Q: Are school officials allowed to search for and look at my personal (non-school-affiliated) social media accounts without my permission?
A: Yes. Once you post something online it’s pretty much fair game for anyone (school officials, current or potential employers, law enforcement officials) to dig up and review in whatever way your social media platform’s privacy settings allow. No search warrants or other special permission is required. Of course, simply looking at your social media postings is one thing (allowed); punishing you for that content is a whole other (big and complicated) can of worms that courts and lawmakers continue to struggle with.