making its recommendation(s), the committee should consider professional standards as applied to student publications (e.g., "Canons of Journalism" as adopted by the American Society of Newspaper Editors) and this policy. Each party should be afforded the opportunity to present information related to the issue(s). The committee should give wide latitude to the instructional-related issues (e.g., a dispute involving the instructor's evaluation or grading is not a proper subject for this section).

Editor Positions

Student editor positions will be designated for one quarter. The student editors will be appointed each quarter by the instructor/advisor who will consult with the managing editor on filling the rest of the editorial positions.  All students who are interested will be asked to apply in writing for the position they are seeking citing the reasons they think they would be best for the job.

715.015 RIGHT OF SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS AND RIGHT TO CONDUCT FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES

Refer to Administrative Procedure 510.006 SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS.

The areas and times designated for the distribution of approved material will be consistent with preserving the First Amendment rights of students and the interests of the College. Disputes will be resolved according to the grievance and appeal procedures contained in this section.

715.020 RIGHT OF ACCESS TO COLLEGE FACILITIES

Refer to Administrative Procedure 510.020 BUILDING OCCUPANCY AND USE.

715.025 PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL AND CIVIC CAMPAIGNS

Students are encouraged to participate in political and civic campaigns during out-of-class hours.

715.030 ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF CLARK COLLEGE

Refer to the current ASCC Constitution and Bylaws.