UC Davis social media guidelines

Students, staff and faculty members are encouraged to use social media at UC Davis to connect to the broader campus community and the general public around the world.

Participants should embrace the UC Davis Principles of Community. We also urge people to become familiar with Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, the Twitter Help Center’s policies, YouTube’s Policy and Safety topics and other support sites for social media frequently used by individuals. The emphasis for all participants, including administrators, should be transparency, honesty, respect and civility.

All content, information and views expressed on social media belong to the individuals posting the content, and do not necessarily reflect UC Davis’ official policies or positions. The university is not responsible for unanswered posts or inaccurate information posted by others.

The long-term success of a social media community depends on a shared philosophy of how to behave. Here are guidelines and best practices toward that end.


  • Be respectful of the rights and opinions of others. Be willing to agree to disagree and move on.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Be transparent and honest.
  • Add value: Be part of the conversation but don’t take it over.
  • Avoid hateful speech, personal attacks, flaming, profanity, vulgarity, pornography, nudity and abusive language.
  • Keep personal information (e.g. your phone number and address) out of your posts.
  • Be smart: Almost everything you write or receive on a social media site is public or can be discovered. Your information is available in a virtual file cabinet years beyond your expectations.

Content and posts are governed by:

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