Section: Administrative
Policy Number: 1-25
Policy Name: Policy for the Use of Social Media on UD-hosted sites
Date: October 23, 2008;
Revisions: April 10, 2009; May 27, 2010

  1. Purpose

    Online communities and social media represent potentially valuable resources for University of Delaware faculty and staff in performing their job duties. University employees are encouraged, when appropriate, to take advantage of the wide variety of social media tools available to them.


    As is true in other, traditional media, when participating in online communities and social media as part of their job duties, employees must comply with university policies and guidelines. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:

    Policy 1-14: Policy for Responsible Computing at the University of Delaware

    Policy 1-15: Information Security Policy

    Policy 1-16: Employee Use of Computing Resources for Home Pages

    Policy 1-18: Electronic Mail Management and Retention Policy

    Policy 1-19: Employees' Use of E-Communications Policy

    Policy 1-20: Policy for Wireless Computing at the University of Delaware

    Policy 1-21:Use of University-Wide Electronic Mailing Lists

If blogs hosted by UD have the reader Comments feature enabled, the blogger should employ spam-blocking tools, monitor the comments, and manage offensive users. If the blog is assigned student work, the faculty member in charge should monitor the comments.

If social media sites such as blogs represent a program or service of the University, the blogger should use correct logos and images, available as follows:

Personal sites or blogs should clearly reflect the fact that they represent the thoughts and ideas of the individual blogger, not the University of Delaware; for example: "The views expressed on this (blog, website) are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Delaware."

Submitted by: Office of Communications & Marketing