“Social Media Guidelines”
What business is it of the school what students talk about on social media?
Campus Reform reports:
UW law school wants to tell students what to say on social media
The University of Washington School of Law is proposing new “Social Media Guidelines” that urges students to “not post anything that could be viewed as discriminating in any way regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical/mental disabilities.”
The guidelines, obtained by Campus Reform, list several “Best practices for social media,” which states that “Discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment are prohibited.” The guidelines also tell students, “Do not post anything that could be viewed as discriminating in any way regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical/mental disabilities.”
The document also refers to the Student Conduct Code, which, if violated, can result in students receiving sanctions.
The guidelines tell students to “think twice before posting” as well, adding that “privacy does not exist in the world of social media.”
“Search engines can turn up posts years after they are created, and comments can be forwarded, photographed, and copied. Even deleted posts can exist in perpetuity. If you would not say it at a conference, in a classroom, or to a colleague, consider whether you should refrain from posting it online. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, step away from your device and take a break before posting,” the proposed guidelines state.
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