Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of the most cherished liberties of the American people. Student
publications are necessary in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion on the
campus. With this thought in mind, the Colorado School of Mines rests responsibility for the student publications and
media–the newspaper, the Oredigger, literary magazine, the High Grade, the Prospector yearbook, and the Mines
Internet Radio Station –in the hands of the student editors, writers, and photographers.
However, freedom of press and speech on a college campus does not mean that a person can say or print anything. The
editors are held accountable for abiding by the School Standards and Code of Conduct; the canons of responsible
journalism, avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques
of harassment and innuendo. Standards and penalties that prevail in society in general are not necessarily applicable to
the Colorado School of Mines community.
The Board of Student Publications, made up of student and faculty members, is advisory to the Student Council which
is the policy making group for all student publications.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, February 1970.
Revised June 2009