Social media and other policies
The Saint Louis University Office of General Counsel, along with representatives from Marcom, Human Resources, Student Development, ITS and the Faculty Senate, has developed the following guidelines for using social media consistently and effectively.
The first section deals with your personal use of social media. The second deals with institutional use. Those colleges, departments, schools, centers, programs and other institutional extensions of Saint Louis University that maintain or plan to develop a social media presence to create a profile, blog, or status updates, photos and video should review the following sections.
Saint Louis University Social Media Guidelines
I. Policies and Best Practices for All Social Media Sites, Including Personal SitesProtecting your identity
II. Use of Institutional Social Media Platforms
Generally defined, social media is the use of a website or mobile device to connect with people who share personal or professional interests. With communities numbering in the hundreds of millions of members, social media sites have become important venues where individuals or groups can share their knowledge and opinions, express creativity, connect and collaborate with others that have similar interests and are readily accessible. Examples of social media include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and web-logs or "blogs." Many organizations, including Saint Louis University, have their own social media sites and also actively participate in social media on a corporate or organizational level.
The University takes no position on an individual's decision to start or maintain a blog or participate in other social media activities. It is important to the University, however, to ensure that its staff, faculty, and students are aware of challenges presented by social media and to ensure that the University and its stakeholders are protected from the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.
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