Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What Shall We Do With the Drunken Pirate?

This from The Smoking Gun:
Stacy Snyder charges that Millersville University brass accused her of promoting underage drinking after they discovered her MySpace photo, which was captioned "Drunken Pirate." . . . A university official told her that the photo was "unprofessional" and could have offended her students if they accessed her MySpace page. At the time the "Drunken Pirate" photo was taken, Snyder was of legal age to drink, though her lawsuit notes that the photo "does not show the cup's contents." . . . Despite good grades and solid performance evaluations, Snyder claims that school officials improperly denied her a bachelor of science in education degree and a teaching certificate.
The offending photo (also from TSG website):

TSG also has an excerpt from the lawsuit, which notes that the school had no policy about posting pictures to personal websites at the time the cause of action accrued. Unfortunately, it cuts off before fully describing the school's code of conduct and corresponding sanctions for infractions, so I can't do an adequate analysis of the suit. But going simply on the face of it, this seems rather disproportionately harsh to me. So I'm throwing it open for comments: is this pretty standard in the teaching field, or is the University going overboard?

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