Woman who lost teaching degree over M...

Woman who lost teaching degree over MySpace photo sues university

There are 5 comments on the Montgomery County Record story from Apr 28, 2007, titled Woman who lost teaching degree over MySpace photo sues university. In it, Montgomery County Record reports that:

“I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time”

A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university. via Montgomery County Record

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Suzanna

Watsonville, CA

#1 Apr 29, 2007
I would like to know what the professor who found this was doing trolling MySpace. Rather odd that he or she would be looking at 27 year-old female MySpace accounts. Hmm??? I would suggest a looky look by the IT Department at the history and cookie files of the professor. I wonder what would be found.

Since: Apr 07

Willow Street, Pa

#2 May 1, 2007
Several things wrong with this.

1. The article states that she was promoting "underage" drinking. She was a 25 year old college student when the picture was taken. How is this promoting that?

2. "There were errors in judgment that relate to Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators,"
She is not yet an "educator" as she has not received her degree. She wasn't drunk at work. Everyone parties at college and puts it behind them when they get into the real world. Her only error in judgement might have been to put a picture on a website.

If you want some "role models" to go after for setting bad examples then why not go after the Ted Kennedy's of the world? Go after all these Hollyweird coke addicts. Go after these Gangster rappers pushing their violent ways on our children.

Just my two cents.

Russ

Since: May 07

Fairfield, Ohio

#3 May 8, 2007
The thing I would caution all from doing is prematurely judging the “facts” in this case. I and most others, did exactly that in the Duke lacrosse case. When all that is brought forward in a legal action comes from one side (as the Duke case by the over zealous, attention grabbing prosecutor), naturally you will agree with their challenge (else you need much better legal representation). In the Duke case, we applauded when that university (Duke) took the high moral ground and kicked out those unruly students. We all had those students condemned and wanted “justice” for the not so innocent but still a perceived victim, by putting away those rich punks for a long, long time. Those “facts” were later proven to be entirely false!! No rape occurred, the true evidence was disregarded and falsehoods were manufactured and manipulated to the media so in the end the real victims ended up being the Duke lacrosse students.

With only the “facts” we have in the Millersville University case, I likewise am astounded by the apparent injustice occurring to a student by her college. It's another case where a college is punishing the actions of a student for supposed “unprofessional” behavior. But isn’t it the responsibility of a college to perspective employers to properly train its pupils to act accordingly to the professional standards of their selected fields of endeavor. Shouldn’t all expect that someone holding a particular degree from a given university, indeed have the expected qualifications and ability to perform the implied responsibilities and to do so in a professional manner consistant to that particular industry standard?. I and other employers expect that, and I believe colleges take that responsibility very seriously. Thus the conflict, when should a school withhold such a document from one of its students?? Clearly if a student isn’t performing to the “standards” of their chosen profession, shouldn’t that college properly refuse to grant him/her a degree until in the eyes of its professors those standards are deemed achieved. But this power colleges hold over their student’s future comes with great responsibility. Therefore I have to believe there is more to the story than what is being presented so far. I don’t think any college would arbitrarily withhold degrees from accomplished students without cause. But if it is determined that the “facts” in this case as released to date are indeed accurate, without significant other mitigating circumstances coming out to the contrary, then hopefully the court system will properly punish Millersville University for its arbitrary actions taken by its deans, its professors and also to those local high school teachers and administrators involved. I too feel $40,000 x 30 years is a reasonable damage award for a university that knowingly ruins a student’s future career in their chosen field. Millersville didn't question her professionalism or weren't so embarrassed to take her tuition money for the past 4 or maybe more years. And to withdraw her teaching certificate and degree just days before graduation makes it even more appalling --- IF (and that’s a big if)--- what is being stated is completely factual and is all there is to present. But as I said earlier, be very cautious to judge when only one side of any legal dispute is being told.
Dustoff

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 May 29, 2007
Buck eye puts it very well. Thanks. Such a mild indiscression and a severe punishment. Haven't will also learned that punishment is cave man mentality. Isn't helping the student work thru this mistake and consequences the way to go? I smell controllers.

Since: Apr 07

Willow Street, Pa

#5 May 29, 2007
This is true. After all, it is the reason that she was in college in the first place- to learn.

Russ

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