Higher ed, social media and the law

Interested in the legal ramifications of your school’s social media policy, or lack thereof? Join Mark Greenfield next Tuesday, June 8, as he facilitates an online session on Higher Ed, Social Media and the Law. The two-hour session begins at 1:15 p.m. EDT. It is part of a web conference hosted by Penn State and is free of charge to online participants.

True to form for a virtual session, Mark plans to make the most of social media to generate discussion. There will be a Twitter stream (hashtag: #hesmlaw), a video feed via UstreamTV, and an opportunity for online participants to submit questions using Harvard’s Live Question Tool.

“The format will be much different than a typical workshop,” Mark writes on his blog. “Following the principles of an unconference, we will leverage the wisdom of the crowd in an open environment where everyone’s participation is encouraged.”

Why the focus on legal aspects? Mark explains:

It is important for social media practitioners to fully understand the legal ramifications for both themselves and their institutions. Social media is a whole new paradigm and current federal law, state law and university policy is painfully outdated. This workshop will explore these issues and help participants develop social media policies that protect both employees and the institution without undue restrictions.

I’ll be there. Will you?

P.S. – On the same subject, here’s a worthwhile read about the need for PR and legal to collaborate when it comes to social media.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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