Social Media Usage

Social Media Usage

1. Social media platforms offer an opportunity for students and staff to communicate and interact with each other and with the world at large. Everyone who uses social media, whether for personal or College-related purposes, must carefully consider how words and actions may affect others before posting. Remember that even if you delete something from a social media account it may be available in cached form or as a screenshot, so always be careful of what you post.

2. As a minimum, and without in any way limiting the caution in paragraph 1, students and staff should closely observe the following guidelines:

  • Do not allow posts that may be considered to be offensive, derogatory or in poor taste.
  • Do not post copyrighted, questionably legal content, direct attacks on individuals or groups, or potentially libellous statements.
  • Do not use the logo of the Sydney College of Divinity, of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, or of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia for any kind of endorsement.
  • Do not release confidential or proprietary information related to the College, its staff, students, alumni, or any member of its community.
  • Do not use College-related social media channels to share your personal opinions or positions on controversial issues — please keep in mind that you are still acting on behalf of the College.
  • Find an image for your profile picture that is in keeping with the College’s principles and the good standing and reputation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Only post accurate, concise, and useful information, and respond to your commenters in a timely and respectful manner.
  • Always acknowledge who you are when using social media.
  • Always obey the terms of service of any social media platform you are using.
  • Link back to the College’s website or appropriate subpages whenever possible.
  • Make corrections quickly, visibly, and publicly if you unintentionally post something inaccurate.

3. Language that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, libellous, profane, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy, or otherwise objectionable must be avoided at all times.

4. The College does not actively monitor student social media use and cannot control all of what is said on social media channels by its students, staff and alumni.

5. If a grievance is borne out of social media usage, and reported as such to the College’s Grievance Handler, then the policies and procedures of the Sydney College of Divinity will apply in accordance with the document entitled STUDENT GRIEVANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES.