The University has been forced to apologise after a Twitter account run by York branded students as “douches” obsessed by self image.
The tweet from the University of York Environment Department account was sent at 11.44am today and was posted inadvertently through a personal account.
According to the University the tweet was not sent by a member of staff but they have reminded employees and students to act responsibly on social media.
The University has since apologised for the error and the tweet has been removed.
The Department are also arranging for “an unreserved apology to be posted to our account” and are looking into the matter.
The tweet read: ‘students are such douches nowadays. all faux posh accents and self image obsessions.’
The ‘UoY Environment’ account has 227 followers and is meant to provide ‘Updates on teaching, life, learning, and research from the Environment Department of the University of York’.
Tweets before the incident included updates on seminars and advice for students and the department were unaware of the post until contacted by Nouse.
A spokesperson for the University said: “We apologise for any offence caused by this tweet which in no way reflects the views or values of the Environment Department. It appeared briefly on the Environment Twitter feed and was posted inadvertently via a personal social media account.”
They added: “The source was not a member of staff. We are reviewing the protocols around the governance of the Environment Twitter feed. We remind all students and staff of the need to use social media responsibly. Our social media guidelines are here.”
This is not the first time a University Twitter account has been compromised with the Accommodation Services account being hacked earlier in the year.
YUSU Welfare Officer George Offer, who used to study Environmental Science, said the department “really need to look at who has access to their Twitter account.”