Dear University of Huddersfield,
Please find below my FOI request regarding the monitoring of students' private social media accounts:
1. Does your school/institution actively search through students' private social media accounts to:
a) Look for negative comments (i.e. against other students or staff members)
b) Gauge your institution's standards (i.e. the type of feedback your institution receives)
c) Safeguard students' well-being (i.e. to try and spot the early signs of suicidal thoughts)
[Please indicate which of the above you do/don't do.]
2. Does your school/institution employ any kind of software that helps you search through students' private social media accounts for certain comments or images?
3. Does your school/institution have a policy in place which allows for the monitoring of students' private social media accounts?
4. Is your school/institution looking to employ software and/or policies that will enable you to monitor students' private social media accounts in the future?
5. If the answer is "yes" for question 4, what reason is given for this?
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Our response to your request for information dated 7 February 2020 is
provided below in accordance to the same numbering as in your original
1 a) No
For further information please refer to Student Social Media and
Communications Policy and various Support Services that are available
for the students.
2. No. The University uses Sprout Social that monitors mention
of the University on social media in general.
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