Monday, December 12, 2011

ASPLU Senate resolution recommended no prior review of student media by faculty or staff

By Amelia Heath, Copy Editor

A resolution passed Nov. 7, 2006 by ASPLU recommended that Pacific Lutheran University administrators do not have control over content produced by PLU Student Media.

Read the resolution

Click the link below to read the resolution passed by ASPLU in 2006.

PLU alumna Tove Tupper said the resolution was written after The Mooring Mast ran an advertisement for The Haven Tavern.

The advertisement was for The Haven Tavern’s happy hour and focused on food, but did not advertise alcohol, Tupper said.

PLU instructed the Mast to pull the ad from the paper. 

PLU alumna Breanne Coats said the only reason PLU administrators censored the newspaper was because of the advertisement.

Section 5 of the ASPLU document states that “it is important that PLU Faculty and Administration continues that practice of not subjecting content to approval prior to production.”

Section 9 of the document resolves “that the ASPLU senate recommends that PLU Faculty and Administration will not subject Student Media to prior approval of their content.”

Since the resolution passed, PLU administrators had not pulled an issue of The Mooring Mast. However on Dec. 2 The Mooring Mast’s website was shut down after profanity was used in a headline.

Editor’s Note: This article was edited for accuracy on Dec. 12, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.