Sports information director Roger McAfee said the school has no blanket policy on social media, and that its relatively small staff prevents constant monitoring of what athletes are saying. "I'll go on there and take a peak," he said, "but mostly, we just try to give them guidance."
Each team is free to set its own policy, but none has banned the use of any social media tool, according to director of athletic communications Ryan Eigenbrode. "Our rule is: If you wouldn't say it to your grandmother, don't say it on Twitter," he said. "In general, we want to educate, rather than restrict."
In addition to sitting through an educational session on the proper use of social media, students are issued guidelines and athletes have accounts monitored by a member of their team's staff. Football players, in particular, are active on Twitter and often shared reaction to controversial decisions by head coach Randy Edsall.
The school does not have a blanket policy for social media, sports information director Leonard Haynes IV said. Each coaching staff is free to make a decision on how to handle the use of Twitter and Facebook by students.
Navy doesn't have a special policy regarding social media use, and allows its players to use the services but encourages them not to "post anything they wouldn't want to see in The Baltimore Sun," said Scott Strasemeier, the associate athletic director for sports information. He follows the athletes on Twitter, but said there haven't been any problems so far. "We figure you're mature enough to come here and go on and serve in the military," he said. "You're mature enough to handle this."
Accounts are monitored at random after students go through an educational session early in the year. "We think our coaches are pretty savvy and that they keep tabs on that part of it," said Steve Levy, associate athletic director for communications. "We look when we have a spare moment, just to see what's being said."