Students fearful of colleges unfairly checking Facebook profiles

As if the college application process is not stressful enough already, a new cause for concern has arisen among students.

By Morgan Kennedy

INDEPENDENT STAFF

  As if the college application process is not stressful enough already, a new cause for concern has arisen among students.

  Recently, college admissions counselors have checked the Facebook profiles of prospective students when a question arises on some aspect of an application.

  In an article from a recent issue of Teen Vogue, Amy Greenwald Foley, associate director of admissions at the University of Delaware, confirmed that the university has used Facebook to check the validity of students’ accomplishments.

  According to Foley, an admissions officer decided to check the Facebook profile of a student for proof of an activity mentioned in an interview. While on the student’s page, the admissions officer encountered photos of the student drinking at a party and immediately denied him the full-ride scholarship he was being considered for.

  Although posting inappropriate photos on the Internet is a major mistake on the part of students, it is not the job of admissions officers to snoop around students’ profiles and make radical decisions based off of information they were never intended to see.

  The recent fear of having their profiles viewed has caused some students to change the name on their page to prevent from being found by admissions officers, a sure sign that admissions departments are encroaching on students’ privacy.

  According to senior Piper Browne, this is also a burden, as it is sometimes difficult to switch back to the original name on a profile once it has been changed.

  Photos, videos, and other information on Facebook seen by admissions counselors are often viewed out of context and interpreted in an inaccurate manner.

  Is it fair for a student to lose a well-deserved opportunity based on a forgotten photo a friend posted two years ago?

  If a college has reason to question the validity of an application, the only fair option is to contact the school and family of the student in question and receive both sides of the story before making any rash decisions.

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Author: The Independent

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