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Can a college or university take legal action if a student publishes inflammatory or damaging content about the institution on Twitter?

Can a student's Facebook status updates be used as evidence in a court of law if the student is accused of a crime?

When social media turns from harmless to harmful, how should your institution respond?

As social media become commonplace and daily usage is an integral part of college students' lifestyles, it is critical for institutions to develop strategies and safeguards to protect themselves and their students against social media harm. However, there is little guidance on what those safeguards should be. Studying abroad further complicates the situation. How does the law apply to social media usage when college students are studying abroad? How informed is your institution about its legal rights pertaining to social media? To what extent is there an obligation on the part of the institution to respond to certain messages? What social media guidance does your institution provide to the students on your campus preparing to study overseas?

In this webinar, attorneys Michelle Craig and John Hooks open the conversation to engage campuses in this very important topic. They explain the legalities around social media, provide guidance to enable you to better understand the rights and responsibilities of the institution, and provide a set of guidelines that you can employ to develop effective social media policies and practices.


Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the legal ramifications of specific social media infractions.
  • Identify and react to tenuous international situations sparked by usage of social media.
  • Bolster guidelines at your institution to protect both the institution and its students against social media harm.


Michelle D. CraigMichelle D. Craig

Michelle D. Craig is a partner at the law offices of Adams and Reese LLP, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Craig is a labor and employment litigator and counselor whose practice includes proactive management and human resources guidance and counseling. She regularly provides legal counsel to existing and newly formed charter schools.

Craig regularly performs management training, employee training, and seminars designed to educate employees and managers on the art of working together to minimize the occurrence of litigation in the workplace. She has published articles, spoken at conferences, and advised institutions on the use of social media and the legalities surrounding it. Craig received her JD/BCL from Louisiana State University and received her BA at Northwestern State University.

John S. HooksJohn S. Hooks

John S. Hooks is partner in charge at the Jackson, Mississippi, law office of Adams and Reese LLP. For more than a decade, Hooks has also been part of the firm’s Education and Public Entity team. He represents school districts, universities, and other public entities in the areas of federal desegregation law, employment discrimination, civil rights claims arising under the United States Constitution, and other litigation matters.

Hooks often advises clients on employee policies, offers extensive training programs, and regularly presents to colleges and universities about legalities around social media usage. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University, his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and studied abroad at Oxford University, focusing on international and comparative law.