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    fetor_hepaticus is offline Junior Member 522 points
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    So the class representatives announced AUC wants to now regulate students' online activities with a "Social Networking Honor Code."

    We don't need a second Honor Code. Educating students about the hazards of their posts online is one thing, but AUC has no right to police the free speech of its students.

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    I'm not a huge fan of it either but look at it this way

    We're not in America, we don't have some right to med school and free speech here. If you are posting things that could be harmful to the school's reputation in the states or its relationship with the island they can tell you stop or get out. They've done it before with a student's blog that was bashing the island. The islanders found it, put it in the news paper and got very angry. Bad for the school because they need the government to be ok with having us here.

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    Just keep your stuff on private

    I don't bother adding staff or "big name" people on my Facebook anyway...I don't want them into my personal life, even if I don't spill anything big.

    Besides, I love being my zany self

    Also, I don't think it's that bad posting "controversial" stuff...people do it on ValueMD too.
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    fetor_hepaticus is offline Junior Member 522 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstu View Post
    I'm not a huge fan of it either but look at it this way

    We're not in America, we don't have some right to med school and free speech here. If you are posting things that could be harmful to the school's reputation in the states or its relationship with the island they can tell you stop or get out. They've done it before with a student's blog that was bashing the island. The islanders found it, put it in the news paper and got very angry. Bad for the school because they need the government to be ok with having us here.
    I hope the admin behind this idea find NO students to assist them, but there are probably some Tools that will sign up to help.

    Free speech is not a right that stops at US borders. It is a human right. I encourage all students to contact their SGA representatives and tell them to actively oppose this proposal.

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    I would like to read the document before I comment completely, but if the school is trying to shut students up on fb and VMD because we want to vent our frustrations then they are going down a dangerous path.
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    Or say it by tweeting/blogging/FBing



    But really, I honestly can't see anyone supporting this...so what if a few people are torn away from AUC because of an opinion by someone on VMD/FB. Isn't that the point of ValueMd anyway? To get an insider's view of the school? We all know Caribbean schools paint their school in a colorful manner, and the forum helps to see a little of how life really is and the prospects can make their own informed decisions. And let's be real, the island isn't the most glamarous place in existence. Sure, it's great, but you can't expect everyone to pretend to say St. Maarten is the greatest. I've made a few FB statuses mocking the power outages and noticing some of the interesting stuff that goes on, but it would be the same if I was studying in England or China or Antarctica. Opinions exist for a reason, if everyone was a robot and only said good, positive things, then that is leaning towards tool behavior. And there's a difference with those who actually have only good things to say, nothing wrong with that at all.

    Besides, reading one bad comment about AUC on here or by a friend on FB who goes there wouldn't have strayed me away from coming down. I've read about the bad crime and the fail rates of physio before I flew down here, but that didn't scare me, it was more of a "ok, just watch out now!" kinda thing.
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    We'll see where this goes, but AUC is a business, which means it's willing to play by different rules than non-profit institutions. This kind of silencing would fly in the face of academic integrity, so I hope it's not true.
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    The first logical step would be to block FB and VMD from being accessed on campus.

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    There would be riots if that ever happened lol

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    The purpose of the class rep's announcements today is to find students who can be part of the committee writing the social networking policy. The student committee will look through social networking policies of other medical schools in the US, like these: PubMed Central, : Med Educ Online. 2010; 15: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.5324. Published online 2010 September 15. doi: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.5324. , and determining which elements to keep, which elements to drop, and which elements to add. As social networking becomes more and more of an impact on our lives and careers, more and more US medical schools are adopting such policies.

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