Policy VI-Q: Policy on Publications, Distribution of Literature and Advertising

Statement of Purpose

The San Jacinto College District recognizes that its students and employees have a First Amendment right to freedom of expression. This policy is designed to promote the orderly distribution of materials, to ensure efficient use of college resources, and to minimize campus disruption.

Editorial Policy -- Publications and Materials Sponsored by San Jacinto College District

The San Jacinto College District may sponsor publications written and edited by students, faculty, or staff. All publications sponsored or financed in part or in whole by the San Jacinto College District shall contain the following statement, printed in at least 10-point type: "This publication is written and edited by students and/or employees of the San Jacinto College District. The opinions and views contained in the publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Board of Trustees or administration of the San Jacinto College District."

Publications sponsored or financed in part or in whole by the San Jacinto College District shall not contain obscene or libelous statements or statements that threaten to incite an immediate breach of the peace.

The San Jacinto College District and the faculty sponsor retain sole authority over the operation of curriculum-based publications to ensure that the legitimate educational goals of the publication are being served. Final editorial decisions remain with the San Jacinto College District and the faculty sponsor.

Dissemination of Literature

Public dissemination of publications and printed matter in campus buildings and on college property may be restricted to prevent substantial interference with normal school operations where there is evidence that reasonably supports a forecast that disruption likely will result from the distribution. The San Jacinto College may prohibit the distribution of literature that contains libelous or obscene statements or that threatens to incite an immediate breach of the peace.

The name of the person or group distributing literature shall be clearly marked in the English language on all materials in at least 12-point type.

The administration may establish reasonable written regulations as to time, place, and manner of distribution of literature by students, faculty, and staff.

The policy on distribution of literature is not intended to prohibit individual students and employees from the private and personal exchange of printed matter.

The San Jacinto College District discourages the publication or distribution of printed or oral statements that denigrate any individual or group based upon their race, national origin, sex, religion, color, age, disability, or sexual orientation. The San Jacinto College District reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary action against employees or students who activities are sufficiently severe or pervasive and have the effect of creating a hostile and offensive environment.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards may be used for commercial and noncommercial speech by students and employees. The administration may establish reasonable rules and regulations for use of campus bulletin boards, including rules and regulations concerning limitations on size and duration of posting. In addition to the restrictions described in Section III of this policy, bulletin boards may not be used for posting that promote unlawful activities or that contain misleading or false statements about a product or service for sale.

Advertising Policy

Dissemination

Printed matter containing any commercial advertising or solicitations shall not be distributed, except that newspapers containing advertisements may be distributed consistent with this policy. Newspapers shall be distributed from fixed dispensers or booths pursuant to reasonable time, place, and manner regulations established by the administration.

Registered student organizations that desire to solicit funds or sell items for a noncommercial purpose must obtain approval in advance from the administration of the campus where the activity will take place. All individuals engaging in the activity must be currently enrolled. The activity must be confined to a fixed location established by the administration. The administration may establish other reasonable time, place, and manner regulations.

Editorial Policy

No advertisement in a San Jacinto College District sponsored publication may:

  • promote an unlawful activity or contain misleading or libelous statements;
  • promote academic dishonesty;
  • violate or promote the violation of postal regulations or federal, state, or local laws;
  • denigrate or discriminate against any individual or group based on race, national origin, sex, religion, color, age, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • contain libelous statement; or obscene images or statements;
  • promote an activity or event if the San Jacinto College District reasonably can forecast that its publication will create a substantial disruption to the educational process.

The San Jacinto College District reserves the right to exclude from publication any advertisements that fail to comply with the standards established by this policy.

Photography Policy

No publication sponsored by the San Jacinto College District shall contain obscene or libelous photographs, cartoons, or drawings.

(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 2-10)
(Effective May 2, 1994; Reviewed February 7, 2008.)