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DESCRIPTIONThis is a presentation that I gave in a graduate course dealing current issues our students deal with.
- 1. Krista Meek Jen Page Tyree Pollard
- 2. Introduction
- A case study is a way of presenting a problem or situation that requires an analysis and prescription of what is to be done about it. It is designed to be vague, such as with many situations encountered in the workforce. A case study is also supposed to be acknowledged from the decision-makers point-of-view. The evaluationof the case study willbring to light the issues presented, strategies for handling the situation, as well as policy recommendations.
- The case study evaluated here is titled "Is Information on Facebook Fair Game?" and is a result of the work of Brittney Black. This case was usedin the 2006 OCPA annual conference'sDr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition.
- 3. Description of Environment
- The case takes place at Montgomery College, a public,fictional institution in Southern Ohio. Montgomery College is located in a rural area and located at least one half hour from any city. The institution is described asbeing mid-sized with approximately 15,000 students, mostlyof traditional age (19-22 years) and of which40% live on campus in residence halls.
- 4. Characters and Situational Details
- In previous years, the enrollment of on-campus students has grown tremendously and led to the construction of several more residence halls. Courtney is a sophomore student and resident advisor in a First Year Experience residence hall. She is a biology major with a 3.7 gpa, involved in several campus organizations, and has recently applied to be an orientation coordinator with strong recommendation from hall director Christy.
- 5. Characters and Situational Details
- Christyforms close relationships with your staff members, buttypically goes about things "by the book" and feels that every situation is qualified to be a learning experience. Christy enjoys seeing the students she works with advance, and takes pride in only recommending those students she believes will reflect well upon her, specifically because she values her reputation and her relationships with colleagues. As the hall director, Christy is Jack's direct supervisor.
- 6. Characters and Situational Details
- Jack is a graduate assistant who works specifically with the First Year Experience program. He enjoys building strong relationships with his staff members, but values the boundaries he sets between himself and his students. Like Christy, he believes in the opportunity to foster learning experiences in every situation. He often enforces portions of rules to create these learning experiences, but is also very concerned with how he is viewed by supervisors, as well as with receiving praise.
- 7. Characters and Situational Details
- Other characters include Joseph, the Director of Orientation with whom Courtney has applied to be an orientation coordinator, and the Vice President of Student Affairs. Joseph is a new staff member and has worked diligently to foster relationships with other departments since his arrival and has done so in the manner of requesting recommendations for staff members. The VPSA is often consulted in student misconduct and isinvolved in determining an action plan in unprecedented situations.
- 8. What Happened: The Case
- Montgomery College joined the Facebook circle and has become quite a popular site among students over the past year. Jack, the graduate assistant, has been reluctant to join the ring in anticipation that it may hinder his professional progression or break down the boundaries he has worked hard to put in place.
- However, after discussing the situation with his supervisor, Christy, he decides to investigate the social network further.
- 9. What Happened: The Case
- Within minutes Jack stumbles upon Courtney's Facebook page and finds several issues for a staff member to have posted in such a public manner. Courtney has photos posted to her page that include drinking with residents in halls where alcohol is prohibited, not to mention that she and her residents are underage. Additionally, images of scantily clad students, drug paraphernalia, inappropriate wall posts, and intense access to personal information such as address and phone number are easily accessed.
- Jack consults Christy about the situation, showing her what he has accessed. The two begin to discuss the numerous issues with the page and various courses of action.
- 10. What is Facebook?
- Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
- 11. Why do students use Facebook?
- Students can keep in touch with high school friends all over the country.
- If a student knows someones name, but nothing else it is still possible to get in contact with them through Facebook.
- Profiles allow for self-expression
- Events can be advertised to all students or just friends.
- Students can search for students in their classes for assistance.
- 12. Risks of Facebook
- Harassment including Sexual Assault
- Identity Theft or Personal Theft
- Negative/Illegal information about students personal lives
- Other legal issues which may infringe on the rights of others.
- Unhealthy relationships developed
- Fights occur as a result of activity on Facebook
- 13. Similar Facebook Cases and Solution
- Pictures from Facebook were used to cite violators of university alcohol policy at North Carolina State University. Charges included underage drinking and violations of the dormitory alcohol policy, specifically holding open bottles of alcoholic beverages in the dorm hallway.
- At Western Washington University, four students were placed on probation and one was asked to leave the housing system based on alcohol violations that were documented and discovered through Facebook
- Two weeks ago, a resident assistant at John Carroll University was asked to resign after similar pictures were discovered on her Facebook profile . When she refused, the university terminated her employment.
- The most recent incident was caused by an album of a party at a campus fraternity and has been used to bring proceedings against the fraternity for alcohol violations, as well as against individuals who appear in pictures of that party.
- 14. The Issues
- Courtney who is an RA, has be involved in underage drinking with peers in Res Halls, scantily clothed students, and illegal drug paraphernalia all on her Facebook page.
- Christy just wrote a strong letter of recommadation for Courtney for an Orienataion Job.
- 15. Proposed Resolution
- Courtney is relieved of her RA position for one year
- Placed on one year probation
- Christy will withdraw Courtneys letter of recommendation and she no longer be a candidate for that position
- Also Courtney will be serve on a committee for a (FYE) Facebook Orientation.
- After one year Courtney will be reevaluated and if successful will be permitted to be an RA again.
- 16. Addressing the Issue
- Christy, Jack and Joseph go to the VP of Student Affairs and discuss there proposed resolution for Courtney.
- They also address that this Facebook issue is serious and plan to form a committee for a (FYE) Facebook Orientation to help students become more aware of how to use Facebook
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