‘WorldNetDaily’ Highlights Punishment for Facebook Comments at Two Colleges

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.


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."


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.

Schools:  St. Augustine’s University

Cases:  Saint Augustine’s College: Student Prohibited from Walking at Graduation Due to Facebook Post