The University expects all its staff members to treat each other with respect, professionalism, courtesy and consideration in all forms of communication with one another.
Be aware that the creation, transmission, or display of material, which is intended or likely to harass another person, constitutes a breach of the University Policy and Procedure on Harassment. This could lead to both disciplinary action by the University and action by external bodies, depending on the severity of the offence.
At all times be aware that potential conflicts may arise through the use of social media channels, for example publicly expressing highly controversial opinions online. This is especially important with anything that could be interpreted as discriminatory under the terms of the Equality Act 2010, in relation to disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, etc.
Where personal opinions are publicly expressed online, for example in a blog, it must be clearly stated that these are your own personal views and that they do not reflect those of the University. Where appropriate, use separate accounts for personal and professional purposes for social media interaction.
Ensure that any information disclosed online and/or your conduct does not bring the University into disrepute or breach Data Protection Legislation.
Social media channels are public spaces and you should not publish anything which should not be in the public domain, for example confidential information or inappropriate photographs.
Follow the University’s Regulations Relating to the use of Information Technology Facilities.
Where issues arise in respect of the misuse of social media, departments should consult their HR Business Partners in the first instance.
Access to particular social media websites may also be withdrawn in the case of misuse (via the University servers).
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