Policies

Privacy Policy

This is the official privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) for Student Life Newspaper and studlife.com (the “Site”).

Overview

This Privacy Policy is intended to explain our privacy practices and inform you as to:

The kinds of Personal Information we collect from users of the Site and how that information is collected;

How we use your Personal Information;

The circumstances under which we disclose Personal Information to third parties;

How you can access, update or delete any Personal Information collected about you by us; and

The mechanisms we have implemented to protect your Personal Information.

This is the web site of Student Life Newspaper.

Our postal address is:

1 Brookings Drive, 1039

St. Louis, MO 63130

We can be reached via e-mail at web@studlife.com or you can reach us by telephone at 314-935-6713

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes only the consumer’s domain name, but not the e-mail address (where possible).

We collect only the domain name, but not the e-mail address of visitors to our Web page, the e-mail addresses of those who post messages to our bulletin board, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information we collect is used for internal review and is then discarded, used to improve the content of our Web page, used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for each individual visitor, and used to notify consumers about updates to our Web site.

With respect to cookies: We use cookies to store visitors preferences.

If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending us e-mail at the above address, calling us at the above telephone number, writing to us at the above address.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address.

Persons who supply us with their telephone numbers on-line will only receive telephone contact from us with information regarding orders they have placed on-line.

Please provide us with your name and phone number. We will be sure your name is removed from the list we share with other organizations

With respect to Ad Servers: To try and bring you offers that are of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and clickstream information. For further information, consult the privacy policies of: Google AdSense.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes and we will use for these new purposes only data collected from the time of the policy change forward. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.

Customers may prevent their information from being used for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected by e-mailing us at the above address, calling us at the above telephone number, writing to us at the above address.

Upon request we provide site visitors with access to all information [including proprietary information] that we maintain about them, contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number) that we maintain about them, and a description of information that we maintain about them.

Consumers can access this information by e-mail us at the above address, write to us at the above address, writing to us at the above address.

Consumers can have this information corrected by sending us e-mail at the above address, calling us at the above telephone number, writing to us at the above address.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above addresses or phone number.

This Privacy Policy was last modified on October 25, 2009 and is effective immediately.

Comment Policy

Comments on StudLife.com are moderated to create a space where all readers feel comfortable adding to the discussion and to ensure that discussion remains on topic. We encourage readers to use their full name or initials when submitting comments as that generally leads to more respectful and substantive debate. Comments posted by registered users are generally approved automatically, however we reserve the right to remove them if they violate this policy.

In moderating comments, we follow the same standards of taste that apply to the our print edition. Although we will not delete comments based on spelling or grammar, we do not permit personal attacks, and obscenity and profanity may be altered to conform to AP Style. We will not permit commercial promotions, incoherence and SHOUTING. Comments are not moderated because they express (or fail to express) a specific political ideology or opinion.

Comments are never edited (except to conform to AP Style); they are either approved as submitted or deleted. Comment moderation is necessarily subjective, but we strive to maintain the same standards across the board.

A reminder: Once your comment is published, it can be found in search results on Web sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Like all content, comments are governed by our Web Policy stating that, once published, we do not remove content from our online archive.

A Student Life reporter may occasionally use the e-mail address you listed when submitting your comment for a follow-up interview, but as stated in our Privacy Policy, we will never release your e-mail address to a third party.

From time to time, Student Life prints comments from StudLife.com in the print edition with the user name attached to that comment; in these cases, we reserve the right to edit your comment for spelling and grammar, but we will not alter the content of your comment.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but comment boards are not intended to become bogged down by discussion about Student Life. We appreciate when readers and people quoted in articles point out errors in fact or emphasis and we will investigate these assertions; these points, however, should be submitted by e-mail to ensure that they are handled promptly.

To submit a correction or to raise a concern about our reporting methods, please contact our editors using this form or by sending an e-mail to editor@studlife.com.

Revised: March 2013

Web Policy

Our policy is that we do not remove articles from our online archives, nor do we remove authors’ names from said articles once they’ve been published in an online format, unless an agreement was arranged with that author prior to July 1, 2005. Articles may be corrected or amended if we’ve published material that is libelous or factually incorrect, with a note detailing the date and time of the correction, but articles and author names will not be removed.

Current Web-caching technology used by search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and the Internet Wayback Machine archives our stories on the same day they’re posted. This means that removing someone’s name from an article or removing the article entirely after the fact is a futile gesture—the information is already out there to be found by anyone who wants to find it. Removing someone’s name or removing an article from our archives may diminish the results that come up in a search, but (especially after an article has been online for a long time) it won’t remove all traces of that article’s existence.

Even if it were possible to remove all traces of an article from the public sphere online, we would still face several issues. To begin with, Student Life is first and foremost a print publication. We publish physical copies of our newspaper three times a week.

Extra copies of those issues are published in bound volumes at the end of each school year. Student Life keeps copies of those volumes for internal use, and also provides them to anyone interested in purchasing copies at the end of the year. Additionally, the Washington University library system keeps physical archives of Student Life, which can be found in the online catalog. There are also ethical issues involving removal of already published material from the public sphere.

A famous case in journalism involved this very issue. In February 2001, editors at UC-Berkeley’s Daily Californian removed remaining copies of their newspaper from racks after students protested an advertisement included in that issue that students found to be racist in content. The next day, the Daily Californian’s editors published a formal apology. The ad’s author, David Horowitz of the Los Angeles based Center for Popular Culture, objected to this action, pointing out that the editors’ actions raised questions of free speech. Once an issue (or an article) has been published, Horowitz noted, “trashing” it or attempting to remove it from the public sphere could be termed censorship.

Horowitz made a good point. While the articles in our archives are not equivalent to ads, the same principles of free speechobtain—even when the author no longer wishes to give support to statements previously made.

We’ve begun to get requests to remove information from our Web site at a rate of about one request per month. We attribute this to the increased popularity and visibility of the site. In the past, we handled such requests on a case-by-case basis. When the frequency of requests began to escalate, however, we formulated a policy, the basis of which is this:

Because all of these archives of our content exist independently of our own Web site, and because removing existent content could be termed censorship in some instances, it would be dishonest and futile for us to remove or alter data in our online archives.