University Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia Pages on Dorm Wifi

Denies students access to social media sites and other content university deems “unethical” or “obscene”
University Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia Pages on Dorm Wifi

by Sage Lazzaro | Beta Beat | August 20, 2014


“Finally, I can do whatever I want!” thought every incoming college freshman ever. But for some unlucky students arriving on campus this fall, that sought-after right of passage applies to just about everything except internet usage.

Northern Illinois University enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that goes further than banning torrents, also denying students access to social media sites and other content the university considers “unethical” or “obscene.”

A discussion on the ban was brought to Reddit by user darkf who discovered the new policy while trying to access the Wikipedia page for the Westboro Baptist Church from his personal computer in his dorm room. The student received a filter message categorizing the page as “illegal or unethical.” It seems possible to continue to the webpage, but the message warns that all violations will be reviewed.

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