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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Refer to Administrative Procedure 510.020 BUILDING OCCUPANCY AND USE.


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


Refer to the current ASCC Constitution and Bylaws.



Clark College (herein after named as “college”) is committed to and maintains an atmosphere of social and ethical responsibility. It is the College's belief that learning and working occurs in environments where learners, employees, and visitors feel safe, secure, and welcome. The College regards responsible pre-initiation activity or extra- and co-curricular activities as a positive educational approach to preparation for student group or organization membership and affiliation, who maintain different purposes and process. These purposes and process may have traditions and the College supports traditions that match the College’s core values. The College further recognizes that a student organization or group may belong to a national oversight organization that also holds students accountable to expectations and standards (e.g., the national organization for a local fraternity chapter). The College is committed to partnering with these outside affiliates to address hazing allegations and will communicate with them as appropriate.


Faculty, staff, learners, volunteers (e.g., advisors and volunteer coaches), organizations, groups, alumni, and consultants are members of the “College community” for purposes of this policy. This policy addresses hazing activity by any party, regardless of the existence of consent, and recognizes the act of hazing as illegal, irresponsible, intolerable, and inconsistent with the principles of higher education and basic human development. Hazing is antithetical to this College’s commitment to maintaining a positive educational environment. Participation in hazing activities is against the law [WAC]. This policy applies to hazing that takes place between two or more people who are affiliated with the college regardless of whether it occurs at sanctioned or non-sanctioned events, on- or off-campus.

This policy applies to student organizations, groups, and individuals and is effective from enrollment to commencement, including breaks in the academic year.   

Violation of the stated hazing policy may subject participants, including students and organizations, to arrest, prosecution and/or disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion of students and the revocation of an organization’s registration and/or recognition at the college. Consent to or acquiescence in hazing activity is not a defense.   

If college community members are asked to take part in hazing activities, or if they are uncomfortable with the instructions given as a new member, they have the right to say no. If the organization engages in behaviors that college community members believe are hazing, they do not have to participate or support such activities and need to report them.   

The College holds students accountable for their behavior both on and off-campus and addresses behavior that is a violation of the "Student Code of Conduct."   

The group or organization, regardless of chartered status, has the responsibility to ensure its activities are acceptable under this policy. Questions regarding the acceptability of a proposed organization activity should be discussed with the identified college office.  

College community members have a duty to report violations of this policy of which they become aware in the course of their duties when these duties include responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of other members of campus community or if they have supervisory, evaluative, grading, or advisory responsibility over other members of the campus community.  

Appendix A  

Types of Hazing
Some activities are clearly understood as hazing, but other activities may be less clear. It is imperative to consider that any act that subjects a specific student or group of students to conditions poorer than those of current members of the organization can be considered hazing.  
[or WAC language] Listed here are various types of hazing:  

Violent Hazing
Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional, or psychological harm.  

Harassment Hazing
Behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like part of the group. Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members.  

Subtle Hazing
Behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between new members and other members of the group or team. These types of hazing are often taken-for-granted or accepted as harmless or meaningless. Subtle hazing typically involves activities or attitudes that breach reasonable standards of mutual respect and place new members on the receiving end of ridicule, embarrassment, and/or humiliation tactics. New members often feel the need to endure subtle hazing to feel like part of the group or team.  

Hazing Examples
Examples of actions and activities which may constitute hazing include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  1. Compelling individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.  

  2. Paddling in any form, shoving or otherwise striking individuals.  

  3. Compelling individuals to engage in sexual behaviors, sexual or racial harassment or

  4. slurs or exhibitionism.  

  5. Compelling individuals to eat or drink unusual substances or compelling the consumption of undue amounts or odd preparations of food.  

  6. Having harmful substances thrown at, poured on or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals.  

  7. Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities which make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.  

  8. Transporting individuals against their will, abandoning individuals at distant locations, or conducting any “kidnap,” “ditch” or “road trip” that may in any way endanger or compromise the health, safety, or comfort of any individual.  

  9. Causing an individual to be indecently exposed or exposed to the elements.  

  10. Requiring an individual to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time.  

  11. Compelling an individual to be branded or tattooed.  

  12. “Line-ups” involving intense shouting of obscenities or insults.  

  13. Compelling individuals to participate in activities (pranks, scavenger hunts, etc.) which  

  14. encourage the defacement of property; engage in theft; harass other individuals, groups of individuals or organizations.  

  15. Excluding an individual from social contact for prolonged periods of time.  

  16. Compelling an individual to engage in acts of personal servitude.  


An organization consists of several persons who are associated with each other and have registered with the College as a student organization (such as clubs, club sports, or fraternities and sororities).  

A group consists of a number of persons who are associated with the College and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register, as a student organization (including but not limited to athletic teams, musical or theatrical ensembles, academic or administrative units, and clubs not registered as student organizations).  

“College Community”  
Faculty, staff, learners, volunteers (e.g., advisors and volunteer coaches), organizations, groups, alumni, and consultants involved in activities sponsored by chartered or un-chartered college groups or organizations who hold events on- or off-campus.  

A group or organization who completes a registration form and receives recognition from the College’s Associated Student Government Executive Body assigned to charter groups, clubs, or organizations, or similarly responsible college department.   

A group or organization with involved college community members who gather to sponsor an activity or event who has not sought recognition from a College’s Associated Student Government or similarly responsible college department.

New Policy/Procedure Approved by Executive Cabinet
October 10, 2022