This statement defines acceptable use of social media for all users and administrators of the Library’s social media accounts, and complements the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) Statement on Social Media.

College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) State on Social Media

The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) recognizes the power and ability of social media to build community, foster positive relationships, and promote free expression.  However, these same new media platforms can be used to inflict harm on individuals or groups.  In keeping with the inclusive vision of Saint Mary’s College, and existing social media guidelines, we urge all community members to recognize that uncivil behavior, harassment and/or name calling on SMC webpages or social media platforms is unacceptable, will not be tolerated and can violate college code of conduct and legal guidelines.  The College’s core principle of respect for all persons must apply in all environments, including the virtual world of social media.

Adopted February 21, 2014

Revised March 21, 2014

Library Social Media Statement

This statement defines acceptable use of social media for all users and administrators of the Library’s social media accounts, and complements the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) Statement on Social Media.

Use of social media resources by the Library supports the mission of the Library by helping faculty, staff, and students achieve academic success by promoting activities, sharing information, and opening dialog.  Social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Saint Mary’s College Library welcomes comments but will remove postings that infringe on confidentiality, privacy, or other academic violations referred to in the CCIE Statement.  In addition, to remain consistent with the Library’s views on privacy, any images posted of people in the Library will have the identities obscured, unless permission has been given to post by the individual(s) pictured. 

The Library is not responsible for content posted by subscribers in any forum, message board, or other social media resource, and such subscriber comments do not reflect the opinions and/or positions of Saint Mary’s College Library.

Current College faculty, staff, and students’ activities on social media resources are subject to the College’s Student Code of Conduct, the faculty’s Academic Honesty Policy, and the Employee Conduct and Responsibilities outlined in the Staff Handbook, as may be applicable.

Developed by the Web Team, Saint Mary’s College Library.

May, 2014

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