Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Restricted Access for Kent State's Athletes

Kent State restricts student use of social networks -

Officials at Kent State University have backed off on a plan to ban student athletes from creating profiles on Facebook, reports The Columbus Dispatch. But the university will still place some tight restrictions on how its athletes can use the popular social-networking site.

The original Facebook ban was intended to prevent students from being contacted by strangers...but also to protect its own reputation: Pictures of hazing and underage drinking aren’t exactly good news for athletics programs.
- Wouldn't want to actually put a stop to hazing or underage drinking, just make it unreported.

Athletes who choose to use Facebook will be required to let coaches and academic advisers monitor their profiles for content—a provision that may cause some of the affected students to avoid the site altogether.

student freedom? student control? unknown concepts

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