AWOL Magazine aims to continue pushing both ourselves and American University to be more critical of issues that deserve to be understood with nuance; to work subversively when dismantling barriers that suppress certain voices; to love irrepressibly when it comes to serving our community. We ignite campus discussions on social, cultural and political issues. We want to make our campus more inquiring, egalitarian and socially engaged.

Our stories have an angle, which is different from having an agenda. Our reporting is impartial and fair, but our analysis is critical and argumentative.

We were independently founded by American University students in 2008. While we are still student-run, today we are housed under AU’s Student Media Board. AWOL is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and Generation Progress Voices Network. This publication has won awards at the National College Media Convention, and its writers have won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the College Media Association.



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A public copy of our constitution can be found here.

In the Spring of 2017, AWOL senior staff rewrote parts of our Constitution. These changes were to clauses VI and VIII.



American University’s Student Media Board collectively has a budget of $ 205, 700 for the 2017-2018 school year. This is broken down to $102,850 a semester shared between the nine organizations plus the Media Board co-chairs. The budget is funded by students’ yearly student activities fee. The total student actives fee is divided into budgets for Student Media Board, Student Government, and AU Club Council. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Student Media received 22 percent of the budget.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, AWOL’s budget is broken down as followed

Fall 2017:

  • Baseline budget: $5,371
    • This includes, but is not limited to: printing costs, PR costs, Multimedia purchases and website expenses.
    • Baseline Budgets consist of purchases that are reoccurring costs either on a yearly or semester basis.
  • Add-On Budget: $2,275
    • This includes, but is not limited to: additional multimedia equipment, additional PR costs, co-sponsorships and meeting costs.
    • Add-on Budgets consist of one time purchases.
  • Rollover funds: $12,144.50
    • These are funds that are left over from previous budget cycles.
    • We are donating $3,550 to the Student Government’s Student Leadership Fund 
    • We plan on using these funds to cover the costs of new technology in our office, paneled events and an AWOL scholarship among other things.

Spring 2018:

Determined at the end of fall 2017