Institutional Responsibility Regarding Student Publications
As a liberal arts college, Union University believes in and encourages academic freedom and open inquiry. At the same time, Union maintains a clear and definite commitment to the Judeo-Christian principles in the Bible. The University refrains from censorship except in matters which conflict with the mission and core principles of the University or matters which conflict with accepted professional standards of excellence and which may violate laws governing the press.
Student publications are under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor who is responsible for guiding and instructing student staff members. The daily operations and matters of policy of the student publications are the responsibility of the advisor. Policy decisions regarding a specific publication are made by the advisor, with the input of upperclass and/or editorial board student staff members, with final approval subject to the review of the communication arts department chairman, the dean of arts and sciences, the Provost, and the president of the University. To qualify as a “recognized campus communications medium’” may also require the review of the Student Services Office.
Student publications of Union University are expected to uphold relevant professional standards and to operate within institutional boundaries reflecting the values of a Christian liberal arts university. As a private University, Union University has the right and responsibility of requiring student publications to refrain from obscenity, matters appealing to a prurient interest, and blasphemous or sacrilegious material.
Because student publications are primarily learning laboratories, productions should be judged by principles of sound professional practice, which include the responsibility for factual accuracy, professionalism in writing and graphic presentation, and adherence to guidelines and laws regarding libelous communications, as well as the institutional policy regarding confidentiality of student records and release of information, and the right of privacy as outlined by the Associated Press.
The Cardinal and Cream
The Cardinal and Cream is written and edited by students under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Staff positions are provided for students who are interested in the field of journalism. The campus newspaper enhances the experiences of students in writing, layout, editing, photography, advertising and journalism administration.
Recognizing the right offered by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to upholding of those rights by the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1, Clause 2, the newspaper’s staff will print articles, stories, features, cartoons, editorials and photographs that will follow basic journalism guidelines and responsible journalism principles. Recognizing that the newspaper is an official publication of the University and, therefore, deals with a restricted reader group, the newspaper will seek to present an accurate image of the University, will be aware of the heritage and life values of the University, and will seek to work cooperatively within the framework while at the same time trying to follow responsible journalistic principles. An editorial board works closely with the advisor and oversees the publication. The newspaper is not subject to prior approval or censorship. This newspaper holds membership in Associated Collegiate Press, Southeastern Journalism Conference, and the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
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Last updated on September 06, 2002.