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Consequences of Social Media Challenges

The “Likes” Are Just Not Worth the Consequences They Can Cause!

Posted in: Announcements, Dean of Students News, Featured News, Safety

Community Message

The use of social media has given rise to risky behaviors in the quest for “likes,” “favorites” and “retweets.” While many of these challenges seem innocuous and to some humorous, they can cause disruption on campus.

Members of the campus community have reported recent “challenges” happening in classrooms and other learning spaces. The Dean of Students Office is addressing these behaviors with the students involved.

It’s Just Not Worth It!

Montclair State community members: don’t accept the “challenge.”  You may create an emergency you may not have intended, or face University Code of Conduct sanction or even criminal charges. The likes aren’t worth the consequences.

The University Police department takes matters that disrupt class and/or present a danger very seriously.  Anyone with information about these types of incidents recently are encouraged to speak with the University Police Detectives at 973-655-2211.

See Something, Say Something

The often-heard adage of public safety, “If you see something, say something” applies to these incidents. If you see a disruptive incident, or anything that seems suspicious, report it  immediately so that the University Police can intervene and take necessary action. A report can be made several ways:

  • An immediate phone call to the University Police 973-655-5222
  • A call to 911 – if you are on campus, your call will be routed to Montclair State University Police
  • Text a Tip to 67283
  • Download the RAVE Guardian App and use the text, panic call or location services to alert the Police on campus for a response. Learn More About RAVE Guardian.

In all cases, the sooner the report is made, the faster officers can address the situation.  Provide an accurate location, description of the incident, persons involved and a callback number.

Chief Kieran Barrett
Interim Chief of Police
Montclair State University Police Department