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Eligibility Policy

The following student media eligibility requirements apply to all KTSW-FM 89.9 staff members.

Enrollment

Students must be enrolled at Texas State University each long semester (i.e., fall or spring semesters) they are employed by student media outlets The University Star and KTSW.  Certain positions require students to be enrolled as a full-time student.  A student who withdraws (goes to zero hours) at any point during employment must notify his or her student media adviser before withdrawing.  Students must also notify their student media adviser before dropping a class resulting in the student completing fewer than the minimum hours required for the position. 

Grade Point Average

Effective with applications for student media employment beginning in June 2015, all students must meet minimum GPA requirements to apply for employment and to maintain employment at The University Star and KTSW.  Student publications staff, under direction from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will verify the overall and cumulative GPA of students applying for employment at The University Star and KTSW. Those who do not meet the minimum requirement outlined in Table 1 will be ineligible for employment.

Once employed by student media, students must maintain at least the minimum GPA according to Table 1, for each period of attendance (i.e., fall, spring and summer semesters) they are enrolled and employed by student media. Failure to have or maintain at least the minimum required GPA will render the student ineligible and is cause for removal from student media employment.  

Table 1

Student Media Position

Minimum GPA

University Star Editor-in-Chief

KTSW Station Manager

2.5 GPA

University Star Editorial Board Members

KTSW Executive Committee Members

2.25 GPA

All other University Star and KTSW student employees

2.0 GPA

As a regular practice, Texas State University faculty advisers and staff will verify enrollment status and cumulative and overall GPA when students apply for student media positions, at the completion of each long semester and at the end of summer sessions. With regard to summer enrollment, students employed at student media are not required to enroll for summer classes, so long as they are enrolled and registered for the subsequent fall semester.

Editor-in-Chief and Station Manager

Enrollment

The Editor-in-Chief and Station Manager must be enrolled as a full-time (minimum 12 hours) student at Texas State each long semester (i.e., fall or spring) of employment by student media. However, students graduating at the end of any given semester of their employment may be enrolled in fewer than 12 hours. Enrollment during summer semesters is not required, provided the Editor-in-Chief and Station Manager are each enrolled and registered for a minimum of 12 hours in the subsequent fall semester. The Editor-in-Chief and Station Manager must have a minimum 2.5 semester GPA for each semester while employed in these positions.

University Star Editorial Board and KTSW Executive Committee Members

Enrollment

The University Star Editorial Board and members of the KTSW Executive Committee must be enrolled as full-time (minimum 12 hours) students at Texas State each long semester (i.e., fall or spring) of employment by student media. However, students graduating at the end of any given semester of their employment may enroll in fewer than 12 hours. Enrollment during summer semesters is not required, provided the Editorial Board and Executive Committee members are registered for a minimum of 12 hours in the subsequent fall semester. Members of the University Star Editorial Board and KTSW Executive Committee must have a minimum 2.25 semester GPA for each semester employed in these positions.

All other positions

Enrollment

Student employees must be enrolled as a student at Texas State at a minimum of one credit hour each semester they are employed by student media. If a student withdraws (goes to zero hours) at any point during student media employment, he or she must notify the student media adviser before withdrawing. All other student media positions not addressed in this policy will require a minimum 2.0 semester GPA for each long semester employed in these positions. Those who do not meet this minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 will be ineligible for employment at student media. For the purpose of this policy, employment means any position that requires an application, whether a paid or volunteer position.

Transfer Students

Students who apply to student media as transfer students and have never been enrolled at Texas State must meet the overall GPA requirement to apply. Once they enroll and complete a semester (i.e., fall, spring or summer semester) at Texas State, they must meet the minimum GPA requirements of this policy. Freshmen who apply in their first semester and who do not have a college academic record may be hired; however, they are subject to these GPA requirements after completion of their first semester.