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CPCC does not prohibit students from joining and participating in online communities as individuals. However, any online behavior on behalf of officially recognized student organizations is subject to College Policies and Procedures, the guidelines listed in this document and the Student Code of Conduct.

The following types of content are prohibited on blogs, websites and social media networks:

  • Do not post confidential or proprietary information about the college, its students, its employees or its alumni.
  • Students must still follow all applicable federal privacy requirements including FERPA and HIPAA, and adhere to all applicable college privacy and confidentiality policies. Students who share confidential information do so at the risk of disciplinary action and personal liability.
  • Do not use the CPCC logo or any other college images or iconography on personal social media sites or any sites not approved by the Office of Student Life.
  • Derogatory language or demeaning statements. Inappropriate or incriminating images depicting hazing, sexual harassment, vandalism, stalking, underage drinking, illegal drug use, or any other inappropriate behavior/language.
  • Content that violates state or federal law. Information or images that are obscene, untrue, or defamatory.

Social Media for Student Organizations

Do you wish to primarily communicate with the members of your student organization?

Many student organizations find that they are communicating with other members. Often they are reminding people of meeting dates and times, asking them about organization business, reminding them to complete tasks, etc. For this purpose, having a closed Facebook group instead of a public page or profile is the preferred method. Student leaders can approve members and have the most effective conversations with the most relevant individuals. Google+ contact circles and "hangouts" may also be beneficial for group collaboration and virtual meetings. Please consult your Student Life Coordinator if you have questions.

Do you wish to only reach the campus where your student organization is housed?

If your message is primarily relevant to your campus (maybe you want to promote an upcoming event, fundraiser, speaker, etc.), the Student Life Coordinator on your campus can post your message through the social media site(s) affiliated with your campus. This is helpful when your message applies only to students and staff on your campus.

Do you want to reach a larger audience with your message? Is it relevant on all campuses?

If you wish to reach a college-wide audience, and your advisor and the campus Student Life Coordinator agree, you can submit your message to be included on the official CPCC presences. Student Life staff can help you with this decision.

Creating a New Community

CPCC student organizations wishing to have an online presence must make their requests on the Student Organization Request Form (SORF). Student Life must approve all sites prior to activation. The Student Life Coordinator will then follow up with a discussion, including the student leaders and the advisor. Considerations to the points mentioned in this section will serve as a guide to the discussion.

The Student Life Coordinator will inform CPCC Community Relations & Marketing Services of any new social media site and/or group, and will reflect the change on the student organization’s SORF.

It is required that a designated Student Life staff person be included as an administrator to any CPCC student organization social media site, in the event that content should be removed or for termination of the site, group, etc. CPCC and Student Life have the authority to request deletion of unauthorized sites affiliated with the college. Please note that college policy regarding social media may change at any given time. Student Life will always default to the guidelines set forth by CPCC Community Relations & Marketing Services when working with social media.

      Additional Resources

      Student Organization Equip Handbook