Social Media and Student Athletes

This article from the New York Times was especially timely, given a discussion that recently came up during our first Social Media Council session.

The article asks some questions that many colleges and universities are facing when it comes to the Twitter feeds of their athletes: “Where should the line be drawn? Can colleges monitor athletes without being invasive? And is it legal for a university to require that a student make his private information available?”

The article reads: “The debate on college campuses mirrors the larger conversation throughout the country over how much access to personal online activities private individuals can be compelled to give to employers. University administrators face a tricky situation when it comes to their players’ activity on social media, balancing issues of privacy while trying to guard against the possibility that an errant posting on Twitter or Facebook could result in trouble for an athlete or the athletic department.”

How does your department deal with student accounts? Should colleges and universities monitor the Twitter accounts of their athletes? Should it go beyond athletes?

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