This is very well done by Stanford University, and a message for young adults everywhere.
You may have seen earlier this week that Snapchat Founder Evan Spiegel was backpedaling furiously after someone leaked the worst of his fraternity emails from his days at Stanford. Spiegel’s emails were, unfortunately, the kind of thing that any college guy might send, telling tales of party plans, his prowess with women and his partying escapades. They were extremely disrespectful of women, and deserve to be getting the heat that they are getting. They were also exactly the kind of thing that no student mindful of his reputation should be sending under any circumstances. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Today Bloomberg is reporting that Stanford Provost John Etchemendy sent an email to the student body making clear the college’s stance on the emails in question.
“There will always be members of the Stanford community who arrive here without the maturity to recognize the corrosive effect of crude or hateful language, and the attitudes that give rise to it. Members of our community should learn now, not many years from now, how abhorrent those attitudes are, whether real or feigned.
We can choose to turn a blind eye to such statements and chalk them up to youthful indiscretion. Or we can be more courageous, and affirmatively reject such behavior whenever and wherever we see it, even — no especially — if it comes from a friend, a classmate, or a colleague.”
The message here is clear, but students these days are having a tough time learning it. Your digital footprint may live on forever, and you are the only person who can manage it. Even if you’re famously rich, even if your startup rejects multi billion dollar offers from suitors, what you do online and in emails can for years in the future give the public ample ammunition to conclude you’re a bad guy.
Don’t be hateful towards women, or anyone. Manage your digital footprint very carefully. Don’t be that guy.
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