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Lewd confessions could cost student job opportunities

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

By Nino Williams

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STUDENTS who post stories of their boozing and bed-hopping have been warned of the danger to future job prospects.

A trend of online confessions pages have sprung up at universities across the UK, where undergraduates are encouraged to swap student tales of binge-drinking and other lewd behaviour.

Some pages have been shut down by universities, while students in Wales have been told they could face disciplinary action.

One Facebook site, entitled Swansea Uni Confessions, includes contributions from students in the city which detail heavy drinking sessions, brief sexual encounters and scatological episodes.

It has been condemned by the university and it's student union.

In a joint statement, registrar Raymond Ciborowski, and Students' Union president Tom Upton said: "We are seriously concerned about the nature and content of this page, on several fronts.

"Students are sharing personal information, including explicit content, with an anonymous page administrator, who has no accountability. As a result, participants' personal details could potentially be made publicly available for viewing by fellow students, staff, public, press, potential employers, etc.

"University regulations clearly state that it is a disciplinary offence to engage in behaviour which could bring the University into disrepute – this includes social media activity. "The Internet and social media are governed by laws relating to defamation and public order, and as a result, there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech.

"The purpose of the registrar's email — the content of which was agreed and supported by the Students' Union — was also to remind students that irresponsible use of social media can damage their future employment prospects.

"We have received complaints from students and alumni about the potential damage this page could do to their own employability, as a result of damage to the University's reputation. And companies are increasingly searching for information on job applicants."

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