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  ARTICLE XIV - BOARD OF STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS

 
  Section 1 - Name
The name of the organization which shall have the authority to execute the powers described below will be the Board of Student Communications.

Section 2 - Recognized Publications
The student operated newspaper, the student operated television station and the yearbook, if published, shall operate under the jurisdiction of the Board of Student Communications.

Section 3 - Duties

3.1 To advertise for, interview, and select the editors and business managers of the student publications listed above and to remove these officers if the Board deems that action necessary.
3.2 To approve the salaries of all student publication personnel.
3.3 To approve the budgets of all student publications and to monitor these budgets.
3.4 To set forth the general policies to the student publications.
3.5 To review the monthly financial statements of the publications.
3.6 To support and advise the editors, business managers, and publications in their responsibilities as is necessary.

Section 4 - Membership
4.1 The membership of the Board of Student Communications will consist of the following with no one person filling two positions:
The Dean of Students or his or her designee
The Director of the Office of Public Relations or his or her designee Faculty member in the field of Print Journalism
The departmental chair of the English department or his or her designee
A professor of Journalism
A faculty member from the Mitchell College of Business with interest in the business management of the student publications
Faculty member in the field of broadcasting
Editor(s) of the student publication(s) and General Manager of Student Radio Station
The President of the Student Government Association
The President Pro-Tem of the Student Government Association
A Student Representative from the student operated television station
A student-at-large to be elected during the annual SGA elections as Student
Representative to the Board
The President of the Student Activities Board or his or her designee
4.2 The Board of Student Communications shall be chaired by a professor from the Department of Communication. The chair may discuss all issues with the Board, but will vote only in the case of a tie.
4.3 Should a student member of the Board be an applicant for the position of Editor or Business Manager of a publication, he or she shall be ineligible to attend the interview other than his or her own, and shall be ineligible to vote for the selection of the position for which he or she is an applicant.
4.4 The incoming Editor of The Vanguard and the General Manager of the Student Radio Station, upon his or her selection in the Spring Semester, shall become a voting member of the Board, and shall serve jointly with the outgoing Editor throughout the remainder of his or her term.

Section 5 - Meetings
5.1 The Board shall meet no less than once each semester.
5.2 The editors and business managers shall be elected in the spring semester of each year and assume responsibility at the end of spring semester.
5.3 The chair shall set the time, date, and place for each meeting of the Board of Student Communications and shall have the authority to call additional meetings as is deemed necessary.
5.4 Meeting notices must be posted at least one week prior to the meeting.

Section 6 - Quorum
6.1 Quorum shall be a simple majority of the members of the Board including the chair. 6.2 No proxy votes will be permitted.

Section 7 - Funding
7.1 The funding for the student newspaper shall be from the fee approved by the Board of Trustees on September 9, 1980 and by the sale of advertising.
7.2 The funding for the yearbook shall be from the sale of the yearbook, advertising, and funds that may be allocated by the Student Government Association.
7.3 Funding for the student radio station shall be from the fee approved by the Board of Trustees in June of 1994 and by sale of patronships.
7.4 The Funding for Campus Television shall be from the sale of advertisements they televise, and a percentage of the student activity fee.

Section 8 - First Amendment Freedom
The editors of the student publications shall be free from any type of censorship, and shall be responsible for the form, content, and staff of the publication.

Section 9 - Legal Liability
The Board of Student Communications operates within the professional perimeters of University employees; thus the members are covered by the same protection afforded University employees in their designated responsibilities.
 
     
 
 
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