Just because you're sleeping together doesn't mean you should be sleeping together, an official Ohio State University Twitter account told hundreds of co-ed students yesterday after a water-line break forced them to move into a university gym.
But some students felt that the hands-to-yourself tweet posted by the OSU Student Wellness Center lacked a certain subtlety.
"Just because she sleeps next to you at the (Recreation and Physical Activity Center) DOES NOT mean she wants the D," the tweet on the center's official account read. It was followedÂ by the hashtags "consentfirst" and "besafe."
For those out of the college-vernacular loop, "D" can stand for a slang word that's also a nickname for "Richard."
The tweet followed others directing students to wash their hands and "wrap it." But many students responded on Twitter specifically to the message referring to "the D." Responses ranged from amused to incredulous to more-critical.
"Rape is not something that should be joked about, especially by an official university twitter account," read a tweet directed at the center by student Ben Schulman.
Some offered similar responses, but others gave kudos to the center for delivering the message with a sense of humor. In a response to one student, the center tweeted: "Hoping to spread the message of safer sexual choices w/ a bit of humor mixed in, due to the crazy night! Be safe!"
University officials wouldn't say who posted the tweet for the office, but gave a statement from Office of Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs:
"The tweets were in response to social media messages coming from students who were in RPAC, and intended to be similar in tone and spirit. We have received a number of responses, and most have been positive. However, any negative feedback is a good foundation for reviewing our social media efforts in the future."
For a while, the tweet's hashtags were a trending Twitter topic in Columbus. But within a few hours of the post, the online debate had cooled and the center was back to tweeting more G-rated advice.
"Making a smoothie? Add a cup of spinach. Rich in vitamins and nutrients, and you won't taste any difference (we promise!)"