Staff Selection & Dismissal
STAFF POLICY FOR SELECTION AND DISMISSAL
A. EDITOR AND STAFF SELECTION PROCESS
- Editor in chief(s) and other editor level positions are chosen by faculty adviser, with input previous year’s editorial board.
- New and returning staff are judged by application, previous work, potential and perquisite class work.
- Applicants are not turned down because of age, race, sex, religion, mental or physical handicap that do not impair editorial responsibilities.
- Staff applications are due in January of each year prior to registration.
- The staff and editors are selected prior to registration each January. The adviser reserves the right to make changes to the list as he/she deems necessary after the registration deadline.
- Editor titles and positions are not named until after all media have finalized publication for the previous year.
B. REGARDING STAFF DISMISSAL
- All individuals involved with MSD media are considered a team, each member is expected to complete all assigned stories, pages, photos, etc. on or before the assigned deadline. Staff members, including editors, may be dismissed from their positions and/or the publications staff itself if any of following violations occur:
- continuously missed deadlines (dismissal procedures will take place by choice of adviser and EICs)
- Quote falsification
- Vandalism or theft of publication equipment
- Continuous negative or pessimistic attitude toward staff member or adviser
- Submitting an advanced page design, story, photo or other publishable item to anyone outside the media staff without approval by the editorial board
- Two suspensions in one academic year
- Failing to fulfill job as outlined in job description
- Major infractions will result in immediate dismissal from staff duties and dismissal from class and staff at the end of semester (major infractions include but are not limited to following: plagiarism, vandalism, theft).
- Minor infractions will be given a written warning for the first one. The second one is immediate dismissal from staff duties and dismissal from class and staff at end of semester.
- Warnings will be written and signed by the adviser and editor-in-chiefs, as well as staff member in question.
- An editor will be stripped of his her title if suspended.
- First misdemeanor or arrest will result in the loss of editor’s title, and second will result in dismissal from staff.
- Each member of the editorial board and adviser will attend a meeting with potentially dismissed student to discuss the issue, adviser will make final decision.
- The academic nature of the school newspaper class allows removal of editors or staff members when school and or established media policy is violated.
- The above list infractions could all result in dismissal however, staff dismissals are not limited to the listed infractions.
- A dismissed staff member receiving academic credit may be given a grade of F and will not be allowed to register for any other journalism courses (will not preempt school policy).
- Dismissal procedures are reviewed and approved by the editorial board
- The dismissed staff member may appeal their dismissal in writing to the editorial board within three school days following dismissal
- All dismissal appeals will be directed to the building principal and the editorial board
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