Texas college district to monitor employees’ social media accounts

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Beginning this September and occurring two times per calendar year, Austin ISD employees’ social media accounts will be screened for inappropriate written content such as “illegal activity violent, threatening, or sexually explicit posts or racist, bigoted, or discriminatory behavior.”

The district claims this new plan will be certain employees are setting a very good illustration for students, whether in or out of the faculty building.

This evaluate was 1st proven when the Board of Trustees took action in February 2020, approving a agreement with Social Intelligence, a 3rd party corporation from California. The firm will operate reviews utilizing employee names, mobile phone numbers, e mail and physical addresses, on the lookout as much again as seven a long time prior.

The district suggests the organization will flag the two primary articles created by the employee as nicely as components good friends and relatives have tagged them in. The rule of thumb to think about, the district claims, is if the inappropriate content appears in any way on one’s profile, it will be flagged.

All those uncovered in violation of this new social media policy will be contacted by their supervisors. If the information appears to disrupt the employee’s effectiveness in their function, AISD human assets may well get associated. Individuals observed to be in violation of district coverage may possibly be terminated.

The district claims Social Intelligence is not able to access social media accounts which are set to private.

A person employee KXAN spoke to puzzled if team could be fired for reviews created in the past.

“Is it just a very simple, ‘take this off your profile?’ Or does it imply that I am facing disciplinary motion?” the anonymous staff questioned.

Leslie Stephens, AISD’s chief human money officer, stated the district doesn’t want to discipline employees until it rises to a stage exactly where it may hurt learners. Usually, they’ll most likely just question them to delete the post.

The staff also questioned if the $1.8 million could not have been greater spent.

“Considering the district is jogging a deficit spending budget, the instructors are combating for a 2% elevate, why are we shelling out the cash on this correct now?”

Stephens claimed this is coming from the funds specifically kept for student safety expenses.

“It’s just a subject of attempting to make certain that we characterize our finest selves ahead to our learners, parents and community,” Stephens reported. “There is always that opportunity to clean up up all those factors.”

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