E-Mail Exchange between Andrew Thompson and Dean of Students Susan Art

By on January 21, 2009

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From: Andrew Thompson

Date: Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Subject: Re: concern about facebook posting

To: Susan Art

 

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> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Susan Art wrote:

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>> Andrew,

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>> Here is the relevant content from the Student Policy Manual:

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>> The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Every member of the University – student, faculty, and staff – makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society. Any student conduct, on or off campus, of individuals or groups, that threatens or violates this commitment may become a matter for action within the University’s system of student discipline.

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>> I take this to fall under “any conduct, on or off campus.”

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>> Susan Art

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>> Andrew Thompson wrote:

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>> Once again I must say I’m sorry this got all out of hand.  However, I would like to know whether you have jurisdiction in this sort of thing, or if you were asking me out of common courtesy.  Can the university really regulate internet speech?  I did not say anything subjective or false, so I don’t see how I can be forced to do this [...]

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>> Sorry to drag this out,

>> Andy Thompson

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>> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 8:28 AM, Susan Art wrote:

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>>> Andrew,

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>>> Thanks for making these changes.

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>>> Please don’t say “Susan Art made me change the title.”

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>>> [...]

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>>> Susan Art

>>> [...]

>>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Susan Art wrote:

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>>>> Andy,

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>>>> [Ex-girlfriend] has brought to my attention that you have posted her name on facebook and that this has drawn some critical comments from others.  I am writing to ask you to remove her name and remove the pictures you have posted of her.  We have an expectation that members of the University community treat each other “with dignity and respect.”  This kind of post is disrespectful.  I know you think it is a joke, but it is very upsetting to her.

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>>>> Can you let me know when her name and her pictures are removed from your facebook page?

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>>>> I expect this to happen right away.

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>>>> Sincerely,

>>>>

>>>> Susan Art

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