Curtis R. Nash


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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The objective of this research is to explore and synthesize the seminal legal literature regarding student free speech within the context of social media technology in order to aid college administrators in the formation of student speech policy. There are numerous court decisions and legal casework regarding student free speech in schools. Additionally, many of these cases include student use of social media technology such as Facebook and Twitter. Further even, there are legal findings pertaining to free speech and social media technology within a higher education framework. This piece takes an inductive approach to understanding this legal phenomenon where specific examples and works of research are examined to form general knowledge of the legal parameters of student speech regarding social media technology. As college student use of social media technology becomes more prevalent on campuses, it is vital that the college administrators understand the legal boundaries of this emerging issue. This study will inform university administrators' understanding of the legal issues that they and their students face in order to create policy that protects those within the university and aids in the development of students.

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Charles J. Russo

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Educational Leadership


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Research exercise: An Inductive Approach toward Understanding the Legal Parameters of Student Speech Regarding Social Media Technology