|Definition:||The purpose of this policy is to establish the guidelines for becoming an Officially Recognized Student Medium at CSUSM.|
|Scope:||This policy applies to all students enrolled in CSUSM.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Student Media Policy Policy|
Student media are an integral part of California State University San Marcos's mission. They function as learning opportunities for students by providing hands-on application of classroom instruction thereby strengthening the educational experience for students interested in journalism, mass media, communications, marketing, visual and performing arts, and related fields. Additionally, student media serve as a source of news and entertainment for the CSUSM community. Officially recognized media are included on the University's website: https://www.csusm.edu/index.html. As such, they actively contribute to the free exchange of ideas that strengthens an academic institution. Nothing in this protocol is intended to limit freedom of speech or press.
II. Student Media Advisory Council Membership and Structure and Student Media Executive Committee Membership and Structure
Officially recognized media are those that have been annually reviewed and recommended by the Student Media Advisory Council (SMAC) to the Student Media Executive Committee (SMEC) for consideration. SMAC membership is determined by the President or designee.
A. SMAC Membership
B. Major Purposes of SMAC
C. Main Roles and Responsibilities of SMAC
D. SMEC Membership
E. Major Purpose and Roles and Responsibilities of SMEC
III. Becoming an Officially Recognized Student Medium
Recognized that student media should provide an opportunity to build upon skills learned in the classroom, all officially recognized student media require a course component. Anyone working on officially recognized student media must be concurrently enrolled in (or have completed) specific courses as defined by the media operation manuals.
As noted earlier, student media are integral to California State University San Marcos' Mission, They function as learning opportunities for students by providing hands-on applications of classroom instruction thereby strengthening the educational experience for students. As such student media are part of the university curriculum and fulfill specific learning goals. Students interested in starting a new medium must work with the student media proposal and identify a faculty member who will provide guidance and oversight in writing the proposal. The department chair will consult with the Dean or Dean's designee regarding the proposal.
In order to become an officially recognized student medium, the department in partnership with the interested student must present a proposal to the Student Media Advisory Council (SMAC) which contains, at minimum:
SMAC reviews proposals and makes recommendations to SMEC. SMEC will review the student media staffing, curricular, and fiscal needs and make the final decision as the President's designee.
IV. Published Material
CSUSM recognizes and affirms the editorial independence and press freedom of officially recognized student media. Student editors/producers of the decisions they make. All students working with the student media are expected to conduct themselves as prescribed by professional codes of ethics in addition to applicable codes to student conduct and relevant legal standards.
A. In considering content, students should do the following:
B. Prohibited Material
The following expectations apply to individuals, CSUSM students and, via this policy, to student media organizations recognized by the University. In addition, violations of the following policies by an organization, or an individual acting on its behalf, prior to an application for University recognition will be considered in the recognition decision.
C. Legal Advice
Final interpretation of the above guidelines will rest with SMEC. Request for recognition by for-profit affiliates will require further consideration given the university's status as a non-profit state-supported entity.
V. Implications for Violations of University Policy, Standards of Student Conduct, and Applicable Laws on recognition of Student Media.
Any violation of the aforementioned standards by the recognized media organization,
or by individuals acting on its behalf whether known or unknown to the rest of the
membership, will result in administrative review of recognition of the organization
by SMEC as the President's designee. Outcomes of this administrative review may include
change in recognition status, including but not limited to revocation, probation,
and conditional recognition. In addition, educational sanctions may be required of
the student medium.