Social Media, College Students, and Institutional RiskSocial media use in higher education comes with a multitude of legal concerns. Today’s students may be digital natives, but that does not mean they will always use social media appropriately or professionally. Institutions need to be ready to respond immediately to specific incidents, such as students who are threatening to harm themselves or others. And since social media are constantly evolving, institutions also need broad-spectrum policies and codes of conduct capable of addressing emerging legal issues.

Social media and student privacy concerns

From photos of campus-wide events to inadvertent disclosure of a student’s grade point average, there are many ways institutions can violate students’ privacy through insufficiently governed use of social media. Social Media, College Students, and Institutional Risk will help you avoid potential trouble spots. You will learn:

  • The three types of tort actions students could bring against your institution for invading their privacy, and how to avoid them
  • The notice to provide if you intend to use photos from public events on social media
  • Issues to consider before breaking institutional news via social media
  • Potential complications involving social media and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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Best practices for college social media users

Social media offer colleges and universities and their students a host of new ways to connect and communicate. To make sure all this interaction serves the greater purposes of higher education, many institutions are identifying best practices for their online representatives, summarized in this free report.

This report will help you identify key areas of concern your student social media use policy should address, including:
  • Responding to behavioral red flags online
  • Coordinating student discipline codes with institutional priorities for social media and student conduct
  • Adapting your student social media use policy for a 24/7 world
The report also describes how well-crafted policies can help you reduce the legal risks of social media. It explores:
  • The importance of not developing policies for specific social media
  • The advantages of “content neutral” restrictions
  • The significance of social media and accessibility issues