Penn State Doesn’t Understand How the Internet Works

Everyone knows Penn State has some silly policies, but this one might just be the most featherbrained of them all.

Penn State administrative policy AD52, adopted January 26, 2000, states:

Unless authorized by the Vice President for University Relations (who will consult with the University Licensing Committee on trademark issues when necessary), no company or organization may place a link on its site to any Penn State web page. Links from government and educational (e.g., other university) web pages are permitted.

Yes, that’s right. Every time someone links back to a Penn State website, they are technically violating an actual Penn State policy. I don’t think Penn State knows how the Internet works.

At least they’re owning up to it. Penn State responded on its Twitter account to the dumbfoundedness by saying, “We know, this is rather ridiculous. It’s old and we’re not entirely sure how it originated. Been working on removing.”

Take this. And this. And this too. Please don’t expel me.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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