A former student-athlete at Stevenson University quit her school’s athletic team rather than abide by a social media policy which she regarded as illegal and unethical. The policy required the women’s ice hockey student-athletes to provide their coaches access to their personal social media accounts.
Some colleges seek to teach student athletes how to use social media responsibly. Others simply ban it. Do colleges have the right to stop their athletes from using the social media or to insist on access to their social media accounts?
Here’s an ESPN Outside the Lines Report on the issue:
As Bradley Shear says in the OTL Report:
Playing college athletics is a privilege and not a right. However, student-athletes do not lose their civil rights when they enter the locker room.
Some states, Maryland included, are enacting legislation to ban employers and schools from demanding access to personal social media accounts.
What’s your take on this issue?