A Snapchat account made by Cardiff students has been condemned by the University due to its explicit nature, with many members contributing nude pictures and videos.
The account, which was named ‘Cardiff-uni’, received national media attention last week after gaining over 500 followers. With many students sending in images of drinking, nudity, and use of illegal substances, a spokesperson has described the situation as “deeply concerning”.
According to the Mirror, the story also included footage of an unconscious man left in the toilets.
The username has since been reported by the University accompanied by requests to close it immediately.
By 4pm on Wednesday 28th January, the account was confirmed to have closed. However, as it was established three days prior to this, the ‘Cardiff-uni’ Snapchat story already featured hundreds of posts.
It is understood that similar accounts are still running, although their names contain no links to Cardiff University.
In addition, the social media app Yikyak has also been subject of criticism after users took to the site to discuss and ‘rate’ the content on Snapchat.
Cardiff University has been quick to separate itself from the incident, as a spokesperson stated: “It is important to state that these social media accounts have nothing to do with Cardiff University and we are deeply concerned by the association; the totally inappropriate use of language and the nature of images being shared.”
They also warned that if any complaints are received involving a Cardiff University student then an investigation or “disciplinary procedure” will be launched.
Talking to Gair Rhydd, one Cardiff University student explained that they were not upset or offended by the Snapchat account but said that the main issue stood with using the name ‘Cardiff-uni’.
He also suggested that unlike media descriptions, not all snaps feature nudity and stressed that they are only uploaded with the consent of the user.
Addressing its students however, Cardiff University reminded Gair Rhydd that people “need to be extremely careful and show some common sense about what they say or show online.”
Their statement continued: “We would encourage them not to post details or images which they might find embarrassing later or don’t want family members, work colleagues, lecturers or employer/future employer to see.”
Although applicable to all students, this concern is particularly worrying for those studying on healthcare courses such as medicine, with its potential to breach fitness to practice standards.
In order to overcome these issues, the University provide guidance on what it described as the “appropriate use of social media.”