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General Guidelines

Maintain Confidentiality. Do not post confidential or proprietary information about Farmingdale State College, its students, its alumni or fellow employees. Follow federal policies and requirements, such as HIPAA and FERPA.

Maintain Privacy. Do not discuss a situation involving named or pictured individuals on a social media site without their permission. If you would not present information in a public forum, do not post on a social media site.

Respect university time and property. It's appropriate to post at work if your comments are directly related to accomplishing work goals, such as seeking sources for information or working with others to resolve a problem. Limited personal use of computing resources is acceptable as long as it doesn't violate any policies, but for the most part, you should maintain your personal sites on your own time using non-Farmingdale computers. Please refer to the Acceptable Use Policy for more information.

Do No Harm. Let your Internet social networking do no harm to Farmingdale or to yourself whether you’re navigating those networks on the job or off.

Understand Your Personal Responsibility. Farmingdale State College staff and faculty are personally responsible for the content they publish on blogs, wikis or any other form of user-generated content. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time— protect your privacy.

Be Aware of Liability. As stated in the Acceptable Use Policy/Network Security, college computers and your work time are to be used for college-related educational and business purposes. You are responsible for what you post on your own site and on the sites of others. Individual bloggers have been held liable for commentary deemed to be copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libelous, or obscene (as defined by the courts). Increasingly, employers are conducting Web searches on job candidates before extending offers. Be sure that what you post today will not come back to haunt you.

Maintain Transparency. The line between professional and personal business is sometimes blurred: Be thoughtful about your posting’s content and potential audiences. Be honest about your identity. In personal posts, you may identify yourself as a Farmingdale State College faculty or staff member. However, please be clear that you are sharing your views as an individual, not as a representative of the Farmingdale State College.

Correct Mistakes. If you make a mistake, admit it. Be upfront and be quick with your correction. If you’re posting to a blog, you may choose to modify an earlier post—just make it clear that you have done so.

Respect Others. You are more likely to achieve your goals or sway others to your beliefs if you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.

Be a Valued Member. If you join a social network, make sure you are contributing valuable insights. Don’t hijack the discussion and redirect by posting self/organizational promoting information. Self-promoting behavior is viewed negatively and can lead to you being banned from Web sites or groups.

Consider your audiences. Social media often span traditional boundaries between professional and personal relationships. Use privacy settings to restrict personal information on otherwise public sites. Choose profile photos and avatars carefully. Be thoughtful about the type of photos you upload.

Know Your Medium. If you join a social media site, make sure you know how that medium is used. You would not use a screw driver to hammer a nail, be sure to know the tool and how best to use it.

Think Before You Post. There’s no such thing as a “private” social media site. Search engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information even if you delete a post. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed. Post only pictures that you would be comfortable sharing with the general public (current and future peers, employers, etc.).