Judge sides with students in uCalgary Facebook case

October 14, 2010

An Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge has ruled that the University of Calgary infringed upon the charter rights of identical twin brothers when it sanctioned them for non-academic misconduct for criticizing their professor on a Facebook page over 2 years ago. Keith and Steven Pridgen were placed on probation in 2008 for comments made starting in November 2007 on a Facebook page titled "I no longer fear Hell, I took a course with Aruna Mitra." The judge rejected uCalgary's argument that defamatory statements made by a student about a faculty member must necessarily constitute non-academic misconduct. Calgary Herald