Code of Ethics
As part of the Commander staff, and as students at University City High School, we accept certain responsibilities. Included with the choice to write and publish articles in the Commander, is the obligation to serve the paper’s audience. We can best accommodate all readers by making sure that every issue of the Commander includes articles that cater to a wide audience. This means that between news, opinions, sports, entertainment, and feature articles we should be able to interest and inform every student. We strive to remember that faculty members and local persons within the community are also a part of our audience. We try to represent the diversity that makes up University City High School, including stories, quotations, photos and artwork from students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, grade levels and from different areas of residence.
There is no excuse for printing any article that is untrue. Every fact should be backed by at least two reliable sources. This will prevent any incidents of libel and help maintain the integrity of our newspaper and its staff.
The Commander staff believes in democratic ideals and that every staff member should have an equal opportunity to voice any ideas, concerns, or criticisms. The more each staff member contributes, the better we are able to serve our audience. Censorship is not tolerated, but the prevention of libel and obscene material apply. Final word on material cut rests with the Editor(s)-in-Chief. We have the freedom to be controversial, thought-provoking, witty, funny, wild… and all that good stuff.