A university in Queensland has come under fire after it was revealed that it had removed a selfie from a student’s Facebook profile that showed her posing with her baby daughter.
The photo was shared with the caption “I’m still not over this baby”.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Ross Johnson, told ABC Radio Brisbane he had taken the photo to show students that the selfie was “not a threat” and said it had been “a joke”.
“If the university could take down a selfie and the parents could take a photo of their child in a different location, the university would,” he said.
“We’re not taking a risk by removing it.”
Mr Johnson’s comments come just weeks after students at the University of Queensland were given the go-ahead to take selfies in the hallways of their dorms.
“I think it is the best selfie we can have,” one student said.
The university said it was “very sorry” and that it “does not condone the use of social media by its students to post inappropriate content”.
“The University of Qld is very concerned about the inappropriate content posted by students on social media,” it said in a statement.
The University of Sydney also issued a statement saying it was a “disturbing and unacceptable practice”.
“We have been informed that a photograph of a student posing with a baby has been shared on Facebook and the University’s social media teams are working with Facebook to remove it,” the university said.
Mr Johnson told the ABC the photo was “a little bit ridiculous” and it was taken on campus, adding “this isn’t about the privacy of the parents or students”.
Mr Johnsons comments came just weeks before an investigation by the ABC revealed that an email chain between students was being circulated in which a member of the university’s social network was “providing guidance to students on how to use social media to express themselves and their opinions”. “
They need a bit more encouragement to be brave enough to take that selfie.”
Mr Johnsons comments came just weeks before an investigation by the ABC revealed that an email chain between students was being circulated in which a member of the university’s social network was “providing guidance to students on how to use social media to express themselves and their opinions”.
Students were advised to “self-select” their own Facebook profile picture from a “pop-up menu” in order to “get a good image”, with students being told to “use the same image for both your profile and Facebook”.
Mr Johnson also told the programme he was not aware of the email chain.
“This was not the university or its staff, it was some students,” he told the program.
“The university does not have any involvement in these matters and they’ve never been part of our work.”
The ABC contacted the University at a later date for comment.
‘Cultural appropriation’ The university has not commented on the emails and has not responded to questions on the issue from The Australian.
It was previously revealed that the email exchange took place on the social network and was “cultural appropriation” by the students.
The email chain was sent to students in a meeting at the Australian Federal Government’s Education and Skills Forum on February 23.
The emails were sent to members of the student body, with one email asking for advice on “how to avoid cultural appropriation in the classroom”.
“In this instance, cultural appropriation is a term used to describe cultural practices that are perceived to be in line with a dominant culture,” the email read.
“Cultural practices may include but are not limited to appropriation of colour, religion, gender, race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or any other recognised cultural difference.”
Ms Roberts said the email was sent from the University Students’ Union and the group’s Facebook page was edited to remove the phrase “cultural” from the email. “
It is important to remember that while the discussion at the event was on cultural appropriation, the issues raised at the time were not.”
Ms Roberts said the email was sent from the University Students’ Union and the group’s Facebook page was edited to remove the phrase “cultural” from the email.
“What they’ve done is basically taken it out of context and made it into a joke,” she said.
‘A little bit silly’ The emails prompted calls for an investigation into whether the university had breached any of its policies.
“How do you expect to teach a young child how to take an Instagram picture and still expect them to be safe and to respect others when they’re going through the same things as you?”
Ms Roberts told the Nine Network.
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