New Mexico College Suspends Student Newspaper Over Sex Issue

Central New Mexico Community College has for now suspended its weekly student newspaper, The CNM Chronicle, after the paper published an issue devoted to sex. College officials said the move had been motivated by longstanding concerns about the paper’s content and oversight. The paper’s editor in chief said the issue hit newsstands on Tuesday, and hours later staff members received a call to meet with the college’s dean of students.

Update (3/27/2013, 5:30 p.m.): Campus officials on Wednesday reinstated the paper, saying it had been suspended over legal concerns about a high-school student who was quoted in the issue.

College officials say they hope the newspaper is up and running again by the summer term following an evaluation of the paper’s structure and oversight.
A statement from the college reads:
“CNM does not have a journalism program, which has limited the college’s ability to provide the education and training that students need to appropriately operate a newspaper that is distributed to a student body of nearly 30,000. CNM is going to re-evaluate how students can be trained, educated and supervised in operating a widely disseminated student newspaper.”

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