SOU students post on Snapchat unfiltered

Students at SOU are posting pictures of off-campus activities on a Snapchat account. (KTVL/Will Maetzold)

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Students at Southern Oregon University are bypassing the typical "story" feature the social media app Snapchat offers to create their own "story" of campus.

Students said it can be found under the account "SOU.snaps" but a recent search of the account didn't turn up anything.

"I know that it's crazy," SOU freshman Jenna Evertt said. "A lot of people post a lot of things about drugs and even nude pictures just kind of illicit."

The account isn't monitored by Snapchat like other public accounts, so it will typically show anything students want to submit. It often shows much of the activity off-campus.

"I don't do that kind of stuff," Evertt said. "But I didn't realize there was so much of it on campus as there is being posted to it so it's definitely an eye-opener as how bad kids could be."

The problem is it's not just activities related to campus events that are posted with a click of a button.

"It's a problem that it's out there and it's public and people can see it but it's an issue for themselves and there's not really anything we can do about it," SOU freshman Derek Abeln said. "It's something that falls back on their parents and stuff."

Evertt thinks it's not very different from what students normally do when they're not in class.

"It's college so obviously this stuff is happening," she said. "It just mostly happens behind the scenes so this kind of pushes it to the forefront."

Students said the SOU account has been posting the pictures since last semester.

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