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IEHS Social Media Policy

IEHS Social Media Policy addresses the distinction between work-related and personal use of social media and makes recommendations for using personal social media accounts. Activity on social media is also subject to the Policy on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.

Official Use Guidelines:

  • IEHS does not post confidential or proprietary information about the IEHS, its employees, executive board, or committee members.
  • The IEHS is nonpartisan, and therefore all communications from IEHS accounts should be similarly nonpartisan. Under no circumstances should IEHS social media posts express support for or opposition to a political party or candidate.
  • Additionally, IEHS social media posts should take no stance on matters of public policy unless they reflect the position of an official IEHS statement or publication, or they have been specifically approved by the president or board.

Personal Use Guidelines

  • Remember that internal conversations—whether among staff, board meetings, and via email—are confidential and should never be disclosed, especially in a public forum. This policy includes board votes and discussions among staff and committee members.
  • Be careful what personal or institutional information you share online. Many social networking websites are not secured, and information is available to anyone with access to the internet. Keep in mind that on many social networking websites, your name and photo/icon appear next to the content that you post and will be associated with you or with the IEHS.
  • Employees should not engage in professionally unethical or disreputable behavior online that could adversely reflect on the IEHS. When publicly discussing their work at the IEHS, employees should be consistent with the mission, vision, reputation, and values of the Society.