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Panelists Debate How Far Colleges Should Go to Monitor Online Behavior

By Jack Stripling

With the rise of social media, college administrators will inevitably learn more about the personal lives of their students, faculty, and staff. What they do with that information, however, remains a gray zone, with legal implications that are still being defined.

At the National Conference on Law and Higher Education here on Monday, presenters and attendees wrestled with many of the thorny questions that Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking sites pose for colleges. At issue for many is whether colleges have an obligation to monitor what students and employees post online, and if in so doing they invite the seemingly impossible task of policing behaviors across cyberspace.

Several presenters and audience members at the conference, which was sponsored by Stetson University’s College of Law, suggested colleges should tread carefully, noting that a policy that suggests Internet behavior will be monitored creates an obligation that colleges do so fairly and effectively. The rub, of course, is that few institutions could or would make such an implicit promise, presenters said.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Panelists-Debate-How-Far/126298/

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