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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    Washii (profile), 6 May 2008 @ 11:06pm

    Re: Re: What?

    @ post 30 (BTR1701):

    Thank you! This was going to be my exact point.

    When fining students, are the administrators actually checking to see if these actions are taking place on the school's property? Because, if not, it seems that fining them could easily become an illegal offense. Maybe fraud?

    I was fairly sure that either here or Britain, the '3rd party' (Oxford) can't fine '1st' and '2nd parties' for causing 'damage/cleanup' in places that are not owned/administered by the '3rd party.'

    If I'm wrong, then there should be plenty of fines for all those Spring Breakers that go everywhere and cause 'damage and cleanup costs' at myriads of non-'3rd party' owned 'establishments'.

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