A while ago, a graduate school official in a public university in the US sent me this email message:
Obtaining permissions and approvals - If you have co-authors or co-researchers you must ask their permission before publishing, and include their names. Please ask for Dr. X's approval before posting/publishing anything to the world-wide web. As a grad student at university you represent our institution, and it is important to have correct information that is error-free. We have to maintain the integrity and reputation of producing respected scholars. Therefore it is important to have your work reviewed and approved first.
My focus is on the bolded part that basically says: I need to receive approval/permission before posting/publishing anything to the world-wide web. It doesn't say that approval or permission is just limited to publishing/posting academic materials and it seems it includes any material in the world-wide web. Why, I need to receive such a permission if I want to post something in the web from the university officials? I read the whole graduate manual in this particular public university, and it doesn't say anything about this situation.
My question: Is this an infringement on first amendment rights in a public university in the US for a college student?