Suggestions for Using Social Networking Sites

Provided by the Educational Technology Resources and Policy Committee, 2009

Social networking is any program or website that promotes multi-user environments for personal, entertainment, vocational or educational purposes.

  1. Personal blogs should have clear disclaimers that the views expressed by the author in the blog is the author’s alone and do not represent the views of the university. Be clear and write in first person. Make your writing clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of the university.

  2. Information published on your blog(s) should comply with the university’s confidentiality and disclosure of proprietary data policies. This also applies to comments posted on other blogs, forums, and social networking sites.

  3. Be respectful to the university, other employees, students, and other related institutions.

  4. Social media activities should not interfere with work commitments. Refer to IT resource usage policies.

  5. Your online presence reflects the university. Be aware that your actions captured via images, posts, or comments can reflect that of our university.

  6. Do not reference or site students, faculty, or affiliates without their express consent. In all cases, do not publish any information regarding a student during the engagement.

  7. Respect copyright laws, and reference or cite sources appropriately. Plagiarism applies online as well.

  8. University logos and trademarks may not be used without written consent.

  9. Never give banking information out over social networking and inform students of this policy as well. If it is required specifically for a project this should be a guided process.

  10. Heavily consider whom to add or suggest use social networking devices and if those people should be privy to the data provided through this service.