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This board shall be known as the Orange Media Network Student Advisory Board of Oregon State University (Student Advisory Board).
The role of the Oregon State University Orange Media Network Student Advisory Board is to assist Orange Media Network in the effective and professional conduct of their operations and to advocate for their interests and well-being. The authority of the Student Media Committee is derived through the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs.
Student Media, as defined herein, is any publications (print, electronic or broadcast) that meet the following criteria:
This document describes the organization of the committee and the scope of the activities it may undertake to fulfill its responsibilities.
Students of Oregon State University have the undeniable right as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to speak, write and publish their sentiments freely on all subjects The student media of Oregon State University is free of censorship and advance approval of content. Student editors and managers must be free to develop their own editorial policies, content, programming and news coverage. An editorially independent and active press (broadcast, print, online)—is a basic right in a free and democratic society and is valuable in promoting the development of students as socially responsible, engaged persons.
Accordingly, it is the responsibility of the committee to ensure a free student press and to resist interference with this principle. Students alone are responsible for the content, character, and design of their media, and students alone are responsible for their broadcast programming, consistent with FCC regulations. It is the committee’s expectation that editorial and programming decisions be consistent with accepted principles of journalistic and broadcasting ethics, and that the students within student media strive for accuracy, fairness, and service to their readers, listeners, and viewers. The committee expects student media student leaders to seek professional advice and legal assistance when confronted with editorial and operational questions.
Oregon State University shall make no rule, regulation or policy that abridges students' freedom of speech and of the press. To protect these freedoms, Oregon State University prohibits any university official from requiring student or professional staff members to submit materials for prior review or imposing sanctions against any student or Orange Media Network professional staff member on the basis of the content of any student publication or broadcast. University officials, faculty, staff or agencies shall neither directly, or indirectly, compel nor prohibit speech on the basis of the views expressed. Moreover, university officials and committees shall not deny funding based on the content of these publications and broadcasts.
Orange Media Network is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the student media, exclusive of managing editorial content. Its chief function is to provide financial, technical, advisory, administrative and sales support for the media. OMN is a university department under Student Affairs and does not report to the Student Media Committee.
The OMN Student Advisory Board is a forum for students, faculty and staff to provide feedback and advise the operational policies of Orange Media Network and select the content-deciding student leaders of Orange Media Network.
Orange Media Network Student Advisory Board shall serve the following purposes for the benefit of Oregon State University (OSU) students:
1. Review and make recommendations regarding proposed increases in the annual budget of Orange Media Network.
2. Review unit programs, services and facilities and make recommendations to staff to support and enhance the success of OSU students.
3. Serve as a sounding board for the leadership of OMN
4. Serve as a liaison between OMN and the campus and community at-large
5. Participate in the review and selection of the Orange Media Network student leaders
6. Identify initiatives that promote traditionally under-represented voices in media
7. Evaluate and recommend changes to OMN programs and services based on the best interests of OSU students
8. Provide, with the help of professional staff, input for long-range planning and goals in all areas of responsibility
9. Provide mediation for unresolved community complaints
Applicants shall submit the proper application forms at filing times, to be announced in The Daily Barometer two weeks prior to application deadline, and interview before the Student Advisory Board at the March or April meeting.
Applicants will complete a presentation and question and answer session with a quorum of the board (not to exceed 15 minutes per candidate) at the March or April meeting. Following the final presentation, the committee will go into executive session to review the candidates. The committee will re-open to the public to cast paper ballots.
Ballots will be tallied by the chair and a second member of the committee, and confirmed by the member of OMN’s professional staff.
Results will be announced immediately.
All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will have an opportunity to present to the committee. All applicants will be heard in the same meeting of the committee.
In the event of an unforeseen circumstance and a need to conduct the election remotely, the committee will meet by ZOOM and candidates will submit a pre-recorded presentation, making themselves available for questions by the committee during the date and time of the election meeting.
The following criteria must be met by all applying for student leader positions at OMN:
A. Applicants shall be fee-paying students enrolled at Oregon State University who are not on academic or disciplinary probation, or who are on their “off” term.
B. Applicants shall have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
C. Applicants shall not hold an elective or appointive position in student government during their tenure as a manager for OMN.
D. Those appointed shall accept the leadership duties and responsibilities as defined in their job description.
E. Terms of appointment for student leaders shall conform to the job descriptions. All student leaders are eligible to apply for additional terms.
F. Student leaders shall be responsible for selecting and organizing their respective staffs. Each shall have the authority to remove any staff member duly appointed, subject to the policies and procedures established by Orange Media Network and OSU HR, and each shall inform his/her professional staff adviser and the director of any changes.
G. The Student Leaders selected by this committee will be limited to the most senior content creating student leaders of OMN: The Editor-in-Chiefs of Prism, Beavers Digest, DAMchic, Daily Barometer; and the station managers of KBVR-FM and KBVR-TV.
In the event of the resignation of a student leader or a vacancy resulting from unforeseen circumstances, an interim appointment shall be made by the director in consultation with the relevant student leaders, student staff, and professional staff.
The interim appointee will fill the role immediately and may petition the board in writing for permanent appointment to occur at one of the next two regular board meetings. The interim appointee shall forward that petition to the chair of the board prior to that meeting, and cc the director. The interim appointee will then have an opportunity to make a brief presentation and participate in a Q&A, as all other student leader applicants do in the regular selection process, at that meeting. The committee will then vote to appoint or reject the candidate, following the same process as outlined for regular student leader appointment.
The Director and an Assistant Director as the Director’s proxy will serve as advisers of the committee.
The Director and Assistant Director(s)
1. Meetings shall be held on the last Tuesday of every month during the academic year unless otherwise noted.
2. Any member of the Executive Committee or any three members may call special meetings.
3. All regular business meetings of the Student Advisory Board must be advertised publicly and broadly a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
The Bylaws of the Student Advisory Board may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Advisory at any scheduled meeting constituting a quorum. The proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing and read to the Student Advisory Board at a regularly scheduled meeting; the vote will be taken at the next regularly scheduled meeting following the reading.
Previous Effective Dates of Bylaws:
Bylaws updated and went into effect March 10, 2020