FKA (Regulation) – Student Activities: Student Publications

College student publications shall support freedom of the press as a right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Publications shall be produced by and for students in keeping with the goals and mission of the College District for the purpose of information and entertainment.

The College District newspaper and publications shall accept signed letters to the editor expressing the opinions of students and faculty in response to topics of interest to the college community. If published, the letters will be held to the same journalistic standards of fairness and accuracy as is expected in the work of the newspaper staff members.

The College District may subject student expression to prior screening under clear and reasonable regulations. The College District’s educators shall exercise editorial control over style and content of student speech in school-sponsored expressive activities so long as their actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.
The College District may refuse to disseminate or sponsor student speech that:

1. Would substantially interfere with the work of the school.

2. Impinges on the rights of other students.

3. Is vulgar or profane.

4. Might reasonably be perceived to advocate drug or alcohol use, irresponsible sex, or conduct otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized social order.

5. Is inappropriate for the level of maturity of the readers.

6. Does not meet the standards of the educators who supervise the production of the publication.

7. Associates the school with any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy.

REVISED: 10/09