March 2, 2007
Beware of Using Social-Networking Sites to Monitor Students, Lawyers Say
When a sculpture of a deer on DePauw University's campus was vandalized in October 2005, administrators got a tip that they would find the perpetrators by looking at postings on Facebook.
The university eventually identified and disciplined several students for defacing the sculpture. DePauw would probably not have found them without using Facebook, a social-networking Web site, says James L. Lincoln, vice president for student services.
But is Facebook a law-enforcement