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166/366 - Unrealistic?

For the last few week signs have been appearing all round campus that include a 'no photography' symbol. The symbol illustrates the difficutlies University's have in the modern world.

 

Every one of our students has a camera phone. They spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook sharing photos of their life at Uni. To them, the idea of banning photography on campus is ridiculous.

 

On the other hand, University's have a 'duty of care' to their students. Although students are all adults, we still have a responsbility to protect them while at University and that extends to their freedom to study. Staff who are filming a lecture or lab have to ensure students have the option to opt out of filming. This is to ensure that we protect the right of our students to study without inteferrence. For example it's not unknown for Uni's to have to protect the identiy of young adults who escaped household problems and I've heard it's not unusual for Uni's to have students who are on 'witness protection programmes'.

 

If you look at my photos taken at work. I never put up a photo with an easily identifiable face. But with hundreds of photos being taken on campus every week by students who just snap wherever they are and then publish them on the web, I guess the Uni feels it has a responsibility to protect students while on campus. But is this realistic?

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Taken on July 20, 2012