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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  1. identicon
    BTR1701, 6 May 2008 @ 3:44pm

    Re: What?

    > They're fining students for cleaning/repair expenses.

    Nothing in the article indicates that's why they're being fined. Nor does it say they're only fining students who live in university housing. The news report presented it as a decorum/behavior control issue.

    If I'm in my own apartment or out on my own front lawn and want to spray champagne on myself and my friends, it's none of the university's business.

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