It’s Saturday, and I’m trying hard to wrap my head around this story about a Ryerson University student who’s facing academic misconduct charges for starting a Facebook study group. His professor, it seems, calls it cheating.
A Facebook study group is like any other study group, he argues, and he’s right. The problem isn’t that he and his fellow students were cheating, it’s that the higher-ups don’t understand the technology of social networking and are making knee-jerk reactions.
The student, Chris Avenir, will have a hearing next week that we hope he wins, for if he doesn’t, he’s looking at likely expulsion.