Social Media Policy
Broome Community College encourages the appropriate use of social media as a method for communicating ideas and information, and as part of the educational mission. This policy governs employees of BCC and the behavior of individuals as they utilize a variety of social media technologies and is not limited to any specific media format.
Social media is defined as internet or mobile digital tools and systems used to share and/or receive information or conversation. (Examples: Facebook, YouTube, Linked-in)
Rules of Use:
Departmental Social Media Sites:
Important content considerations:
BCC’s Public Affairs Office utilizes various social media platforms to present information and content to the public and receive feedback from the public and the BCC community. Content and information released on social media is equivalent to content and information released to the press and the public in any other format, including press releases, letters to the media, open letters to the public, etc. Care must be taken that content and information released over social media is accurate, does not violate applicable laws (including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark and defamation law) or SUNY policy.
Official BCC social media may allow members of the public to comment or react to posted content and information. Employees of BCC acting in their personal capacity may post or comment anonymously or identifiably.
BCC invites discussion of important ideas and issues through social media. However, BCC reserves the right to remove posts or comments that are obscene, defamatory, offensive, contain threats of violence, abusive, spam or advertising, or unrelated to the content or information. BCC also reserves the right to remove posts or comments that violate applicable laws including, but not limited to, copyright and trademark, or those that violate the use policies promulgated by the applicable social media provider.
Personal use of social media on personal time is not governed by this policy. However, individuals may not make statements or take actions at any time on social media that violate applicable law or College policy.
Personal use of social media on State time is governed by the New York State Public Officers Law and other federal, State and Local laws; the State University of New York Acceptable Use Policy as issued by the Office of Administrative Systems; and SUNY Human Resources policies.
Other Applicable Policies:
BCC’s use of social media is governed by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides a safe harbor for Internet Service Providers and websites for activity that takes place on said sites, provided that the site or domain takes certain actions when legally required.
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