These guidelines pertain to University faculty, staff, and contractors as well as individual members of the UMGC community (i.e., students, alumni, and others). Outlined here, you will find guidelines for (1) contributing to University social media through engagement and participation on University blogs, social networking pages, wikis, webpages, multimedia platforms, or any other kind of social media; (2) University moderation practices on social media; (3) creation of University social media and (4) contributing to University social media within the scope of University employment.
The University defines “social media” as Internet-based applications that enable users to participate in an exchange of content, comments, or engagement with other users. Examples of social media platforms include, but are not limited to, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, and other blogging or social networking platforms. Find a full listing of all University social media accounts and communities on the Social Media Community page.
The University welcomes engagement and participation on University social media. Contributions should be courteous and relevant to the University and/or topics on University social media. Information posted online may be difficult to remove or fix, leaving an Internet trail that is essentially permanent. Carefully consider what you post and make an effort to be clear, complete, and concise. You are fully responsible for the content of your contributions. Always use caution, discretion, and good judgment when deciding on what to post on social media platforms.
The following guidelines pertain to engagement and participation on University social media:
The University moderates all University social media and will respond as quickly as possible to comments and messages, as appropriate.
Posts to University social media that include any of the following are subject to removal:
If you have questions or concerns about anything on University social media, please email email@example.com.
The University uses social media to publicly engage with the community and represent the global, cohesive and diverse nature of UMGC. Anyone is welcome to form groups or communities on social media independent of the University. Such groups or communities may not include the name “University of Maryland Global Campus” or “UMGC” in the title, domain name or username and may not use University logos or trademarks.
Every new University social media page or account must be created and approved by the Office of Communications as follows:
The following guidelines pertain to University social media contributions within the scope of University employment: