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Letter to the Editor Guidelines

Any letters to the editor received during a standard news cycle will be published in the edition immediately after the letter has been edited, revised and reviewed. The letter will appear on The Lawrentian website at the same time as the rest of that edition. If a letter to the editor is received outside of the standard news cycle, it will be edited and revised per usual and will be uploaded to The Lawrentian website once that process is complete. Letters received outside of the standard news cycle will not be published in print. 

Letters to the editor must be less than 500 words, regardless of whether they will be published in print or online only. Letters to the editor will be edited for clarity, accuracy, style and grammar. 

Manifestos and election campaigns will not be published as letters to the editor. The Lawrentian defines a manifesto as a written statement declaring publicly the broad outlook, motives, ideologies or intentions of its issuer. To ensure the Lawrence community is informed on issues relating to student campaigns, all candidates should be able to present their campaign; however, because only one letter is published in each edition, The Lawrentian is not an appropriate platform for such submissions. Should an organization or office wish to publicly declare reformed policy, we encourage them to publish via their own platforms and to submit a Story Proposal Form, using the QR code to the right, for a staff member of The Lawrentian to cover as a News or Features story.

Editorial Policy

Lawrence University defines hate speech as “forms of expression (whether words or symbolic actions) that attack or use discriminatory language, or create an atmosphere of intimidation, harassment, or abuse, because of an actual or perceived identity group membership.” The Lawrentian will not publish anything that falls under this definition of hate speech. This applies to everything published in The Lawrentian including letters to the editor, staff editorials and any work written in any of our sections.  

All information claiming to be fact, including information contained in an editorial or opinion piece, will be verified for accuracy. This process will involve multiple rounds of flagging any potential inaccuracies as well as a team designated to addressing any flagged information. From there, editors will work with their writers to discuss the result and how to move forward with the piece if necessary.

The Lawrentian reserves the right to refuse to publish material that violates our standards. When we find that we are unable to decide whether a piece violates these standards, we will reach out to members of CODA and at least one of our staff-advisors to aid us in our decision-making.

If there appears to be a conflict of interest in either of these resources, we will seek for additional outside perspectives so as to not allow this to deter our commitment to truth and inclusivity.