UI considers how to protect faculty from trolling

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URBANA, Ill. – The University of Illinois is looking for ways to protect faculty members from disruptive students who take online trolling into the classroom.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the issue was prompted by a case involving Jay Rosenstein, a professor of media and cinema studies who has criticized the school’s former Chief Illiniwek mascot.

Rosenstein says someone who disagreed with his views harassed him online for months before enrolling in one of his classes in the fall.

Rosenstein wrote a policy proposal last fall that sought to give officials the ability to ban a student from a professor’s class if the student has a history of harassing the professor.

The campus Academic Senate recently considered a simplified resolution that focused on other solutions already in place. Most senators say they’re opposed to preemptively banning students based on their social media.

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