ERIC Number: EJ788986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
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The Digital Limits of "In Loco Parentis"
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pA1 Mar 2008
Being rowdy and impulsive is a time-honored tradition among college students. Documenting that behavior online is a recent phenomenon that still vexes administrators. When social-networking sites first became popular, many colleges and universities watched them closely. Since then, a consensus has emerged that institutions should not actively monitor the sites or react hastily to information they discover. Such practices run counter to sound educational philosophies, officials say, and make colleges vulnerable to lawsuits. Institutions also cannot ignore sites like Facebook and MySpace. Administrators have a responsibility to investigate if they learn of online evidence that a student may have violated their college's conduct code, or of postings that may be offenses themselves. Social-networking sites have become a mainstay of campus social life, and colleges are trying to treat what happens online no differently from what may occur in the dining hall or on the quad.
Descriptors: Web Sites, School Responsibility, College Administration, College Students, Student Behavior, Discipline, Court Litigation, Student Rights
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