The University Star


Special to The Star

The University Star welcomes the voice and talent of Texas State students and contributors as ‘Special to The Star’. Writers can submit original articles or features toThe Star’s managing editor, [email protected] The piece will then be evaluated, if appropriately styled and accepted, the relevant section editor will obtain the contribution. The article or feature will then participate in the editing sequence and be posted either online or in print. At any time through out the process, editors can chose not to publish the article. Contributions by ‘Special to The Star’ will be archived in The Star and contributors are not compensated. Desired word count is 500, with flexibility.

For column contributions, individuals can follow the procedures of ‘Special to The Star’ or submit a letter to the editor. Letters to the editor will go through the opinions editor

Copyright Statement

The University Star is the independent student media organization at Texas State University. All content is created by students, edited and curated by a board of student editors. New issues appear weekly Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters and are distributed free on campus and in the San Marcos community. The editor-in-chief and staff are selected through an application and interview process each spring. Opinions expressed in The University Star are not necessarily those of Texas State University’s administration, Board of Regents, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, or Student Publications Board.

The entire content of The University Star is protected under the Federal Copyright Act. Reproduction of any portion of any issue by any means, mechanical or otherwise, is not permitted without the express written consent of The University Star.

Letters Policy

The University Star welcomes letters from our readers. Letters must be 500 words or fewer to be considered for publication. Please include your full name, mailing address, major and academic year designation, phone number and e-mail address when submitting a letter. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. This information is seen only by the editors and is not used for any commercial purpose. Letters become the property of The Star and may be republished in any format. The letter may be edited for length and clarity. You will be contacted if your letter is a candidate for publication. We will not run letters that are potentially libelous, discriminatory, obscene, threatening or promotional in nature.

Corrections Policy

The University Star strives to ensure accuracy in all its reporting. In the event of an error, an audience member should contact the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected] within 10 days to ensure a timely correction. Corrections in the print edition will be printed in the newspaper and corrected in the corresponding story online. Corrections appearing on the website will be corrected in the original story on the website.

Privacy policy

The University Star is committed to ensuring the privacy of our readers. With you in mind, we have designed this privacy policy knowing that our audience members are concerned with how their information is utilized and shared.

Information collected by

When visiting our audience may provide us with two types of information: website usage information and personal information that is knowingly disclosed. With this information, we can keep our audience informed as well as enhance our readership experience when using all of The University Star’s products. Please review the information below for specific details on how we utilize your data.

Personal Information You May Provide

Newsletter Communication

To keep our audience up to date on the latest news in the San Marcos community, we provide a weekly newsletter. If you do not want to receive newsletters from The University Star, you may choose to unsubscribe at any time. Any correspondence received via email may be retained including the content of your email messages, your email address and The University Star’s responses.

Website Usage Information

The University Star’s website utilizes cookies as well as analytic scripts to gather information about how our website is used. The information we gather through cookies and analytics may include the date and time of your visit, the pages that were viewed and the order of the visitation, the time spent on each page, and demographic information that Google analytics collects from its users. In addition to this, The University Star gathers Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to protect our audience in the event that someone may be attempting to access The University Star’s website with malicious intent.

Information Shared with Third Parties

The University Star respects the privacy of our audience and sincerely appreciates the time you spend visiting our website or reading our newspaper. We will not provide your personal information with any third party vendors and/or associates. The only time we may disclose your personal information is if required to do so by law and/or subpoena, or if we believe that such action is required to (a) conform to the law or comply with legal process served on The University Star; (b) protect and defend the rights and property of The University Star; (c) act under circumstances to protect the safety of our audience.

Websites linked to The University Star

In order to provide pristine service and reach all of our audience, The University Star’s website is linked to several external sites such as Facebook™, Instagram™, Linkedin™, Soundcloud™, Twitter™ and Youtube™. The University Star is not held accountable for the practices employed by external websites that are linked to or from, nor the information that may be published there. When our readers navigate off or our privacy policy will no longer be applicable and readers will be subject to the policies of the external websites.

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