According to the WSU Student Media Statement of Policies, any changes to those policies require an affirmative vote of the board, and a publication of the changes three weeks prior to the vote.
At right are proposed changes that fix inaccurate names of WSU departments, and allow the dismissal of student managers by at least four of these seven board members: Editor in chief, advertising manager, marketing manager, web manager, creative manager, visitor magazine editor, director.
The original language can be found on the Student Media policies page.
These changes will be voted on at the Nov. 29, 2017, board meeting. That meeting is at 4:15 p.m. in 113 Murrow Hall East. It is open to the public.
Section I. Board Membership
The Board of Student Media shall be composed of 19 voting members and the director of Student Media, serving as an ex officio. Each member is selected to represent a part of the WSU Pullman campus. The goal for all operations of Student Media is to reflect the campus diversity.
A. Thirteen student members, all voting: Students shall be current WSU students. Members shall include one representative from the freshman, sophomore, junior, senior classes; two from the graduate classes; and student managers of each department within the Office of Student Media: The Daily Evergreen Editor, advertising manager, graphics manager, marketing manager, Web & Mobile manager, the WSU Visitor Guide Magazine editor, and The Chinook Yearbook editor.
1. All students on the Board of Student Media, with the exception of the student managers and graduate students, shall serve staggered terms of three years, or until they no longer are students of WSU. The graduate students shall serve a term of two years.
2. The Associated Students of Washington State University shall nominate one student to fill each non-manager undergraduate vacancy. The Graduate and Professional Students Association shall provide one nomination for each graduate student vacancy. These lists shall be forwarded to the university president, who shall make the appropriate appointments. If such lists are not sent to the president within three weeks of a vacancy, the Office of Institutional Research can be asked by the board to complete the list with qualified students selected at random. The completed list shall be forwarded within three weeks to the president for appointment.
B. Six members of the faculty and staff, all voting:
1. Faculty and staff nominations shall be made by the following areas:
a. A representative of WSU News/University Communications.
b. A representative of the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
c. A representative of Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
d. Two at-large members of the faculty, to be nominated by the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees.
e. A representative of the Office of Student Affairs, student activities area.
Section V. Removal of Student Managers
The Board of Student Media may remove a board-appointed student manager for failure to perform his or her duties and responsibilities as required by the job description in section VI of the Operating Bylaws. Content-based issues are expressly disallowed as grounds for removal, in accordance with the Statement of Policies.
A petition for removal must be submitted in writing to the chair of the board or the director and brought before a two-thirds quorum of voting members. The petitioner and student manager shall have equal time before the Board of Student Media, and interested parties may be heard at the discretion of the chair. A majority vote to remove a student manager must be obtained from the two-thirds quorum.
Emergency dismissal may be necessary when a student manager is believed to have violated state or federal law, to be a threat to others, made a major ethical breach or has jeopardized the financial health and/or stability of their publication, department, or the Office of Student Media. As mandated above, issues of content are expressly disallowed as grounds for removal. Emergency dismissal requires approval of at least four of these seven board members: Editor in chief, advertising manager, marketing manager, web manager, creative manager, visitor magazine editor, director.
In such an event, the director may appoint an interim leader, as described in Section IV of the Operating Bylaws. The board must be immediately notified. The affected student manager shall be given a chance to appeal the dismissal before the board, and interested parties may be heard at the discretion of the chair. The dismissal must be approved by a majority vote of board members present.