All interactions with members of the press should be conducted by, or in consultation with, the central Communications team, firstname.lastname@example.org. The university’s media relations policy applies to faculty and staff and is intended to promote effective communication with the media about the university’s mission and activities as well as compliance with university policies, laws, and regulations about confidentiality of university records. The Communications team is responsible for initiating and responding to members of the press and for managing those interactions. Accordingly, all staff members are required to coordinate with Communications before responding to a press inquiry.
Faculty members are encouraged to speak with the press on issues relevant to their academic discipline or research. In communicating with the press, faculty members are also encouraged to coordinate with Communications for guidance or assistance on the most effective strategies regarding press requests for comments, and the promotion of new research and published work.
Faculty members—including those with administrative responsibilities—must coordinate with Communications who receive requests for comment on behalf of the university in connection with their administrative responsibilities or about university policy not pertaining to their individual academic discipline.