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1 Diversity College Team Members Tonja Brown, Shannon Foley, Amy Lonn, Susan McPhee Seattle University

2 Tonja Brown, Assistant Director of Residence Life Joey Cheatle, Student Orientation Leader Shannon Foley, Director of Residence Life Sarah Johnson, Student Orientation Leader Amy Lonn, Campus Police Officer Susan McPhee, Assistant Director of IT Ad Hoc Committee Team Members

3 Basic Questions Overview of Why student build a profile Issues students need to be aware of when utilizing

4 How Do Students Communicate Today? Text messaging, cell phones, email and instant messenger are not the only communication tools available. Students utilize and other online networking web pages in staggering quantities. FaceBook has garnered 9.4 million unique users nationwide who log on each month…65% of users log on each day (Withall, 2005).

5 What Are Online Networking Sites? One of several sites,, is an online directory that connects people through networks of academic and geographic centers (FaceBook, 2005). Other sites include, and

6 Why Do Students Use FaceBook? Meet other students with shared interests Network with students from their own and other campuses Organize and advertise campus social events Share music and photos Find out others contact information Participate in Blogs (online diaries) Share class notes and form study groups Dating Procrastinate Potential teaching tool

7 Potential Issues Students May Face While Using FaceBook Identity theft Invasion of privacy Harassment/stalking Potential employers viewing profile Other students posting inappropriate content Campus personnel viewing profile Admission decisions affected by profile Addiction to Loss of anonymity

8 Seattle University: The Spectator Student Newspaper January 11, 2006: The Spectator reported that the student seen on the right was arrested for arson in a residence hall fire with a supporting article regarding the suspects history. Had this student not posted his picture on a public domain, his identity would have remained more anonymous. His identity is being publicized in an unintended way. It Wont Happen to Me! The Spectator reporter, Rob La Gatta, accessed this picture of Jeffrey Olson from

9 People need a valid e-mail address for access. FaceBook has users at 2,027 colleges & 22,000 high schools (Lashinsky, 2005). The University of New Mexico banned access to FaceBook on its campus system, citing numerous concerns, including student privacy, but planned to make it accessible this year. Fisher College in Boston expelled a student last year for criticizing a campus security officer on-line. University of California-Santa Barbara, stated they would discipline residential students for posting information or photographs that involved illegal activity. (Hass, 2006). Issues for Faculty and Staff

10 Best Practices University of Missouri at Columbia A recently formed FaceBook Task Force is educating students about posting FaceBook content that may violate student conduct and local and state laws. This force is comprised of members from the campus police department, faculty, judicial administrators and students.

11 Due to the recent incident at Diversity College regarding online communities of students, we as student development practitioners need to educate our students of the implications, both good and bad, of using this new technology. We should be aware of how student usage of websites like FaceBook and MySpace affect our student population, as well as how we can educate them about this issue. Our presentation and tutorial are necessary tools to assist students in becoming knowledgeable technology users. The orientation presentation will inform students of the dangers and advantages of using online networking sites, like Student leaders will conduct the orientation. The tutorial will test students on the knowledge from the orientation. The students must pass the tutorial before using What is Our Duty of Care to Students?

12 After the first year of implementing the orientation program, the process should be evaluated to help determine its effectiveness. A survey should be sent to all students to assess how program impacted students usage. Depending on the first year outcomes, a timeline should be established for revaluation. Proposal for FaceBook Tutorial

13 Newly admitted students receive an email two months prior to the start of the school year that welcomes them to DC. Included in this welcome is a link to an online tutorial covering usage and pitfalls of FaceBook and other such online sites. Students are required to complete this tutorial and answer quiz questions before having access to their school email account or Admitted students are assigned a student mentor who they will meet at freshman orientation. Mentors provide an orientation to online network sites such as and A skit will be performed at freshman orientation that highlights important facts about using online technology wisely. Building Bridges at Diversity College

14 Methodology for the Student Tutorial Examination of published articles regarding online networking sites comprised the majority of research used for this presentation. Content for the tutorial grew out of real-life issues that students using have experienced. Working backward, the committee identified areas of knowledge we wanted students to understand regarding and developed the tutorial scenarios to address these areas.

15 On this site, newly admitted students will be able to communicate with each other and with residence life staff. Lists of future hall mates, real-time chat sessions, and a discussion forum are included on the site. A great way for students to gain an introduction to DC before fall orientation. – An Online Resource for New Students This is a best practice from University of Pennsylvania.

16 DIVERSITY COLLEGE Welcome Freshman Class of 2010 Before you are able to access your e-mail and personalize your myDiversity page there is an online tutorial for you to complete. Tutorial myDiversity Technology Mission: To provide a student portal that provided access and information that will enhance students educational opportunities.

17 Joey Cheatle, a Diversity University Orientation Leader, would like to welcome you to the online tutorial explaining FaceBook and the potential pitfalls students may run into while using it. Hi, Im Joey. FaceBook is a great way to make friends, but be cautious of what you put online. Campus administrators, campus safety personnel and future employers sometimes view the content of students. It can impact their decision to hire you. Tutorial Introduction

18 is the newest online community to attract a large number of users. Similar to other sites like Friendster,, and others, allows users to upload pictures and personalize their profile, which is connected to the school the individual attends. Members of can then connect with others online and gain online friends by bumping other online users in an attempt to make a connection with them. can be a fun online tool, as long as you educate yourself on how to use it properly. Tutorial Introduction

19 This tutorial will educate you about ways to properly ensure you are protecting your privacy and using the site and others like it responsibly. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Please read the three scenarios and answer the questions that follow. In order to access you must earn a score of 80 % or higher on the online questions throughout this tutorial. This is to ensure responsible usage of while attending Diversity University. The tutorial will now begin. Tutorial Introduction

20 Julie is a college freshman at Diversity University. She has been elected president of her hall council and is active in student government. She plans on running for sophomore class president in the spring. During the year Julie attends a few parties where alcohol is present. Julie and her friends, also members of hall council, take pictures at these parties and they decide to post them on The pictures are of the girls dressed in grass skirts and bikini tops holding beer bottles and jello shots. The girls look intoxicated. A few months later Mark, the hall council advisor, logs on to FaceBook to see what the hype is all about. While searching through the student pages of Diversity U students Mark comes across the pictures of Julie and her friends. During the next hall council meeting, Mark asks Julie to visit him in his office. At this meeting Mark asks Julie if she has consumed alcohol anytime in the past few months. Julie confesses. Mark reminds her that drinking is in violation of the university's Student Leadership Contract, a contract that all student leaders must sign before taking office. Mark must now decide if he is going to suspend Julie from hall council and prohibit her from running for sophomore class president. Scenario One

21 Scenario One Questions 1.Can a student be punished for their communication and content on a. No, what you do one is private and personal and only shared with friends. b. No, it should not be taken seriously. c. Yes, online communication and content is in the public domain, therefore students should be careful not to misrepresent themselves. 2. Who else may be monitoring a. Students from other universities b. Campus police c. Campus Administrators d. Potential employers e. Online predators f. All of the above 3. How long does information you post on exist? a. For one day b. For as long as your account is active c. Forever

22 Scenario Two Maria joined FaceBook so she could share pictures with her friends and be a part of all the talk she was hearing so much about from the people living in her hall. After a couple of weeks, she began receiving messages from a classmate she had seen around campus. He seemed nice, but she didnt seem to know any of his friends. She tried to ignore his online messages to her, but he persisted and even wanted to meet her in person. She hesitated at first, but finally agreed to meet him off campus after lunch. Instead of the boy she had seen from the picture, an older man was there to meet her, stating that he had seen her around. He then proceeded to suggest that they leave the restaurant and get a hotel room. Maria quickly left the restaurant and ran quickly back to campus. She didnt report the incident to anyone, but started receiving harassing phone messages and letters on her door. On her FaceBook account, she had listed her residence hall room number and phone number, giving the man the information he needed to easily track her down. Maria finally contacted campus safety after she became scared and realized the situation had gone way too far.

23 1.Abusive, harassing, deceitful, obscene, or defamatory information posted about yourself or directed towards others is wrong and your account will be terminated and it could also result in your possible expulsion from Diversity U ? a.True b.False 2. When registering your account, you should put your exact birth date, phone number and residence hall room number? a.True b.False Scenario Two Questions

24 Jenny logged into her best friends FaceBook account and posts several messages pretending to be her best friend, Jill. Jenny thinks this will be a great joke. Some of the messages were inappropriate and suggestive in nature. Later, Jill is confronted by her RA. Many of the recipients complained about the messages. Jenny is found out by school authorities and disciplined. Scenario Three

25 1.It is acceptable behavior for a student at Diversity U to impersonate another person by logging in to or other online sites using any other login information other than your own? a.True b.False 2.Disciplinary action will be taken against students posting content that violates college codes of conduct or policies? a. True b. False Scenario Three Questions

26 Hi, I am Sarah, an Orientation Leader at DC. Thanks for completing this tutorial. We are almost finished. Please take a few extra minutes to complete the following survey that will help DC improve the services we offer students. When this is done you will have full access to your school email, access, a resource for incoming DC students to network with fellow class of 2010 members and chat with Res Life staff, and Remember, have fun, but use online services wisely. Congratulations!

27 Question 1: Answer C: Yes, you are responsible for your online actions, just as you are in real life. Answer F: All of the above, the information you provide about yourself on can be accessed by anyone, not just your friends. Therefore, you should be careful not to reveal too much information about yourself, you never know you might see your FaceBook profile! Answer C: Information you put out on the internet becomes part of public knowledge, you should be aware that it differs that any other kind of community. Once you create something on the internet, in theory, its out there forever. Question 2: Answer True: Even though the perpetrator in the scenario was not a student, the actions taken by that individual were harassing in nature and inappropriate. Had the individual been a student, s/he could have faced possible expulsion from DC. Representing a false identity is a violation of FaceBook.coms Terms of Use. Also, when communicating with people in online communities, you should be wary of people you dont know and never meet anyone you met online in real life you didnt already know. Answer False: Putting too much personal information about yourself on the internet can be dangerous. It allows anyone who registers on your online community to have access to the information you provide. Although your friends and community members can see this information, so can online predators. Remember, your friends in real life should already have your phone number and already know your birth date. Dont advertise this information to the whole world. Answers to Tutorial Questions

28 Question 3: Answer False: It is unacceptable behavior for a Diversity College student to mislead other online community members by assuming an identity that is not their own. clearly states that it is a member conduct violation when you use or attempt to use another's account, service or system without Authorization…or create a false identity…(Facebook, 2005). Answer True: Diversity College takes its codes and policies very seriously, but more importantly, we value the rights and responsibilities of our students. Therefore, we expect all students to adhere to the terms of use stated by Facebook and other online communities, for your safety and privacy. Answers to Tutorial Questions

29 As a committee, we decided that the best way to ensure that the orientation and online programs put forth to be assessed is through a survey taken by students at the end of the online tutorial. We have included a list of possible survey questions. Tutorial Survey

30 Post Tutorial Quality Assessment Survey 1.How would you rate this tutorial overall? (Poor 1 2 3 4 5 Excellent) 2. After completing this tutorial, do you feel more equipped to use responsibly? (Please respond). 3.Are you more aware of the possible risks associated with supplying too much specific information about yourself after completing the online tutorial? 4.Was the intent to educate students about the possible safety and privacy concerns made clear? 5.How, if at all, could this tutorial be improved to help students become educated about using 6.Why do you use

31 myDiversity Personalize your page Skins Add Pictures Change Font More Options Contact your mentor Search DC Information Financial Aid Career Center Student Involvement IT Help Desk Athletics Recreational Sports Security Access DC e-mail DC online DC Library Angel DC Blogs Freshman Week Orientation Schedule Residential Halls Move in Schedules Leadership Training Meet Your Advisor Luncheon Student Blogs: Help! I need a roommate Anyone a Lacrosse Player Welcome Sign In Password

32 Academic Concerns: Some students say they are addicted, checking and updating all the time. Students postings may be over inflated and not truthful to impress others. Some schools are using FaceBook as an opportunity to educate their students and a possible way to use FaceBook to advice and inform students regarding school information. Students Concerns: School administrators are accessing their profiles Parents Concerns: Potential employers are access to check of students What Has Been Learned

33 Copeland, L. (December 28, 2004). Click clique: Face book's online college community. Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2006 from 2html. Glickel, J. (February 15, 2005). Frat boys have a new reason to use the Facebook. Chicago Maroon. Retrieved February 9, 2006 from Gonzalez, A. (February 2, 2006). Facebook draws fine line in privacy. Hillsdale Collegian. Retrieved February 13, 2006, from Hass, N. (January 8, 2006). In your The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2006 from http// Lashinsky, A. (2005). Facebook stares down success. FORTUNE magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2006 from /2005/11/28/8361945/index.htm. Lollini, N. (2006). Student arrested for arson. Spectator. Retrieved February 19, 2006 Petrilla, M. (2005, September). Fine 09 meets online. The Gazette. Retrieved February 13, 2006, from Rosenbush, S. (November 15, 2005). Users crowd into myspace. Businessweek. Retrieved February 9, 2006 from References

34 Schweitzer, S. (September 26, 2005). When students open up – a little too much. The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 9, 2006 from a_little_too_much/ Student Orientation at SUNY Plattsburg Orientation Schedule (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2006, from Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs Facebook Survey, (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2006, from Tebor, J. (2005, October 17). Is your personal info up for grabs on the internet? The Tufts Daily. Retrieved February 10, 2006, from The Collegian and TV-2 (n.d.). Facebook causing controversy on campus. The Collegian: Ashland University. Retrieved February 13, 2006, from Withall, R. (2005, November 16). Facing the facts about FaceBook. The Villanovan. Retrieved February 10, 2006, from Zuckerburg, M. (2005). Facebook. Terms of use. Retrieved February 12, 2006 from References

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