Oxford Fines Students For Post-Exam Celebrations By Trolling Facebook

from the this-is-the-best-use-of-their-time? dept

We've talked about police trolling sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace to catch people posting evidence of their own illegal activities, but it appears that some universities are doing the same thing as well. While we missed the story when it originally came out a couple weeks ago, reader Tom Pritchard writes in to let us know that Oxford University proctors have been scouring Facebook to find any evidence of post-exam "trashings," an (apparent) Oxford tradition of students who have finished their exams spraying each other "with champagne, foam, eggs, flour and any number of other substances." After finding evidence of many such trashings on Facebook the Oxford proctors started fining students, bringing in plenty of cash -- but also plenty of annoyed students who feel their privacy was violated. That's a little tough to support considering they posted such evidence... in public. Though, it does seem a bit overzealous to fine students for blowing off some steam after exams are over.
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    Joe, 6 May 2008 @ 10:59am

    Read TFA

    Maybe you guys are right: it's just all in "good fun," and because it's a tradition the university should incur the costs without any penalty on the students. Or maybe, given that this act of "trashing" the environment as the article states it is a tradition, Oxford should simply raise tuition for all students to cover the costs!

    The money to clean this up, as many other people and the full article stated, needs to come from somewhere, and I think it's quite justified for it to come from the students caught--otherwise the students who weren't doing anything wrong would have to pay for part of this, something I'm slightly less inclined to agree with.

    From the article, simply for emphasis because it's been stated and ignored already:
    "The university has been attempting to rein in students’ celebrations for decades. In 2004 it resorted to spot fines of up to £70 for “fluid spraying or egg hurling” after residents complained that the clean up bill ran to thousands of pounds. Only 14 students were caught, however."

    What would you guys suggest? It's not easy or desirable to clean up these messes, especially when they include squid and catfood (also from the article). If you want to have "fun," whatever your definition of that may be, that's fine, just be prepared to pay for it one way or another. More power to the university clever enough to find the appropriate evidence to catch the students.

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