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:
Content or programming is the product of student effort and is controlled and determined by a student editor or manager.
In content, mission, and employment of student staff, the media serves the OSU community.
Orange Media Network is the designated fiduciary agent
This document describes the organization of the committee and the scope of the activities it may undertake to fulfill its responsibilities.
Freedom of the Press
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
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.