Social media are media used through web- and mobile-based technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue and engagement, and they have become a staple of social dialogue and action in the new millennium. Websites and user-generated content include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, and blogs. Knowing the methods, etiquette, and scale of social media is vital to gaining an understanding of the nuances and repercussions that lie therein.

Contemporary students at IIST are expected to follow institution-wide social media uses, limitations, and practices. Social media communication is public and visible, and posting inappropriate texts, pictures, videos, or images could provoke institutional or legal ramifications for the individual or group. The IIST and its representatives will monitor and follow social media communications to help create a balanced and positive environment.

Examples of items that would be deemed inappropriate for IIST’s official pages and websites include:

    • Personally identifiable material including, but not limited to, full names, government identifiers, email addresses, physical addresses, etc.
    • Threatening, harassing, or discriminatory posts.
    • Posts that incite or promote violence or illegal activities.
    • Material that could be interpreted as containing obscene, offensive, or sexual themes.
    • Information that potentially could compromise public safety.
    • Comments that are off subject or out of context from the original post and to the institute.

IIST students are considered representatives of the institution and are expected to set a favorable example to others outside of the Institute community. This principle carries over to posts made on non-IIST websites or web pages, where students are still responsible for the subject matter and actions that they post publicly. References to individuals, groups, or any other entity, whether in jest or not, reflect upon the institute. Accountability and responsibility come with any social media activities.

Good judgment and character are values expected of the institute and its community members, whether in person or online via social media outlets.

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