Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn have become important and influential communication channels for our community. To assist in posting content and managing these and other sites, we have developed policies and guidelines for the official and personal use of social media.
These policies and guidelines apply to university faculty, staff and students and can be used in connection with social media accounts associated with schools, colleges, departments, programs, offices, clubs, and teams.
Seattle University’s main social media accounts include:
The purpose of using social media channels on behalf of Seattle University is to support the university’s mission, goals, programs and sanctioned efforts, including university news, information, content and directives. Social media is also a powerful tool for building pride and encouraging dialogue among our community members.
Prior to engaging in any form of social media involving Seattle University, a few first steps are strongly encouraged:
Promoting causes or businesses unrelated to Seattle University through Seattle University’s social media channels is unacceptable. This includes posting spam messages to promote non-Seattle University related communications.
Advancing an agenda
Seattle University social media is not intended to serve as a platform to promote a particular opinion or stance on any topic. You may express your opinion on a topic if it is respectful and factual. However, do not make repeated posts advancing overtly political, moral or religious positions, events or causes.
Do not post words or photos that are copyrighted by someone else. This includes posting comments that are unrelated to the topic of an individual post.
Offensive to others
Use of language that is hurtful, defamatory, discriminatory, racist, sexist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful, vulgar or otherwise objectionable is not appropriate on Seattle University social media channels and will not be tolerated. We are committed to protecting our community from offensive and harmful social media posts.
See Seattle University’s Non-Discrimination policy here.
Sharing personal information
We discourage followers of Seattle University social media from sharing personal, identifying details or contact information and email addresses. Posting another individual’s personal information is also a violation of our guidelines.
If you do not follow these requirements…
Comments, links, photos, videos or other content that violates the stated purposes and requirements of participation in Seattle University’s social media communities will be removed without advance notice, explanation or discussion.
We are committed to uphold the integrity of our social media pages. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you become aware of any content that violates these expectations or if you have any questions.
In addition to making your Seattle U websites accessible, there are also things you can do to make your Seattle U social media accessible as well. Check out the below resources for more information.
Due to the evolving nature of social media, these policies and guidelines are subject to revision by the Marketing Communications team. Feedback from the campus community is welcome.