Stricter policy is required

April 23rd, 2009

On March 24, the All-Stu e-mail, which is sent to all John Carroll University students every day, contained a message from the African American Alliance asking students to drop off textbooks, papers, class notes, study guides, syllabi, assignments, tests and quizzes, extra credit, mid-terms and finals. The entry caused some controversy because it asked for materials that professors might still be using, such as tests.

The controversial entry was placed in the All-Stu due to the lax screening process that entries must go through in order to end up in the inboxes of JCU students. The credentials necessary for an entry to be published in the All-Stu should be higher and more critical in order to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

The entry by the African American Alliance has been edited since its initial publication due to unfavorable responses. All-Stu entries are filtered by the vice president of student organizations, Andrea Capasso. When she receives new entries she reviews them to see if they were submitted by an official JCU organization and then posts it in the e-mail with very little concern for the content. The process of putting something into the All-Stu needs to be improved.

Requiring a multiple-screening process for entries is one way to make such improvements. Without a tougher screening process there is the potential for offensive and more controversial material to be posted.

Anytime something is sent to the entire student body the content should have to be reviewed ahead of time. The potential for controversial and offensive material is too great to not take better care of this essential resource for sharing information with the entire student body.