A decision by Harvard University to revoke admittance to students who posted obscene content on social media likely won’t influence admissions procedures locally, college staff across the nation say.

At the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, director of admissions Heather Kretz said social media typically isn’t used in the university’s review of prospective students. Rather, it is used occasionally to investigate tips about incoming students.

“A lot of times we’ll get what we call character reference information from a teacher or coach who knows something a student did,” Kretz said, noting the tip is then investigated and discussed with the student.

Such tips may come a few times a year, Kretz said. Those incidents might include illegal behavior or misconduct within a school or community.

In the case of Harvard, at least 10 students previously admitted to the university had their acceptance revoked after their involvement in posting explicit content surfaced, according to university newspaper The Harvard Crimson.

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