EIU 1111: University Foundations
SPLIT UP INTO YOUR
CASE STUDY GROUPS
Scenario 1: An admissions representative at a
prestigious Boston law school has been given the
task of reviewing applicants applying for
admission into the program. As part of the
review process, she “googles” applicants names
and searches for them on social networking sites.
Should this practice be allowed to determine
admissions into an academic program? Why or
why not? Provide several reasons to support your
Scenario 2: A person returns home from work
and tweets “I f*ing hate Initech… man I can’t
wait to quit this job.” The next day he is asked to
meet with upper management and learns the
company is terminating his employment based on
the comments he made on his twitter account.
Do you believe the company has the right to do
this? Why or why not? Provide several reasons
to support your argument.
Scenario 3: A person posts on his myspace status
account “I wish I had a gun so I could shoot the a-
hole next door who thinks his dorm room is his
own personal dance club…” A week goes by and
he receives a letter from the judicial affairs office
requiring him to attend a meeting. At this
meeting he finds out that he is being suspended
from campus for making threats against a fellow
student. Do you agree with the university’s
decision? Why or why not? Provide several
reasons to support your argument.
Scenario 4: A new teacher is working at a middle
school in the Chicagoland area and from all accounts
is doing a great job. After 6 months of employment
she learns she is being let go for “setting a poor
example” for her 8th grade students following the
principle receiving numerous complaints from
parents. She learns that a photo from her senior year
of college has surfaced and is being circulated
throughout the school showing her in a bikini doing a
keg stand while on spring break. The photo was
posted on one of her friend’s facebook page and a
student managed to find it. Do you agree with the
school’s decision to terminate her employment? Why
or why not? Provide several reasons to support your
Scenario 5: A popular high school senior with a
promising future is stripped of his full ride
scholarship to a big ten university after a video is
posted on YouTube. The video shows him and his
friends at a bonfire. The people in the video are
holding cups and beer bottles and are showing signs
that they are intoxicated. The wrestler is also holding
a cup. The university said he was in violation of
federal drinking laws since he was under 21 though
he swears he was drinking soda only. None of his
friends could say either way if he was drinking or not.
Do you agree with the university’s decision to strip
his scholarship? Why or why not? Provide several
reasons to support your argument.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOCIAL
Connect with old and new friends
Information about companies, organizations, etc.
Be a part of a cause
Familiarize yourself with technology
Express yourself creatively
WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES OF ONLINE
Aids in procrastination
No face to face contact
GIVING UP ALL RIGHTS…
You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Post on or
through the Facebook Service. You hereby grant Facebook an
irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid,
worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy,
publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit,
scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create
derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User
Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or
the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii)
enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your
website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose,
including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in
connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof. You
represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to
grant the foregoing licenses.
You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments,
suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information that you provide to
Facebook ("Submissions"), are non-confidential and non-proprietary.
Facebook will be entitled to the unrestricted use of any such
Submission for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without
acknowledgment or compensation to you.
FACEBOOK USERS TRUSTING?
How trusting are facebook users?
Study: create a fictitious account and randomly ask
200 facebook users to be friend
Freddi Staurer - small green plastic frog
82 responses (accepted friend request)
72% divulging one or more email address
84% listing full birth date
87% providing info about school/work
78% listing address or location
23% providing a phone number
Friends’ names, interests, hobbies, parents’ names,
Messmer, E. (2007). Study: Facebook users easy targets for identity theft. Macworld.
Retrieved from www.macworld.com on 10/03/09.
SO HOW CAN “FRIENDING” BE
Crooks take the info you have provided and can crack
emails, online banking, open credit cards, open loans,
purchase cell phones, look up street addresses, sell
your information and much more
Crooks become your “friend” then become “friends”
with your friends… ripping them off too
Get info and track you
Reports of GPS tracking using your cell phone
WHAT INFO ARE YOU SHARING
Out there forever
They don’t call it the “world” wide web for nothing!
IS THIS HOW YOU WANT TO BE
REPRESENTED IN THE FUTURE?
GET YOU NOT HIRED OR FIRED?
Virgin Atlantic fired 13 employees for posting
negative comments about passengers on a flight
Philadelphia Eagles gate manager fired after
making heated comments on facebook page about
a trade made
16 year old girl was fired for posting on her
status that her job is boring. Employer cited this
as being disrespectful to the company.
58.4% of companies surveyed in 2007 reported
having a written policy banning employees from
using social networking sites at work
Try googling your name… see what comes up
TIPS TO ONLINE NETWORKING
Set up privacy settings
Do not divulge personal info
Watch what you post
Watch what others post about you! (photo
tagging, wall, etc.)
Make sure that friend request is really a friend
Be careful not to post copy written materials
Extras and apps can actually be stealing info
Assume EVRYTHING you post is permanently
6 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER REVEAL
Your birth date and place
When emailing professors or professionals,
Keep it brief and concise
Check for spelling errors
Include your full name, class, section, and time at the
Don’t use shorthand, cuz it’s hard for the prof to
answer your ? if he duznt know what yer sayin
Remember all CAPS means you’re YELLING!
NEVER TYPE AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPS
Always include a subject line “Question about