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August 18, 2010

Orientation speaker garners students� attention


C.L. LindsayWarning of the various online dangers, C.L. Lindsay, a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom, enlightened and entertained students during Cowley College’s New Student Orientation held Wednesday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Lindsay showed several photos from Facebook of illegal activities that had the students laughing, that is until they heard what the consequences were for the students in the pictures.

He talked of how the content of a student’s MySpace or Facebook page can put students in a legal bind or undermine future job opportunities. He also mentioned the dangers of Internet predators obtaining personal information, and how posting underage drinking on the Internet can result in disciplinary actions from the school the students attend.

“Assume anything you put online will stay there forever,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Denison University, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he teaches courses in Law and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1998, he left his practice in New York City to found the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR). Since then, acting as its Executive Director, he has built CO-STAR into a national student rights organization that helps thousands of college students with their legal problems, free-of-charge, each year.

Lindsay is also the author of The College Student's Guide to the Law: Get a Grade Changed, Keep Your Stuff Private, Throw a Police-Free Party, and More!

This is the second time Lindsay has come to Arkansas City to speak to Cowley College students. Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, says Lindsay’s message never gets old.

“Coming from a lawyer who has worked with students all over the globe and using actual cases where people were harmed by social networking was a good way to engage the students,” Saia said. “He has a way of connecting with the students and does a good job of demonstrating how to be responsible in social networking.”