Fordham University Social Network Policy
Statement of Intent
Fordham University looks for to foster robust and civil discourse, and to promote scholastic liberty on all University owned social media channels. Absolutely nothing in the policy below should be construed as constraining speech on non-University social networks, nor other non-University print, broadcast, nor digital channels.
Applicability and Scope
This policy details the appropriate usage of social networks for the official company purposes of Fordham University, including the promo of the University, colleges and schools, departments and workplaces, programming, professors, and staff of the University. (See the section “Authorities Fordham Social Media Account Recognition” below for the definition of official University accounts.)
For the purpose of this policy, “social networks” describes, but is not restricted to blogs (i.e., web-based journals) and microblogs (e.g., Tumblr), collaborative sites (e.g., Wikipedia, and so on), message boards, social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), podcasts (i.e., multimedia distributed online), video sharing (e.g., YouTube), and image sharing (e.g., Instagram, Snapchat, etc.).
This policy applies to all University workers, consisting of faculty and personnel, and to anyone publishing content and remarks to any official Fordham site. The Office of University Communications is accountable for the enforcement of this policy and is a resource to the University community for launching social media initiatives. This policy does not prevent more restrictive policies for scholastic or administrative units that have various needs.
Any questions regarding this policy or Fordham’s social media presence might be addressed to:
Office of University Communications
( 212) 636-6538|
Fordham University values robust and civil discourse, and seeks to promote academic liberty. We welcome critical posts and opposing points of view, but users shall avoid using profanity and from making personal attacks in any comments published to University social media platforms.
As Fordham’s social media platforms are integral parts of its marketing and public relations efforts, the University reserves the right to moderate comments without prior alert as part of its standard editorial practices. We delete remarks which contain individual attacks, profane, harassing, or threatening language, and ban users who breach these terms, except where such actions infringe upon worker rights under the National Labor Relations Act. As a guideline, we erase comments that are plainly off-topic, as well as marketing and solicitations for non-Fordham events, products, companies, and fundraisers.
The University presumes no responsibility for user comments, screen names, nor any details they post. Third-party material shared on Fordham social networks platforms does not make up an endorsement, nor show the views of Fordham University. User accounts followed by official Fordham platforms do not make up endorsements of those users, nor of the material they publish. The use of Fordham University logos and wordmarks is limited to main University accounts (see below).
Users who publish to official University social networks platforms grant enable Fordham to use such content for marketing and advertising functions.
We hope that visitors to Fordham’s social media pages will help us maintain an open and collegial environment.
If you see content or discuss Fordham social media pages that raise concerns about an individual’s security or the safety of the University neighborhood, call the Department of Public Safety at (718) 817-2222, and ask to speak to a duty supervisor (this line is staffed 24/7).
For comments that appear to violate Fordham’s social media policy, or the, but do not rise to the level of a hazard to the University community or property, please email us at: (we will usually react within 24 hr– nights, weekends, and vacations consisted of).
Official Fordham Social Network Account Recognition
This refers to accounts created with the approval of the scholastic or administrative department in cooperation with University Communications for the function of promoting the University and its constituent departments and programs.
Individuals and groups not straight employed by Fordham and licensed by the proper University authorities might not represent themselves as main Fordham accounts, nor may they incorrectly use Fordham logo designs, seals, nor wordmarks to identify those accounts.
Before establishing any social networks accounts for main Fordham service, users should look for approval and guidance from the Office of University Communications.
Formally recognized Fordham-affiliated social media pages need to be signed up with the assistant director of communications for social media (), consisting of any page in flow at the time of this policy’s approval, or future pages. The “owner” of the platform need to be a full-time professors member or worker of the University; at least another person in the account owner’s department (or in University Communications) must have access to the account login information and password. That 2nd person needs to also be a full-time professors member or employee of the University.
Only social media pages officially recognized by Fordham will be consisted of in the official and be allowed to utilize main Fordham-branded graphics, images, and other digital possessions, as supplied by University marketing and communications.
Details found on any unapproved Fordham-related social media page is ruled out agent of the University.
When applicable, pages registered with Fordham should strive to use all available availability features. This consists of producing and posting any additional material, i.e., alt text, captions and image IDs. The University’s offers more information about adhering to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Workers utilizing social media on behalf of the University need to follow all suitable requirements including, however not limited to, the Federal Educational Rights and Personal Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Coverage Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and NCAA regulations. Workers must not breach intellectual residential or commercial property rights of the University, its faculty and personnel, nor any third celebrations, nor reveal private or private details of the University or third celebrations. A total listing of applicable requirements can be discovered at .
With regard to copyrighted material, this policy uses in combination with, and not independent of, the Regards to Service of any and all social media websites where pertinent material lives. In addition, all copyrighted product needs to respect federal copyright laws.
Professors and Personnel Individual Social Network Accounts/Posts
The University does not seek to figure out the suitability of material on professors and staff’s personal social networks accounts. University personnel who identify themselves as a Fordham faculty or personnel member on their personal social media accounts or in posts or comments need to:
- Use their best judgment and exercise personal responsibility individual posting on social media;
- Include when appropriate a disclaimer suitable their views, positions, and opinions are their viewpoints and not those of Fordham University; and
- With the exception of LinkedIn, no staff member might utilize Fordham’s trademarked or copyrighted marks or symbols without the prior approval of the Workplace of University Communications.
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