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UIU Policies

Be aware that the following policies apply to all social media platforms at Upper Iowa University. 


Sharing Policy

Content posted on official UIU social media accounts - by the administrator or followers- should be in good taste and appropriate for all audiences. Content including photos, videos, stories and comments shared on social media by users may be reused by Upper Iowa University on other platforms.

The UIU Office of Communications and Marketing reserves the right to access and manage official UIU accounts overseen by other page managers. OCM reserves the right to edit, post and delete content as appropriate. The right to seize and shut down access if necessary is also reserved. 

If you have any questions, please email socialmedia@uiu.edu

Note: Do not delete comments simply because they are negative. If appropriate, contact the poster offline. 


Student Policy

POLICY ON ACCEPTABLE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY STUDENTS

1.0 Purpose
Upper Iowa University understands the popularity and usefulness of social networking sites, both personal and professional, and Upper Iowa supports its appropriate use by our students. However, students' postings must be compliant with University policies and standards and all governing, federal, state and local laws and regulations. All Upper Iowa University students are responsible for reading, understanding and complying with this policy along with the code of student responsibility.

2.0 Policies for all social media sites

Terms of services: Become familiar with and obey the terms of service and policies of any sites and networks in which you participate. Pay attention to updates. If the legal language is hard to interpret, contact the Director of Social Communications and Digital Design at 563-425-5227 or email socialmedia@uiu.edu. The Director of Social Communications and Digital Design is responsible for updating the list on an annual basis. 

Respect copyright and fair use. When posting, be mindful of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others and the university. If you have questions regarding the appropriate use, check the terms of service of the social media outlet you are using. If you are still unsure, consult the UIU legal counsel.

Don't use logos for endorsement. Do not use Upper Iowa University logos or any other university images or iconography on personal social media sites. Do not use Upper Iowa University's name to promote a product, cause, or political party or candidate. Questions can be directed to The Office of Communications and Marketing at 563-425-5773 or email socialmedia@uiu.edu.

Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is wrong. It can create a disruptive environment at college and is often related to in-person bullying. If you notice cyberbullying, report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service. Cyberbullying is considered a crime and should be reported to local law enforcement and Campus Safety & Security when it involves activities such as threats of violence, child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos, taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy, stalking and hate crimes.

3.0 Best Practices
If observed, suspected violators of the following should be reported to the Office of Student Development or the Director of Social Communications and Digital Design.  

Think twice before posting. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect both on the poster and the university. Search engines can turn up posts years after they are created, and comments can be forwarded or copied. Please note that it has become common practice for prospective employees to search out applicants’ behaviors on social media websites. If you wouldn’t say it at a conference, a job interview or to a member of the media, consider whether you should post it online. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask for some guidance from the Director of Social Communications and Digital Design at 563-425-5227 or email socialmedia@uiu.edu.  

Be respectful. Use common sense, good judgment and common courtesy when posting and responding to posts.

Strive for accuracy. Get the facts straight before posting them on social media. Review content for grammatical and spelling errors. Never represent yourself or UIU in a false or misleading way.

Identify your views as your own. If you identify yourself as an Upper Iowa University student online, it should be clear that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the institution. 

Photography. Photographs posted to social media sites easily can be appropriated by visitors to the site. Consider adding a watermark and/or posting images at 72 dpi and approximately 800x600 resolution to protect your intellectual property. Images at that size are sufficient for viewing on the web, but not suitable for printing.

4.0 Enforcement Procedures
Suspected violations of these procedures may be reported to the Office of Student Development or Campus Safety & Security Office.  Printed hard copies should be attached to the formal complaint.  The appropriate University official will follow the disciplinary hearing procedures as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Should the University find sufficient information that indicates a violation of the Acceptable Social Use Procedures the student may be subject to judicial action.

Sanctions for the violations of the Acceptable Social Use Procedure may include but are not limited to reprimand, suspension or expulsion for students and discharge from student employment to possible prosecution by state and federal authorities for employees.


Terms of Use

Upper Iowa University has its own policies related to social media. However, each platform has its own rules and policies, and everyone including page administrators should be aware of and abide by them. 

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