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Student protestors re tuition fee hikes at UC Davis being monitored and documented. Sending the right message to students?

UC Davis students and local chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that campus administrators have been spying on student protesters.


At a news conference on campus, a handful of students and ACLU representatives said administrators and campus police had been monitoring demonstrators' Facebook activity and attempting to obtain information about planned protests.


The students said that, in one case, a plain-clothed police officer had marched in a March 2 demonstration against fee hikes. The students said the officer had told them she was was an academic administrator.

Administrators rejected the espionage allegations and defended the monitoring as appropriate to protect public safety. They point out that student protesters have taken over campus buildings and tried last spring to block traffic on Interstate 80.


However, administrators agreed that officers should be clearly identifiable. John Meyer, vice chancellor for administrative and resource management, told KCRA 3 that from now on officers would wear uniforms or display their badge on their belt.


Asked by tasches at 11:54 AM on Apr. 13, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The campus is WRONG on SO many levels for monitoring without a justifiable cause. JMO

    Answer by vbruno at 11:57 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Its their right to monitor imo. If they were posting things on places like FB then it was to spread the word, no? They didnt think maybe the school would be checking on their stuff too? They may be morally wrong, but legally they had every right and can say they did so to insure all the student and faculty safety.

    Answer by gemgem at 12:12 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Really their postings on FB is spying? Its a public forum and unless it was private page that they lied to get into I think spying is a bit of a stretch.

    As far as being with the protesters unless they were trying to plant seeds encouraging a certain behavior to get them in trouble its a non issue.  Unless I was about to do something against the law I could care less if a cop was standing next to me.


    Answer by Charis76 at 12:21 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • There is no justifiable reason for doing something like that. Overstepping of power

    Answer by adnilm at 1:57 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Although, the UC system has raised it's tuition 39 % in the last 2 years, it's still an excellent and highly regarded education for a reasonable price. Further, only the best and brightest are admitted- Lots of protests and smarmy rhetoric..these are college students!


    Answer by Sisteract at 2:48 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • When you post something online it is public info. You have no reason to expect privacy. Potential employers are checking FB pages for material not in keeping with the motto of their company. Campus police need to know about these things and this seems like a logical and expedient manner to find out. If the students don't post it, it's not a problem.

    Answer by sopranomommy at 3:00 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Wrong, but somehow I don't think they really care

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:05 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Spying is wrong...but posting things on Facebook you don't want the world to read is stupid. Two wrongs here.

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 11:24 PM on Apr. 13, 2011