Creating a New Social Media Community
Thank you for your interest in establishing a social media presence for your Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) student initiatives. We encourage you to explore and fully utilize our existing social media services and online communities before creating a new community.
Student organizations that want to create new communities must consider the following points before use:
- 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.
- Do you wish to only reach the campus your student organization is housed at?
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.
Guidelines and Expectations
Online behavior on behalf of officially recognized student organizations is subject to related college policies and best practices for online communities.
- CPCC student organizations wishing to have an online presence must complete 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.
- The student life coordinator will inform CPCC Community Relations & Marketing Services (CRMS) 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 CRMS when working with social media.
For more information regarding best practices and processes for marketing student organizations, please review the Student Organization Equip Handbook produced by student life. We look forward to working with you on your social media needs. Thank you for your continued support of CPCC.