Student Cleared Of Charges She Spammed Teachers At Her University

from the common-sense-prevails dept

Back in December, we wrote about a student at Michigan State University, who was disciplined by the school for spamming, after she sent out an email to all of the professors at the school concerning a schedule change that would impact their class schedules in a future semester. One teacher complained, and the student was found to have violated the school’s anti-spam policy, which said you couldn’t email more than 30 people at a time. This seemed silly, as the message was clearly not spam in the traditional sense at all. After a widespread public outcry, and the EFF preparing a lawsuit on the student’s behalf, the school has backed down and cleared the woman of any wrongdoing, and said that it will review and potentially change its anti-spam policies.

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dude101 says:

Geez. This has got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard of yet. Univerisities generally are not like this and Michigan is obviously an exception to the rule. Since everyone is tossing around the term “teacher” I am wondering what the credentials are of the people involved.

Teachers are not professors. Professors are generally who lectures at a University and most do not ‘teach’. If it was a teacher with a BEd degree then all I can is I’m not surprised. Generally, professors are so wrapped up in their research that they rarely have time for such petty complaints. And I know of none that would do such a thing to harm a students career (esp. when they are helping the system).

Jasen Webster (profile) says:

Reject emails

The university should reconfigure their email system. Most have an option to reject emails with more than X recipients. If this is a result of emailing a particular group, then that group should be eliminated or modified to allow allow emails from certain people. These problems occur in the business world as well, but the answer is not discipline, but rather teaching email etiquette.

Instead of modifying the policy for future abusers, why not be proactive and prevent issues like this by reconfiguring their email system?

Andrew D. Todd (user link) says:

Spammer deleted, #18

To Mike Masnick:

You are of course very patient with some of your correspondents.

A small technical note: It is better to replace the offending message with “Message Deleted” or whatever, so that the comment numbers and URL’s of the following comments remain stable.

This is something we’ve encountered more in the political blogs, because grown men of fifty and sixty sometimes lose their tempers and begin screaming at each other.

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