University denying teaching degree based on a MySpace "Drunken
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Mon Apr 30 14:37:19 PDT 2007
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A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a
MySpace photo has sued the university.
Millersville University instead granted Stacy Snyder a degree in English
last year after learning of her Web-published picture, which bore the
caption "Drunken Pirate."
"I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time," said Snyder, 27, who
now works as a nanny.
The photo, taken at a 2005 Halloween party, shows Snyder wearing a
pirate hat while drinking from a plastic "Mr. Goodbar" cup. It was
posted on her own MySpace site.
Although Snyder apologized, she learned the day before graduation that
she would not be awarded an education degree or teaching certificate.
Jane S. Bray, dean of the School of Education, accused Snyder of
promoting underage drinking, the suit states.
The federal lawsuit seeks at least $75,000 in damages. Millersville
spokeswoman Janet Kacskos referred questions to a state System of Higher
Education spokesman, who declined comment.
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