Yet another person is facing repercussions because they failed to realize that Facebook is a public forum and posting documents from their jobs that are supposed to remain “confidential” isn’t exactly okay. A former Penn admissions officer who shared excerpts from applicants’ essays on her personal Facebook page is no longer employed by the University. Another professional fired for Facebook. When will they learn?
Nadirah Farah Foley was responsible for coordinating Penn admissions in Connecticut. Near the end of 2012, Penn’s Office of Admissions was made aware of some posts Foley made on her Facebook page, directly quoting student admissions essays and openly mocking them:
In one essay, a student had written about his “long and deep” connections to the University, citing the fact that he had been circumcised at Penn Hillel years ago.
“I look forward to engaging in the academic, social and Orthodox Jewish communities on campus,” the student wrote, according to Foley’s post.
“Stop the madness,” Foley said in response to the essay on Facebook.
In another excerpt, she quoted an essay in which an applicant had described the experience of overcoming his fear of using the bathroom outdoors while camping in the wilderness.
“Another gem,” Foley wrote of the student’s topic choice.
I realize that one of the main functions of Facebook is spreading funny memes and anecdotes. I have a twisted sense of humor. I may or may not get a laugh out of someone referencing their fear of the potty on their college admissions essay. Who am I kidding, I would totally get a laugh out of that. But that’s neither here nor there. This is totally inappropriate and Foley, a Princeton graduate, should realize it.
Foley confirmed that she is no longer employed at Penn, but declined to comment any further to the University of Pennsylvania’s student paper. I wonder how many times this story has circulated on Facebook since her departure? How many times do you think it was linked with the statements, “Stop the madness,” or “Another gem?”
Talk about instant karma.