To provide clear, concise communications, all media inquiries should be channeled through the Office of University Communications (UC). These guidelines were established to describe the University’s position with respect to interacting with news media representatives – representatives of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, online publications, television, podcasts, and radio.
An employee or department that seeks to publicize a program, event, or achievement should contact the Office of University Communications. The office has access to news media contacts and will work with faculty and staff to coordinate publicity or visibility for programs, events, or newsworthy issues.
It is the responsibility of the Office of University Communications to initiate or respond to news media requests and to manage those interactions. When an employee or department is contacted by the news media, they should notify UC immediately, before providing any information or responding to questions.
Faculty who are directly contacted by news media for comment as an expert on topics relating to their areas of study or expertise are encouraged to coordinate through the Office of University Communications, but are not required to.
Communications with news media on behalf of the University or in a manner that officially represents or appears to represent the University must be conducted by administrators and staff as designated by UC.
While on University property, news media representatives should, if necessary and appropriate, be accompanied by a University Communications staff member or a University employee designated by the Office of University Communications.
To gain access to residence halls, news media representatives must be accompanied by a UC staff member or a University employee designated by the office.
Louisiana Tech University complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding the retention and release of personal and/or educational records of all current employees and students, and complies with all privacy and security laws including FERPA.
If an event attracts news media interest, all press releases and statements to the news media will be routed through and disseminated by the Office of University Communications.
The University obtains authorization from those whose photographs are taken with the intent to publicize the University. Their consent allows the University to incorporate these photographs in situations appropriate to the image of an academic institution including release to the news media – and to publish likenesses in Louisiana Tech’s publications, on its website, in videos, on CDs, or in other recruitment or promotional materials including paid advertising.