University right to hold off ‘friending’ students

Chances are Facebook has connected you with a growing number of new users. With its rising popularity it’s possible that your parents, your employer and now even your college recruiter might have become your newest friend.

It’s good that the university is changing with the times and getting its name out through the use of Facebook. The social networking site is a good place to approach students outside the stuffy confines of an office.

Admissions officials marketing the university on Facebook as a way of making conversations with prospective students is fine, but when it comes to the relationship between recruiter and student, there should be some policies over conduct.

Some prospective students might even think they are in an advantageous position by sending friend requests to admission officials. Admissions staff members have made it a point to accept friend requests only after the student in question has been accepted into TCU, so as not to give anyone the wrong impression about his or her chances of admission.

This will keep recruiters from bringing these outside relationships into the decision-making process of admissions. The thought of personal preferences and hidden biases in these situations is troubling, but thankfully out of the question when it comes to TCU.

Multimedia editor Chance Welch for the editorial board.