Policies and Procedures

Updated and reapproved March 15, 2012.

Internet Takedown Policy
The Spectator, the independent newspaper of Valdosta State University, has the right to deny or approve any requests of takedown notices. When The Spectator receives a takedown notice, it is in our best interest not to challenge it, but to make sure the article or video is free of libel. If it is not clear that infringement, or libelous behavior is taking place, the website will not be held liable. If the statements made in a video or articles are false, misleading or inaccurate, The Spectator will print a retraction. However if the statements, quotes or additional information is confirmed true, the article or video will remain on the website.
Takedown requests should include Information of the service provider (The Spectator) such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
This is supported by Section 512 (i)(1)(a) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
(http://www.ssrn.com/dmca_notice_policy.html)


Comment Moderation Policy 2011

1. Any comment including the personal information (phone number, email address, physical address, etc.) of parties involved or Spectator staff will be removed.

2. Any comment posted by Spectator staff members will be removed.

3. Any comment involving advertisement for other corporations, organizations, or businesses (i.e. spam) will be removed.

4. Any comment unrelated to the posted article or item will be removed.

5. Any direct personal attacks on individuals involved will be removed. Examples: “The author is a slut”, “Everyone hates Person Involved, go die”, etc.

6. Any comment involving criticism (constructive or otherwise) of Spectator policy or writing will be reported to the Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor for documentation and approval at the Editor-in-Chief’s discretion.

7. All commenters should be familiar with our disclaimer, which reads as follows: The Spectator reserves the right to delete any comment that we find libelous, invades privacy, or otherwise impinges on media law concerns. We welcome your comments and thoughts on our articles. All comments go through The Spectator website student administrators before they are published to the website. Spectator writers and photographers are also asked not to comment on columns. If you have any questions, please contact us at spec@valdosta.edu. Note that student editors are responsible for all content on the Spectator website.

8. Comments over two paragraphs in length will be removed. Any commentary longer than two paragraphs must be submitted to the Spectator in a letter to the editor.

9. Excessive comments pertaining to other comments (“comment wars”) are prohibited and will be removed at Editor-in-Chief and/or Web Editor discretion.