‘WorldNetDaily’ Highlights Punishment for Facebook Comments at Two Colleges

By on July 14, 2011

Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily has written about two cases involving Facebook and free speech: the student at Saint Augustine’s College who was barred from graduation ceremonies for a "negative" comment about his college’s tornado recovery efforts, and the faculty member in Michigan who was dismissed for posting a comment about an anonymous student.

Facebook postings by a student and a professor have been used to justify punishment for the members of college communities, officials with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education have confirmed.

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In the professor’s case, the organization said, Jason Liptow, an adjunct professor at Mid Michigan Community College, was told he broke confidentiality rules when he posted: "Student e-mailed me wanting to know how he could pass the class, he hadn’t been there and failed three open-book tests."

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In the student’s case, Roman Caple has launched a legal action against Saint Augustine’s College after he was forbidden from taking part in spring 2011 graduation ceremonies for a comment he posted on Facebook.

Thanks to Bob Unruh for highlighting these significant threats to free speech on college campuses in the Internet Age.

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