Dean of Students

Online Social Networking Guidelines

Online Social Networking Guidelines

Arizona State University-managed online communities, including ASU Facebook pages, the ASU on Facebook application and ASU-run Facebook groups, are intended to inform users of ASU news and events, as well as foster discussion and a sense of community among users. Our priority for ASU social media engagement is student success.

The administrators of these communities reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content, including but not limited to: threatening language, references to drugs or alcohol, offensive content, profanity, commercial advertisements/promotions, trademark or copyright violations, and political campaign activity. Violations of the student code of conduct that occur on ASU social sites may result in being referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Tips for Using Social Networks

Use common sense.
Be respectful of other members of the online community.
Enjoy yourself.

Online Social Networking

Online social networks are a means of connection. Through online social networking individuals can develop their own identity, share memories, music, and photos with current friends, and create new relationships with other social networkers. Online social networks provide a wealth of opportunity for connection. Social online networks are more than a place of connection with peers. Online networking sites are regularly visited by people such as potential employers, predators, and law enforcement agencies. Online networkers must engage in networking cautiously, in an effort to protect themselves from negative consequences. Please consider the following if you are an online social networker.

Social Networking Sites are Considered Public Space

Social networkers post content on any site at their own risk. Safety settings are often low and must be altered to prevent content being viewed by unwanted individuals. Even with these precautions, content posted on a social networking site is considered public information. Social networkers grant the online company the ability to copy, publicly display, and distribute posted content for any reason associated with the site. Also, because a social networking site is a public space, it is important to remember that law enforcement agencies may use the information in investigations.

Limit Personal Information

A social networking profile is the perfect place for a predator to find potential victims. Avoid providing specific data about yourself; for example, do not post your phone number or physical address. Posting such information may make you a target of crime. Also, be aware of information that friends may post about you. Information that is easily uploaded from digital media may be embarrassing or incriminating. Finally, note that any personal information in a computer can be harvested and infiltrated. Specifically, after using a public or shared computer make sure to delete your history and files. These files may be viewed by other users later, if they are not deleted.

Avoid Posting Anything You May Regret Later

There are times we may do something that seems harmless or funny in the moment, but later the humor wears away and is no longer funny. Copies of all content posted on any internet site may remain viewable in cached or archived pages, even after removal. A silly practical joke that is posted on the internet today may keep someone from achieving a life-time dream, such as election to a public office, if the context is cached on an internet page.

Remember Your Profile Page is Just Like a Resume

Currently many companies both small and large are researching applicants online before offering them a job. Researching applicants' online social networking profiles is becoming common practice. Social networkers have the right to make their own decisions about self-expression. However, social networkers should thoughtfully consider what they choose to make public on networking sites