Quinnipiac Athletics and Social Media
New Media: Public media refers to technologies used to communicate messages and whose mission is to serve or engage a public. Public media domains include print outlets, traditional broadcasts, and digital. When utilizing any public media outlets, student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves responsibly as members of their respective team, the Athletics Department, the University and the community.
Student-athletes are not restricted from using on-line social network sites and digital platforms. However, users must understand that any content they make public via on-line social networks or digital platforms is expected to follow acceptable social behaviors and also to comply with federal government, state of Connecticut, Quinnipiac, NEC/ECAC, and NCAA.
Facebook and similar directories are hosted outside the Quinnipiac server. Violations of university policy (e.g., harassing language, university alcohol or drug policy violations, etc.) or evidence of such violations in the content of on-line social networks or digital platforms are subject to investigation and sanction under the University’s Student Code of Conduct, and other University and department policies. They are also subject to the authority of law enforcement agencies.
It is the responsibility of the student athlete to be aware of university regulations. Ignorance of these regulations does not excuse student-athletes from compliance.
Guidelines for Student-Athletes
The following guidelines are intended to provide the framework for student-athletes to conduct themselves safely and responsibly in an on-line environment. As a student-athlete at Quinnipiac University you should:
2. Your site is available to potential current and future employers. You should think about any information you post on Facebook, Twitter, and any other digital media, or similar directories potentially providing an image of you to a prospective employer. The information posted is considered public information. Protect yourself and your team by maintaining a self-image that you can be proud of in years to come.
3. Understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited. The on-line social network sites are NOT a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions.
Prohibited Conduct Student-athletes are highly visible representatives of the University and are expected to uphold the values and responsibilities of the University while meeting all requirements set forth by the NEC/ECAC, the NCAA, Quinnipiac University, and the Quinnipiac University intercollegiate athletics program. The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics prohibits malicious and reckless behavior when utilizing public media outlets. It is important that student-athletes recognize the power of public media domains and the potentially negative image that they can portray about student-athletes, coaches, the athletics program, and the university.
inappropriate activity or language in violation of the above
prohibitions, including civil authorities. Sanctions imposed by the
Director of Athletics may include, but are not limited to, the
-Written notification from the Director of Athletics or assignee to the student-athlete outlining the policy and requiring that the unacceptable content be removed or the social network account.
-Suspension from all team activities (contests, practices, meetings)
-Indefinite suspension from the team.
-Dismissal from the team.
-Non-renewal of athletic grant-in-aid.
Student athletes receiving a computer through our loan program as part of their athletic scholarship should only use this computer resource for the purpose for which it was intended. Users must not intentionally damage the system that is checked out to them. Posting inappropriate content, emails, and images from laptops provided by the University is prohibited.
Bottom line: YOU are accountable for your social media presence. Understand that inappropriate postings can follow you for life. Do not post anything that would embarrass Quinnipiac, your team or your family. If you believe something you posted would upset your parents, then know that it is going to upset the university, too.
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