Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures

05.13.01.0 - Social Media Policy

The College adheres to the highest standards of professional and appropriate communication 

behavior in online Social Media environments through established guidelines for administrators, 
faculty and staff.

Employees and students are liable for anything published online through any form of social 
media. Employees may be held accountable for content published in affiliation with Saint Paul 
College that contains content which is defamatory, pornographic, proprietary, harassing, libelous, 
or that creates a hostile work environment. Students similarly face disciplinary action for 
violations of student conduct.

All content published by the college must be accurate and consistent. Any information distributed 
via social media must match the official information distributed through Saint Paul College print 
materials and website. Copyright and intellectual property rights of others and of the college must 
be adhered to in any social media connected to the college.

Employees of Saint Paul College are bound by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act 
(FERPA). FERPA requires the College to obtain permission from students prior to publishing 
content about them. Similarly, the Government Data Practices Act, Statute 13 protects the privacy 
of employees of the institution. All employees must comply with data practices laws. All 
employees and students with access to health care records and information must adhere to the 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. Members of the larger 
Saint Paul College community must be respected. Confidential or proprietary information about 
Saint Paul College, students, employees, or alumni should not be posted.

See accepted procedure under this policy.


Reference

Reference: Minnesota State 1C.0.1, 3.26, 3.27 and 5.22.

Review Date

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Policy Status

Approved

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