Per recommendation of the Evaluation Committee of the Student Services Program of the Commission on Higher Education, student publication should be accredited by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). This way, OSA can better supervise and monitor the programs and activities of the students.

In order to ensure that the right of the students to free academic expression is preserved, you are encouraged to revitalize the student publication in your respective units.

Procedures in the Accreditation of New Student Publication and Re-accreditation of Existing Student Unit Publication

A student publication which aspires for accreditation of re-accreditation must submit required documents to the Office of Student Affairs within 30 days after the start of classes for the first semester of each school year. The requirements are:

  1. Letter of request for accreditation of re-accreditation to be addressed to the university president through the director of the Student Development Program and the head of the Student Publication Services.
  2. A copy of the Editorial Policy of the publication duly ratified by the editorial board.
  3. A copy of the vision-mission statement of the publication.
  4. Action plan for the school year which should include activities along Instruction, Extension, Research and Production.
  5. List of three nominees, preferably faculty members with background in Journalism and/or Language teachers, for the advisorship of the publication.
  6. List of the members of the editorial board with their specimen signature.
  7. Declaration of the publication’s funds for new publications. Financial statement duly audited by SAFE Commission for existing publications.
  8. The editorial board must appear for panel interview at the Office of Student Affairs on a date to be scheduled by the director of the Student Development Program and the head of the Student Publication Service.
  9. The editorial board must attend the Basic Journalism-Writeshop to be scheduled and conducted by the Office of the Student Affairs through the Student Development Program.
  10. The publication must submit its output regularly to the Office of Student Affairs. Preferably the publication should contain the following sections: a. editorial, b. news, c. features, d. cartoon/caricature and j. comic strip.

Qualifications of Student Publication’s Editorial Board

A. Editor-in-Chief

  1. A regular student with a minimum load of 15 units.
  2. The application for EIC must have been a member of the student publication for at least a year. In case of a new publication, the applicant must been a member of the organization (the publisher) for one year.
  3. Has a general weighted average of 2.0, no incomplete of failing grade in the immediately preceding semester.
  4. Not a president or vice-president in an accredited or mandated organization.
  5. Not graduating during the first semester
  6. Possesses good moral character.

B. Associate Editor, Managing Editor, and Section Editors

  1. A regular student with a minimum load of 15 units.
  2. Has a general weighted average of 2.0, no incomplete of failing grade in the immediately preceding semester.
  3. For freshmen, a general weighted average of 85% in high school.
  4. Possesses good moral character.

C. Graphic Artists, Lay-out Artist, Photojournalist, Staff Writers and Circulation Manager

  1. A regular student with a minimum load of 15 units.
  2. The applicant must possess the skills required by the position.
  3. No incomplete of failing grades.
  4. Possesses good moral character.

Guidelines in the Selection of Outstanding Unit Publications

  1. The student publication must submit to the Office of Student Affairs at least two issues of the newsletter released during the school year.
  2. A panel of evaluators, composed of at least three experts in Journalism, shall determine the winners in the following categories.a. Major Awards
    • Three outstanding Accredited Student Publications

    b. Minor Awards

    • Best Cover Layout
    • Best Editorial
    • Best Column
    • Best Features
    • Best Literary Page
    • Best Editorial Cartoon
    • Best Comic Strip
    • Best Ilocano Article
    • Best Filipino Article
  3. The major awards shall be determined by the following criteria: content, impact and relevance.
  4. The minor awards shall be determined by the following criteria: content, diction, organization and mechanics.
  5. The Outstanding Student Publications shall receive a plaque of recognition
  6. Other winners shall receive certificates of recognition.

Guidelines in the Selection of Ten Outstanding Student Journalists

  1. The Ten Outstanding Student Journalists for the school year shall come from accredited student unit publications and from the New Tandem.
  2. The adviser of the publication shall nominate two outstanding members of the editorial board to compete in the university-wide search for Ten Outstanding Student Journalists.
  3. The nominee must have served as a member of the editorial board for at least one year.
  4. The nominee shall report to the Office of Student Affairs for evaluation and interview on a date to be scheduled by the head of the Student Publication Services.