Franklin & Marshall College encourages members of the news media to share news about our community of teaching, research, scholarship and lifelong learning. Because F&M is a private institution, our policies for news media are designed to provide access to our faculty, staff and students with minimal disruption to the core functions of the College, and with consideration to the right to privacy of members of our campus community.
All members of the news media interested in capturing images or conducting interviews on College property must consult with the Office of Communications before entering campus. The College reserves the right to refuse recognition of press or media credentials of any individual or organization.
F&M's grounds are open to members of the College Community, consisting of students, faculty, and employees, and the College also is open to individuals who are expressly invited to campus. While the College campus and other properties are not public facilities, the College seeks to respond to community needs and the needs of the general public by sharing its resources and facilities when appropriate and possible.
The College must protect the central educational purpose for which the College was established and must conserve its resources, both physical and financial. It must also be concerned for the safety of members of College Community.
It is appropriate for the F&M office organizing and hosting the event, and not the invited speaker or guest, to manage any media relations or outreach to news media regarding events held on campus. This allows the College to respond appropriately to any questions about the venue, and to represent accurately the details and purpose of the event. Members of the news media should consult with the College related to events held on campus.
For more information about these policies, or to request access to campus, contact F&M Communications at (717) 291-3981. For news media who need to reach our director of media relations after hours for breaking news, please dial (717) 368-1530.