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Lindbergh Schools Spirit Yearbook Publication Policies

Philosophy Statement

The Spirit Yearbook strives to be a student-created publication that accurately and fully covers the historical record of the year with an equitable balance between student life, sports, academics, clubs and students while abiding by professional and equitable journalistic standards.  The yearbook’s primary obligation is to inform and entertain its audience in a broad, fair, and accurate manner on all subjects that affect readers in the areas of student life, academics, activities, sports, and community. The student body of each high school constitutes the target audience for the yearbook with secondary audiences including school personnel, community members, and other scholastic journalism groups. Content focuses on coverage which will meet the wants and needs of the majority of these audiences. Student editors will apply professional standards and ethics for decision making as they take on the responsibility for content and production of the yearbook. While the student staff encourages constructive criticism of any part of the yearbook, authority for content rests in the hands of the student members of the yearbook staff. Students will not publish material considered to be legally unprotected speech, or libel, obscenity, material disruption of the educational process, copyright infringement, or unwarranted invasion of privacy.

  1. General Guidelines
  1. The staff agrees to respect the rules and regulations as established in the Lindbergh Student Parent Handbook and the Lindbergh Schools Publications Policies.
    1. The Board recognizes creative student expression as an educational benefit of the school experience. One medium of expression is student journalism. Some student publications, such as annual yearbooks, school newspapers and student-created or student-edited web pages, may be educational devices developed as part of the curriculum to benefit primarily those who compile, edit and publish them. Faculty advisers will be assigned to guide students engaged in these activities. Any commercial advertisements in these publications will conform to administrative procedures.
      1. The following school-sponsored student publications at the secondary level are authorized by the Board of Education:
        1. School Newspaper and/or Magazine — A school newspaper and/or magazine will be published under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Its purpose is to allow students the opportunity to illustrate their creativity and writing skills. The paper may be distributed for a nominal charge to students.
        2. Yearbook — A yearbook will be published under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Its purpose will be to provide a history of pertinent information and school events for the current school year. The yearbook will be available to students at a cost to be annually determined by the school administration.
        3. Web Pages — Students may be allowed to create or edit web pages under the direction of a designated faculty member. Its purposes are to inform the district staff, students and community of school news and to stimulate creativity and knowledge of new media.
    2. School-sponsored publications and productions are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general student use. School authorities may edit or delete material which is inconsistent with the district’s legitimate educational concerns. All student media shall comply with the ethics and rules of responsible journalism. Information obtained from a student’s personally identifiable education records shall not be disclosed in student publications unless the information is Directory Information or the district has received written consent from the parent/guardian or eligible student to release the information.
  2. The Spirit Yearbook will vigorously resist all attempts at censorship, particularly pre-publication censorship, and maintains its status as a practicing open public forum.
  3. The Spirit Yearbook will not publish any material that is, as determined by the student Editorial Board, libelous, obscene, unnecessarily disruptive of the school process, an unwarranted invasion of  privacy, a violation of copyright or a promotion of products or services unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by State or Federal law.
  4. The staff shall report news and/or features in an objective manner with the best interest of the school and community in mind.
  5. Student journalists may use print and electronic media to report news and information, to communicate with other students and individuals, to ask questions of and consult with experts and to gather material to meet their news-gathering and research needs.
  1. Obituary Procedure
  1. The portrait of the individual will appear in the yearbook as it would under normal circumstances.
  2. A memorial box will be placed in the closing of the yearbook with only the name of the person and dates of birth and death.
  3. The yearbook will maintain the dignity of the student or staff member by striving for accurate, fair coverage of the death.
  1. Prior Approval Procedure
  1. Spirit Yearbook policy does not allow sources to see stories before they are published.
    1. Reporters are responsible for getting the information right.
    2. A reporter may check direct quotes or some information with sources if he chooses. However, allowing sources to read stories before publication is generally considered poor procedure because it allows sources to rewrite stories for their benefit.
  2. In some cases, the editors may agree to allow a source to see the story before it is published.
  1. Advertising Procedure
  1. The Spirit reserves the right to refuse any business which seeks to advertise any product which is illegal or generally considered unhealthy or undesirable for students as determined by the editors.
  2. The Spirit may choose to publish public service ads at the discretion of the editors.
  3. All advertising must meet the same guidelines as editorial content.
  4. Acceptance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement by the school, the staff as a whole or its individual members.
  5. Students who appear in advertisements must sign a model release form acknowledging that they will accept no payment from the client and their appearance is one of support for the newspaper yearbook rather than the business or professional.  Minor students will require a parent signature.
  1. 5. Reporting /Photography Procedure
  1. The Spirit Yearbook retains the right to publish any and all material obtained through an interview by a staff member of the staff, holding that the interviewee was made aware that the information could be published in any form at any time prior to their dissemination of said information.
  2. Students involved in a school sponsored event or public activity may be photographed for publication without explicit permission.
  3. Reporters should make every effort to interview sources in person, not through notes, e-mail or over the telephone. The writer of a story should conduct all of his/her own interviews.
  4. If a reporter would like to tape or record an interview, the source must give permission in advance.
  5. All sources in stories must be named. Only the editors can decide to withhold a source’s name if privacy is necessary for the source.
  6. Reporters should make sure all stories have a minimum of three sources, two of which should be current and local interviews.
  7. Reporters must have their notebooks/digital recorders out and visible while reporting. Reporters must carry a press pass at all times.
  8. Reporters are discouraged from using social media to conduct interviews.
  9. Reporters will strive to gather information from diverse and balances sources.
  10. Regarding Controversial Issues:
    1. All coverage of controversial issues will occur upon a timely subject.
    2. All sides of the issue will be presented and reviewed, as to refrain from any bias, with exception of opinions.
    3. In news, all sides of a school, community, city, state, national or international political issue will be presented factually, as to inform, rather than promote or endorse.
  11. News Judgement:
    1. If question on the veracity of publication persists, the issue will be brought to the Editorial Board which must consider the following questions before publication of the piece:
  1. Why is it a concern?
  2. What is its journalistic purpose?
  3. Is the information accurate and complete?
  4. Are any important points of view omitted?
  5. What are the consequences of the publication of the piece?
  6. Is there a logical explanation to anyone who challenges the issue?
  7. Does it comply with the provisions outlined in this policy?
  8. Does it comply with the purpose and goal of the Spirit Yearbook?
  1. Yearbook Portrait Policy
  1. All students are asked to have their portraits taken with school-contracted photographers for the yearbook.
  2. Underclassmen will have their portraits taken at school during picture days.
  3. Seniors will take their yearbook photo with the school-approved photographer at the school.
  4. Students will follow the dress code enforced by the school-contracted photography studio.
  5. By having portraits taken by only approved photographers, the yearbook staff can be assured of the highest quality reproduction and consistency of all portraits.
  6. Student portraits will appear in the section of the yearbook consistent with the official classification as of Sept. 1 of the school year. This information will be provided by the registrar.
  7. Any student who fails to get their yearbook portrait taken by the portrait photography company commissioned by the Editorial Board will not be pictured in the people section.
  8. The Editorial Board reserves the right to review or omit questionable or inappropriate portraits.
  9. Names in people section will appear as the legal name supplied by SIS unless otherwise requested.
  10. Portraits will consist of one individual only. No other persons or props are permitted.
  1. Group Portrait Policy
  1. Any groups which are sponsored by the school and have a sponsor are eligible to receive a group portrait by the school-contracted photography company.
  2. The Spirit Yearbook will cover school sponsored, Board of Education approved, and established clubs/sports. All other sports or clubs will be reviewed by the Editorial Board for coverage.
  3. The Editorial Board reserves the right to review or omit questionable or inappropriate portraits.
  4. Portraits will consist of group members and sponsors only. Props are not permitted unless otherwise specified by the Editorial Board.
  1. Yearbook Sales Policy
  1. Any customer who does not wish to keep his/her book may obtain a refund provided the book is returned in the same condition in which it was distributed. Once returned, the book becomes the property of the staff and can be resold at the current cost.
  2. Exchanges can be made for books with minor flaws if no writing has been done in the book. If a book has been written in, then no exchange can be made unless the adviser feels the flaw in the book is of major proportion.
  3. It will be the responsibility of the buyer to provide proof of purchase if no record can be provided by the staff. A canceled check or receipt will constitute proof of purchase.
  4. Books not claimed at the end of the first quarter of classes of the fall of the next year automatically become the property of the yearbook staff and can be sold at the current price.
  1. Photo/Video Use Policy
  1. All pictures and video taken by student photographers or professionals contracted by the Yearbook staff are the property of the Yearbook staff.
  2. It will be at the staff’s discretion whether or not to release any or all of the photos/video taken during the year.
  1. Marketing Policy
  1. The goal of the Spirit Yearbook marketing is to promote and expand the Yearbook viewing audience.
  2. Every contest must have its own set of rules which will be posted in a place visible to the student body and contest participants.
  3. All contest rules will be made available, if requested, to contest participants. All contest rules are to be tailored and agreed upon by the Editorial Board before the start of a contest.
  4. Members of the Spirit Yearbook staff will not be eligible to participate in any Yearbook sponsored contests.
  5. The marketing team will work to attend all major events held by the District or school with the intent of promotion.
  1. Student and Staff Publication Policy
  1. All students and staff of Lindbergh High School are eligible for publication in the student the Spirit Yearbook.
  2. Any student or staff member wishing to ‘opt out’ of being published in the student Spirit Yearbook needs to fill out the appropriate ‘opt out’ form with the guidance office and alert the student Yearbook Adviser of such plans.
  3. All efforts will be made to keep students and staff who have ‘opted out’ of coverage from publication in the Spirit Yearbook.

12. Regarding Errors

  1. Concerns about errors in the student Spirit Yearbook may be submitted through the Adviser. The phone number to the publication room is 314-729-2400 ext. 1129; the advisor’s email is carrierapp@lindberghschools.ws.
  2. The Editorial Board retains the right to determine whether an error has been made.
  3. Known and/or found errors that are brought to the attention of the student Spirit Yearbook will be addressed regardless if realized by author, audience, or staff member.
  4. Staff members will strive to correct errors prior to publication; however, if the Editorial Board determines a significant error is printed, the Editorial Board will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction.
  1. Social Media Policy
  1. Social media will be used to promote the Spirit Yearbook, to promote published content and to engage the Lindbergh community.
  2. The Editorial Board reserves the right to remove posts that violate any provisions hitherto outlined by this policy.
  3. Information posted on social media platforms should be held to the same standard as all other reporting in terms of information gathering and fact checking.
  4. The official social media accounts should avoid promotion of events and remain objective, reporting what is fact. Content posted by specific clubs’ accounts promoting events may be shared by the Spirit Yearbook accounts on a fair basis.
  5. Information gained through social media channels should be verified through multiple channels or by confirming a source’s validity before passing it along on a social media account. In breaking news situations, extreme caution will be exercised and speculation will never be published. Staff members posting from these accounts should make every effort to have a school administrator as a source in a situation where a breaking news event pertains directly to the school.
  6. Audience engagement through social media should be done in a professional manner.
  7. Mistakes made on social media posts should be corrected as soon as possible and any deleted posts should be acknowledged in subsequent postings. In the event that a personal post is inadvertently posted from a Spirit Yearbook account, it will be immediately deleted. It will be acknowledged if deemed necessary by the Editorial Board.
  8. All social media will reflect the school’s core values of being respectful and responsible.

14. The Adviser

  1. The Adviser is a professional teaching staff member and is in charge of the class as in a conventional classroom situation.
  2. The Adviser is a certified journalism teacher who serves as a professional role model, motivator, catalyst for ideas and professionalism, and an educational resource.
  3. The Adviser provides a journalistic, professional learning atmosphere for students by allowing them to make the decision of content for the Spirit Yearbook and ensuring the Spirit Yearbook will remain a designated public forum by practice.
  4. The Adviser guides the Spirit Yearbook staff in accordance with this Editorial Policy and aids the educational process related to producing the various media.
  5. The Adviser may coach and discuss content during the writing process, however, the editorial board will make all decisions of content.
  6. The Adviser may caution, act as legal consultant and educator terms of unprotected speech, but has no power over censorship or veto except for constitutionally valid reasons which are still subject to approval by the Editorial Board.
  7. The Adviser will keep abreast of the latest trends on journalism and share these with students.
  8. The Adviser will submit the various Spirit Yearbook content produced by the students to rating services and contests in order for the Spirit Yearbook staff to receive feedback.
  9. The Adviser will forward any received correspondence and/or information pertinent to the proper execution of duties to the appropriate editors.
  10. The Adviser will provide information to the Spirit Yearbook about journalism scholarships and other financial aid, and make available information and contacts concerning journalism as a career.
  11. The Adviser will work with the faculty and administration to aid in the understanding of the freedoms accorded to the students and the professional goals of the student Spirit Yearbook.
  12. The Adviser will not act as a censor or determine the content of the Spirit Yearbook. The Adviser will offer advice and instruction in compliance with the Code of Ethics for Advisers established by the Journalism Education Association.

15. The Editorial Board

  1. The Editorial Board will consist of all student staff editors.
  2. The Editorial Board votes on all decisions that pertain directly to the Spirit Yearbook.
  3. No member of the Editorial Board shall have more than one vote on the board.
  4. All members of the Editorial Board, along with the Adviser will elect a replacement for board members who have been dismissed.
  5. All members of the Editorial Board are expected to know the duties of their role for the production of the Spirit Yearbook and must understand the consequences of not fulfilling said duties.
  6. The Editorial Board will be responsible for making all content decisions.
  7. Appropriate outside legal advice regarding questionable content should be sought from attorneys knowledgeable in media law, such as those of the Student Press Law Center. Final content decisions and responsibility of action on content decisions shall remain within the responsibilities and power of the student Editorial Board.
  8. The duly appointed editor(s)-in-chief shall interpret and enforce this editorial policy.

16. Editor and Staff Selection Policy

  1. Editor(s)-in-Chief and other editor level positions for the next school year are chosen by the Adviser, with input from the current Editorial Board.
  2. New and returning staff are judged by application, previous work, potential and prerequisite class work.
  3. Applicants are not turned down because of age, race, sex, religion, mental or physical handicap that do not impair editorial responsibilities.
  4. Staff applications are due in February of each year prior to registration.
  5. The staff and editors are selected prior to registration each March. The Adviser reserves the right to make changes to the list as he/she deems necessary after the registration deadline.
  6. Editor titles and positions are not named until after the Spirit Yearbook has finalized publication for the previous year.
  1. Staff Dismissal Policy
  1. All individuals involved with the Spirit Yearbook are expected to complete all assigned stories, pages, photos, illustrations, videos, galleries, 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:
    1. Continuously missed deadlines (dismissal procedures will take place by choice of Adviser and Editor(s)-in-Chief)
    2. Plagiarism
    3. Quote falsification
    4. Vandalism or theft of Spirit Yearbook equipment
    5. Continuous negative or pessimistic attitude toward staff member or Advisor
    6. Submitting an advanced spread, story, photo or other publishable item to anyone outside the Spirit Yearbook staff without approval by the Editorial Board
    7. Two suspensions in one academic year
    8. Failing to fulfill job as outlined by the adviser
  2. 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, plagiarism, vandalism, theft, etc.)
  3. Minor infractions will be given a written warning for the first offense. The second offense will result in immediate dismissal from staff duties and dismissal from class and staff at end of semester.
  4. Warnings will be written and signed by the Adviser and Editor(s)-in-Chief, as well as the staff member in question.
  5. An editor will be stripped of his or her title if their behavior results in an in-school or out-of-school suspension.
  6. A misdemeanor or arrest will result in the loss of editor’s title, and a second offense will result in dismissal from staff.
  7. The above list of infractions could result in dismissal, however, staff dismissals are not limited to the listed infractions.
  8. 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. This provision, however, will not preempt a school policy.

Spirit Yearbook Code of Ethics

 

Standards Statement

The Yearbook’s primary obligation is to inform and entertain its audience in a broad, fair, and accurate manner on all subjects that affect readers in the areas of student life, academics, activities, sports, and community. The student body of the high school constitutes the target audience for the yearbook with secondary audiences including school personnel, community members, and other scholastic journalism groups. Content focuses on coverage which will meet the wants and needs of the majority of these audiences. Student editors will apply professional standards and ethics for decision making as they take on the responsibility for content and production of the yearbook. While the student staff encourages constructive criticism of any part of the yearbook, authority for content rests in the hands of the student members of the yearbook staff. Students will not publish material considered to be legally unprotected speech, or libel, obscenity, material disruption of the educational process, copyright infringement, or unwarranted invasion of privacy.

 

 

  • Conflict of Interest

 

      1. In order to maintain a free society and a Yearbook publication that is reflective of true journalistic practices, the  Yearbook will preserve the freedom of the press in order to provide our students and readers with important and relevant information, ideas and opinions.
      2. The Yearbook will avoid any commercial obligations or personal interests that distract from this purpose.
        1. Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free admission and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
        2. Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.
        3. Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
        4. Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content.

 

  • Plagiarism

 

      1. The first rule of journalistic ethics is to tell the truth. Academic and journalistic integrity are paramount.
        1. Students must do their own work, to the best of their abilities. Plagiarism is copying or imitating the language, ideas, or thoughts of another and passing them off as your own work.
        2. Students are responsible for observing the standards on proper citation of sources for all work. Failure to abide by these standards will be reported to the appropriate administrator for disciplinary action.
        3. Plagiarism and fabrication are no-nos. If ever you’re caught stealing another person’s work, or making up any aspect of a story, you will receive an automatic zero on the assignment and not be given any additional assignments for the publication.

 

  • Photography

 

      1. Take/record accurate photos and info
      2. Do not stage photographs or influence/manipulate events
      3. Do not stereotype subjects
      4. Add context
      5. Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.  Be compassionate, and intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.
      6. Edit photos in a way that does not influence the quality and integrity of the photo
      7. When Photographing Funerals or Tragic Events:
        1. Make arrangements in advance and get there early
        2. Do not raise attention to your presence or get in the way by bringing excessive gear
        3. Do not be a disruption
        4. Do not have the camera set to continuous shooting
        5. Do not bring extra lighting equipment
        6. Dress appropriately

 

  • Legal Issues

 

      1. Only the Editorial Board may keep material from being printed, authorize its printing or remove material after it has been published.  The Editorial Board will confer on any decisions affecting the Yearbook. The Adviser may provide legal advice, but all final decisions rest on the Editorial Board.
      2. As determined by the Editorial Board, the Yearbook will not publish any material that is libelous, obscene, unnecessarily disruptive of the school process, an unwarranted invasion of  privacy or a violation of copyright.
        1. Libel – Publishing false statements of fact that damage someone’s reputation in a multimedia publication.
        2. Privacy – Publishing highly personal facts or information that is not of legitimate concern to the public or intrusive behavior (secretly recording or aggressive surveillance).
        3. Copyright – Publishing someone else’s original work in your publication unless you have first obtained their permission. That rule applies to photos, illustrations, stories, computer code, graphics and music.  Attribution is not permission.
        4. Fair Use Ethics – “Fair use” materials are protected materials.  There are some circumstances where you can use copyrighted material.  For example, reviews of movies or songs.  You must limit yourself to using a small portion of the work and it must be in reference to that work in the way of news or review commentary.
        5. Freedom of the Press – The right to gather, publish and circulate information, ideas and opinions in the press without censorship.
        6. Censorship – The practice of restraining information or suppressing information, ideas and opinions.

 

  • Sources/Anonymous Sources

 

      1. All sources in stories must be named. Only the editors can decide to withhold a source’s name if privacy is necessary for the source. The adviser must be made aware of the identity of the source if it is to be withheld from the story.
      2. Promises of anonymity shall be given only for the following reasons:
        1. There is no other way to present the information.
        2. The information is important enough to warrant anonymity.
        3. The source’s privacy and/or reputation requires protection.
        4. The privacy and/or reputation of the source’s relatives require protection.
        5. It is necessary to protect the source from academic, psychological or physical harm.
      3. The Yearbook will ensure that all interviewees are aware that they are being interviewed and that the contents of that interview could be published.  They retain the right to publish any and all material obtained through an interview by a staff member of the publications staff.
      4. The Spirit Yearbook retains the right to publish any and all material obtained through an interview by a staff member of the staff, holding that the interviewee was made aware that the information could be published in any form at any time prior to their dissemination of said information.
      5. Students involved in a school sponsored event or public activity may be photographed for publication without explicit permission.
      6. Reporters should make every effort to interview sources in person, not through notes, e-mail or over the telephone. The writer of a story should conduct all of his/her own interviews.
      7. If a reporter would like to tape or record an interview, the source must give permission in advance.

 

  • Corrections

 

      1. Concerns about errors in the student Spirit Yearbook may be submitted through the Adviser. The phone number to the publication room is 314-729-2400 ext. 1129; the advisor’s email is carrierapp@lindberghschools.ws
      2. The Editorial Board retains the right to determine whether, in fact, an error has been made.
      3. Known and/or found errors that are brought to the attention of the student Spirit Yearbook will be addressed regardless if realized by author, audience, or staff member.
      4. Staff members will strive to correct errors prior to publication; however, if the Editorial Board determines a significant error is printed, the Editorial Board will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction.

 

  • Tragic Events

 

      1. Minimize Harm – Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.
        1. Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
        2. Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
        3. Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
        4. Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
        5. Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
        6. Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
        7. Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
        8. Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.
      2. Obituary Procedure
        1. The portrait of that individual will appear in the yearbook as it would under normal circumstances.
        2. A memorial box will be placed in the closing of the yearbook with only the name of the person and dates of birth and death.
        3. The yearbook will maintain the dignity of the student or staff member by striving for accurate, fair coverage of the death.

 

  • Reporter’s Checklist

 

      1. If question on the veracity of publication persists, the reporter  must consider the following questions before publication of the piece:
        1. Why is it a concern?
        2. What is its journalistic purpose?
        3. Is the information accurate and complete?
        4. Are any important points of view omitted?
        5. What are the consequences of the publication of the piece?
        6. Is there a logical explanation to anyone who challenges the issue?
        7. Does it comply with the provisions outlined in this policy?
        8. Does it comply with the purpose and goal of the Spirit Yearbook?
      2. Regarding Controversial Issues:
        1. All coverage of controversial issues will occur upon a timely subject.
        2. All sides of the issue will be presented and reviewed, as to refrain from any bias, with exception of opinions.
        3. In coverage, all sides of a school, community, city, state, national or international political issue will be presented factually, as to inform, rather than promote or endorse.

 

  • Staff Behavior

 

    1. All individuals involved with the Spirit Yearbook are expected to complete all assigned stories, pages, photos, illustrations, videos, galleries, 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:
      1. Continuously missed deadlines (dismissal procedures will take place by choice of Adviser and Editor(s)-in-Chief)
      2. Plagiarism
      3. Quote falsification
      4. Vandalism or theft of Spirit Yearbook equipment
      5. Continuous negative or pessimistic attitude toward staff member or Advisor
      6. Submitting an advanced spread, story, photo or other publishable item to anyone outside the Spirit Yearbook staff without approval by the Editorial Board
      7. Two suspensions in one academic year
      8. Failing to fulfill job as outlined by the adviser
    2. 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, plagiarism, vandalism, theft, etc.)
    3. Minor infractions will be given a written warning for the first offense. The second offense will result in immediate dismissal from staff duties and dismissal from class and staff at end of semester.
    4. Warnings will be written and signed by the Adviser and Editor(s)-in-Chief, as well as the staff member in question.
    5. An editor will be stripped of his or her title if their behavior results in an in-school or out-of-school suspension.
    6. A misdemeanor or arrest will result in the loss of editor’s title, and a second offense will result in dismissal from staff.
    7. The above list of infractions could result in dismissal, however, staff dismissals are not limited to the listed infractions.
    8. 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. This provision, however, will not preempt a school policy.
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