Most educators are aware of what FERPA is (family education rights and privacy act), however, it is amazing how indiscrete educators can be and often inadvertently.
We talk about students openly in the faculty lounge, we share stories about ‘the problem of the day’, and with the advent of social media, we post things on Facebook (yes I know names get redacted but you can often figure out who is who).
Students as well are guilty of this kind of behavior by the way.
We are entitled to free speech, however, we should not be surprised when it comes back to bite us sometimes, right or wrong.
“Discharged for Dishing It Out”
“A former staffer at the University of Tennessee at Martin says she was fired after she voiced her support online for cleaning a filthy microwave oven, but her case against the institution will likely have more to do with the free speech rights and responsibilities of administrative employees than with dirty dishes.”
Read the whole thing here: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/04/u-tennessee-staffer-fired-facebook-use-sues-institution
This not me taking sides, this is me just pointing out some realities.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele IIIThe ETeam