The growing popularity of social networks and blogs over the past several years has created a unique dilemma for many universities.
While some schools have explicitly stated their policies on online posting and sharing, most are faced with the duty of assessing potentially problematic cases individually to determine whether the student is in violation of any rules or regulations.
Many students at UTSA have profiles on social network sites, write blogs or post videos to YouTube, but do they know what the rules are?
“Things that could get a student in trouble are threatening violence, saying something discriminatory, or harassing. It’s very much on a case-by-case basis,” Associate Director of Student Judicial Affairs, Todd Wollenzier said.
“We have to look at it to see if it’s freedom of speech or if it violates one of our codes of conduct.”
Students who violate the code of conduct can be subject to punishment ranging from disciplinary warnings to expulsion, depending on the action.
College students around the U.S. have experimented with “risky” online content sharing through blogging, video postings and social network profiles.
Following the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student Alexandra Wallace posted a video of herself voicing her displeasure with Asian people on campus calling their relatives back home.
In the video, she imitated an Asian dialect and expressed her annoyance with the “hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every