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Social Media: Guidelines

For members of the Aquinas College community.


Social media has become part of our daily lives, however it’s easy to get caught up in a conversation online and inadvertently post something inappropriate, offensive or potentially damaging. The guidelines below are good ground rules for those new to social media and serve as a reminder to the social media savvy among us.


Be nice. When you’re online, treat others the way you’d want them to treat you. Certain topics can lead to inflammatory conversations and negative comments. Don’t fan the flames. Keep your comments kind, thoughtful and on topic.


Contribute to the conversation. Make sure your posts add value to a conversation. If it’s a thoughtful, intelligent and kindly-worded post, then it’s adding value.


Most inside jokes don’t belong online. Inside jokes may seem funny to you, but are likely to be misunderstood, or worse, seen as offensive to others.


Private isn’t really private. Anything you say online can be shared, often in one click. Just because your account has strict privacy settings doesn’t mean everything you post will remain private. Your friends may think your post is funny, brilliant or even concerning, and share it online without asking you first. If you wouldn’t say something publicly, don’t post it online.


You can’t delete it. Think before you post and don’t post if you’re feeling really emotional about something. There’s really no such thing as “delete” on the Internet. So don’t let your emotions get the better of you and post something you may regret later.


Respect what others have created. If you didn’t record that song, take that picture, write that article or create that video, don’t copy it. Share it instead. Linking back to the original artist’s song/photo/article/video is the best way to spread your love for what they created while respecting their talent and U.S. Copyright laws.


Keep it confidential. We all have access to various confidential data, documents and conversations. Never share confidential information online.


Keep your personal information personal. Never disclose your home address or phone number, or any other personal information online. Even if it’s only meant for a very close friend, remember it’s possible that all of their friends can see your post too. If you need to send someone your personal information, do it via a private message.


Resolve disagreements in person. The Internet is not the place to complain about the College, a specific department or say negative things about our students, faculty or staff. If you are having problems with a person or department at the College, talk to them face to face.


Show your Saints Spirit. Feel free to say you’re an AQ Saint and show your Saints pride. But make it very clear that you are not an official Aquinas College spokesperson and are not authorized to speak on the College’s behalf.

ACORN & The Moose require an AQ login for a reason. If something posted on ACORN or The Moose seems like it’d be good for social media, contact the person who posted it and ask them before posting the information online. They may have already posted it or don’t want that information publicly available.


Your AQ ID and ELM information are not for sharing. Your AQ ID number and ELM username and password are the keys to your online life at AQ. Keep them secret and never share your ID number or password - especially online.


AQ logos are for official College use. Use of the College’s logos is determined by the Marketing Department. If you want to use an AQ logo or other College-related graphic for ANY reason online, contact the Marketing Department first.